Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Los Calcetines

Hi Knitters,
Friday, June 17th! Mark your calendars, if interested, I will be on the "WGN Midday Fix" in Chicago. It is a Chicago based show that plays nationally. If you'd like to watch please check and see if your tv market gets this show. My itinerary shows that I will be on the live tv segment at 11:45am.

Next on Friday, June 17th I will be at Nina: a well-knit shop from 5-7pm for a casual drop-in meet and greet and book signing. There will be refreshments, raffle prizes and the Spud & Chloƫ at the Farm trunk show and more! More? Guess what, my books will be 20% off during the signing and Nina has all four of them available for purchase.

location & contact info

nina: a well-knit shop
1655 west division street
chicago, illinois 60622
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I hope to see you there! This is one sleek, beautiful yarn shop.

Calcetines means socks in Spanish. My high school Spanish student, Peachy, told me so. On my trip to TNNA last weekend I knit the sock you see above. It is out of my own handspun fingering weight superwash wool. I am loving the deep blue heathery stripes.
Here is my start on the second sock. I am finding more and more that when I travel a simple stockinette stitch sock seems to be my project of choice. Not long ago I would bring bigger and complicated projects to travel with. I would even do design work on the plane and in the airports. I can't seem to do that any longer and I am not sure why. Maybe I am too tired or something.

The roving used to make the yarn and sock above is from Dyeabolical. It is completely dreamy and I have been wearing my one sock around the house quite a bit. Handspun socks seem to go quicker than manufactured sock yarns to me, although I am pretty sure that is in my head.
Miss Molly is chugging right along with her new knitting skills. She worked up this pair of superwash dk weight socks in no time at all. I really can't believe how well she is doing. She started knitting at the end of last summer. What I love the most about Miss Molly is that she is fearless. She has now cast on her first sweater and her first pair of fingering weight socks.
I can't say enough about this gorgeous soft green pair of squishy socks. The yarn is Mama Llama's DK Sock in the self-striping colorway called, River. Molly used 2 skeins, US size 4 dpns and cast on 48 stitches to start. I have had this yarn for years and I have no idea if it is still available. I did purchase it at the Woolgirl.
Just look at Miss Molly's cute socks and feet. Don't those look comforting? I'll keep you posted on her progress. She keeps thanking me but I am thanking her. To see a new talented young knitter develop from scratch is one of the greatest joys I have known. I am honored to be her knitting mentor as she is the kind of student anyone dreams about. She is quick, smart and a bit of a perfectionist (just the right amount). Molly is motivated and fun. To see knitting through her eyes makes me remember being new and young to knitting all over again. I was unstoppable and so is Molly.

Hope to see you in Chicago on Friday!
best, susie