Antique sock machines like things a certain way, at least my Auto Knitter does. I have an electric cone winder because the AK likes the yarn to flow smoothly from a cone. Yarn from a center-pull ball just won't do. Yesterday I wound many center pull balls onto cones. And I'll tell you this, a lot of those balls have little hitches in the center. You don't notice it so much when knitting by hand, but any machine will let you know in a hurry! And don't you just hate it when you can't find the end down in the ball? What's up with that? Sometimes it's as easy as pie and sometimes you get a big wad of tangled yarn from the center without an end in sight. I hate when that happens!
I think tonight will be Kitchener time. What do you think?
Maybe I'll add a few more to the pile before tonight, maybe even some knee socks. You can do that, knit a few pairs of socks a day, with a sock machine.
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