Charlene Schurch Rocks!

May 18th, 2008

I had the opportunity to take the most amazing sock class with Charlene Schurch this weekend. If you can, sign up now! Charlene is a wonderful teacher – so knowledgeable, patient and funny to boot! The sock samples she brought from her 2 books were so inspiring. Good thing Summer of Socks 2008 starts soon – if I knit all the socks I want to knit, well I’ll be knitting socks for many, many years to come!

 

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I learned so many new techniques –

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From left: the cuban (aka sexy) heel, short row heels, 2 color heels, and a toe-up sock.

 

I’ve never really liked toe-up socks, partly because of the fiddly cast on and partly because I don’t really like short row heels. She taught us Judy Becker’s provisional cast on – an amazing cast on. I will be using this cast on for all my provisional cast ons from now on. She also taught us reverse heel flaps, and how a short row heel is actually a good thing. Of course I was inspired to cast on for a toe-up sock:

 

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Just the beginning, not sure what pattern I’m going to choose – there are so many to choose from in Charlene’s 2 books. Whatever I choose, it’s going to be awesome, that I do know. The yarn is madelinetosh hand-dyed sock in the color rhubarb, on size 1 lace addi’s. Can’t wait to see what this yarn wants to become.

 

I also got to take a peek in Charlene’s newest book – the little box of socks. Beautiful patterns on cards that you can easily slip into your knitting bag. Run to your LYS and get yourself a copy!

 

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What a great way to spend the weekend – socks and Charlene Schurch. Just what I needed to inspire and excite me about sock knitting again!