socks on a machine??

Hey, been on vacation!  Friend Susan http#mce_temp_url# mentioned that sock-knitting machines have come way down in price from the antique thousand-plus dollar ones and I’m trying to figure out what she is talking about.  Are they the Addi tube knitters??  Do the Addi things adjust enough to make socks??  Who knows these things??  How do I find out??

I would LOVE to knit the tube part with a machine and then do the toes and heels by hand, using lovely (one hopes) handspun, hand-dyed yarn.  Hand made socks without QUITE the labor involved!

I started looking on Ravelry and found some CSM knitters and someone was asking about afterthought heel measurements (how much space does the heel take up) so I posted this:

ooooh! I almost can help you with this!! I don’t have a sock machine (although I am curious about them, in a big way, but also frugal and can’t imagine getting an old one for $1000+), but I have been knitting peasant heel socks. I think my next pair I might try to not put in waste yarn (what I’ve been doing is starting at the top, ribbing the cuff, knitting straight for a few rows, knitting HALF the stitches on waste yarn and then purling back on those same stitches, getting the original yarn and keep going until it is time to decrease the toe, do the toe, kitchener the toe, go BACK and take out the waste yarn and do ANOTHER “toe” for the heel), but just snip and unravel like EZ and the Yarn Harlot for a true afterthought heel. Anyhow, I asked around about the measurements issue before I started these. This is what was suggested, combined with what I did: trace the foot that is to wear the sock. Measure the circumference, too, for gauge/number cast on, etc. For a “standard” wedge toe, you start the decreases at the top of the pinky toe, right? So mark on your foot-tracing how far it is from the tip of the pinky toe to the top of the big toe (something from 1.5 to 2.5 inches, depending on the foot size). Also mark on the foot-tracing where the ankle bone sticks out–that is where you will put in your heel. Measure from the ankle-bone-knob to the back of the heel–if it is about the same as the size of your “toe”, you just do the same toe for the heel. If it is longer or shorter, you will have to adjust what you did for your toe by a few rows, maybe. The toe thing is one of those “magic” things that sortof adjusts based on the yarn and stitches and size, and I think the heel is usually close.

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