Retreat for Knitters

Posted by Caroline Hershey

KnitXperience, A Knitters Retreat

Our KnitXperience Retreat is fast approaching. We are looking forward to having Melissa Weaver Dunning perform her celtic music and conduct the workshops on Saturday.



We have had a recent addition to the weekend which knitters will definitely enjoy. Debbie Roberts, who is a certified massage therapist, will be offering chair massage to knitters after lunch on Saturday. After a grueling morning knitting (only kidding), a massage is just what we’ll need. More likely, we will need to take a jog around the lodge to get us going again after the lunch they serve. Hope you are as excited about the weekend as we are!


Two for One Money Last Installment

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Knitting Two Socks at One Time

You have gotten into the rhythm of knitting two socks at one time working across ½ of 1st sock, ½ of 2nd sock, turning work, working across other ½ of 2nd sock, last ½ of 1st sock.

Now, what to do about the heel??? Your stitches are divided, all the instep stitches are on one side and the all the heel stitches are on the other. And just like when you are knitting a single sock, you will ignore the instep stitches until you have completed the heel flap.

Work back and forth on the first sock to complete the heel flap and heel turn and pickup gusset stitches on one side before moving on to the other sock.

Pick Up StitchesAfter completing the heel flap and picking up one side of the gusset stitches on the first sock, move to the 2nd sock and work the heel flap, heel turn and pick up gusset stitches on one side. Turn your work. Knit across the instep stitches of sock 2 and then sock 1. Turn your work again and pick up and knit the stitches for the other side of the gusset on the heel needle for sock 1. Knit across stitches on heel needle. Do the same for sock 2, picking up the gusset stitches and knitting across heel.

There will be a lot of stitches on the heel side but only for a short while. Work your heel as you would a single sock. After picking up all the gusset stitches, knit one round plain (heel and instep stitches) and then begin your gusset decreases as usual – you will do your gusset decreases on the heel needle (K2tog on one side, SSK on the other) until there are the same number of stitches as on the instep needle.


No Longer a Scarf Shape

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Sweater BackWith the completion of the back, the Einstein coat has transformed from a long strip of knitting to more of a sweater shape. Clack the cat is still bored with it all! Next comes the left front and then sleeves. The real question is…will it be ready for Sarah’s birthday in October. Nah…don’t think so. Don’t you love the striping of the Noro Kochoran yarn?

Lace, Sock Knitting

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Have you tried the new Addi Turbo Lace Needles. Not being a lace knitter, I didn’t think I would have any interest in using them. But AHA! Had the opportunity to try them when knitting the Swirl Shawl with Melody yarn and found that I like the long points. Wonder how they would work for sock knitting…well they’re great for that too. That extra pointy tip is really good for the fingering weight yarn used in socks also. Picking up stitches along the gusset, not a snap, but a little easier.


Knit Knight Show & Tell

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Knit KnightKnit Knight was a proud show and tell last night. Michelle and Ann both were wearing their socks they recently completed. Michelle had a pair of toe up socks, working two at a time, on her needles. She shared a tip with us that when knitting two socks at one time from one ball of yarn, she puts the ball of yarn in a ceramic bowl on the


The Continuing Saga of Blue Ridge Blue Socks

Posted by Melissa Abbott

 For SoXperience this year, one of the classes was an original sock pattern from Edie Eckman. She incorporated a crochet motif into the pattern, beginning our socks as usual and then adding the motif (which we completed in the morning class) as we went along.Blue Ridge Blue Socks motif

Not being a skilled crocheter, I cheated and had my flower motifs made for me! (isn’t that just awful? But I really would still be working on that thing now as we speak!) It worked up rather quickly and it was exciting to fit this squarish lacey flower thingy into my sock. I’m excited to see what the results will be, once I’m done.

To give you the details. . .the yarn is Claudia’s Handpaints – Blue Ridge Blue, and the solid is a coordinating color from Claudia. Another fun tidbit from SoXperience – mom tries to feature local businesses and people – Claudia is from Harrisonburg – just over the mountain from the farm – I’ve used her yarn before and it’s wonderful to work with!

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