By Andrea Arnold

The Valley Museum and Archives will be allowing participants to use the larger knitting machine on the left. The smaller one was donated to the museum by an anonymous donor. It is similar to the one that McClinton used to make his daily sock. /ANDREA ARNOLD

The Valley Museum and Archives in McBride is giving everyone a chance to knit a toque in just a half hour! If you are a knitter, you know that this sounds crazy, especially for beginners. However, the Museum has acquired a knitting machine that will allow you to do just that. On Friday February 15 (10-5) and Saturday February 16 (10-3), they will be allowing registered participants this opportunity.

They have on display an older, smaller version. One used to make socks. In fact, museum Curator and Manager, Heather Zahn relays a story of a local gentleman, Wayne McClinton, who had to make a sock each day before school. At the end of each week, he would have two-and-a-half pairs of socks. The machine on display is similar to the one he would have used.

Families interested in participating are asked to call ahead to reserve a spot, 250-569-3000. As there is a great deal of cranking involved, children under the age of 12 will require the assistance of an adult.