Circular Sock Machine Society of America Convention
We attended the Circular Sock Machine Society of America convention in Frederick, MD during 29-31 July 2007. There were approximately 100 happy sock knitters at the annual gathering. The image above shows about quarter of the group. Elizabeth can be seen seated in the far corner.
When traveling to one of these events, one needs their machine in a carrying case, stand, yarn, tool box including oil can. Did I mention yarn? If you don't have enough yarn, there are lots of nice vendors who have any flavor you desire.
We took the car which has limited storage space so we elected to take sock machines instead of clothes on this relatively short trip. We took three machines: a LeGare and two Gearharts. One of the Gearharts was the one last used by Jim at the Michigan convention two years ago and the other Gearhart was one which we had purchased some time ago and had never used. Upon arriving at Frederick we discovered that Jim's machine had a cracked cylinder (not an uncommon problem with the pot metal). While Pete Oswald from up north in Minnesota was expertly repairing it with J-B Weld, Jim decided to get the second Gearhart working. After swapping out several needles it worked fine. The latter machine has three cylinders: 60, 72, and 100 needles. It also has a ribber which the first unit did not. We learned that the ribber works only with the 72-needle cylinder. At the conference ending, we had all of our machines in good working order.
Pete, in addition to bringing along spring wire and wiper blade metal to repair the temperamental machines, brought at least 10 rare machines from his collection. It was amazing how much a motorhome could carry in its basement.