Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Last Friday I got a welcome call from Common Threads in Encinitas that they had a cancellation for the Cat Bordhi sock workshop and would I like to attend. Of course! So yesterday, I trekked (in a pair of handknit socks) down the coast for an all day class with Cat Bordhi. The class centered around the sock knitting techniques in her new book, below:

Was there homework for the class, was my first question. And the answer was yes, so I spent part of the weekend getting myself up to speed by knitting the two learning socks at the beginning of Cat's book. I knit one pair of the "Little Sky Sock" and two pairs of the "Little Coriolis".

These little socks are so cute and easy, and the absolutely best part is that when you bind off, you're done. NO SEAMING!! It always seems that with a lot of the bootie patterns, you spend more time weaving in the ends and seaming than you do knitting the dang little things. There were about 15 in attendance at the class, a really nice group of women, and some familiar faces, including Gaby from the OC Ravelry group. Here's Cat (standing) helping one student with a question.

I had a great time at the class and have to thank Nancy and Carolyn of Common Threads for hosting the workshop. I learned toe-up sock knitting and different kinds of toes. I also mastered the provisional cast-on that Cat explains in her book -- I just needed a little visual push and I got it. I also got my feet wet knitting socks on two circular needles, although I did my sample sock in class on my double points. I didn't want to get bogged down in too many new things at once. But, I am now ready to tackle Cat's book on knitting socks on two circulars. (I know my converted friends are cheering.) Hey, I still love my dpn's. And I started "Bartholomew's Tantalizing Socks" from the new book. The socks in Cat's book for the most part do not use the traditional heel flap. It's a really neat way to knit socks. She also had all of the socks from the book with her and told us the story behind each one. She was a delightful, patient teacher and I was so glad that I had the opportunity to take the class.

Over the weekend, I also finished the pair of ribbed socks I had been working on.

I am now going to turn my attention to finishing a cabled shawl I have been working on that is knit with some very dark brown buttery handspun alpaca from "Shadow", fiber I bought at Black Sheep Gathering two years in a row. Happy knitting and spinning!


loopykd said...

Ok, so how many pairs of socks can you knock out in one weekend? Holy smokes! Are they super easy or are you speed knitter extraordinaire?

Jerry said...

Hi Lori!
Are we losing you to the dark side of circular sock knitters? I hope not, It's always nice to see your ebony needles flying through your sock yarn. I noticed the Lantern Moon's last time we saw you knit :) Glad you were able to make it to the class. Just another tool for you to use and broaden your scope for design construction in future projects.