I had my sock class tonight, and it went really well. This was the second session in a three-session class, and a bunch of people missed the first one (it is summer, after all, and schedules are busy). All my students are super-nice, and they all seem to be pretty good knitters, so I don’t think anyone’s going to have any problems.
As an added bonus, they are all sock yarn junkies just like me, and we spent two and a half hours talking about various knitterly goodness. Looking around the table was like an o*r*g*a*s*m of yarn pron. Two people were knitting with Fleece Artist Seawool, and it totally made me want to cast on a pair in the skein I bought a few weeks ago.
At the end of the evening, everyone agreed to lay down their socks and let me take a quick picture. Hopefully we’ll have an updated picture in a couple weeks. Just look at that orange Pomatomus. Isn’t it beautiful?
Speaking of Pomatomus, I did manage to get the heel flap mostly knit before class today, which turned out to be a good thing because it allowed me to demonstrate purl-through-the-back-loop right where it belonged in the pattern.
Because everyone in the class seemed to have their act together, I was able to sit and knit pretty constantly too. There’s good news and bad news to that – the good news is that I came within an inch of finishing the stockinette portion of the second pink sock. The bad news is that I now have no more mindless stockinette cast on. Danger! Danger! Warning!
In the back of my mind I’ve been thinking all day about getting those pants started. For those of you who weren’t around last year when I was knitting these up, here are the pants that Julie wore all last winter. They’re size 4-5T. The ruler is there for scale.
I brought down a pair of pants in size 2T that I think Sophie will fit into this Fall/Winter. I want to make her a pair that starts off a little big in late September/early October, and hopefully will fit through the end of the year at least, maybe through Spring.
I think it’s really do-able. Comparing these two pairs of pants, the pink ones are a looser fit – the leggings are meant to be close-fitting and the pink ones are more yoga-pant fit. Still, the waist size between a 2T and a 5T doesn’t really change that much, especially when there is a big fat cloth diaper involved. The biggest issue is length, and it’s easy to knit a pair of pants an inch or two longer then roll them up a bit while she grows into them.
I dug around a little bit looking for my notes – I know I took good notes last year while knitting these up – but they aren’t in any of the places I would have expected them. I’ve given up – I have the pants themselves to refer to – an easy read – and it’s a simple knit anyway I’ll consult with a couple of size charts, take a few measurements on Sophie herself tomorrow, and then do a little voodoo averaging the numbers and putting together a game plan. Hopefully I’ll have some sweet, sweet mindless stockinette going by bedtime tomorrow.
Oh, and I was all excited this afternoon when a box came for me in the mail. I thought it was going to be my new niddy-noddy. Instead, whomever packed the box at the online retailer who shall be unnamed in this post at least, packed up a nostepinne and sent it my way. A very lovely wooden nostepinne, which I don’t need and won’t serve the same purpose as a niddy-noddy. An e-mail has been sent, and hopefully the matter will be cleared up soon. I like this retailer, I’ve met them in person at festivals and camps. They’re the real thing. I think it was an honest little mistake and will be put right quickly…I just hope it’s before I want to wind back yarn again!