LOL… yes.. Heel Forks!
This is kinda a continuation of my last post about the sockknitting machine. A very useful tool we have found is by adapting silver dinner forks into a special weighting device for making the heel and toe portion of the socks. Thus, the dubbed name: Heel Forks!
My darling Steveio found a box of silver dinner forks at an antique shop a while back, and he does the flattening, bending of tines and drilling of holes. Silver dinner forks work much better than stainless steel, as they bend over better in the vice.
Here he is working on a dozen of them to replenish my sales inventory. They are very useful on the sockknitting machine circuit, so I sell them in groups of three to interested sock crankers. I buy 1 pound deep sea fishing weights in quantity for this project.
It’s a sunshiney winter day, and he is being antzy pantzy on wanting something to do, so I sent him out to his workshop in the back of the garage to keep busy and outta my hair!
After the hole is drilled, I add a split ring key chain hoop and a deep sea 1 pound fishing weight. These are dipped in a rubberized coating multiple times, and allowed to dry in between each dipping. It is known as Tool Dip, and used for re-coating the handles on tools that have worn off. Then the lead of the weights doesn’t come off onto your hands when handling the weights. I can’t handle the fumes of the dipping compound with my damaged lungs, so Steveio does this part for me too.
Now, you ask, WHY go to all this trouble for some dumb socks?
Three forks are used at a time to weigh down the heel section of the sock as it’s being knit on the machine. They are hooked into the knit mesh of the sock and hang down from the inside of the machine for added tension and weight on those particular stitches. These 100 year old machines never came with Heel Forks, they had another device that did not work as well and tore into the yarn on the socks…. we needed a better way---
THE OLD WAY THE NEW WAY
And when the socks are all done, they are tested for Quality Control by the
Doggie Woggie Sockie Wockie Testing Team
Super Bowl night tonight… so I have a big ole pot roast going in the crock pot, then I think i will crank socks during the game, and chat with RV friends about the commercials in the chat room at www.RVDreams.com