Repeat – sock knitting machine.

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.

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The machine has two yarn feeders and a tension control on each. Looks a bit like bees!

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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.

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I love the little bell on the round counter!

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imageIf you can shed any light on this machine I love to hear form you. I love to hear from you anyway!

Who can resist an old sock knitting machine?!

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.

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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:
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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.

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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.

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Spring is in the air!

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!

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

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.

I could imagine living in this lovely cottage in Alfriston.

 

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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!

Back to knitting!

 

 

 

Thank you Wonderful Knitters!

I just came back home to Norway after a wonderful tour in the US. The real treat of a trip like the one I did is the people I got to meet, all of them. A conversation starting over yarn and needles can end up anywhere. I have been to yarn stores and other venues signing Knit Nordic and sharing some of my designs available on Ravelry.

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Maurice loved the attention he got at Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA.

Personally the most exciting part of the trip was my visit to Minnesota and Iowa. It was the first time I visited this part of the US, and I know I am not the first Norwegian to do so!  I saw several Setesdal cardigans in the hotel lobby on my night of arrival! All the descendants   of Norwegian immigrants seems to have nurtured their cultural heritage well – and even better than we have here in Norway on might say.

 

I did a trunk show at a lovely yarn store in Northfield, MN. Northfield Yarn is a treat to the community and I had such a lovely evening and got a lovely knitting neeIMG_2885dle gauge that will always remind me of Vanessa and the other great people I meet.

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Vanessa and the lovely Hardanger embroidering ladies at Northfield Yarn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Northfield I drove to Iowa and the town of Decorah which hosts the Norwegian American Museum, Vesterheim, and has done so since the 1880s!  Again, I was taken by how much of the Norwegian heritage is still alive and cherished. The Museum is so much more than a collection of old artefacts. While I was there they has Knit-In with interesting talks and people to meet. There were classes goinIMG_2719g on everywhere and the program they have made me want to move there right away!

I listened to Laura Ricketts very interesting talk on Sami Mittens. She is documenting and sharing a part of my cultural heritage we don´t talk much about in Norway. There is very little interest in Sami culture in Norway so Laura is a very important keeper of history and skills. Do I have to say that she also is a very lovely and interesting person!

My talk at Vesterheim was on the history of knitting in Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, how they are connected and how they have developed separately. I was delighted to meet Anna Burke, a young student at Luther Collage who had designed a beautiful sweater based on traditional Norwegian patterns. She has a future in knitting design if she choose to!

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Anna Burke in her gorgeous self made sweater

My weekend at Vesterheim Museum was such a treat and I also had the opportunity to look some of the items in the archive. I think I will leave that to another blogpost!

The trip to the mid-west was a great opportunity to explore a bit too. My rental car was a white Beetle and the two of us had a jolly good adventure!

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For the love of lace knitting

For years I have enjoyed The Knitter magazine. To me it is a magazine that has a feel for what the knitters want to make and read. Even though I might not cast on for one of the many beautiful projects right away, I will plough through the pages and enjoy the articles about interesting people in the knitting world. I have learned so much about the history of the wool industry, knitting traditions and also where the hand knitting world stands today. Editor Juliet Bernard has made this magazine loved by knitters all over the world.  A cup of tea and feet up is the standard when the The Knitter arrives in the post.

The other day I got hold of the Lace Collection form the magazine. I think it is marvelous that the lace gems from the magazine are made available. 24 beautiful patterns can be found in the collection. You will find shawls and stole, and there are many not so obvious projects. I love the laptop case “Elsa” by Ann Kingstone. Other favourites are AmandaJones “Dulcie Tunice”, an elegant top. It is hard not to be smitten by Melody Griffiths’ “Clarissa Cardigan” too. There are patterns for hats, a bag, sweaters and cardigans and a stunning blanket. Some of the projects are at beginners level and others require more experience.

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In addition to the patterns there is a great deal of good reading in the Lace Collection. I enjoyed the presentation of lace knitters form around the world. A lace knitting master class is very easy to follow and helpful, as master class articles always are in The Knitter.

With my next cup of tea and feet up session I will read about the lace knitting traditions in the Shetland Islands. The Lace Collection is a keeper!

It’s for sale online and makes a great gift too!