The summer kal, my new sock adventure and more

Hi there, I hope you are doing well this week and that the weather is good in your part of the world. After a lot of rain the sun has finally decided to show up and that is a welcome change here in Normandy.

I have been doing a lot of knitting lately. I’m not sure if I told you but I did not make it to round 7 of Sock Madness. I didn’t think I would but I was still disappointed. I’m going to finish my pair of round 6 socks because that is one gorgeous pattern but it has been on hold for a while now because as soon as I knew I didn’t make it I dove into a new sock adventure! I guess I have not had enough of speed knitting socks! So I decided to join the Tour de Sock for the first time ever. I did join late but I was lucky they still accepted entries. This is a speed knitting contest but it also serves as a charity as the money paid to participate goes to Doctors without borders.

Again we get a sock pattern that we are then to knit as quickly as we can and in this contest as long as you finish your pair you are good to continue all the way to the end. You get an X number of points per finished pair depending on how quickly you finish and the points then serve to calculate the winner in the end. And there are a number of fabulous prizes which is something that always makes me dream:)

So like I said, I did join a little late so the first pattern had already been sent out and some had already finished their pair but that’s not a problem. I’ll just finish this one asap and for the following patterns I’ll be there from the start.

This first pattern is a lace pattern which is not only beautiful but easy to memorise as well. I decided to use one of my own hand dyed yarns of course and I found this beautiful silver colored stellina base yarn and once I had done quite a bit of knitting, I realised that I had not chosen a fingering weight yarn but a lace weight!!!! Silly me! But it actually works out fine. This particular lace yarn which in my shop is called Lace Sparkle, is on the heavier side of lace and it is super soft as it is a mix of merino and silk with a little bit of silvery stellina. And I’m thinking I just might make more socks using this base. Here is the sock

I really like it and I’m passed the heel on the second sock so I’m hoping I’ll finish by tonight. That way I will be able to go back to some of my other pairs of socks that are waiting to be finished.

Then there is the #SummerNancyKal which started on June 1st. I’m hosting this kal in my Ravelry group and we are knitting patterns by designer Nancy Whitman. The kal runs till August 31st and there will be some lovely prizes for a few lucky participants.

I’m knitting a gansey inspired shawl called Ganz and I’m using my hand dyed yarn in 100% merino yarn, DK weight. I haven’t gotten a lot of work yet but I think this will be a wonderful shawl and if I work hard I’m thinking I’ll be able to knit 2 of Nancy’s shawls during the kal. This is where I’m at now

 

The color reminds me of a watermelon:) This is knit as a strip of gansey patterns and then I will pick up stitches along one side to knit the rest of the shawl. If you want to join in the kal, please do. You still have plenty of time to join and knit one of Nancy’s patterns.  Just come join my Ravelry group here.

Before I leave you for today, I wanted to share with you that I have “revamped” my little online shop and yesterday I did a huge shop update with lots of new yarns – and some first time ever cotton yarn for the summer. I do hope you will take a look and let me know what you think of my shop if you have the time. Do you like my yarns? The colours I choose? Anything missing or something that could be done better? Constructive criticism is always a good thing. The new address for my shop is www.knittinginfranceshop.com and you can also still find me on Etsy at www.knittinginfrance.etsy.com

That’s all for now. Have a wonderful and crafty week.

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