Once Upon a Sock, August 2018

It’s that time friends … the first Thursday of the month where we talk about socks!

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Not much to show this month! Just slight progress on my Waiting for Henry socks. I had such momentum on these while I traveled … I thought I just might manage to have a whole pair finished by this month’s post (imagine that!) But then I got distracted as soon as I got home by many other projects.  Nevermind! I’m still in love with these.  I had been concerned about the fit last month, and went ahead and blocked the first sock when it was nearly done, which sorted everything out (phew!).  I then dragged my feet finishing the first sock, but was spurred on by #saturdaysockathon over on Instagram! I only recently started the second sock, and as with the first, the little colorwork section is completely addictive! Once I finish that, I am going to have to keep the pressure on myself to knit the rest of the vanilla sock (though the beautiful Once Upon A Corgi yarn should help with that!)

I used a bit of Leizu Fingering (which is in the colorwork) for the toe, and that’s the only think I’m not positive about at the moment.  It’s a bit heavier than the sock body and feels a little stiff in comparison.  But again, I’m relying on the magic of blocking to sort that out!

Hopefully next month I’ll have this pair finished, but until then, go check out what my fellow Once Upon a Sock-ers are up to this month. Check out Paula’s post and our link up — and feel free to join in as and when you’d like.  And if you want even more sock knitting, head over to my lovely friend Kate’s blog … she’s got ambitious plans for an August Sockathon, where she sees how many pairs she can knit in a month. I love all the patterns and yarns she’s got queued up (and would totally join her if I, um, didn’t need to finish my dissertation this month!)

May the [sock knitting] force be with you!

xo K

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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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