Sock Summit wood carving

Published August 5th, 2009 by Bobby Henderson


The kate is done and ready for the Sock Summit fiber festival in Portland, Oregon next Thurs-Sun.

Everyone who’s seen it loves it! I drew my own artwork and if I make another, there are changes I’d make, but on the whole I think it came out well. Feel free to post, and if anyone asks, my company’s booth will be #216 at Sock Summit (Portland Convention Center).

Oh, and for those folks who don’t know, a Lazy Kate is a tool hand-spinners (spindles and/or spinning wheels) use to ply yarn. You spin singles on several bobbins (one is shown below) and then when you ply, you use the elastic cord to tension the bobbins so they all move at the same rate, and you move the spinning wheel in the opposite direction and keep the yarn twisting uniformly. If you look at store-bought yarn you can see it consists of several strands, and a kate helps you get the twists even as you ply.


16 Responses to “Sock Summit wood carving”

  1. Skeptical says:

    You are made of win.

  2. DavidH says:

    Clearly a most Holy artefact, however on close inspection it would seem that the nadgering whoppit on the starboard grusset is partly mungled. This will give a spodulous cast to the end product.

  3. Marnie says:

    As a knitter, spinner, and portland resident, all I can say is, Tracy, you rock out loud. You are clearly touched by his noodily appendage.

  4. Iron Mike says:

    That is totally awesome !! You can meditate on Him as you ply your yarn.

    My wife considers knitting a religion, so we are a “mixed” family. But we still get along. This is a nice combination of the two religions.

  5. fyca says:

    Next thing needed, an FSM inspired sock pattern!

  6. me says:

    wonderful :]

  7. Susie Q says:

    Wonderful to the 9th power! You are very talented. As a sister spinner, weaver and textile artist I’m in awe. Also very envious and covetous. I’m going to have to do penance for my impulse to “borrow” your great idea. Maybe 30 lashes with a wet noodle…

    May you be touched!


  8. Long John Silver says:

    This looks like a replica of an ancient Mesopotamian spaghetti loom dating back 8,000 years ago.


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