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The idea of a fast knitting machine was born out of a bet. Bob was challenged by his friend Barney (who also helps him knit) that he couldn’t build a super fast sewing machine. Instead, he built two, both of which can operate at a lightning quick 90 stitches a second. But he never used them much until 2010.
“When my wife passed away in 2010, I felt the loss that everybody feels, and I had nothing to do,” said Rutherford. “(My son) said to me, ‘If you want to help yourself, help somebody else.'”
“There’s a lot of us, as we grow older, we sit at home and look at the wall with nothing to do. And Socks by Bob has given me that something to do. I think everybody has to have this. I think people have to reach out and touch other people. And I can do this by touching the socks.
If you would like to knit or crochet for charities in your neighborhood, check out this link from Red Heart Yarns! CLICK HERE
For more on the story about Bob, check out CBC News – CLICK HERE