Cat Bordhi is a knitting genius. She is utterly amazing. I took a weekend workshop with her (courtesy of the Windy City Knitting Guild) and I don't think I will ever look at a knitting pattern in quite the same way.
I have to admit, I was not too enthusiastic about the workshop. I mean I like to knit socks, and I love good designs, but I'd found the square heel and I was loving it and that's that. I don't need weird to make a sock worth knitting and from the photos I'd seen, I was just, meh.
Class started with some sock diagrams, and she used a wonderful large sock as a sample for talking about sock parts. Cat was so organized and had a well thought out presentation. She also had excellent handouts that were very well designed, clear and concise.
Then we moved onto a baby sock, with a garter stitch toe. There is no right way to make it, that it is absolutely the knitter's choice. She had so many tricks and tips, I hope my brain absorbed most of it. Some of it was just simple common sense if you had taken the time to wonder how to improve the "proven" methods.
Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Worsted in Sherbet
Her socks were amazing. Photos do NOT do them justice. Trust me.
If you ever hear that Cat is teaching, sign up immediately, it will change how you approach your knitting and really help you think and analyze what you do and what you want to do.
I am being forced out of my slump by a baby sweater. D. requested a sweater for a co-worker who just had a baby. I grilled him before I agreed, it's imperative to make sure they appreciate hand knitting.
I bought the yarn at the Lorna's Laces Warehouse sale. It's a lovely mix of blues, the skeins are very different so I need to alternate the skeins which is a bit of a pain but not too bad. The yarn feels very nice. Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Wool is great for babies, because it's wool, and machine washable and the colors, oh, the colors.
I have had to rip it out a few times, lulled by the feel of the yarn and knowing it's stockinette...
WAIT! Did I miss the reverse stockinette row???? AGAIN?!!! grumble, rip, grumble. It's okay, I just get to knit it again. Don't worry, I'm knitting it for a size 12 mos. so even at the rate I'm knitting it will still fit.