Sunday, July 31, 2011

Doris is Crankin' Away........................

Just finished a pair of socks on Doris yesterday and hope to get another pair made today.  For those of you who are new to our blog, Doris is our antique sock machine.  We have another circular sock machine named Zak but he's a new machine from New Zealand called an NZAK (New Zealand Auto Knitter).
Doris holds 72 needles and is perfect for the finer sock yarns, especially those that give 8 sts to the inch.  Zak's cam holds 64 needles and he does great on the slightly thicker fingering weight yarns.

These machines can be pricey, but occasionally you read an amazing story where someone finds one in a back corner of an old building or attic.  I remember one woman found one at an antique shop, still in its original box and never (I mean NEVER) used!  The owner of the store didn't even know what he had.  She offered him something like $250 for it and he was quite happy and so was she. 

Well, now it's time to get these listed on our Etsy shop.

I've enjoyed all your wonderful comments on the previous post and can't wait to see who wins the skein of Bungee sock yarn on August 15th.  If you haven't left a comment on that post, please do.  I looked for a photo of socks made out of that yarn, but I must've deleted it.  Trust me, it makes a very fun sock!


Anonymous said...

My mother's name is Doris, and she oftenjokes that every time you see a Doris in an old movie or tv show they were a waitress or maid. Wait 'til I tell her she's been promoted!

Heather J said...

Now I will have to be on the watch for one. Sounds like a treasure hunt.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Now that I think about it you just don't meet too many people named Doris these days. The only Doris I ever knew in my life was Doris Day anyway and I loved her. Oh, back to knitting. The socks are really nice !