As a conscientious teacher I made sure that I had plenty of examples to share so there has been a lot of vanilla sock knitting going on chez Yarn Archive HQ recently. Here is my class sock, knitted in Austermann Step. Infused with aloe vera apparently. We used Brittany birch needles which up until now I haven't been particularly keen on due to my capacity for snapping them. I'm pleased to see that Brittany have made a couple of improvements by adding a sixth needle to the pack and not stamping the size on the middle of the needle so as not to weaken them. I had no trouble at all knitting this sock with them.
I also worked on a sock in parallel in case anyone struggled with their 'homework' and needed a spare sock to work on in class. These are in Koigu which, I have to admit feels so nice to knit with I galloped away and finished them in double quick time.
I was also asked to demonstrate the magic loop method of sock knitting so I am working on this one in Yarn Yard merino which is knitting up very nicely. I still can't work out how people feel that this is a faster method than working with dpns - all the pushing and pulling of needles seems to take me twice as long.I also seem to get much more noticeable ladder at the point where the stitches are divided - anyone got any advice?
Last Saturday, once class was over there was much excitement at Iknit when Erika Knight paid us a visit and gave a very interesting talk about her design influences and to launch her new book 'Men's Knits'. She also brought along the original jumpers which really brought the collection to life.
She is very friendly and approachable such that I forgot my normal reserve and after she had admired my new entrelac scarf lured her and her lovely expert knitter into the basement teaching room to discuss the joy of socks. She very graciously inscribed my book thus:
I can see myself knitting several patterns in this book and how could I resist when they are modelled like this by our lovely IKnit proprietors!
Finally, I am making up for my deficiency in the previous post by showing you the Shetland roving in its unspun state. It's intriguing isn't it?