Gearhart Circular Sock Knitting Machine

Last year at the Wool Gathering in Yellow Springs, Ohio I saw a friend of mine, Toya of VonStrohm Woolen Mill & Fiber Arts Studio/Von Strohm Quilting and Fiber Studio, was actively using her circular sock knitting machine in her vendor area. It was really cool looking not to mention the great looking socks that she was making on this machine.

I was able to find not one but two Gearhart Circular Knitting Machines online and purchased both. Did I mention that they were both made of cast iron from back in the day!! Woohoo. Well, I traded one machine for a Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom and a Ribber to go on my Studio Knitting Machine. More to come on those items later. With a lot of guidance and encouragement from Toya, I have the second machine restored and ready to use. It is so exciting to have one of these historical machines up and ready to make some socks. From what I understand, these machines were used back around WWI and/or WWII to make socks for our military men fighting over in Europe to keep their feet warm. It is so exciting to have one of these machines restored and ready to use to create some gorgeous socks. Keep watching as I continue my journey on learning to make socks on this Gearhart Circular Sock Knitting Machine.

Cast Iron Gearhart Sock Knitting Machine


Spinning Wheels Part II

My two other spinning wheels include the Lendrum Original (Double Treadle) and the Blue Bonnet Honey Bee (Double Treadle). I initially started out with the Honey Bee.

Blue Bonnet Honey Bee (Double Treadle)

Then a friend from our local spinning and weaver’s guild was telling me about her Lendrum Original and how much she liked spinning on it. Next thing I know there was a Lendrum at my house.

Lendrum Original (Double Treadle)

Then came my ultimate favorite my Aunt Caroline’s Ashford Traditional spinning wheel.

Aunt Caroline's Ashford Traditional (Single Treadle)

Spinning Wheels

Well I now have three spinning wheels. My most prized one is the Ashford Traditional which belonged to my fabulous, funny, and always loving Aunt Caroline. While we were talking about it last year, she mentioned that it had a piece broken on it. I had said it wouldn’t be too hard to get it back up and running. Unfortunately Aunt Caroline passed away earlier this year. After talking with my cousins, Kathleen and Dean, I was able to get the spinning wheel. It has been fixed, spit shined, and works wonderfully. I have been using it more than my other two wheels. My Aunt Caroline would be so tickled to see the fiber that I have been spinning and so glad to see the wheel up and running. Come to think of it, her favorite color was Red. So the hunt will be on to find the special Red fiber to spin on this wheel to make something special in her honor.

Aunt Caroline's Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel

Labyrinth Quilt Top

Labyrinth Quilt

Finally finished my Labyrinth Quilt Top at the Sewing Social with several of my quilting friends this past Sunday. I am planning on having the top, batting, and backing sandwiched and ready to quilt for the Thursday night class. It was a really quick top to make. Made mostly of half square triangles and solid pieces. Everyone in the group just loved the colors in the quilt. The colors match perfectly with the owls in the border print.

Our group usually meets twice a month at our local Joann’s to work on various projects we have going. Everyone it seems to be trying to finish up quilt tops, sandwiching our quilts together, and/or quilting our quilts. Sometimes we have other various projects that each of us is trying to finish. We have great fun catching up on our busy lives, projects we are working on, how grandkids of our beloved quilting instructor (Bonnie) are doing, and munching on veggie trays and other great edibles that are brought in for the couple hours we are there.