Joni Stambaugh Is a local fiber artist, creating home-crafted garments utilizing antique machinery. Joni’s tool of trade is a 1918 antique sock-knitting machine. These machines were created in the early 1900’s to aid in the war effort to keep soldiers in warm, dry socks and alleviate trench foot and gangrene.
Today, wool socks are an essential part of clothing in the cold temperatures of the northern hemisphere. Wool keeps your feet warm, wicks moisture and provides superior comfort to a cotton sock.
In an effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, yarn remnants are used to create socks for the homeless. No fiber goes to waste! Last year, 50 pairs of wool socks were donated to Minnesota charities in the Twin Cities Area. Joni views this as a positive way to give back to the community.
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