This week has been all about sock knitting machines. Not only that; all about Swedish sock knitting machines. I have never seen any sock knitting machines in Norway and in two days I see two for sale. Obviously they ended up with me. Bothe came in bits and pieces. I already blogged about the Favorit – a tower like construction.
Here is Perssons Omega – put together by yours truly.
The machine has two yarn feeders and a tension control on each. Looks a bit like bees!
As with the other Swedish knitting machine “Favorit” this one has the brushes. I think their function is to make sure the latches are open all the time.
I love the little bell on the round counter!
If you can shed any light on this machine I love to hear form you. I love to hear from you anyway!
Not me – for a starter.
The other day I came across an old strange looking knitting machine in a charity shop. I had never seen anything like it – and I am an enthusiast when it comes to sock knitting machine. I went home – without the machine – and did some research.
What I had seen in that box in the shop was a contraption of great intriguing beauty!
What I was looking at will become a sock knitting machine looking like this:
At the moment I am cleaning the machine up – a messy project. I have soaked all the parts in alcohol and rubbet off decades of grease and fibers. To my great surprise all the needles were there. As I tok the machine apart it is not a surplice as the needles are locked inn a chamber so to speak; the needle plate and the top are screwed together so the needles can´t fall out.
At the moment things looks like this:
I will post photos as I progress from cleaning to knitting!
A bit of facts about my new machine:
This modell is called “Favorit” and it was manufactured by Nässjö Sweden, from the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s. Mine was bought by a woman called Sanna on April 20, 1930. I can´t make out her surname.It comes with two different needle setting wheels. One for 96 needles and one for 72 needles. It has a row counter and a bell to indicate who target rows are knitted.
What´s not to love!
It’s later in the day now and I have cleaned all parts and put the machine back together.
Just had to add these pictures!
Hello dear reders,
It´s more than a year since I have posted anything and I feel ashamed! It´s been a busy year juggling a lot for projects in my payed line of work (space industry), knitting and some volunteer work I do. I have also travelled and had the pleasure of spending four weeks in Japan. That was a real treat and food for my creativity!
I have missed sitting down and blogging about my creative projects, I have missed my creative projects!
I will write a few post on my trip to Japan in the following weeks, but for now I will share some highlights!
This beautiful castle is in Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture. We arrived just as all the cherry blooms open! It was spectacular!
What to have for lunch today..? In Japan I found this to be a huge problem! A luxurious problem though. When your options looks like this – and and the variety is out of this world – it takes time!
Osaka! What a lovely, vibrant and packed city!
I will soon share more of my adventures in Japan with you. You can look forward to seeing som wonderful craft, beautiful scenery and strange tings! I fell in love with Japan.
I hope you all had a lovely Easter or Spring break! I was in England and had a whole week without knitting. You might ask if that is a good break or not? I had a sore hand so I think it was nice. I stayed in places with no wool or knitting needles so I managed to give my hands some rest form knitting. I popped by Loop in Islington London – but it was Monday and they are closed in Mondays. That is how I knew I was meant to rest!
Loop is one of the best yarn stores in Europe!
In London we stayed at the lovely country house style hotel The Rookery in Clerkenwell. It is quirky and lovely. We stayed there to get to know a new part of London – and learned that it is one of the oldest part of town.
The lounge at The Rookery
After a few days in London we headed to the countryside for the rest of our stay. There are so many nice places to see and walks to be had.
I could imagine living in this lovely cottage in Alfriston.
Wilmington has a lovely church yard.
Everywhere we were greeted by nodding daffodils and what better way to enter spring! Back home in Oslo spring is a bit further away, but I know it will come. During rainy evenings I started working on a pair for socks inspired by the lovely hues of nature waiting for bloom.
Back to knitting!
Am I the only one who feel an irrational urge to knit chickens at this time of the year?! It must be the sun shining on Norway and Easter approaching that create this strange urge. There are so many fun knitting patterns for chickens too. I want to share some of my favourites – in case there are more knitters out there feeling the need to pick yellow scrap yarn out form the basket and turn it into chickens!
Here are some cool knitted feathers friends (click on the image for pattern).
Chick & Egg by Alan Dart. Free knitting pattern.
Lovely reversible chicken that goes back into the egg at your will!
Tiny little Easter friends.
Jean Greenhowe’s Easter Egg Treats. Perfect to look after your chocolate egg until you want it.
Lovely little spring chickens by Barbara Prime.
Give in to your urge and knit a chicken or a whole farm!