On the off chance someone "follows" me (which I'm too inept to figure out how to do, though I love all your blogs), sorry for the reposting! I claim fatigue, but I'm done with my multiple publishings of the first two days.
I'm guessing this one won't go out tomorrow (Sunday). Maybe I'll actually make it to Sock Summit before 9:01 and get a chance to work on this tomorrow... we shall see (I did).
So, today was my first six hour class and oh man, was it amazing and overload all at once. At least I've heard of this knitter before!
Donna Druchunas is fabulous! She's is amazingly interesting, generous with her knowledge, always ready to help, and gloriously unassuming and down to earth when she's a pretty spectacular knitter, in my mind. I don't know if anyone else enjoyed her snapshot of the history of Lithuanian knitting, but I was enthralled! She could teach a class just on that. She teased us with beautiful examples of Lithuanian knitting, both her own (the cuffs) and items she bought (the socks) while traveling.
Of course, they only gave Donna six hours for Lithuanian Heels and Toes. She showed us the schedule. As her roommate rightly pointed out, "three heels and three toes in six hours? That's one item an hour."
Oh yeah, put on your big girl panties, because it was knitting in over drive.
We had homework, namely starting three socks of 48 stitches until the heel. You'll be able to see how far I got on the homework!!
First up was heels. This is a heel with no short rows. I won't give away the secrets of the instructions that Donna translated, but I'll show you the results:
Here is a clearer picture of what I was trying to do:
Mine looks a little closer to the attempt (and you can also see some of the other general knitting advice Donna gave that I scribbled on the bottom of the handout):
Finally, a short row garter heel with decorative holes:
And then - change gears! Time for toes! We were running short, but talked through four types and practiced a spiraled toe decrease. In traditional Lithuanian knitting the toe isn't kitchenered.
Donna is coming out with a book next year on Lithuanian knitting with some of her own patterns. Buy it. We didn't see it, but imagine this:
Some of the socks in the pictures I took today will be in that book. Take the awesomeness I capture a glimpse of, add a person that actually knows how to take pictures, dabble in some amazing history, and wrap it up in what will be some truly amazing instructions and you will not be disappointed.
Take a few breaths and grab a cup of coffee.
I dabbled around in the market place for a bit which was great. I also got a chance to meet Katie from twelvedaysold which was fun.
Flash Mob, Knitter-style. Remember that comment about us knitting nerds sticking together? I kind of wish I'd had the nerve to just do it but it was fun to watch too. I've got a video but I've never tried to load one of those... I will try later, but want to get this up.
While I was writing up these posts, I ended up sitting next to Anne of Crafty Diversions and asked if she knew a place to eat. Seems she's friends with Deb of Pico Accuardi. Hello Kevin Bacon. Apparently Deb has many talents and she and her husband own a restaurant in Portland. So I'm off to Gino's. Partially to have some real caesar salad and partially to tell Deb's husband Marc I'm a knitter and they are making money off Sock Summit. Full report tomorrow. ETA: Marc had gone home and wine was good. The caesar salad was good, but too garlicy.
Another late day. And now the next class has started so time to hit publish.