Stacie and Me podcastI’m excited to announce that I taped my first podcast last week with Stacie Dawson of Must Stash Yarn. I admit to being a little nervous, but Stacie is so engaging that she put me right at ease.

You can watch the podcast and learn about how I became a knitter and my newest adventures by clicking here.

For those of you who may not know, Must Stash is among the best self-striping yarn I’ve come across. The colorways are inventive and fun. At present, I have three skeins of Must Stash sock yarn.

From left to right: Dark Side of the Moon #4 (it’s a little-known fact that I’m a Pink Floyd fan), Sesame #16 (how could I resist?), and Happy Birthday Cindy (dyed specially for my friend, Cindy’s, 50th birthday bash; if you knew Cindy, you’d understand).

Must Stash yarns

I love all the reasons all of you love to knit socks!

The lucky winner of Essential Skills for Sock Knitting is Roxanne, who wrote:

“Being over 70 inspires (requires?) that I multi-task or combine more than one element in everything that I do.
I enjoy knitting socks because I get utility along with beauty in the finished product.
Socks are portable and offer endless possibilities for customizing PLUS they keep your feet warm.
Double points, endless loop, cuff down, toe up, a multitude of ways to turn a heel…. Oh my goodness how I love to knit socks!!”

I’m with you Roxanne — multi-tasking is the way to go! I hope you find lots of inspiration (and help) in the class.

For the rest of you, you can get the class at 50% off by clicking on this link.

Here’s to happy feet all winter long!

I’m delighted to announce that I have a new Craftsy class: Essential Skills for Sock Knitting!


In this class I demonstrate how to knit socks from the top down as well as the bottom up with round heels, short-row heels, wedge toes, and short-rows toes. The techniques are color coded: coral for a toe-up sock with a short-row toe and heel, light blue for a toe-up sock with a wedge toe and round heel, burgundy for a top-down sock with a short-row toe and heel, and dark blue for a top-down sock with a round heel and wedge toe.

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In addition to as many tips as I could squeeze in to the video sessions, you’ll get downloadable patterns for the four sock types, each in my signature style of multiple sizes (seven!) and multiple gauges (five!). The handouts alone will keep you busy knitting socks for family and friends for years to come.

Click here to get a 50% discount on the class!

For the next three (3) days, Craftsy is having a half-price sale on all of their online knitting classes. The cool thing about these classes is that once you’ve enrolled, you can watch the class wherever you want and as often as you want. And you can also ask the instructor for clarification if you run into problems. It’s like having your own private workshop.


My class is called Save Our Stitches: Fixing Knitting Mistakes, but there are loads of other great classes on essential basics, skill building, and mastery of all sorts of knitting techniques.

For a bit of fun, the folks at Craftsy are running a friendly contest among the teachers to see who can entice the most students to enroll in any of the knitting classes — regardless of the teacher. Follow this link to enroll in classes. It’s a win-win situation — you save 50% on any class and I get to compete with the likes of Amy Herzog, Clara Parkes, Lucy Neatby, Sally Melville, Anne Hanson, Franklin Habit, Romi Hill, Nancy Marchant, Eunny Jang, Stephen West, and Amy Singer.

Won’t you take a moment to tell me which class(es) you’d most like to take?

I don’t know what possessed me, but I agreed to do a video workshop on cast-ons and bind-offs for Interweave. I’ve spent the last couple of months researching techniques and knitting endless swatches in preparation for the taping last week.

Interweave has a pretty good method to organize the tapings–the materials (in my case, swatches, needles, etc.) are grouped in trays in the order they are to be presented. So that I could keep track of what was what, I did the cast-on swatches in red:

And the bind-off swatches in blue:

We taped more than 30 cast-ons and more than 20 bind-offs, including variations. I don’t think I’ve ever talked so much in a single day!

I believe the video will be available in August, but that probably depends on how much editing needs to be done. Hopefully, there will be something left after all my bloopers have been removed. If you do have cause to watch the video, be kind. I’ll never get used to being in front of a camera (or three!).