“Twenty years ago there was no SSK.”

Something happened this afternoon in my class at Sock Summit, for which I am still now just grasping the magnitude, and I may need to have a stiff drinkie and a lie down before I go forward with my evening.

Right, so I was in a class taught by Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen (quoted above), which was also being audited by Barbara Walker. And at one point Meg was explaining different ways of working decreases, and paused since she had the opportunity, to ask Barbara if she was indeed the one who first thought up the SSK.

And Barbara Walker said, “yes.”


  1. Jaw. Drop.

  2. Wow. I knew that it hadn’t been around for very long – all of the old patterns that I learned from had “sl1 k1 psso” decreases instead. But to be in the presence of such genius!

  3. Of COURSE she came up with it, she came up with EVERYTHING! I heart Barbara Walker.

  4. wow.
    and to find yourself in the same company.

  5. Consider my mind blown. Wow.

  6. What? It seems so necessary!

  7. I think that drink is an excellent idea. Wow.

  8. Amazing. I knew it was recent-ish, and that I liked it better than skp, but to be in the same room with the inventor? :swoon:

  9. Oh. My. God. How did you NOT pass out? This makes my head spin!

  10. tinebeest · ·

    Wonderful! This goes to show the craft is alive and kicking, and still evolving after all those years. Mr beest just commented “Knitting is a bit like science, isn’t it?” Personally I’d say magic, but it is a thin line between the two at times 😉

  11. Cool!

  12. Wow! That is mind boggling!

  13. Wow, that blew me away!

  14. Whoa. That’s intense!

  15. Whoa. I love the SSK even more now!

  16. In the company of greatness. . .

  17. Killer. I can’t even imagine!!!

  18. I had no idea. Thanks for sharing this.

  19. Wow… that is amazing!

  20. Really? Wow. That is amazing. It just seems like something that has been around forever!

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