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Archive for September 20th, 2008

Student Projects

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

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What a productive bunch my students have been lately! I have photos here, as proof.

Above is Dorene’s first pair of socks (she did finish both by the end of the night). These are Nashua Snowbird, a bulky alpaca/wool blend that is carolsock.jpgmachine wash/air dry. Personally, I have two pairs I made for myself from this yarn, yum!

The pattern is my First-Time Toe-Up Socks. I am assembling a list of folks who want to take this class and will offer it again as soon as I can find a good time for the group. If you are near enough to Lansing and want to take the class, send me an email at Lynn AT ColorJoyDOTcom

Next is Carol’s first sock. She was in the class with Dorene, same pattern of course.

She chose Louisa Harding Kashmir DK for her socks, an excellent choice. These are thinner than worsted weight but still big enough to see stitches easily while learning a new skill (double-pointed needles). The yarn is great for socks, it wears like iron, and washes/dries in the machine a zillion times without shrinking or stiffening up. I own three pair of this yarn (both Aran and DK weights) and I’ve made Brian a pair or two from it as well.

terihat.jpgNext is Teri’s first project ever, her 3rd class/week with me. Pattern, Wee Welcome Set (which also includes booties and newborn baby sweater) by Knitting at Knoon). Yarn, Berocco Comfort DK, a chained or cabled microfiber nylon/microfiber acrylic yarn which washes well for kids’ wear.

Last (for today, anyway) is Dawne’s (Dawn’s?) sock made of my TipToe Sockyarn, colorway When You’re Smiling. I am smiling, just looking at these.

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No, unfortunately there is no more of the colorway at this time and may not be again (I don’t repeat colorways very often, and I only dye yarn a few times a year). In fact, right now I am out of this yarn and Rae had one skein left last I looked. (I will be having a dyeing frenzy soon and then will have a big event at Rae’s to celebrate the new yarns, on Sunday November 2, from 11-3. More on that as it gets closer…)

The pattern is by Rae Blackledge of Rae’s Yarn Boutique, a short-row toe/short-row heel much like a commercial sock but without the bumpy toe seam.

Nice job, everyone! This sort of report makes me very sure I am in the right business. Lovely work, every one.