Porch knitting

Hi friends and happy … what day is it again today?

It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been at my parents nearly a week! It’s been lovely to be able to hang out with my family, have a break from writing (I sent off a draft of my dissertation right before I flew!), and cast on a few new projects … I’ve been enjoying some quality time sitting out on my parents’ back porch, knitting and listening to the birds.

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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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Off the Needles: Small Things

Hi friends, and happy Friday! Today I have two one skein projects that I finished last month to share with you.  Both feature special yarns and took just one skein.  I love projects that feel like a treat while their being knit — the knitting equivalent of a trip to the spa or a pedicure, if you know what I mean.  And I’m so happy with the finished objects.

So, first up: Melodia, by Janino Kallio (aka Woolenberry), knit in the Knitting Goddess BFL/Masham Sparkle 4-ply.

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Arnside Ramble

Hi friends!  Another week’s galloping by faster than I can believe — how is it Tuesday evening already!?

Though it’s almost a distant memory, we had a friend visiting over the weekend and took advantage of having rented a car to retrieve him from the airport to take another ramble in the area!  There’s so much prettiness to explore here — this weekend was another reminder that, if we do get a car in the not too distant future, it would open up a nice world of weekend adventuring!

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Once Upon a Sock: October Edition

Well, yesterday completely slipped me by!

If you’ve been reading along here for awhile, you’ll know that the first Thursday of the month is sock time!  I didn’t realize until late yesterday that it had already come around again (I blame my cold!)

This morning, as I sipped my coffee and knit, as is my wont, I was thinking what a shame it was that I hadn’t done any sock knitting all month, and that I’d have to miss this month’s update … all the while I was knitting on a sock! Doh!

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