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Archive for April 18th, 2007

Dallas: Turkish Sock Design

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

dallasturkishclass.jpgFriday in Dallas, I taught Design Your Own Turkish-Style Sock. What a fun class it was. I had four folks (it was a Friday so folks had to take time off work, and it was a more advanced class). They made my day a pleasure. Here you see Linda, Kris, Sabine and Jane, happily knitting away.

I taught a version of this class in Allegan (Michigan Fiber Festival) last August, but I had the luxury of a day and a half. This meant that my students were able to go home and work on their projects. Some even started a second sock that night. They came back for the final half-day session where we talked about top-of-cuff finishes (including stretchy bind-off methods) and alternative heel types. However, in Dallas I had one day and no time for homework. I made a few adjustments which made it work fine in one day.

We decided to do the socks on 24 stitches so that they could get all the structural parts of the design done in time (in Allegan we used 32 stitches, click link for photo). There was less knitting time required for the foot, especially, which allowed me to get the heel started right after lunch. Fortunately, there was a two-hour lunch break and the folks who needed to catch up were able to do so during that time. It worked out very well.

dallasturkishsocks20.jpgThe socks turned out incredibly cute at that size. They just loved their projects. Everyone was close to finishing up the top of their sock at the end of class, and the socks were looking great.

I forgot to take photos of the class projects at the end of our day. Luckily for me, Sabine and Jane were in my Saturday class as well, and they brought their finished works for me to see. Here they are! I must say I’m delighted, and they were, too.

Moved Blog Post

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

I moved my post, Just Plain Happy (about focusing on happiness), to April 11 in order to not interrupt the flow of my Dallas Travelogue. Just click the link if you’d like to read it in the order in which I actually wrote it.