It's All About the Socks!
I took the two sock classes from Charlene Schurch today at Knit. My day got off to a bad start, and I was tired and spacey, but I enjoyed looking at these fabulous socks from the books.
Dana had to pose with a couple of her favorites.
I remember Beth knitting some of these during our Monday nights at Barnes & Noble. She made the iconic cover sock for SKS, and it's second from the left.
The first class was about knitting socks from the toe up with a heel flap. Even though I recently knitted my first pair of toe ups, I still feel somewhat uncomfortable with them. Charlene showed us the easy toe method with a provisional cast on using a crocheted cast on with the waste yarn, which I really liked.
However, when it came time to pick up stitches and add more needles, I misread the instructions (I had trouble focusing--still spacey) and got needle 4 and needle 1 switched around. Although I was upset with myself for my error, Charlene said the sock could work, and it did in it's own way.
Here's my sock...
My sock looks a bit like a moon boot due to time constraints and I used a frilly cast off, so it looks pretty wide. Still I liked working a sock this way a lot; I have the concepts down, and I'm feeling more comfortable with toe ups.
I started another sock with the toe done per the instructions.
The next class was about heel flaps. Here are some of the flaps I knitted during the class.
I've Got The Power?
Charlene is a great teacher. She emphasizes thinking about what you're knitting and plan ahead--not just blindly follow a pattern. You can use a fancy heel flap to brighten up an otherwise plain sock. You can adjust a sock pattern to accommodate long toes, wide ankles, or anything else you wish to adjust.
Both SKS and MSKS are about picking and choosing to design socks that are truly your very own.
In other words, we knitters have the power! That may sound like a blinding flash of the obvious, but I'm a very "inside the box" kind of gal, so it's hard for me not to be a pattern slave. Designing is not in my skill set, but I suppose I can develop some creativity.
She also explained why most of the patterns use solid color yarn. To her, it's all about the knitting and patterns, and not so much the yarn, and she wants the pattern do the talking. You know I love my varigated socks yarn, but I probably add more solids to my stash.
She also had some wonderful tips and tricks, and it was valuable to gain some insight.
Not Just Socks
Tomorrow's class is about sweater finishing. I'm almost finished with my mini sweater back for homework. I'll need it for the class. I'm looking forward to this class since my finishing skills are pretty weak.
I did sneak out from time to time to catch draft updates on the computer. The first two rounds took over nine hours!!!, the longest in NFL draft history, so I did get to watch most of the second round and all of the third at home. So far, I really like what the Panthers have done. I think Jarret and Kalil are good picks.
I'm glad Brady Quinn went to Cleveland, and I hope he does well. It must have been awful for him to wait over four hours before being chosen, though. I like the Brown's selection of Joe Thomas too.
Roll Tide Roll
I got my April Rocking Sock Club Kit yesterday--spoiler alert! The yarn is absoutely beautiful. It's so soft and the colors are brilliant. The pattern is toe up--again!--and I will give it a try soon.