Episode 26: Knitting on a Circular Sock Machine

In Episode 26 I chat with my friend Ann about her circular sock knitting machines — she is an expert on these machines and can knock a pair of socks out in a little over an hour!  If you’ve ever wondered about sock machines or even if you’ve never heard about them before, you don’t want to miss this episode.  Before we go into the classroom, I announce the June valedictorians, catch up with what I’ve been doing for the past several weeks, talk about the knitting projects I’ve been working on, and review two books I recently finished.  I am heading out to Nevada for the next couple of weeks, so there won’t be another podcast episode before August.

Welcome  to both new and returning listeners!  I invite you to join our fabulous Ravelry group so you can participate in all the activities and contests and be eligible for prizes.  I welcome your feedback — you can post comments here on the blog or in our Ravelry group.  You can also send me email on Ravelry or regular email.  It would be great if you sent me a card or letter via snail mail.  All of my contact information can be found on this site; click on the “About” tab at the top of the page.

This podcast is sponsored by Etsy shops Halcyarn Knitting Accessories and Unraveled Design Yarns.  Thank you so much to both sponsors! Listeners’ support of these sponsors is truly appreciated, and through them you are supporting this podcast and making it possible.

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Reminders and Announcements

I invite everyone to share pictures of all your graduating projects for July in the Ravelry thread for a chance to win valedictorian prizes.  At the beginning of August, I’ll draw for two valedictorians who will receive prizes:  One will get a project bag of their choice from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories, and the other will win a project kit from Unraveled Designs and Yarn.  The July kit will consist of yarn and pattern to make the Modicum Mitts by Rachel Roden.   In order to participate in our activities and giveaways, you must be a member of the Ewe University group on Ravelry, plus we would love to have you be a part of our community!

We also have a Ravelry thread called County Fair Countdown, where we are talking about our plans for entering knit, crocheted, handspun, woven, sewn — whatever fiber arts projects you’re working on — into our local or state fairs.  We have to do our part to keep the fiber arts categories alive at these fairs!  So join in on the conversation and let us know what you have entered or will be entering.

Awards and Scholarships

At the beginning of July, I closed the thread for the June graduating class and used a random number generator to pick two June valedictorians.  They are:

  • Post #44 from SMITHMKS, who is Margie from Maine!  Margie knit a lovely child’s hat in white and turquoise blue.
  • Post #56 from KRISLUVSWOOL, who is Kristy from Illinois!  Kristy finished an adorable red cape, which was one of her Camp Loopy projects.  [By the way, Kristy is one of the co-hosts of the In a Sknit video podcast, which is awesome and you should be watching if you aren’t already!]

Congratulations to Margie and Kristy, and thank you to everyone who participated in the June graduating class!

Around Campus

I talk about our beautiful weather with the summer version of the Polar Vortex this past week.  John and I went to a Burlington Bees baseball game and had fun.  We had a nice July 4 holiday.  I’ve been sewing a lot, dyeing some yarn, making greeting cards, and having dinner with Gail and Lauren.  I’ve also had a lot of stuff going on at/for school.  I’m done with physical therapy for the plantar fasciitis in my foot (yay).  Postcrossing just celebrated its 9th birthday, and through that site I’ve been sending and receiving post cards to/from all over the world.  I just received my first post card from Cambodia!  I send out a huge thank you to my pen pal Chris from Australia, who sent me this stunning tote bag made of aboriginal-patterned fabric:


I already have a knitting project in it!  🙂

Upcoming Events

  • I’m going to be in Reno, Nevada from July 21-30, so PM me on Ravelry if you are in that area.  I would love to meet you!  I will definitely be visiting Jimmy Beans Wool — their brick & mortar shop is there.
  • Stitches Midwest — I will be at Stitches on Saturday, August 9.  Our bus will get to the convention center at around 10am and I’ll be around the marketplace until 4:00pm.  We have a Ravelry thread going for Stitches Midwest, so let us know if you’ll be there and we can meet up!  I haven’t heard anything about a formal podcaster meetup, but hopefully there will be one.  I’ll let you know when I hear anything about that.
  • Timber Ridge Knitting Retreat — I will be at the Timber Ridge retreat on Saturday, August 23.  This is a very low-key, relaxing, day-long retreat — no marketplace or classes — just a day of fun knitting with friends.  Timber Ridge Farm is near Aledo, IL.  I hope you can join us; if you want to come, PM me and I will give you directions and more info.

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Graduated:  Muzati Shawl


Pattern:  Muzati Shawl by Brian Smith
Yarn:  Louisa Harding Kashmir Baby
Needles:  U.S. size 10 (6.0mm)

Sophomore:  Plain Vanilla Socks


Pattern:  Plain Vanilla Socks by Keri McKiernan
Yarn:  100% merino, light fingering weight, hand-dyed by me!
Needles:  U.S. size 1 (2.25mm)

At the Library

I recently finished two audiobooks and review them on the show.  They are:

  • What is Visible by Kimberly elkins
  • Euphoria by Lily King

 In the Classroom

Last week I visited my friend Ann, who is an avid sock machine knitter.  I had the opportunity to ask her about sock knitting on a machine, and we recorded our conversation so we could share it with you.  I think you will enjoy learning about knitting with a sock machine just as much as I did.  Here is a picture of Ann’s favorite sock machine:

Ann's favorite sock machine:  Steampunk Annie

Ann’s favorite sock machine: Steampunk Annie

Ann (aka crankysockmaker on Ravelry) with Steampunk Annie and some of her tools

Ann (aka crankysockmaker on Ravelry) with Steampunk Annie and some of her tools

Enjoy the show!