During June 2008 we attended the annual gathering of CSMSA. Our week-long conference was held at an historic lodge in Brown County State Park. In the image above can be seen about half of the group with their set-up machines.
The gathering of sock knitters was held in Abe Martin Lodge at Brown County State Park, the largest Indiana State Park. The park has over 15,000 forested acres with lakes and hiking trails. Many of the buildings, camp areas, and trails were built by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). We stayed in one of the nearby cabins.
Side lessons included machine repair and lubrication, making heels, toes, tops, and other uses for knitted tubes output from these century-old machines.
While the convention was beneficial for Jim, during the entire week, he was unable to manufacture a single recognizable sock. We did, however, manage to purchase two additional CSMs: a 1902 Gearhart and a Sterling Hosiery Company machine of the same period.
During the convention, we toured For Bare Feet sock factory where we saw how socks are made commercially. Many of their socks are marketed to colleges and athletic shops. They gave each of us a free pair of socks, but Jim and Elizabeth both purchased several unusual and attractive pair.