The knitters’ party last Saturday was a blast!
Sorry to say that I only took these three pictures:
More people love the bird house bags from FiberRachel!
A lot of us were knitting on the Sockmadness qualification sock: Twisted Madness by Gina Meyer.
It’s a pattern with a specific stitch, a 1×1 cable Ktbl that makes for a twisting fabric:
It’s a slow stitch. I will definitely need the full two weeks that are given for this sock. One row takes me about three and half minutes and that’s fast compared to a lot of other knitters. Lots of people get aching fingers, hands, elbows and shoulders and a few people have quit. I too can feel it and must take breaks and knit on other things.
But it’s still Sockmadness. Stroopwafels are involved!
Stroopwafels (sirup-waffles) are the secret doping of Dutch knitters. Well, not so secret anymore since everybody in the Sock Madness Group seems to know about them now.
On the morning of the party I cast on for the Twisted Madness socks, while watching a special video with Lillepoes:
We are watching a sock knitter! This is Plien. (pronounced “Pleen” and may be short for Pauline).
Plien is famous in the Dutch Karma Swap Group and has brought about a new word to the knitting vocabulary: Plienspinning or Plienknitting. It’s when you craft solely for pleasure and refuse to be bothered by deadlines or the nagging of should-have-demons.
Plien has recently started living on an antique Dutch ship, with husband and cats. Here she’s being interviewed by the local TV and talks about knitting, in the local dialect: West-Fries.
Did you know Frisian is the second official language of the Netherlands, besides Dutch? It’s akin to Old English and the Scandinavian languages. West-Fries is different from Frisian but not very much.
It’s a delight to watch. The man wears wooden clogs. The cat is moping because the door doesn’t open and/or nobody feeds it. And there’s knitting!
Plien talks about the Sock Madness and the man just can’t believe it, so many people all over the globe going nuts for socks. Plien has some examples and kindly shows that it’s not “just socks”, it’s higher level socks.