Join our own Chris Motley and local members of afghans for Afghans for knitting, tea and conversation at the Asian Art Museum during the run of the special exhibition, Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul. Bring your knitting needles and wool yarn, and start (or finish) a project to send to Afghanistan. It all takes place at the Education Studios, from 1:30 – 4:30 pm, starting on the opening Sunday, October 26 and ongoing first Sundays November 2, December 7 and January 4.
afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that knits and crochets wool blankets, sweaters, vests, socks, mittens, and hats for the people of Afghanistan. The project started in response to the war that unfolded after 9/11. This follows a long-time American tradition of knitting for others at times of war and crisis. For more information about afghans for Afghans visit www.afghansforafghans.org.
When I’m not teaching classes or taking yarn photos or writing blog posts, I make things with fiber and yarn. I’m participating in the SF Open Studios this weekend, so please do stop by. Saturday and Sunday 11-6pm. The info is here. Hoping to see some ImagiKnit faces!
As Sock Week turns into more of a Sock Fortnight, the next featured yarn is Sheep Feet from the Sheep Shop Yarn Company. Based in New England, the superwash merino sock yarn is hand dyed in Uruguay. At 218 yards, you would need two balls for a pair of adult socks, however at 5-6 stitches to an inch, Sheep Feet can also serve your vibrant baby knitting needs. One ball would make a pair of booties and a hat for that newborn at the office. With lovely, saturated colors and easy care, what more could you ask for?
We have three new sock yarns from Pagewood Farm, all hand dyed in beautiful hues. The yarn is milled and dyed in the US, which is increasingly rare these days. What makes this collection of yarn so interesting are the effects of the different fiber contents. First off is Denali, the workhorse of the group made up of 80% merino superwash and 20% nylon. It comes in a generous 450 yard hank, perfect for a pair of socks and then some.
Now, it used to be that if you wanted sock yarn in anything other than merino, you had to spin it yourself, but St. Elias gives all you non-spinning knitters the opportunity to knit with an 80% Blue Faced Leicester and 20% nylon blend. The BFL gives the yarn an amazing loft as well as creating a much softer tone with the colors. Like Denali, it comes in 450 yard hanks.
Lastly, there is Aleyska, which combines 80% merino superwash with 10% cashmere and 10% nylon. The yarn has an amazingly soft hand, just that touch of cashmere adds so much. Soft. Squishy. Aleyska comes in a little thicker at 7- 7.5 stitches compared to Denali and St Elias’ 8 stitches to an inch and at the 360 yards, the put up is a little less. But from a gourmet stand point, a little of a good thing goes a long way. Like truffles. No matter, your feet will thank you.
While there’s nothing new about Jitterbug from Colinette, what’s noteworthy is how using it in a an original sock design could make you a lot of money. The Knitter’s Magazine Think Outside the SOX competition is still going on and Jitterbug has three categories – Adult Fair Isle, Toddler and Children’s Lace or Cable, and Adult Lace with Cuff. All ready and waiting for your needles.
Designing is not your thing? The folks at Colinette have provided a simple sock pattern just inside the label. And if you need some music to knit by, or just your Wham! fix for the day, click here.