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Archive for July 31st, 2003

Sock Class August 1: Today!

Thursday, July 31st, 2003

Whoops! I scheduled myself to teach a class and didn’t tell anyone about it. Thank goodness JoAnn’s told a few people or it wouldn’t be happening.

OK, so Joann.com has the yarn I wanted to have for my sock class. But the local JoAnn store doesn’t have any of that. So we are going to make toe-up footies with fat yarn, really nice 50% wool, 50% acrylic yarn called Kool Wool. It’s really decent stuff, surprisingly springy yet dense, many tiny plys (plies?) making it very smooth.

Another plus with this yarn: I made one footie, start to finish, in less than 24 hours from this yarn… and that 24 hours included things like working several hours and a decent night’s sleep. Gotta love that! So you can learn a new technique (toe up socks) and perhaps knitting on double-pointed needles. And it won’t take forever.

The cuff is just 7 rounds of stockinette that roll outward, and I put some eyelash yarn in my sample sock for the store. I gave them the sock before I took a picture so I can’t even show you, but trust me, it’s a good slipper sock.

The toe up means we can learn a new technique, perhaps, and not have to do a gauge swatch ahead of time. I don’t do toe up socks very often but that is just habit, because there are many reasons it is a good technique. Binding off loosely is the biggest challenge, which isn’t a big deal at all, really.

This class is at the Frandor JoAnn Fabrics, Friday August 1 (and August 8), 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Cost $25 plus materials. If you have double pointed needles, bring some in size 3 or 4, and yarn will run less than $15 or so (I’ll bring along some eyelash to share for those who want some, since it takes such a small amount per sock cuff).

OK, so this is too late for real results, but I might as well ask. I have two people in the class and I am delighted that a Working Women Artists Guild buddy, Maureen O. Ryan, is one of the two. I don’t know who the other person is.

Want to join us? It should be great fun with that small number. Lots of personal attention!

Hope to see you there.