Stephen West, knitwear designer and author of many books, and many, many (many!) patterns, was at Black Mountain Yarn Shop this weekend, and I was lucky enough to attend both of his classes. (click title to continue reading)
t had been a while since we went roaming up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In fact, it's usually closed in the winter because of icy roads. But it's been so warm this winter that we were able to get up to Craggy Gardens and Craggy Pinnacle just before New Years. Totally worth it, and highly recommend.
Continuing my sock knitting trend, I got a wild hair and decided to join the Knit Along for Natalie's Advent Socks. Why was it a wild hair? Because it was also the busiest season in my business, which is not always an awesome time to start new knitting projects. But it turns out Advent socks are *perfect* for this time of year, because the idea is just to knit one stripe a day during Advent (with a little bit of extra time here and there for toes and heels), and that's not too hard to accomplish.
This fall I had a sudden interest in knitting socks - again. That urge was strong several years ago, and I even had a phase where I only wore hand-knit socks in the winter, but that phase burned out about the time I felted a few pairs of them over one winter, and it had been a while since I had made socks. But after several sweaters in a row, and more cowls that I can count, the sock urge was back. (click title to continue reading)