Japanese factory lets you knit your own socks by riding bicycle

Baku, March 30, AZERTAC

Souki Socks, a small sock factory in Japan’s Nara Prefecture, has devised a machine that allows people to knit their own socks by pedaling on a stationary bicycle.

Unless you’re a fan of knitting, making socks doesn’t exactly sound like a fun experience. This was the reality that the brilliant minds Souki Socks were confronted with when they set out to make sock-making exciting for the masses. Luckily, despite having the odds stacked against them, they managed to come up with an ingenious contraption that combined a mechanical sock knitting machine and a bicycle to allow virtually anyone to knit their own socks just by pedaling. Named “Charix,” the machine has been very popular with tourists ever since it was inaugurated in 2017.

Before they start pedaling, factory visitors choose the size of the socks as well as the colors of the threads they want to use. Specialized staff connects the threads to the machine, and when they’re done, it’s time to pedal. Making a pair of socks is said to take about 10 minutes, just enough to keep things from getting boring. After you’re done pedaling, the staff sew the toes and press-finish the knitted socks on the spot, so you can take them home with you.


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