Using his homemade knitting machine, Bob Rutherford has made over 10,000 socks for shelters all across Canada…and he is inspiring other to do the same!
It all started out when Bob’s friend didn’t believe that he could build a cheap knitting machine. Bob was inspired by the dare and got to work, using tubing and created two machines that can knit 90 stitches per second. He had made knitting machines in the past, but he hadn’t had the drive to really make a difference.When his wife died in 2010, he wasn’t sure what to do next.
I felt the loss that everybody feels and had nothing to do,” he said. My son said to me, ‘If you want to help yourself, help somebody else.'”
And he did. A few friends come over once a week to help him cut the long tubes into socks and sew them up.
His son helps to raise the money to purchase the wool, and a wool mill nearby donates hundreds of pounds of it for Bob to use.
He calls his socks, “Socks by Bob,” and everyone who receives them is grateful.
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.”
Finding ways to give back to the community helps everyone involved, and this man has created something truly wonderful.