Nancy Bush was at the Windy City Knitting Guild in February. I love her. She's a wonderful storyteller and had a wide range of knitting knowledge. Talked about Sock Summit and where her sock knitting started and how that led into Estonian knitting. It was amazing. The class itself I found ok. Heels and Toes. We spent about 3 hours knitting heels, but no talk of fit or wear. All those wonderful socks from the books - have never been worn! NEVER! Ah! She is a process knitter :)
Token picture of some Nancy Bush Socks
I also got to meet Knit Purl Hunter at Mosaic Yarns - after completing ALL of her amazing Skacel KAL patterns, it was great to learn directly from her, instead of through a YouTube video. Thanks Michelle! She even held up my tons of kept projects (about 1/3 I gave away to friends and family - lucky ones).
We did a little mystery sock. It's Celtic Cables and I have just finished the heels. What a wonderful day.
Socks in Progress
Then for my birthday at the end of March I went to see Miss Babs at Loopy Yarns in downtown Chicago. It was a good trip with a bunch of my knitting friends. They are all so great. And all the color! I love Miss Babs' stuff. Here's what I got - TardisH yarn and LIME GREEN ROVING. Hurray!
And I've been so excited about the roving - I worked through it a little.
Last weekend I got to meet Cookie A and was pretty well featured on her blog! Here's a pretty awful picture of us - but meh. I love her just the same. I wish I stopped talking to get a good shot.
I have to say Cookie was pretty amazing too. High energy and a genuine LOVE of her subject. I took the Cable Suckage Factor class. It was very mathy and made that design of socks with cables attainable. She's a smarty every day. We laughed a lot and knit a lot and measured some. This was again through the Windy City Knitting Guild. It was a good deal to join. They are a wonderful group of women. I think I might have met about 80% of the knitters in the county now.
Now the big news.
I've been not posting because I was burnt out from work - end of fiscal year meant lots of extra work & a lot of burn out. But our group rocked it - deadlines met and clients happy.
I've got a pattern coming out in the 2013 Knitting Pattern A Day Calendar. A Toe-Up Garter Chevron Sock :) I'm thrilled!
I need to work on a 2014 pattern. Thinking about my Penguin Christmas Socking and my Pirate Christmas Stocking. :-D That would kick butt.
I am going to teach a beginners sock class at Fuzzy Wuzzy Yarns starting on May 16. Thrilled! If you haven't knit socks before, you will leave the series of 3 2-hour classes with your first sock. Worked in DK yarn - Simplicity. :-D