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Clare Devine - Tough Socks Naturally

  • The Risk Factory 20 New Mart Rd Edinburgh EH14 1RL UK (map)

Have you found yourself pondering whether sock yarn needs nylon for strength or questioning what the impact of superwash yarns has on the environment? In this workshop we will explore alternatives to superwash wool nylon blends for socks. By carefully considering the materials we use for our making we can impact the world around us. Every little counts. 

This workshop will focus on the wide range of natural fibres available and how to select the best options for sock knitting. We will talk about natural strengtheners to re-enforce hard wearing areas and stitch patterns that add durability to heels and toes and other areas needing a little extra support. 

With the knowledge that eventually everything starts to wear out we will look at how to care for your hand knit socks and how to repair holes to extend their life.

Level: Adventurous beginner onwards

Skills needed: An adventurous spirit and an enquiring mind. Basic knitting skills, some knowledge of sock knitting would be useful but this workshop would be a lovely introduction to sock knitting with natural yarns (please note you will not learn how to knit a sock in this class).

Materials to bring: Swatch for darning (see homework) or sock with a hole in it
- approx 40g sock yarn
- 2.5mm / US1 needles (or the size you usually use for socks)
- Optional – examples of yarns you would like to knit socks with

Any "homework"?: Create swatch using sock yarn (4ply): using 2.5mm needles, cast on 32 sts and work in stocking stitch flat for 32 rows

Class size: 14

 Note: This class also runs on Sunday afternoon.