While hanging out with some lovely spinning and knitting friends this week, up came the subject of handknit vs machine knit socks. Debbie has been working with Beth to repair and bring life to the guild’s sock knitting machine and when I arrived, she was whirling away on a tube of perfect fabric. Meanwhile, Cathe and I settled in to knit some socks the old fashioned way: on some DPNs.
Now, I know there has been some talk in various corners of the internet about machine knitting. I’m not here to take sides. I think machine knitting has a place in the knitting world; and, boy oh boy, I will tell you I felt not a few pangs of jealousy as I watched the fabric wind of Debbie Sock maker. But, when the ribber attachment dropped a few stitches and Debbie spent the better part of a half-hour picking at the needles to load the yarn, I will also admit to a bit of smugness: here I was just knitting away still, without any kinks.
What I did appreciate was Debbie’s set-up: a table onto which the sock machine was clamped, a t-bar that kept the working yarn from snarling, a bobbin winder repurposed for a spool, and–would you look at that tube of fabric flowing out from under the table?!
What say you all? Have you tried knitting machines of various kinds? Would you ever switch? Would you secretly enjoy giving them a whirl?