Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer is Here!

As promised, our June meeting was a lot of fun. Lynn and Sandy had the lucky tickets for the two rag rugs for which we were selling chances. They were both delighted!

And the fiber swap was a great idea. People brought wonderful things they wanted to let go of -- and most of us went home with a few new treasures!
Just a sample of items brought in for the fiber swap -- books, yard, bolts of cloth, quilting hoops. . .

Kaleigh (R) looks over some beaded jewelry that Vickie (L) is ready to let go of. It could be taken apart and the beads used for so many things!
The best thing was hearing Beth Parrot speak about her experiences as the collaborator and co-author with Charlene Schurch of three books on sock knitting. Not only did she help write, but she also knitted many of the samples featured in The Little Box of Socks, The Sock Club Join the Knitting Adventure, and their newest book, The Sock Knitter's Handbook, Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks which just came out in March of this year.
Beth is not listed as Charlene's co-author of Sensational Knitted Socks, but she knitted some of the samples for the illustrations in the book. Here she holds the sock that made the cover! (Beth recommends this book to those who are new to sock knitting and many people consider it their go-to guide.)
Beth's grandmother, "Oma" taught her to knit when Beth was only four and she's been knitting every since. Among the tips and hints in The Sock Knitter's Handbook are Oma's tried and true instructions for replacing a worn out French heel. Now that's expert advice!

It is safe to say that Beth's family members are well stocked in socks, mittens, hats and sweaters, but she also knits regularly for Afghans for Afghans, a humanitarian project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.
Young girls in Afghanistan hold hand-knit socks provided by Afghans for Afghans. (photo from organization's website.) If you would be interested in knitting or crocheting for this good project, see the guidelines and mailing address here.

A well-rounded fiber artist, Beth also weaves and spins beautifully. She is generous with her knowledge and skill and frequently teaches, often at Charleston's downtown LYS, Knit. But for right now, she is busy being a successful author as The Sock Knitter's Handbook is going into it's second printing.
At our June meeting, Beth Parrott signs copies of her latest book, The Sock Knitter's Handbook Expert Advice, Tips, & Tricks, for fellow Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild members
Congratulations Beth! We are so proud of you! 

And indeed, summer has arrived so Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild will take a two month break while members entertain summer guests and travel. Watch this space for spontaneous gatherings for specific activities and for upcoming news about a "Fall Workshop to Dye For! See you in September!