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

 

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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Once Upon a Sock: March Edition

It’s that time again!  The first Thursday of the month: time to talk socks.

Sock knitting has again been thin on the ground since my last post, but after a big sweater finishing spree this weekend, I did put in some time on my Lumineux earlier this week.  The second leg is now one repeat shy of being done, and then it’ll be time to put in the afterthought heels.  The pattern suggests you put in the scrap yarn for the afterthought heel, knit just a bit, and go ahead and work your heel so you can try the foot on so you can get the length just right.  Once I do the heels, I think I’ll knit the remainder of the feet two at a time — variety’s the spice of life, right?

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I’ve blogged about these before but as a quick reminder (or if you’re just joining us …) the pattern’s Lumineux by Ysolda Teague, knit in Countess Ablaze sock yarn with a bit of sparkle!

I’ve also made a little progress on the vanilla English Rose socks I mentioned last week — I love that they match the tulips we got this week:

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When I was doing my big stash sort through, I found some old, partially knit socks from many moons ago that looked very neat — and remembered that I used to often knit my socks on US size 0 (2.0 mm) needles and decided I should perhaps start doing that again, especially for lighter fingering weight yarns.  So I’m knitting these on US 0  ni new to me Hiya Hiya short circulars.  Holding the shorter circulars is definitely a bit different, but the more I do it the more I’m convinced that I like it.

These are knit out of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in one of their new Florist colorways, and I’m really enjoying it.  The pink and peach splotches and speckles are so charming.  And this is my first time actually knitting with WYS 4ply (though I have a few colors in my stash, oops!) and I really like the blend.  It’s 75% wool and 25% nylon, but it doesn’t feel like your standard wool-nylon blend.  The yarn feels sturdier than a merino sock yarn, but still soft.  It’s definitely convincing me I need to make some WYS socks for myself soon (these are destined to be samples!)

That about does it for me!  But go check out what my fellow sockalongers are up to this month.  We’ve got quite a whopping four new kids on the Once Upon a Sock block[er] (sorry I couldn’t resist!) — if you’d like to join in, we talk socks the first Thursday of the month. Just let one of us know so we can make sure to link you up! You can find lovely Paula, with her almost finished socks, at Spin A Yarn; Kat’s got some adorable ankle socks over at Felinity Knits; Stefanie’s made some sock progress over at Stefanie Crafts with Wool Paper Fabric (formerly Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons); and welcome to Steph from My Making Do Adventure, whose got a lovely finished off pair of socks; and welcome to Liz from Knitting from the Hip, whose got some socks and baby booties on the go, Reanna from Knit, Reanna, Knit, who is also knitting some Countess Ablaze socks and experiment with heels, and Kathy B from CompassionKnit.  I’ll update everyone’s links as people’s posts go live 😀

We’re in the midst of snow and cold here in the UK, so back to sock knitting for me — my toes need some more woolly socks! Thanks, as always, for stopping by!