Sunday, September 28, 2008


In the Loopers are working on socks this season! Our next session is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 AT 12PM IN THE WINTER GARDEN. We'll be under the glorious palm trees again.

Ina Braun, our intrepid knitting teacher, will conduct several SHOW AND TELLS: 1) turning the heel 2) working with double pointed needles (DPNs) and 3) knitting socks on two circular needles.

To make the most of this session, bring a sock knit through the heel flap. It's easy, once you get your stitches arranged on the DPNs, it's just straight knitting to this point. You can also start from the beginning in this session because the next meeting is in two week, October 17, perfect amount of time to work up a pair of socks to this point. Ina will repeat these tutorials.

Here are several pictures of a sock in progress:

Ina recently discovered a great sock tutorial on Purl Soho's Purlbee (click here to link). The pictures coupled with the instructions are really helpful in visualizing the sock's several sections, in particular the heel.

Please bring your own needles to the classes. For these patterns we are using DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES. Bamboo is highly recommended. SIZES US 2 OR US 3. These needles are affordable and a great investment. Word on the street,: everyone who learns to make socks always has a pair on the needles. Just in case, we will have a few sets on hand for use in the class.

We have some yarn, washable wool/acrylic blend from Encore called Colorspun D.K., purchased from our main charity, The Seaman's Church Institute Christmas At Sea, who distributes our handknit socks to men and women working at sea.

Hope to see you this Friday!