Topic: Shop News
mid January 2012
When you get up in the dark on a January morning, and it is 5* with a wind chill of -12* and you look at what socks to put on, how do you choose?
Do you know what? The warmest AND most versatile pair of socks I own are knit with Peace Fleece Sport and Durasport. The above TALL TREE SOCKS were featured at the Sock retreat last year and the pattern may be downloaded by clicking on the BUY NOW button. After 30 years of making socks, I think I have found the perfect fiber combination for wear and super warmth.
But, aside from wearing good socks made from warm natural fibers in this weather, I highly recommend legwarmers knit with Lamb's Pride, Peace Fleece or Lanaloft Worsted. Legwarmers can go on over tights, over jeans and get you through any blast of frigid air. If you do yoga in chilly rooms, these will save your muscles. I manage a 3 mile walk daily in any weather in comfort with these on. The mentioned yarns are simply fabulous and hold up while holding warmth in. Lamb’s Pride is my go-to yarn for January and February socks, mittens, hats, sweaters and legwarmers. Peace Fleece is a little more rustic, and Lanaloft much softer, filling the needs for all knitters.
Want a simple pattern that I make and wear?
Weigh a skein of yarn with a kitchen scale, and mentally divide that # by 2. Write that weight on the label. Grab a 16” circular needle size 5, or 6, or 7. Cast on as loosely as you can: 40 stitches. Join to work in the round. Work in K1, P1* ribbing until you have knit through almost half the weight of the yarn. Bind off VERY LOOSELY. Make the 2nd legwarmer to match the first.
Enjoy the winter by getting outside in it and BREATHE.
Happy knitting and spinning!
Classes this month and next:
Learn To Spin: Sunday, 12-3 (at CGCC) January 22.
OPEN knitting and spinning: Saturdays 12-3 January 21, & 28
Saturdays 12-3 February 4, 11 & 18
Rip Van Winkle Sock Knitting Retreat: February 24, 25 & 26
Stranded Knitting: Nordic Mittens: Sunday 12-3 February 5 at CGCC
RETREATS ON THE RADAR:
6th Annual Rip Van Winkle SOCK KNITTING RETREAT in February
filled at this time...watch the website for any opening!
Cape Ann NORTH ATLANTIC KNITS in April
sign up by March 15...2 spots left
Are your hands feeling the colder weather lately?
Are the cracks in your skin causing yarns and fibers to catch
while you knit and spin?
Seal your hands with BUNNY BALM
which I make myself to deal with this issue.