This past weekend, Roscoe Village was having their annual Canal Festival. Generally we go in the afternoon, but the boy had to work and we didn’t want to go without him. So we went later than usual. It was great because there was less crowds. I am NOT a crowd person.
There was music, but I didn’t pay much attention as I was focused on 2 things. 1. get to the House of G.A. Fisher to get my bracelet repaired…AGAIN!
a sock knitting machine. This was absolutely fascinating!!! This sock knitting machine was from the mid-to-late 1800’s. You can read more about the sock knitting machine here
This woman was so sweet. She told us that her machine was from Canada. She has the original instructions and
a contract agreement from 1924.
You had to make the socks JUST SO or you wouldn’t be paid for them.
Basically, you turn the crank, and out pops a sock. I read on that site that you can make one sock in an hour. Cheaters!
The chips weren’t as impressed as I was. That’s ok, I tortured them and made them stand there with me listening to the woman for about 20 minutes. That should teach them!
Do you think that I should have made them stand with me longer?