This Octogenarian’s Badass Knitting Machines Go 90 Stitches Per Second!

This Octogenarian’s Badass Knitting Machines Go 90 Stitches Per Second!

UPDATE: He’s a nonagenarian now and the number is over 19,000 socks! Here’s a newer story, from 2019 and please consider making a donation to his cause.

Bob Rutherford’s friends didn’t believe he could build a fast knitting machine cheaply, so he built two …

Now he and his friends have knit over 10,000 socks for shelters across Canada!

Read the full story via CBC, “88-year-old Saskatoon man makes thousands of socks for shelters”

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Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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