Friday, May 28, 2010

Shepherd's Wool Market in Rush, NY: Socks and Rugs

Last Saturday was the Shepherd's Wool Market, in Rush, NY. It's a mini fiber festival that caters to those of us who have to have periodic fiber fixes while waiting for the Hemlock Fiber Festival every September. Somebody needs to do one in November. I think I could manage if there were three events per year spread out like that. But in the meantime, here's some of what I saw at the wool market.

This market has less than a dozen vendors selling everything from fiber to finished goods. There's an extra room where the sock knitting machine folks set up, and that was very cool. Since I started with the sock knitters, I'll show you them first:

As far as I know, the king of sock knitting machines in our area is Fred Houck. He's the man you go to when you can no longer resist the urge to own a sock knitting machine. He can help you pick one out, if you want to buy from E-Bay, or he has his own stash that he sells. And if you get one from E-Bay and, sadly, it has problems, Fred most likely can fix it. Fred says he keeps a couple of pristine models of sock knitting machines like the one to the left, just for show. He brought along one made in Rochester, and one made in Utica.

There were several people demonstrating how to use sock knitting machines. Serena Rachels showed off her machine, as did Carol Bonczek.

Carol is well known because she teaches others to use their sock knitting machines, and because she also does wool rug braiding. She brought an example of her work along, so I took some pictures of that as well.


  1. I would love a rug like that!!! I didn't think they were made anymore. My grandma had one when I was a kid. It was awful awful colors, but it was cool!!

  2. I have to check with Carol on whether she sells her rugs, and how many first-born children we would have to give her to get one.