Sunday, November 21, 2010

November Newsletter Part 4: Teaching Sock Knitting

"Thank you!" I've received so many lovely emails and calls about November's Newsletter series and I'm inspired by and appreciate every kind word. This week we'll discuss hand knit Socks & Slippers. I realize your new knitter may not be ready for socks by week 4 but its not about them mastering knitting 100%, its about the time you spend with your loved one sharing your love of fiber arts and your love for them. Creating something with your hands while creating memories, you'll both look back on and reminisce..."Remember that Thanksgiving when Mom, Grandma (you insert the name) taught us to knit" That's what this series is about.

Through the Loops Jagged

Cuff Down
If you prefer knitting socks from the cuff down you're in for a treat with one of these new patterns. Through The Loops colorful striped Jagged are worked from the cuff down and have a short row heel.

Goddess Knits' new designs include the beaded Midnight Sky, lacy Velvet Brocade & Daisy Chain, cabled Abhainn & Anjou and the lacy & cabled Poison Ivy.

Goddess Knits Midnight Sky

Goddess Knits Velvet Brocade

Goddess Knits Daisy Chain

Goddess Knits Abhainn

Goddess Knits Anjou

Goddess Knits Poison Ivy

And Lisa Ellis Designs' Cable Cuff Sock will show off all your handiwork on the cuff.

Lisa Ellis Designs Cable Cuff Sock

Yarns On Stage
And make one of these new Cuff Down socks completely unique by knitting it in one of the exclusive Yarns on Stage colorways! Yarns On Stage is a celebration of beautiful fingering weight fiber and the artists who make its colors sing. 9 of today’s hottest hand-dyers have lovingly dyed their most popular sock yarns in unique, limited edition colorways and created a special pattern to showcase their color. Knit your next sock or lace project in a yarn from Alpaca with a Twist, Claudia Hand Painted, Dream In Color, Great Adirondack, Pico Accuardi, Prism Yarns, Shibui Knits, Conjoined Creations or Twisted Sisters!

Purchase all 9 of these exclusive yarns and you'll receive 10 FREE Patterns, a great holiday gift for yourself or a fellow knitter.

Conjoined Creations Flat Feet Sunny Orange

Claudia Hand Painted Fingering Zebra

Alpaca with a Twist Socrates Fruit Smoothie

Great Adirondack Silky Sock Parakeet

Hand Knit Slippers
Nothing says I love you more than a pair of warm and cozy slippers. Whether you use one of these basic patterns to teach a new knitter, felting hides any mistakes, or you knit a pair for every family member, they'll think of how much they love you every time they wear them.

Melynda Bernardi of French Press was inspired by dressy ballet flats to design her French Press Felted Slippers. Constructed more like a shoe than a sock, these quick to knit felted slippers will keep you warm AND comfortable! The pattern is written with a lot of details, pictures & instructions for felting and available as a Pattern only or a Kit.
French Press Slippers

Kitman Figueroa Comfy Slippers

Snuggle up on a cold day wearing Kitman Figueroa's Comfy Slippers. This hand knit pair of slippers are done mainly in stockinette stitch, are fast and easy and the pattern includes many different sizes. The pattern is versatile and can be knit in a worsted, heavy worsted or even a yarn held double.

Josefina Knits Peter Pan's Slippers

And Josefina Knits' cute elfin Peter Pan's Slippers are a fun pair of slippers that can be easily crocheted in few hours. This versatile pattern can be done in any gauge, with any hook and in any size from newborns, toddlers, teens, adults and even for dolls.

Ilga Leja Midnight Sun

Leg Warmers
They're back, just like sweaters & cowls are big hits this season the extra layering accessory Leg Warmers have made a come back! Ilga Leja's Midnight Sun leg warmers are part of her Far North Collection and play with the colors of the sun against a neutral sky. Some of the colors are fanciful; some are true. This stash-busting project requires a substantial quantity only for the background. Even that can change along the length of each leg warmer.

Gift With Purchase
My last Gift with Purchase was a huge hit, a Free Skein of yarn when you spent $50 or more. This time I'm giving you a Free Pattern when you spend $25 or more. No shipping required and the pattern will be selected for you.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for visiting and sharing my news. Remember I'm always here to help with any of your fiber arts needs, I can be reached at, or toll free 877/519-1693 or on Ravelry. Speaking of Ravelry please stop by and join my group,, I started a thread asking you to share your story about teaching a loved one or friend to knit and I'd love to hear about your experience.

No comments: