WEST UNION--K1, P1, sl 1, k12 ....
Unless you're a veteran knitter, that combination of letters and numbers probably sounds a bit foreign. And even a knitter with some experience can find reading patterns to be a challenge.
From the time I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I have admired hand-knitted socks. So trendy. And all those colors of yarn made me want to learn how to make them myself. But unlike some hobbies, where one can just purchase a kit and read the directions, learning to knit socks isn't a task easily achieved in an hour. It's kind of liking making homemade bread: the more dough you work with your hands, the better you become at achieving great results.
Two winters ago, I mastered the basic knit stitch and soon, even my 12 felines each had a scarf to keep them warm on the coldest winter days. Knitted scarves fill an entire shelf in my closet.
I boldly bought yarn for socks, and circular knitting needles. Did I mention that I don't read or interpret directions very well? Ahhh, but that's where Moonlight Stitching Studio enters the picture.
Once a month, knitting wannabes like myself can gather at this haven in West Union to get help with knitting projects. Dubbing the adventure, "Stitching with the Debs," Deb Thies and Deb Blong invite new and veteran stitchers to join them with their knitting and crocheting projects. Thies operates the stitching studio at 105 N. Vine St. in West Union, and her friend, Deb Blong operates a yarn shop in Manchester. More than a year ago, the gals began offering instruction on the last Wednesday of the month, at MSS. Hobbyists are also able to purchase a wide variety of yarns, and the tools required for knitting and crocheting.
In the last couple of months, a class on tatting was offered and another on arm knitting. As a bonus, there's an opportunity to make new friends and the coffee pot is always on.
So if language like 'work in stockinette for five rounds' or 'slip all stitches as if to purl' confuses you, don't throw in the towel. Help is available! Check in with Deb Thies, at Moonlight Stitching Studio (563.422.8212) to get details on the next Stitching Session with the Debs!
Oh, and I'll soon complete my second set of hand-knitted socks!