Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I'm trying to rustle up some friends to go with me to a sock knitting retreat on Saltspring Island in October.
I can't go to Sock Summit because of camp nursing duties, but I will certainly try to go next time.
Meanwhile, my niece and yarn dyer extraordinaire is scheming to provide a great time with a great teacher on one of our treasured Gulf Islands.
Electrictree is my incredibly talented and funny niece. She makes great spinning, dyed yarn, knitting design and babies (baby). We had such a great time together at the Sivia Harding retreat in Sun Peaks a few years ago. I know this will be a great event.
The guest instructor is Barb Brown of Wild Geese Fibres and her latest book is Knitting Knee Highs.
You all will thank me when I tell you that I won't be clothing my legs in knee highs, but I could really use some help with making my socks fit better and I've never taken a sock knitting class. The only knitting class I ever took was with Sivia.
The pair I'm knitting now finally fit. It's a third attempt at Wendy's Toe Up Generic with gusset heel. The first was just wonky. The second was too loose: perfect measurement while forgetting negative ease.  These are 1/2 inch too short (on purpose for a gift) which makes me sad because I think my feet would really like them. I have my next yarn picked out for my own feet.
So, for the insight, for the meeting up with my niece and her mother (my talented and very smart second sister) and for the chance to roll around in yarn and frolick with my tribe, I am throwing my hat into the ring.
Who would like to join me?


Angie said...

Sounds lovely. If I knew more about future work, I would look into attending seriously. Their fiber looks fantastic!

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

You will do great socks! Sivia Harding (one of her designs) is on my bucket list.

electrictree said...

Thanks for the shout-out! It's going to be a fantastic retreat! Plus there will be chocolate!

Anonymous said...

I already have a few things planned for October - but let me know the date, maybe I can change one....CB