Friday, April 12, 2013

From The Post

This beautiful wooden box came in the mail for me today....




....it's an original!  And can you guess what was inside the box?  There are tools and buckles and books...


...weights and cylinders and hooks...


...bobbins and cranks...


...it's an antique, restored, P.T. LeGare sock knitting machine.  I can't wait to show it to you in it's full form, for now though, it remains in pieces because I don't have the right table or counter top to set it up.  It's very heavy and made of cast iron and steel so I can't risk dropping it or it will injure it's self under it's own weight and then it will be an expensive ornament instead of a functioning tool for my knitting studio.

These are the same machines used to knit for the war effort, both world wars actually (and if I researched it, I'd probably find it pertained to several other wars).  I can't imagine how much comfort it would have given a soldier so young, scared, cold, tired, dirty, so far from home, to receive such a thing as a warm, clean, woollen pair of socks.  I can imagine him holding the socks to his face, searching for a scent of home, maybe a waft of Mom's bread or his beloved's best biscuits caught in the wool while she was  making them.  Maybe looking for that single hair that his lover knit into the fabric so that she could send a part of herself to him, or a little water mark where a tear had fallen.

It's a shame that our western culture today places so much value on the mass produced, synthetic stuff that fills our homes and lives.  These garments made by hand, even though their speed is facilitated by these hand cranked machines, is where I place my values.  I feel so blessed that I've been able to teach myself these skills and doubly blessed that I have people in my life who appreciate what I produce with them.

2 comments:

  1. Simply the most intriguing thing I've seen in knitting equipment ! Your views are completely heart-warming, I'm with you , immersed in a thoughtful rennaisance of *what matters* :)

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  2. Thanks Jen, it's so nice to hear from a kindred spirit. BTW, I saw the knitted Tees that you recently made...I wish I was on your gift list:)

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