knitting, teaching

Tantalizing Tootsies

I’m still working on the second sock of Cat Bordhi’s pattern, Bartholomew’s Tantalizing Socks. The first sock was completed along with several other single socks for my workshop last weekend where I taught the sky sock architecture from Cat’s book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters.

I really enjoy teaching because it gives me an opportunity to meet other knitters and discover how they knit, how they read instructions, what they find challenging, what comes easy. It’s always eye opening and I learn so much.

sock detail

Back to the sock–I was working on it today at the skating arena while Devan had his lesson and I was being very careful not to drop one of my dpns. I didn’t want it to fall underneath the bleachers. I was concentrating so hard on the needles, that instead, I dropped the ball of yarn. It was gone. Needless to say, there was no more knitting for the rest of the lesson. When all the parents got up to get their children, I was able to drop my knitting under the bleachers too (since it was attached to the yarn) and then go under to retreave the whole lot. All sorts of things were stuck to my project including dust, lint, dried grass, dog hair and a whole bunch of grey hair. Yuck.

linen stitch

Don’t you just love the effect of the linen stitch with the hand-painted yarn? The striping is very narrow with this yarn–just one round of black alternating with one round of pink–and the linen stitch is outstanding. The top part of the sample was knit back and forth and then the round is joined and the bottom half of the linen stitch section is knit in the round. Note the difference in the look of the linen stitch. It appears to be much more even when knit back and forth. I may have to experiment to see of that’s the case, or if it’s simply a matter of the striping in the yarn affecting the look.