Custom Woolen Mills yarns are especially made for hand-knitting. Hand-knitting and the various precursors to it have been practiced for thousands of years by cultures all around the world. We work with many hand-knitters in our area to offer a variety of hand-made goods in our online and retail store.


We also make machine knit socks. The first recognized double cylinder knitting machines, not so distant relatives of the machines used at Custom Woolen Mills, were created around 1900. Prior to 1900, woolen mills would pay hand knitters to knit their own brand of goods and give them special "knitting recipes" to knit to. Custom Woolen Mills uses a William Spiers model knitter built prior to 1917 as a demonstration machine and we do all of our production on 1950's and 1960’s model Bentley Komet machines. The Bentley Komets can produce a sock in three to ten minutes.  


Custom Woolen Mills also demonstrates the home knitting machines built in the early 1800’s and 1900’s, called “hand-crank knitting machines”. There are many different makes of hand-crank knitting machines, some now harder to come by than other. Most famously, they were made widely available in Canada through the war effort. People could use the machines to make socks for the war effort and, after they filled a certain quota, they could keep the machine. Unfortunately, good quality metal was not available during the war, so many wartime knitting machines are now warped and do not knit very well.