Monday, April 26, 2010

Friday, April 30th until Monday, May, 10th.
Sock knitting is phenomenally popular. Sock yarns are among the most fun and colourful yarns on the yarn store shelves today. The hand painted and self-patterning yarns can make even a novice sock knitter look like a genius. Just don't tell any one the yarn did all that colour work, not you. In addition to the incredible selection of sock yarns, there are so many wonderful designs available to tempt you when you are ready to try something a little more challenging. One such designer, until just recently a local gal from Toronto, is Robyn Gallimore, a.k.a. RED BIRD KNITS. Red Bird Knits offers around 100 sock patterns in a variety of yarns, weights and stitches. We will have on display samples of 20 different RED BIRD KNIT SOCKS from Friday April 30th until Monday May, 10th. The accompanying photos can only give you some idea what you can expect, they can't begin to do the socks justice. You need to come see these socks, they are true works of knitting art.
Lace and cables in YORK MINSTER done in fingering

SNOWY WOODS , fair isle knitting in fingering weight.

More fair isle in fingering, SETESDAL
Beautiful Malabrigo sock in RIVER cables and lace

RED FOX,which derives its name from Fleece Artist Red Fox Trail Socks in which it is knit.
MUD FOOT, an unusual fair isle in fingering weight.

MEXICAN DANCE, a modular knit with self-striping fingering yarn.

LABYRINTH, a mosaic design created using a solid and a multi- coloured self patterning yarn.

KNOT GARDEN, rich cables knit unfortunately in the discontinued Lana Grossa Mega Boots, but Zauberbal could substitute perfectly.

One of my favourites, JUST BAA, fair isle in fingering weight.

GRAPHITE, fair isle in fingering

FLUTTER BY, colourful fair isle using Arequipa painted alpaca sock yarn and a solid .

The computer does not do this one justice. FAUX IS FAIR uses multi-colour Berroco Metallic sock yarn and plain white in these absolutely gorgeous socks. The pinky/mauve parts have little specks of metallic silver in them.
FANA, more fair isle done simply but very effectively in 2 colours of fingering weight yarn.

CURLICUE, a wonderful mosaic knitting design, much easier than it looks.

BUD FIXATION, slip stitch and fair isle in Cascade Fixation, a cotton /elastic blend DK

ANDES, a very south American influenced fair isle.

ANDANTE, a chevron style lace in a rich tweed.
Serenity Knits has patterns for all the 20 twenty trunk show samples as well as many others.
RED BIRD KNITS patterns normally retail for around $7 but we are offering them at $5 during the trunk show. We have the original yarn used for many of the featured socks and reasonable substitutes for most others.
We hope you make it in to see these wonderful designs.

PS Added April 28th
During the RED BIRD KNITS TRUNK SHOW we have decided to offer a DESIGN YOUR OWN KIT SPECIAL. Pick a pattern at the special show price of $5 (Normal retail $7), and you will receive a 20% discount on the purchase of the yarn you need to knit it.
We have also decided to add several new classes to the Spring & Summer Schedule:
*For the Beginner Sock Knitters: Getting Started Knitting Socks
*For Experienced Sock Knitters, 5 new classes each focusing on a particular technique: Fair Isle Socks, Modular Socks, Mosaic Socks, Lace Socks and Cable Socks. These classes should be added to the schedule in a couple of days.

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