Stayner cranker to demonstrate sock cranker at art festival

Anne Hanna can crank out a pair of socks in an hour and a half, literally.

Hanna is one of a small group of “crankers” in Stayner, who use hand-powered sock knitting machine called a sock cranker to produce socks.

Hanna is one of the artists who will be bringing her art to the Stayner Art Festival on July 15.

Hanna saw a demonstration at a craft show and it piqued her interest.

When she received her own machine as a Christmas gift she said she knew she had to learn.

“I took lessons, and I’ve had a little trouble. It’s quite a thing to get,” Hanna said. “But I’ve done really well with it.”

To knit each sock, Hanna, cranks the machine a specific number of times, then a series of half-cranks to form the heel, and then another set of full-cranks. To complete each sock, Hanna sews one end shut.

“I like working with wool,” Hanna said, “but some is polyester which is very fine.”

Hanna’s socks, as well as a demonstration of the sock cranking machine will be at the Stayner Art Festival on July 15 at 7244 Highway 26.

Collingwood Museum gets a facelift

The Collingwood Museum is in the midst of a facelift.

The organization has completed the first phase of a three-phase re-design project.

Melissa Shaw, museum assistant, said the first phase is a boat made by the Watts family in 1937 as well as backdrop with floor-to-ceiling photographs of the harbour.

Shaw said the second phase will focus on the history of the museum, which started as the Huron Institute, and the Indigenous history of Collingwood.

She expects this phase to be completed by the end of 2019.

Next year, the final phase will focus on the significant rail history of Collingwood and the legacy of the shipbuilding industry and the Collingwood Shipyards.

She said the themes of the exhibits will be permanent but the artifacts will rotate.

“We have a pretty large Indigenous collection,” Shaw said.  “We’re working with the collections that we have.”

Shaw said the displays have also been spruced up and they will include a variety of items from Collingwood’s history.

She said they are looking to get feedback from residents that will help develop the next two phases.

“We want to know what people like about it and if there is things they don’t like, we’d like to know what those are,” she said.