The Utah Grrls met for lunch on Saturday and then headed over to Black Sheep to meet Nancy and have the new book signed. From left to right: Shannon, Laurie, Susan (you can see a picture of me on her blog), Mim, Teri, Michaele and Nancy is seated. We had a fabulous time.
Sandy asked if I had ever met Nancy Bush. Any knitter living in Utah the last 20 years has, mostly likely, met Nancy. She owned the Wooly West as a brick and mortar business in Salt Lake for many years and was often in the shop in its early days. After becoming a well known teacher and author she had less time for retail and decided to sell the shop and Wooly West became a mail order only business. Nancy still teaches classes for Black Sheep Wool Co, the local Knit Guild, and at other local events from time to time. When the opportunity arises to take a class from her I jump at the chance. So, yes I’ve known Nancy for some time.
Nancy asked me to help her knit for the new book after she saw how quickly I knit a pair of gloves for Smith. Piecework published the Polperro Gloves in January 2004 and Smith liked the pattern and yarn color. I contact Nancy, bought the yarn and immediately started knitting. In one weekend the gloves were finished, but I had two right hands. (You see, I said I wasn’t that smart.) I called Nancy and told her I needed another ball. She was surprised I was finish (I did not confess) and asked at that time if I would help with the book. I was completely intimidated!! I told her I would be happy to help but only if she saw my knitting and approved. I did end up helping her by knitting six pair of socks for the book. (I do knit quickly if not distracted by too many things.) With several other knitters helping out, Nancy made her deadline.
Nancy describes the history of knitting, and knitting patterns, in the first part of the book. She also offers many simple ribbed socks for the beginning sock knitter. A variety of heels and toes are described in the book and a wide selection of sizes (men’s, women’s and children’s) are used. She has a time line of when the sock pattern for each sock was published. It is fascinating reading and the patterns are interesting and widely varied in style.
I loved all the socks I made for the book (and was able to choose the socks I wanted to knit) and so I cast on this weekend for one of my favorites, the 'Child’s French Sock'. All the patterns in the book are named for the original Weldon pattern and many can be misleading. This sock, for instance, is not a child’s sock. It is sized for a woman, and by lengthening it slightly, it will fit me. I’m joining Lolly in her Socktober Fest. You can too! Look at all the fun buttons! I choose the one I did because it has Lolly’s name on it. Thanks for a reason to start another sock Lolly!
Please go wish my friend Birdsong a very happy birthday!!