Sunday, December 30, 2007

January Sock of the month (SOTM)

January Sock of the month (SOTM)

On Monday, January 21st at 6pm-7:30
Liz will teach us how to make the beautiful Figheadh McGuinness Branch sock. Techniques include lace & cables.

The cost is $35.
Students will receive the pattern, 2 skeins of Panda bamboo/wool sock yarn & 1.5 of class instruction to learn the technique.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New pathways For Sock Knitters

Book One

by Cat Bordhi

I made the very first pattern out of this book. The book starts you off by making a baby sock so that you can get some experience with the techniques. This was fast and easy and gave me the satisfaction of having an immediate result. Then I made a sock from the Sky Pathway called Bartholomew’s Tantilizing sock. I used some Dream In Color “smooshy” . Now this being pretty much my first sock making experience ( I once tried to crochet a pair of socks, but we won’t talk about how that turned out!!!)

I was a little intimidated. I really shouldn’t have been. I really think that especially for a first sock, a book is the way to go. There is room in a book to explain all the details that can’t be explained in a single pattern. And what knitter doesn’t want more thorough information on how to turn a heel?

Upon opening the cover of this book you will find on the title page:
“8 forms of sock architecture
28 individual designs
8 master patterns
and all the elements needed to empower you to knit with freedom and joy in a new world of sock knitting”

The basic premise of the book is this: the majority of sock patterns have been written in two different ways: either with a heel flap or a side gusset. Cat absolutely throws this on its ear by moving the increase stitches everywhere!

All patterns are written for two circular needles (which can easily be converted to one long circular needle) and Double pointed needles.

This book is so well written and easy to understand that I knit my very FIRST SOCK EVER from this book with no problem! There are so many amazing tips and tricks: 38 different techniques are explained. There are panels highlighting special information making it easy to find that one technique you might need to review.

This book has already sold out of its first printing and is back ordered on the second, although we do have a couple of copies that just came into the shop.

This book uses yarn from 12 different yarn companies, showing 24 different kinds of yarn and is a generous 136 pages long. I was just amazed to see all the socks done in different kinds of yarn. I really enjoyed getting this "sampling" of sorts.

There are 8 master patterns, one for each type of sock architecture. The beauty of the Master patterns is that they enable you to customize each architecture for any foot, yarn, or needle in sizes ranging from infant to large adult.

There will be three books in the series. How else can she revolutionize the sock knitting world? I myself cannot wait to see what else Cat Bordhi has in store for us. But for now, I will definitely be poring over this one and will most definitely wear it out!