Elba & Juanita; A Totally Tubular Love Story
About a year ago, Gather DTLA shop friend Elba began regaling us with tales of the Erlbacher Gearhart circular sock machine. Elba originally ordered some sock tubes from Side Hustle Socks, fell in love with the whole process and put her name on a waitlist to purchase a knitting machine of her very own. After much anticipation the custom-made machine arrived and was duly named Juanita.
Elba and Juanita have been hard at work perfecting their sock tubes and we are so excited to host them both for a Totally Tubular Sock Tube Pop-Up on September 21st. We will have some of our favorite sock yarns for sale and Elba will crank out the perfect sock tubes while you wait! You can then add heels, toes and cuffs with your favorite afterthought method. We’ll be demo-ing our favorite afterthought methods throughout the day for additional inspiration! Tubes can also be used for fingerless gloves, scarves and legwarmers.
The Knitty Gritty
$15/ tube - yarn purchased at Gather DTLA
Elba and Juanita will create stockinette tubes of 64 stitches on-site, ideal for women’s socks. Elba does have the option to create 80-stitch tubes at home and will happily take orders. Sock yarn must be fingering weight, 400 - 450 yards/ 100 grams.
Whether you’re just curious and want to watch the process, you’re super pro-active and want to get a handful of tubes for holiday gifts or you just want to treat yourself to a pair of socks without the time commitment, we hope you’ll join us!