Workshop: A Study in Socks

by - Monday, May 04, 2015

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop A Study in Socks
NaomiBelle Rozell

$195 includes 50 lab fee
November 7, 8, - Class Limit 15
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC

Sock, Chaussette, Calcetín, Socken, or Calzino.

No matter what language is used, a sock is defined as a garment for the foot and lower part of the leg. In modern times, socks are typically knit from wool, cotton, or nylon yarn.

Basic sock-architecture is the same for all socks. What changes is the method of construction: there are many ways to cover this oddly shaped part of the human anatomy.

In this two-day workshop, we will begin with an in-depth study and exploration of the elements that make up the human foot and lower leg—looking closely at how each of these elements relate to each other.

Using two circular needles and springy wool yarn (spun specifically with socks in mind), we will begin to knit from the tip of the toe moving upwards through each element of the foot to the lower leg.  The end of the first day will yield a completed baby-sized sock that will serve as a template for future sock-knitting. On day two we will examine our own feet closely, taking careful measurements.

Using all that was learned in day one and armed with needles, colourful wool yarn, and an abundance of enthusiasm, we will begin to design and knit a pair of socks just for ourselves.  Our ultimate goal is to achieve a beautifully fitted garment for our feet that will bring delight each and every time we slip our feet and wiggle our toes into the depths of a custom-fitted sock.

Students need to know how to knit and purl and execute basic increases and decreases. Students will have successfully worked a knitting project in the round.

Instructor Bio

Naomi Rozell cannot recall a time when creativity was not part of her daily life.  Although she works with many types of crafts, most of her days are taken up with knitting. You can find her most Saturdays in Maiwa’s Supply Store in the Netloft on Granville Island. 

She dedicates her work to her mother who knit her father’s dress socks for much of their married life. As Naomi writes, “Although I did not learn to knit from my mother, she is my inspiration for sock knitting. I well remember her putting aside her coffee cup and novel (yes, she read while she knit) as she focused on ‘turning the heel.’ Once complete she propped up her book, poured a fresh cup, and resumed her knitting as she read and enjoyed her coffee.  I can still hear her needles coming in contact with each other creating stitch after stitch after stitch.”

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