Sunday, July 10, 2011

Overcoming Sock PTSD

When I was 10 years old, I had already become a pretty accomplished knitter. Because of that, my expected contribution to my family was to knit socks for one of my grandfathers and one of my uncles. Both of them worked outside and only wore hand-knit wool socks. 

Thus, as a 10-year-old, I was cranking out men-sized socks (sizes 13) at a rate of 2 pairs of socks per month. However, these socks were not much fun to knit since grandpa and uncle only wanted black or charcoal gray socks in 100% wool. 

It seems that most sock knitters love knitting socks because of the varied lace and/or cabling patterns and the lovely bright sock yarns that these socks can be knit in. But "my socks" neither had fun patterns, unless K2/P2 ribbing and stockinette stitch counts as such and my socks only came in two color choices of black and charcoal gray. 

"I want to be a pair of socks!"
I have three skeins of this pretty colored sock yarn in my stash.
Last weekend, I met a lovely lady by the name of Jackie. She is a fairly new knitter who really wants to knit socks for her boyfriend. She is excited about the prospect of knitting his socks. I do not know what happened. I do not know how I got caught up in her enthusiasm for sock knitting. But before I knew it, I said, "I know how to knit socks! If you want to, we can have a sock knit-along." 

No sooner had I uttered those words, a wave of black and charcoal gray sock trauma thoughts overcame me. What was I thinking! How could I have said those words! 

Jackie became even more enthusiastic about knitting socks for her boyfriend. She told me that she would meet me this Saturday, same place and same time to start with the sock knitting. 

I really like Jackie, she is fun, smart and I'd like her as my friend. But, all week, I was dreading our next get together. I tried to be cheerful because I have three hanks of really pretty sock yarn in my stash. I even took out one hank and wound it into a pretty yarn cake. All the while, I was convincing myself that I would love knitting some socks in pretty colors.

Yesterday, I went to the arranged sock knitting meeting place, while secretly hoping that Jackie would stand me up... because I really do not want to knit any socks! But Jackie is not a flake, she cheerfully showed up at the arranged time with just as much sock knitting enthusiasm as last week. 

Fortunately, the air conditioning went out at the meeting place and it was so hot that after having made a swatch and helping her to cast on the necessary stitches, it was so hot (90 degrees) that even Jackie's sock knitting enthusiasm waned. 

End result? 

  • My yarn is still in a pretty cake and my DPN's are stitch-less little chop sticks... 
  • BUT, we are supposed to meet up next weekend to start knitting those socks...
  • I offered two of the hanks to my Ravelry group for a possible yarn swap...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Apple Valley, CA - Fanciwerks

Thursday, June 30th:

We had an absolutely amazing workshop at Fanciwerks yarn store in Apple Valley, California. We met with 20 knitters who wanted to start the Lacy Butterflies Cowl. 

Fanciwerks Yarn Shoppe (Front)
The store's set-up is amazing with other craft stores in the immediate area. What a fun place to visit!

Workshop Photos

More Workshop Photos

Workshop Photo
Lynn, the owner of Fanciwerks Yarn Shoppe is such a nice lady. She gave me a Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needle set as a thank you for coming!  

Inside the store (front room)

Shop Photos - If you look at the top right, you see a red cardigan -
it is the Summer Lace Wrap Cardigan - one of my patterns! 

The shop has a really nicely varied selection of yarns!
I was invited to come back for another workshop in September. I am really looking forward to meeting all the nice knitters again!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Albuquerque, NM - The Yarn Store at Nob Hill

Wednesday, June 29th:

We had the chance to visit and start a knit along for the Lacy Butterflies Cowl at The Yarn Store at Nob Hill ( 

If I ever had a chance to create my own yarn store, I would want it to look and feel like this store. Everything fit together so well, the store is Fung Shui in all aspects. 

From the minute we stepped into the store, we felt at home, the owner (Teresa) and staff member (Liz), the knitters, the environment, the lovely yarn... everything just calls out to you:  "Come, sit down, relax, knit, create... make friends and laugh!"

The store has five different areas where knitters can sit and knit (open knit during store hours).

One of the Sit & Knit Areas
Another Seating Area - Look at the Needlework Supplies!

The selection of yarns was great too. It was almost as if my patterns were designed for the selection of yarns the store carries. 
The Yarn Shop carries at least 6 different yarns that are perfect for
the Hollywood Flair Top-Down Tunic

My Crazy Aunt Purl's Tank Top displayed in the Yarn Shop - perfect yarns are Berroco's Seduce, Gedifra's Amara and Lang's yarns whose name escapes me at the moment

The Yarn Store carries three different yarns
that are perfect for this tank top.

Many of the yarns are made by environmentally concerned and fair trade concerned producers. Other yarns are produced by smaller independent dyers from the New Mexico area. 

Hand Dyed Yarns!
Great Selections!

Some more shop photos:

The store has the most wonderful natural sun light throughout which is great for knitting! 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Traveling with Knitters...

You know, it is not fair when you are traveling with fellow knitters and you have to drive the car and/or do car related errands... and they sit and knit!

At least Buddy, my little dog, is loyal and won't knit while I am not able to knit: