Saturday, August 14, 2010

Green Feet For a Green Thumb and Thinking Knitting

This week has been all about the Sock. After finishing my own Socks (post bendigo) I quickly cast on a pair for T in the Limited Edition Hand Dyed Sock Yarn from The Granny Square in Newtown. I finished them today whilst watching Back to the Future III the final instalment in a three weekend Back to the Future Film festival (Thanks SciFi TV).

Soft and silky with an almost bamboo feel the yarn is really joyous to knit with and has knit up really quickly. I used my basic sock pattern (as he hates pattern on his feet) and apart from his feet being soo big (they aren't that bad).

Yesterday I had a mind-blowing day at the Inner City group of the NSW Knitting Guild. Our guest speaker was Liz Gemmell who enthralled us with tales of her career in Knitwear design, teaching and exhibiting in the general meeting in the morning. We saw samples of amazing knitwear and homewear designed and knit by Liz and showing some unbelievable techniques and talents. Humble, entertaining and inexhaustible I am envious of her students at UTS where she teaches

In the afternoon I was lucky enough to be one of around 24 who enjoyed a special workshop (presented by Liz) on Knitwear design. From around 12:30 to 3:30 we were lucky enough to have a small sample of the skills and techniques and tools used by Liz to design knitwear shared with us. The amount of information and knowledge imaprted in this session was staggering in its insight and volume. I was exhausted at the end but most importantly I was truly inspired.

A truly amazing day.


Ruby Girl said...

How nice to meet Liz Gemmel and do a workshop with her. The socks are nice and look very soft.

Yarna said...

Wasn't it am amazing afternoon and how generous was Liz?

Love the socks.

jp said...

Liz was unbelievably generous. It was truly an amazing afternoon.

DrK said...

it was totally great wasnt it! my head is still spinning a bit. love that you got those socks finished so quickly too!