Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Baby, Remember My Name

I have an auto knitter. It’s a hand-cranked, designed-during-the-industrial-revolution sock-knitting machine. By machine, I don’t mean something with a plug that does all the work for you. I mean a heavy cast-iron thing with gears and screws and needles and a carriage. You sit and crank, carefully counting rows, create a heel, crank some more, and create a toe. It takes all of an hour to make a pair of socks, once you factor in picking up dropped stitches and grafting the toe. These were my go-to gift for several years. After our move to the homestead, the pieces got divided amongst boxes, the needles stored somewhere safe. The place I chose was so safe that I’ve been unable to find them. So, the Autoknitter is sitting idle, patiently awaiting my return.
All the socks I made on it have worn through at the ball of the foot, but I haven’t had the heart to just throw them out. I don’t want to waste the time and yarn I used just because the toes have worn through. So I kept them in a pile for years.

The other day I got a notion to cut the toes off. And I’m thrilled with the result! I like to be barefoot, but our wood floors are chilly in the winter. These little babies keep my ankles and legs warm, but give my toes freedom!

Plus, I feel like a dancer from Fame, all calloused feet and slouchy legwarmers. I’m gonna live forever!


  1. Ha! Now I want an "auto knitter" too.

  2. Let me know when you learn how to fly!

  3. Hilarious...nice pics.......
    Raise 'em up, raise 'em up, raise 'em up....FAME

  4. No WAY!!! I was just searching Etsy.com for some cool leg warmers...you have inspired me to just make em' myself..look out wooly, old hunting socks! I gotta plan for you now!

  5. I want an auto knitter! And now I want to watch bad dance movies :)

    Stephanie :)

  6. I never knew such a thing existed! There is hope for me. ;o)

  7. I actually want to watch Flashdance now.

    Love the socks!

  8. Pretty bloody brilliant!!! Oh please dust off that ol auto knitter and start cranking out those socks again, (or cool, colourful legwarmers)!!!
    xo maureen

  9. Awesome! This really made me smile :) Inspiring, now all I have to do is learn to knit.... umm, soon :D JM :)

  10. My comment was going to be exactly like Mom's. OMG. You are crazy.
    And I hope you live forever!
    She's a maniac, maaaniac!!

  11. PS Today's legwarmers are the sleeves cut off an old sweater...love! Very cozy over tights and my kindersurprises love them!

  12. Love these!
    Thinking some of my "toe peaking" socks need to be transformed like this!

  13. I love this!!
    It reminds me of cutting the feet off all my children's pajamas.


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