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Archive for April 21st, 2006

Sock Class Anyone?

Friday, April 21st, 2006

socksI start a new First-Time Toe-Up Socks class at Threadbear this Tuesday night. Here’s what Rob said about it in his weekly newsletter:

1) First-Time Toe-Up Socks with LynnH–Tuesday nights 5:30-9 on April 25, May 2, and May 9. Make a pair of custom-fit socks that require no gauge swatch, and can be made from any weight of yarn from fingering to bulky. Lynn’s pattern has 13 photos to walk you through when you need it outside of class, as well. $30 plus materials (dpns, pattern, and any weight of yarn, tho Lynn recommends chunky/bulky yarn for quick success)


(Actually, the class will last only 2 hours for the first and last sessions, and the second session is better when we have 2.5 hours. So we will go 5:30-7:30 all but the middle session which may go from 5:30-8:00.)

socksIt is a great class, I’ve taught it a lot. I’ve helped people make socks with this pattern, when they were frustrated by other patterns. Once you make the foot (out of any size yarn, and any shoe size) you can make any cuff you desire. A lot of folks make their first pair out of bulky yarn (you can see stitches easily and the knitting goes faster) and then make a rolled cuff as sort of slipper-footies.

But then again, some who are already very comfy with socks and are just taking this as a new “flavor” of socknitting, sometimes work with thinner yarn. Sometimes they will make a ribbed cuff or other decorative stitch pattern.

socksWhy mention this class here? When so many of you reading this don’t live within driving distance? Well, what seems to always happen is that I offer a class, and it starts (or there are not enough students to make it a “go”), then the next week or two it seems everyone in the the Lansing-Knitting-World asks me when I’m starting that very class next. And it’s too late for them to sign on at that point. So we wait another term, and so it goes.

So… local knit buds, don’t say I didn’t let you know!

Photos? Three First-Time Toe-Up socks I knit for myself. At left, eggplant/purple Bingo washable merino, bulky yarn… and fingering weight wool/nylon Opal Handpaint sockyarn, plus slipper footies at right, knit of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted yarn.

Yarns acquired from Threadbear Fiberarts (the Opal was a lovely welcome-home gift from Rob when I returned from Africa just over a year ago).