Some (dis)assembly required

The plan was to knit socks.  But when this happened

Dropped stitches, uh-oh!
Dropped stitches, uh-oh!

not only on this one but on a few in a row I guessed that it was time to clean the sock machine.

So out came the rag, toothbrush, pipe cleaner and screwdriver.

Look at all that yarn dust
Look at all that yarn dust
And more oily dust bunnies in the needle grooves
And more oily dust bunnies in the needle grooves
Mostly apart now
Mostly apart now
Cleaning the ribber attachment
Cleaning the ribber attachment

Cleaned, reassembled and lightly oiled I am good to go again.  Well, after a small hitch anyway. The first socks out of the gate dropped just as many stitches, so I gave the machine (and my sanity) a time-out over the weekend and now everything is behaving much better.

Wish I could stay and chat some more, but I have socks to crank out.

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Author: Jennifer Kortfelt

Owner, Heron Pond Designs, a fiber and textile exploration.

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