It was a great class to really bed in the knowledge of traditional sock construction, but I was particularly excited about two things I learned in class. The first was a new magic cast on that is seamless and allows immediate knitting in the round. VERY exciting.
The second was a demonstration of Kitchener Stitch, which I've always been terrified of - I tried it once and it wasn't pretty. So a wonderful lady sitting next to me drew me a diagram/chart of the instructions which really made the penny drop. It goes a little like this......
top needle: 4. knit on 3. purl off
bottom needle: 2. purl on 1. knit off
The numbers relate to order of the steps. on and off are how these stitches should remain (on the needle, or off). Knit and purl, I think we all know :-)
So, I knit on my Linnea top all the Stitches weekend and have now completed one armhole and can now proudly show my grafted stitches at the top. Yay, me, yay, kitchener!!!!