Friday, November 18, 2005

Knit Salon

The Sock Leg
Originally uploaded by Disentangled.
I had a very enjoyable evening last night. It was the first time I ventured out to a formal sit & knit. This particular one was hosted by the Grove in South Park San Diego. They hold a knit salon every other Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 (I think). There were at least a dozen knitters there - notice I didn't say ladies? Yes, there was a guy knitter too! Yay - it's so nice to see that. I wish more guys would knit. B actually talked about learning, but it will be interesting to find a fiber that isn't going to drive his hands crazy.

Nasus was able to join me which was great because I hadn't seen her in a couple weeks. We chatted and knit and checked out what everyone else was making and the next thing we knew it was 8:00! The owner of the store was making a bobbi bear - so I had a chance to ask her about that project, since I will be making one soon (and found out they were going to have a bobbi bear class in December! I don't think you really need a class to follow the pattern, but how fun would that be?). Another lady was starting a baby kimono in the cutest green wool and we all commiserated about how it wasn't really a quick knit. Just because it's small doesn't mean you can knit thousands of tiny stitches quickly. And I think one of the most fun things was the show and tell of the monster hat kits that you can see here. These were so cute and would be great for kids and big kids, I mean adults.

Nasus and I made some progress on our own WIPs. I got a bit more done on my very-first-sock-leg-ever and Nasus looks like she is now at least 1/2 done with the Kyoto sash. The owner commented on Nasus' lovely knitting - she told her that she had never seen that yarn knitted up so well - "Mine never looked like that." As for my sock leg, you can now see the pattern of the Lorna's Laces I am using (details in my yarn review section). I think the spiral will be cute, but I am trying not to wig out about matching it to my second sock. I see knitters (and I mean Knitters) post pictures of not perfectly matched socks all the time, but I have a feeling that the impulse to match could take over rational thought if I don't have a couple glasses of wine first when that time comes. I seriously understand the theory behind making a sock that matches, but logistically? I keep telling myself it's my first pair, it's ok for them to be different. This is a learning process after all, right?

Anyway, I will definitely be going back and I can see how this could be a seriously addicting activity. So, until next time...


Julia said...

I love the way that colorway is working up. I wouldn't worry about matching up the socks. They match up on their own (Lorna's Laces is pretty good that way), and if they don't they're still charming in a handmade way. I personally prefer mismatched socks, though I know some people require more order than that.

Nasus said...

It was great spending time with you that night! :)

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Funny, matching up the socks is not something that gets me. I've seen people get all anal about it, though.

Oh, and Mom mentioned that you wanted some sock yarn for Christmas. I think it was from Knit Picks. May I suggest NOT getting the Sock Garden. It's pretty in person, but it gets fuzzy and felts REALLY easily (like there's no longer any stitch definition on the bottom of Little Man's socks after a couple of wearings). May I suggest something superwash? That's what I'll try next time.