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.

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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!

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At the end of the day, I had this:

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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:

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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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