Although I am beavering away at Secret Knitting Projects, I do have a few FOs to show you and this FO comes with an exciting announcement for future sock accumulation!
I have already mentioned (I know... quite a few times) The Small and the weekend knitting retreat that I helped organise. In case you didn't see my post over on the blog, or don't want to click on the link here, I would just like to say two words - GOODY BAGS. No knitting event would be complete without a bag of little somethings and here are some of the contents of the goody bags we gave to our guests at the Small Wool Gathering
For a proper explanation of all the contents I refer you to The Small blog, today I am going to chat about just the socks. Well of course the socks did not come ready knitted in our bags - For what would be the use of that for knitters? There is a huge amount of pleasure in wearing hand-made socks but equal amounts in the making - is that not so?
My tiny problem was that we handed out the bags with the skeins of beautiful merino/nylon sock yarn (Twist by indie dyer Linda of Kettle Yarns) about 5 minutes before the sock class (where we learned a new technique called Auto-Pilot Sock from Amy). So... I barely had time to rush to the wool winder before casting on and knitting-like-the-wind and forgetting to take any photographs.
In no time I had finished the first sock (while a passenger in the car driving to a family party)
And! Lo! there was another opportunity to photograph yarn in the ball and work in progress but did I take it? No, too busy clickety clacking (on my new carbon fibre DPNs, that may have had something to do with it, I love using new kit)
Consequently I can only show you the FOs
Amy's clever sock technique results in a very attractive three legged set of increases and decreases that sits over the ankle bone
I spent a little time today draping the socks over various pretty locations, eventually settling on using my jewellery box which is a 19th C work basket.
After I posted the picture of finished socks on The Small blog Linda and I had a bit of a chat. Lots of encouragement took place, her yarn being so lovely to knit with and she being so kind about my socks and the pretty lace pattern I chose for the legs. The upshot of this little mutual admiration society meeting was that early in the new year I am going to lead a Knit-A-Long on sock making using some of Linda's yarn. I'm very excited about this and have already bought more Twist from Linda
Bright colours to banish winter blues of you not think? I will be posting more details of the sock KAL early in January here on the blog (and in the Kettle yarn Ravelry forum) but briefly we plan a KAL for absolute sock virgins. We will knit a tiny 'training sock' first to practice the basic technique then make a pair of grown up socks, perfect for keeping the winter chill at bay.
We will be knitting socks in one of two traditional ways, toe up or top down. I will not be referring to Amy's new innovative Auto-Pilot sock. This is not because I do not favour Amy's technique but because Auto-Pilot is new and Amy's idea. Although ownership of knitting patterns and techniques is a slightly grey area (occasionally something new hits the knitting world that is more unvented rather than invented) I have no intention of even borrowing a technique from Amy who is currently teaching it at knitting events and yarn shops around N America and the UK
So please watch this space for some socking for beginners
Ps I thought you might like to see a close up of the inlay on the top of my lovely box. The inscription on the small sliver of mother-of-pearl is To Isabella 1851