Wednesday, March 2, 2011
If you don't know about Ravelry.com... you really need to! It's the most amazing resource for the knitting community! It has tons and tons of patterns (some free, some for purchase), lots of yarns and where to get them, links to stores, and best of all.... PEOPLE There are more chat boards than you can shake your needles at. One board is moderated by the owner of Knitters Brewing Company. Wendy Gaal and her friend, Kellie, hand dye the most wonderful yarn in every color imaginable. And they have regular KAL's (Knit- alongs). Most of her original designs are very challenging. But this month, they are doing a KAL to teach knitters how to make basic socks. There is the assumption that you know the basics of knitting and purling. But there's no doubt that new sock knitters will be successful with this KAL. The pattern has lots of pictures, and there will be videos on the chat board to show you some of the techniques. And if you get stuck, all you have to do is ask a question on the board and you'll have answers lickety split.
There is no charge and no purchase necessary. The pattern (photo above) will appear on the chat board mid March for free. But if you do order the kit, you will get a commemorative stitch marker, your choice of a bazillion colors of yarn, and the pattern already printed out. There are random prizes drawn from those who post a picture of a finished sock. If you use Knitters Brewing yarn, you are illegible for the grand prize. It's up to you- you can buy the kit or use yarn you have.
I've known these women for a while and they are really great. If you've always wanted to learn to knit socks, or if you tried with less-than-great results, think about playing along!
Oh- and they also have a pod cast and a blog called Yarn on Tap. Enjoy!