May 5th, 2011

Summer Knitting

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The first muggy day has me concerned about my wool addiction. Has me considering smaller projects, has me contemplating travel friendly knitting, which inevitably brings me to the subject of socks.

Truth be told I’m more of a sweater knitter. I like conquering large projects and I tend to think of sock knitting as a very Zen activity, and Zen I am not. But, there is something enviable about such a portable project. And all of those finished sock photos on Ravelry are so very tempting! So this season I’m going to make a stab at sock knitting. I do collect sock yarn. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s colorful, squishy and a one skein buy. So easy to give in!

WEBS employees have long been sock fanatics. So, to get me started on sock knitting I asked around and in a matter of moments I had a long list of recommendations. Here are a few:

Ashley’s Picks

Book: Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd

“Best beginner’s book, hands down.”

Needles: Blackthorn DPNs in carbon. They’re strong, sharp and…

“They become smoother with use and lose that squeaky feeling”

Essential Tool: Nancy’s Knit Knacks DP WIP Tubes

Fiber: Madelinetosh hand dyed sock yarn, in Forestry (yummy)

 

Kirsten’s Picks

Fiber: Noro Taiyo Sock #10 new love as of 5 mins ago. Can I please have it back so I can buy it?

Needles: Addi Lace 40” US 0.

Bag: Classic Elite Blossom bag

 

Leslie Ann’s picks

Needles: Kollage Square Needles: lightweight and easy on the hands

Bag: Lantern Moon Meadow Pouch adorable and well constructed

Book: Toe Up Socks for Every Body by Wendy Johnson

Fiber: Abstract Fibers Matisse our brand new hand dyed BFL sock yarn, in Deep Lake

Must have tool: Rollie’s Stitch Keepers

 

Cara’s picks

Needles: Blue Sky’s 5” rosewood needles in collectible tin

Fiber: Dream In Color Everlasting 8ply sock yarn in Concord

Bag: Chic-a Single Yarn Keeper zip up container to keep from rolling my yarn down airplane aisles

Book: 2-at-a-Time Socks by Melissa Morgan Oakes, a staff favorite.

 

And let’s not forget our Valley Yarns line of Sock Yarn!

Kangaroo Dyer’s Franklin and Semi-Solid hand dyed sock yarns

Valley Yarns Huntington with 8 new colors

 

Happy Knitting!

Cara

 

 

 

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