Springtime Rambling

Hi friends! How was your weekend?

We had glorious weather yesterday — the result of a much talked about heatwave (initially, I was skeptical, but it did get warm … even hot!).  And, as luck would have it, we had plans to meet up with two good friends for a bit of a ramble.  Originally, we had our sights set on Ingleborough, but with weather so nice, we knew lots of people would have the same idea.  So we opted instead for a bit of walking among the fells in South Lakeland, outside the small village of Barbon.

A beautiful walk on a sunny day sounds perfect in almost any situation. But add to it that it’s spring, and the ewes were out with their lambs in the fields, and I was as pleased as could be.

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Let the Sock Swapping Commence!

Hi friends, and happy Monday!

Phew, where did the weekend go?  I spent most of it working, so today I’m playing a bit of catch up today.  On my to do list?  Play with stash sock yarn and find some perfect treats for my swap partner for Kat at Felinity Knits‘ Sock Yarn Stash Swap!  I’m really excited to take part in my first swap!

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Ok, so the weekend wasn’t ALL work.  There was a little sock knitting too. 

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Off the Needles: Houll Hat!

Sometimes, a project hops on and off the needles faster that I can set up a project page for it on Ravelry, or write about it here! That was certainly the case with the Houll Hat, by Ella Gordon, which I knit during the second half of March. I finished it all off almost two weeks ago, but I’ve been so busy wearing it that I’m only just now getting around to posting about it.

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A bit more sock news: Sock Yarn Stash Swap and OMG, I’m teaching a sock knitting class!

Hi friends, and happy Monday! How was your weekend?

I’m popping in with just a quick post today with a bit more sock sock news since last Thursday!

Sock Yarn Stash Swap!

Fellow Once Upon a Sock-er and all around good egg Kat of Felinity Knits is hosting a sock yarn swap!  The idea is simple — most of us have lots of sock yarn, some of which we might, ahem, not be getting to anytime soon … and gifting yarn is lots of fun!  Kat’s going to pair up participants, and you’ll look at what your partner likes and pick a special 100 grams worth of sock yarn to send them!  You can read all about on Kat’s blog, but the most important thing you should know is the deadline to sign up is end of day this Wednesday, April 11.  So if you think you’d like to take part, get yourself over to Kat’s blog and sign up (blergh, I forgot to include this link when the post went out — sorry!) I’ve already joined in — my sock yarn drawer is by far the fullest in my yarn cabinet (in fact, it can’t actually hold all of it … there may or may not be an overflow container!)

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I’m teaching a sock class!

If you’re a frequent reader of the blog, you might notice there’s a new section up top: Teaching! I’m so excited to tell you that I’m teaching Beginning Sock Knitting at my favorite LYS, Northern Yarn starting at the end of this month.  Divided into three sessions, the class will take students through all the fundamentals of a top down, traditional heel flap and gusset sock.  You’ll also learn about different methods for small circumference knitting, from DPNs to magic loop, and leave the class with a finished DK weight boot sock, and plenty of instructions and resources to get your second sock finished! The first series sold out before I could even post about it here, but we’ve just scheduled another set of sessions that will meet for three Sundays, starting April 29, from 4-6 pm at Kate’s lovely shop, and the cost is £30 for all three sessions.  The class sizes are small, and Kate and I will both be on hand, so everyone will get lots of individual attention.  If you happen to live in the Lancaster area and have always wanted to knit socks, I’d love for you to join us!  Full details and sign ups are here.

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DPNs not required … but one option you can choose for learning to knit socks!

Right, I better get back to work, but hope your week is off to a great start!

xo K

 

Once Upon a Sock, April edition

Why hello again!  First Thursday of the month, so time to talk socks! And I …. wait for it … have a finished pair! My first finished pair of 2018 (how is that possible?!)

The pattern is Lumineux by Ysolda Teague.  The main body of the socks is knit in Countess Ablaze’s Sparkly Baron Blue-Faced Leicester in a one-off colorway called Velociraptor.  The heels and toes are knit in Hedgehog Sock yarn — depending on how the heels on these wear, I might use the rest of the skein to knit Vintage Fairy Lights (I’m a little worried that this soft 90% merino and 10% nylon blend might not hold up to the hard wear I give my socks!)

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