The past couple weeks have been so insanely busy I’ve felt like I was neglecting my knitting. Not only that, but I really didn’t have too much to tell you about the past few Wednesday’s! I did some work on the next self striping sock I am going to release next month and I even had time to work on the second sock for the set I am doing for Paul.
I am giving the photo in black and white because I want the colours to be something of a surprise! I’ve been hard at work in the dye lab coming up with new and exciting things. The best part about experimenting is the mistakes you make! Sometimes you have something specific in your mind and you set out to accomplish that task, but you accidentally create something so much better than your first thought! It’s a constant learning process and I really enjoy it!
Now, have I got a story about Paul’s second sock! This sock keeps trying to wander off on it’s own. The past weekend was Victoria Day and, therefore, a long weekend. My parents always have fireworks out on their farm, so we went down for the weekend to hang out with all my aunts, uncles and cousins. I was sitting outside, next to the fire pit, knitting along on the socks. When the time came for fireworks everyone moved their lawn chairs over to the field to watch. At this point I set my knitting bag, with the socks, needles and yarn, on my lap. I didn’t knit during the fireworks because dropping stitches is just going to happen way too often when you violently jump at loud sounds.
After the fireworks, everyone moved their chairs back over to the fire pit. I stood up and followed suit completely forgetting the fabric, knitting bag on my lap. Through my thick sweater I didn’t notice it fall to the ground. At this point I was totally wiped out and ready to sleep, so I immediately made my way to bed. The next morning I had some problems finding my knitting. Re-tracing my steps I realized I must have left it outside and went out to get the poor damp, dew-soaked knitting bag. It was a sorry sight and looked at me reproachfully as I brought it back in the house, but after I left it in a warm place for a few hours, it was good as new… okay maybe not ‘new’, but dry at the very least.
This was the most spectacular episode of this knitting running away from me, but certainly not the only one. I dropped it in the laneway of a friend’s house when I was walking in and failed to notice it fall. Luckily I am constantly knitting and instantly noticed it’s absence. Once again at my parents place, I tossed it in a corner with my purse when my mom needed something and couldn’t find it when I went back. It turned out to be behind the bag beside my purse, but that was only after I had spent a good 10 minutes going ‘I KNOW I threw it into this corner. I REMEMBER IT!!!’
I am really close to being done this sock, but I am going to have to keep an eye on it. If the current chain of events continues who knows where I will end up leaving it?!
This past week as been so crazy busy I hardly know what to talk about. We are going to be starting a knitting club at work, which is really exciting! I am in the process of writing my next article for Addicted to Sock Knitting and writing something new!
New knitting club at work! Believe it or not, I was totally not the one who inspired this! There were a couple ladies who were thinking it would be nice to get a social group together, but they didn’t knit. An email was sent out to another knitter to see if she would be willing to teach anyone who wanted to learn, but her schedule was a bit uncertain and she referred the email to me.
I think this is a great idea because no matter what kind of job you have, there are stresses involved with it. Just 20 minutes of knitting lowers your heart rate and blood pressure; helps clear your mind and bring on a meditative state. Okay, okay, unless you’re doing something extremely complicated, like short rows or incredibly intricate lace work.
Growing a knitting community is never a bad thing either! I find a lot of the bigger knitting gatherings are too far of a drive. I’ve found a couple in Guelph or Toronto, which are both a 45-minute drive for me… on a good day; with traffic that could be up to an hour, maybe more. I have no doubt there are more knitting groups in the area, it’s just a matter of finding them! Then of course… making time to go!
With the next issue coming up fast, I am all over Addicted to Sock Knitting. This eZine is packed full of everything you need to know for socks! My love for all things sock knitting is not subtle or small, so you can imagine me drooling over all the amazing photos in their facebook group. It makes me want to run out right now and buy yarn… and by run out and buy yarn I mean on Etsy.
There are going to be a couple posts, by me, to the new blog KNITmuch. This blog is coming soon and I can’t wait! There is going to be a lot of great content happening over there! Check out their facebook page as well, around January there are some photos of Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2015 and some yarn stores!
Just from looking at the photos from VKL I instantly wish I could go back, unfortunately I am going to be missing this year’s VKL Chicago. It is happening the first weekend in October when we are vending at Knit Social in Vancouver. I can’t wait to check out some of the BC knitting stores though! It is my first trip there and I am going to make the most of it!!!!!
If anyone is following me on Instagram or subscribed to the newsletter, you might have noticed that I finished my rainbow socks! When I was at the Creativ Festival, the finished sock was out on display and I was knitting the rest of the second sock. I had been planning on posting them eventually, but everyone loved them so much I am going to share early.
I’m going to be posting 5 skeins of this self-striping sock yarn in our Sapphire base. The listing will go up on our Etsy store May 16th at 11am. I am going to release a different colour of the self-striping variety next month. I am not ruling out future skeins of the rainbow self-striping, but I have no solid plans to repeat it in the immediate future. I’ve been playing around with a lot of colours and combinations with self-striping yarn and it is a fantastic amount of fun! Keeping me vastly entertained!
I’ve also been working on Paul’s socks. When we went to see the new Avenger’s movie, I brought them and worked on them diligently for a good two hours. After I got out of the theatre, I noticed that the colours were pooling very differently! A few people call these socks cousins instead of twins, but the colours were really different. They had to be more like 2nd or 3rd cousins on your step-father’s side.
I looked at my Ravelry notes and realized I had not only used the bigger needle size, but had increased the number of stitches as well. I usually use 64 but in this case I used 72. I had completely forgotten about this and was happily knitting along at 64 stitches. I immediately ripped out the 3-4 inches of sock I had finished in the movie and set it up so I could pick up and go when I was ready. With so little knitting time, it breaks my heart a little bit to frog so much work.
To be completely honest there were an uncommon amount of mistakes in the ribbing, but I just kept repeating the mantra ‘I REGRET NOTHING’ whenever I knew I had messed up the ribbing.
I am still thinking about what projects I want to knit as samples for the next show. I am looking for some really good one or two skein projects. I think I’ve knit a great many socks, not that anyone could tell by the blog content, so I need something different; a pallet cleanser of sorts. Usually the best patterns are the ones you hear through word of mouth, so if anyone has anything they really liked, please comment or send me an email through the link in the side bar!
I mentioned a last week that I was going to be doing some experiments with yarn I began to play around with self-striping colours. While I was dyeing, I decided to try something a little bit, out there.
I’ve been sticking with a two or three colours pallet, because it is a bit easier than going all in and doing 1000 colours all at once. I am dipping my toe, not hurtling myself into the deep end. I dyed this skein, which when knit up should look similar to the Harry Potter scarves in the later movies (The Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix).
I haven’t even had time to knit a swatch of that to see if it works because I have been working on the two other pairs of socks I showed you last week… AND this pair.
Yes that is right! Already done one sock! Look out world!!
If my Technical Tuesday post wasn’t enough of a hint; I’ve been studiously working on socks from the toe up. I’ve actually started two pairs! One for Paul and one that was a dye experiment!
First up I’ll show you Paul’s socks. This is the Manos del Uruguay Alegría yarn. I am not 100% sure on the colour, but I have linked to it on the Ravelry project page! The yarn itself is really knitting up in an interesting way. Everyone I have shown has asked if it is self striping yarn, but I’ve just hit that magic number of gauge when the yarn takes its own patterning and runs with it!
The second pair of socks was actually a dye experiment for self-striping socks. I think I have figured out how to do it and I was just playing around with colours. Seeing what lengths to dye for what kind of block of colour. I think they look kind of cool though!
At the very least they are definitely bright in true Stitch Please fashion!!
I can’t believe it is April already! Springtime is upon us and I have therefore been working on my Lemon Waffle Socks! They are the epitome of spring and therefore need to be finished!! While I am writing this there is nothing left to be finished except the toe. The photo I post will be of the completed socks because there is really only a few more rows of them to be finished.
I’ve had a few decent chunks of time to work on things, but I have spent most of the time working on these socks. I am going to start my next pair imminently, I am thinking I might do a pair for Paul. I’ve only made him two pairs and they’re both green. Branching out is a good thing! I don’t think I have any green sock yarn currently in my bin. There is quite a bit of purple, but I don’t know how much luck I would have getting Paul to wear bright purple socks…
Since I have been slacking horribly on upcoming knits, I am going to show you some better photos of Liane’s baby blanket. Sara took these photos for me and they are stunning, as always!