Saturday, 19 December 2009

The Big Sock Continues to grow

The Big Sock continues to draw a wide range of great folks who want to be part of knitting history. Here are photos from today.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Happy Holidays

To everyone who has worked or will work on the Big Sock!

Monday, 14 December 2009

Young and Old Are All Making A Difference on the Big Sock

The Jolly Green Giant might have a sock that is too big even for his foot the way people are knitting on the Big Sock. Here are some more photos taken recently at Tempe Yarn & Fiber.

Your age, young or old, doesn't matter when it comes to knitting on the Big Sock. Come be part of this history making project.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Big Sock Makes news on Fox 10 in Phoenix

Today the Big Sock was featured on Fox News Morning Arizona show in Phoenix. Tempe Yarn's Allari Childress hit a homerun with giving out the details. Check it out here.

The little girl, Alyssa, is Terry's grandaughter.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Big Sock Makes News in Phoenix

The Big Sock aired recently on ABC News 15 in Phoenix.

Monday, 23 November 2009

ABC 15 News Visits Tempe Yarn for Bigsock Story

Watch for video here after it airs (should be tonight at 10pm)

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Update on the Growth of the Bigsock

When the Bigsock arrived at Tempe Yarn it was 30 inches. Since arriving it has grown another 8 inches. We've had approximately 50 people knit on it so far.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Big Sock Continues to Grow at Tempe Yarn

Progress continues at Tempe Yarn on the Big Sock as we've added 5 inches to the length of the sock over the weekend!

Karin Skacel from Skacel Yarns was in the shop this week to knit on the Big Sock.

While here, Karin Skacel donated ten bags of "Wonderful Wool" to
be used for the Big Sock, plus some great addi Turbo needles.

Many thanks to Skacel for helping make the Big Sock grow with it's yarn donation and needles.
Also a special thanks to Kim from RI who made initial contact with Skacel for this donation.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Big Sock Is @ Tempe Yarn & Fiber

Arriving with the snowbirds (who we love), the Big Sock continues it's worldwide journey coming to Tempe Yarn & Fiber in Tempe, Arizona.

Here's a picture of it's arrive and the first people starting to knit on it.

Our goal is to add at least a foot to it before it goes to the next shop.

Special thanks to Allari for sticking with getting the sock to our shop.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Stamping a Mark at Rhinebeck 2009

There was much anticipation when the Uncommon Threads Yarn Shop decided to bring the Big Sock to the annual New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. Guesses of how many folks would knit on the Big Sock brought an estimation of 250 people for the whole weekend. The guesses were a teensy bit off... Before the sock left Uncommon Threads in York, PA, it was 17 inches. We guesstimated that 3 inches were done during Rhinebeck, and after the final measurement, 27 rounds were knitted. That means 27 x 1500 = 40500 stitches!!

The lovely Jamie of Zippy Pins supplied 500 buttons for handing out to knitters that worked on the Big Sock. Not only did 500 knitters come by, but another estimated 50-100 knitters participated!

There were a couple of knitting celebrities who popped over to knit on the sock. I happened to snap Melissa Morgan-Oakes looking sly during her time with Big Sock. Another was CAT from Let's Knit Together.

Special thanks go to the folks who donated skeins of yarn to be incorporated in the Big Sock:
  • Olebrumm whose beautiful skein from a rare Finnish breed of sheep is being added this week during Stitches East (if not today!).
  • Duchess Fibers who are the USA distributors of Punta Yarns. The skein they donated is Merisock Hand Paint in colorway HP71.
For more photos of the Big Sock during Rhinebeck, feel free to browse them in either the flickr group or in this link.

Congrats to all you who participated! Yay!!!!

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The Big Sock's San Diego Visit

We had a great time with the BigSock visit during it's visit to San Diego. People were amazed by the scale of the sock and while most knit for a needle or 2, others spent hours and hours with the sock. It was nice to slow down and visit over the sock during the last month.

It was great to watch knitters pour over the scrap book, admire the work that had been done and then pick their spot, sometimes it was their favorite seat at the table, some picked based on their favorite color. We had knitters of all ages come to knit on the sock.

To wrap up it's time with us at Two Sisters and Ewe we threw the Big Sock Bash on September 18th, 20 knitters came to spend the evening adding as much as we could to the Big Sock.

From our measurements we added 4 inches, and unintentionally a lot of purple (not sure why so much purple, I guess it's just our color).

It was an honor to host The Big Sock on it's visit to San Diego! The BigSock is currently winging it's way to Pennsylvania. Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Welcome to San Diego!

The Big Sock was hand delivered to us on Friday by Cheramie! It is so exciting to have it here. The Big Sock arrived just in time for our monthly Ladies Night and San Diego's contributions to the sock began!

The hand off



The knitting has begun!

A big thank you to Joanna for coming up with this idea. To Cheramie for hand delivering it. To Heidi for being my contact and to everyone at Puffy Mondaes for doing such a great job packing it up and getting it to us! Look for more Big Sock fun from San Diego soon.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Now it's time to say goodbye

We had such an incredible time knitting on the bigsock here in Idaho!

It came to us at 5" and grew to 15" during it's visit to Puffy Mondaes Sustainable Arts, and SS09
about 300 people were able to knit on the big sock over the past month.

We packaged up the sock and it was transported to it's current location San Diego California at Two Sister's and Ewe

A big thank you to Joanna and the Rochester Knitting Guild for starting this wonderful project that promotes the art of hand knitting, and builds community and teamwork across borders.
Heidi is signing off.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Sock Summit Show & Tell

The lantern moon girls in their cute silk outfits came over to have a little knit...

This is what the sock measured in at on Saturday Morning...It has grown a substantial amount since, That suitcase we packed it in to transport was nearly too small to fit it into for the return trip home.

We hadn't anticipated that the bigsock would become a resting place for overwhelmed knitters, and we were able to really connect with a lot of interesting people...

Keren is pretty awesome, we were able to tag team with the sock so that we could both see the marketplace and take breaks... we estimate that there was a new circulation of knitters on the sock about every 10 minutes the entire weekend... Bringing the bigsock to the summit would not have been possible without her hard work!
The bigsock was visited by the lovely Stephanie Pearl Mcphee, and Barbara Walker... and the very graceful Meg Swansen.. Stephen Houghton also popped over for a look..

The big sock was also featured in the article about the Sock Summit by the Oregonian.... take a look!