CSM Sock 01-13-19 0A

Third Time’s a Charm

After getting my old bitch (the antique Gearhart Circular Sock Knitting Machine) to spit out an almost completed sock, I figured a second one would be easy.

It Wasn’t

No, of course not.  I tried casting on a second sock using the same blue yarn as the first almost-sock.  I went through all the same actions:

  • Cast on waste yarn
  • Loaded the first row of sock yarn
  • Added ribbing needles
  • Cranked out 34 rounds of 1×1 ribbing
  • Moved half of the ribbing stitches to cylinder stitches
  • Cranked out 43 rounds of 3×1 ribbing
  • Disengaged the cylinder needles on the back half of the cylinder
  • Parked the ribbing needles
  • Removed the ribber plate
  • FU%K!! – the first heel row dropped a couple of stitches and missed a shitload more
  • Unraveled all the work and lost all interest in trying again!

Second attempt, I finished up until the fifth bullet point and then jammed the yarn in the ribber plate mechanism (FU%K again!).  Lost any interest in trying again for another full day.

Finally on the third attempt, it went shockingly smoothly!  I was able to finish the entire sock (including a machine turned toe in contrasting color yarn.

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The manual toe is slightly different than the machine-turned toe.  I was thinking that if I was going to have to hand-knit the toe on two socks, I might as well use a technique I like and that can’t be done on the machine.  But I honestly don’t care much about the small difference…I love my new pair of socks.


CSM Sock 01-13-19 0A

Current Knitting

In addition to hand-finishing the toe on the first sock and machine-cranking and grafting the toe on the second sock, I also broke my Briyoke.

Broke Briyoke

After getting up to about 12 inches on the body of the sweater, I noticed about 10 rows back there were three columns of stitches that I somehow screwed up.  I tried dropping a column of stitches to see if I could recover without ripping back…turned into kind of a disaster.

After a few hours of ripping back and multiple rows, I was finally able to recover and start to re-grow the body of the sweater.

Briyoke 01-12-19

You can see I lost about three inches of knitting, but I couldn’t have lived with the errors, despite the fact that no one probably would have noticed.

5 comments on “Third Time’s a Charm

  1. Somehow, our “easy” fixes never work out thus giving us the joy (?) of two fixes. The socks are really cool—joy!

  2. Brioche and I don’t get along. I have to put in a lifeline every few rows in case of having to go back for correction. I have never been able to just work back at the point of the error. Congratulations of getting it all back on the needles and proceeding.

    1. I have to admit after this last recovery, I did weigh the difficulty of using a lifeline versus how often I seem to make mistakes with brioche. It’s about equal in my estimation.

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