May 19 – Sock Saturday
Charles Gandy, a TKGA Master Knitter, learned to knit at the age of four from his mother, a designer and shop owner. He designed his first sweater three years later and continues to create today.
A two-time winner in the recent Knitter’s Magazine Think Outside the Sox contest, three of his designs are featured in the new book of the same name: “Dread Sox”, “Snake in the Grass” and “Pedicure Polka Socks”. His own book, The Embellished Sock: Knitted Art for the Foot features eighteen creative sock patterns and numerous techniques. Charles’s work has been featured in numerous publications, and he is a frequent teacher and lecturer in workshops and conferences nationwide.
This collection of whimsical socks presents detailed instructions and close-up photos of techniques from bobbles, twists, knitted-in I-cords, three-needle attachments, and special finger cords that will equip any knitter, no matter the experience level, to create special projects filled with person-
ality and creativity.
While Charles’s sock patterns are full of fun and whimsy, he also has a meticulous side. His tips and notes will teach you finishing techniques that allow the inside of your socks to be as neatly finished as the outside.
Meet Charles during Carolina FiberFest’s May 19 Sock Saturday when he hosts a sock fashion show, gives a talk about where he gets design ideas and signs copies The Embellished Sock.
Avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes fiction and non-fiction. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework.
Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, fourteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues,
When Allie’s not writing, she’s knitting. And knitting and knitting. And while her travel adventures always start with yarn and needles, they never end there. Her blog DestiKNITions zooms in on things like the region’s best cupcakes. How about an awesome mocha latte? A rare volume of 15th-century French poetry? Atomic duckpin bowling? You never know where her latest blog installment will take you.
Meet Allie on Sock Saturday when she reads from her latest novel Homefront Hero. Set against the backdrop of World War I and a Red Cross sock knitting program, the characters John and Leanne will captivate you. And, if that weren’t enough, Allie will sign and give away (that means free!) copies of her book!