Vintage Socks rock!

April 2nd, 2007

knit_vintage_socks2.jpgAnd so does Nancy Bush. This weekend was all about Nancy at Knitting Central. She was kind enough to teach two classes this weekend – Knitting Vintage Socks and Traditional Estonian Socks. I had the opportunity to sit in on the Saturday class – Knitting Vintage Socks. Nancy is a wealth of information on Vintage Socks. It was so interesting to hear about her research into vintage socks – mostly taken from Weldon’s Practical Needlework series, published in England in the late 1800’s. I could have listened to Nancy talk about the history of vintage socks all day.


Since it was a knitting class, we did do some knitting. Here we (a few of the girls from Knitting Central) are knitting away. Yes, we do get to knit sometimes!


At the end of the day, I had this:


A mini sock – Nancy taught us the double tail cast-on, the welsh heel and the french toe. (The heel is on the right, the toe on the left!) Now I just have to decide which sock to knit from the book first – you see, I want to knit them all. Decisions, decisions.

Sunday’s class, Traditional Estonian Socks looked very interesting. I had to work, so I just caught bits and pieces, but it seemed to be very interesting.

And I can’t wait for Nancy’s next book – Estonian lace. Just my cup of tea! Some of her estonian-inspired lace designs include Ene’s shawl from Scarf Style, the Lily of the Valley Shawl from Lace Style, and Madli’s shawl from Interweave Summer 2004 – all on my list of to knit patterns.

I can’t begin to tell you what a pleasure it was to meet Nancy – she is truly an amazing woman and an awe-inspiring knitter and designer. The highlight of my day was when Cynthia was telling her about my designs, and I showed her one of my sock patterns, the twisted lace leaf socks, and she liked them – she really, really liked them! A perfect ending to a perfect day. I knew it would be a good day when I woke up to this sunrise:


Happy Monday!

2 Responses to “Vintage Socks rock!”

  1. Heather on April 2, 2007 6:37 am

    Wow, what a fantastic experience. I love her books and always had the impression that she was an intriguing person. There is nothing better than learning new techniques!

  2. Jennifer on April 4, 2007 3:18 pm

    Ooh – I’m so envious. It looks like you had a great time. I love Vintage Knits – She’s the best. I can hardly wait to see the finished mini-sock.

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