School supplies

Remember how thrilling it was to get your school supplies each fall? The smell of new pencils and crayons…

Now imagine buying supplies for Sock Summit classes. Even better, right? Especially with a friend! Anna is taking two classes with me, so we went bead and yarn shopping this morning.

Here’s what I have:


Both yarns are Louet Gems sport weight. Yes, sport is as thin as I’ve knitted for socks. And I figure I’ll get further, faster with a fatter yarn!

The lilac yarn is for Star Athena’s Sock Design Workshop. The supply list said sock yarn, not too busy and not too dark. Perfect. Even more perfect is that this is the same color I’m using for Kai-Mei, and if I run out before I’m finished with the toe, I’ll just borrow a little of this. It may not be the same dye-lot (I haven’t checked), but it’s better than nothing! And it was very fun shopping for supplies at Twisted, because Star was there and now she’s met Anna, too.

The white yarn is for Hooked on Beads with Sivia Harding. And the beads are for…yeah, you guessed it. I think that some plain white yarn is fine, because I want to see what’s going on with the beads! You may find it boring, but remember, it’s just practice! Perhaps a cute sock cuff, or fingerless mitts. By the way, Dava Bead in Portland is a place of great temptation. I buy a lot of my beading supplies there.

And for Cat Bordhi’s Dancing with Socks class? I’ll probably just play with some natural colored worsted that I use for teaching. Or go shopping again. I was much more restrained than Anna, so I may have to catch up…

9 responses to “School supplies

  1. Very pretty and nice sound reasoning on the choices. 😉

  2. Very pretty yarns – and love the beads! I really am looking forward to seeing what you make in all these classes…

  3. So pretty! The beads are gorgeous too… I love the teal/blue ones. 🙂

  4. I love buying school supplies so much! Every fall I’ll go to Fred’s and spend $20 then donate the supplies. I can’t help buy fresh pencils and paper!

    I can’t wait to hear about what you are learning in these classes. A little envious. What days are they again? I’m working on a little schedule for helper-bees in the booth.

  5. How clever! Sportweight would definately be much quicker on socks, it won’t do for my weather as I live in Southern California and there is really no need for it. They are probably extra comfy and cushy though. I love knitting socks in the softer colors as they really seem to show off the more complex designs so that you can really see the stitch definition (like anyone is really checking out my socks, but I know its there!) I look forward to seeing your finished project.

  6. Oh I love the beads, I’ve never done any knitting with beads but I will be soon. I can’t wait to see what you do with all that.

  7. Nice supplies!! It sounds like you’ll be taking some great classes!! 🙂

  8. Great classes! I’m looking forward to hearing about them after SS.

  9. Definitely more fun than buying school supplies (although I still enjoy doing that sort of thing)