Attention everyone! Important information :)

Hi there, I just HAVE to share this with you. Remember my 2 in 1 sock knitting challenge? Well 2 things:

1) I’ve cast on for a new pair

www.knittinginfrance.com And this time I’m using the same yarn- this is actually gradient yarn from the Knitcircus gradient yarn club and as I’m doing the same colour yarn for both I put each ball into a yarn sleeve and not only turned one inside out but also marked them with numbers to be on the safe side!

But I was just wondering if there were more patterns out there for this type of sock knitting and even though I did not find a new pattern I did find a great tutorial and I think I did not share that with you last time so here goes (or if I did, well maybe you didn’t see it last time or if you did you will just have to forgive me for my loss of memory).

There is a tutorial on Knitty, just click here

So do you feel like joining me and making a pair yourself? If not now, maybe we can organise a KAL later on?

Thats all for now, take care and have  a wonderful Friday:)

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More on socks

Hi there, I wanted to show you something.

www.knittinginfrance.Com Do you recognise these???? YES! These are my FINISHED 2 in 1 socks!!! Yeah, I just finished them and they are perfect! And even though I used slightly different coloured yarns to help me distinguish between Y1 and Y2, they actually do not look very different one from the other. And once I finally found my “technique” to knit this way faster, they just flew off the needles. And I have to say that I truly find this method of sock knitting magical. To knit 2 socks on the same dpns and when you separate them in the end, wow that just blew my mind. So even though I said, sometime during the process, that I would probably not be knitting more socks this way, I have changed my mind. I will most definitely be doing more of this! I hope you will give this a try yourself if you enjoy knitting socks. I feel it takes sock knitting to a whole new level and its such fun to learn to master a new method. I really recommend you take the plunge. Here are some more pictures of the finished socks

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I also have another pair to show you. If you read my last post you will know that my mother just had a big heart attack and is very sick. I decided that we would prepare an “I love you” package for her. My children are going to draw her pictures and I’m going to give her a pair of hand knitted socks and some sweets – she has a sweet tooth and if she is allowed to eat chocolate and so I’m going to buy something very nice and include that with the package. I’m also going to knit her a stole or large scarf to put around her shoulders for when she is sitting up in bed for example. I haven’t decided on the model/pattern for that but I know I’m going to use one of my handspun yarns for that project.

I thought I had actually finished this pair of socks so I went to photograph them to show you and that’s when I discovered that having been so distraught lately I had messed up. I only did the patterning on 1 side of the leg instead of on both sides! so I had to rip bag the entire leg of the second sock and so thats what I’m trying to finish as quickly as I can now so I can send that to my mom.

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Spring is in the air

Hi there, as I’m working and looking out the window, I feel like just getting up and going for a walk on the beach! It may not be hot outside but it is sunny and the sky is blue. I just love the promise of spring and summer. I’m not much of a hot weather fan, 25°C is perfect for me, but I do enjoy this transitional period in the year and I think it lifts the spirits which is always a good thing:)

It does not change what I knit and I think I knit just as much in summer as I do in winter and at the moment I’m working on my 4 socks! As I’m working on 4 at a time they come along very slowly which is kind of irritating but that is just my fault! I should know to just knit 1 – 2 project simultaneously:)

My 2 in 1 socks are coming along and today I just thought of a new way of knitting them that just might get me knitting faster and more importantly be less annoying to me. I admit that even though I enjoy testing this new sock knitting method, I find that having to move the yarn before and after each stitch slows my down too much and just adds hand fatigue too.

So this morning I thought to myself: what if I hold the yarn for Y1 in my left hand as I always do when purling (continental style) and then throw Y2 for knitting the inside sock? And guess what? Of course that is a way better way of knitting this way! I wish I had thought of this sooner! But hey, better late than never as they say so I’m on a roll now and hopefully I’ll be able to brag and show off my new socks next week:) Here are some pictures I took of my progress and me knitting this morning. I wanted to show you how I knit and hold the yarns but knitting and taking a picture at the same time just is not that easy so I’m not happy with the results but here they are anyway

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But less frustrating, here are some pictures of the socks so far

Here you can see the inner sock which is knit in a darker shade of green and also has some subtle striping

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Here you see the inner sock that is hidden during knitting and the outer sock is all bundled up

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And here you can clearly see the gusset and heel shaping

Well, that’s all for me today. I hope you are doing great and that the weather in your part of the world is being nice to you. I’d love to hear from you about what you are working on currently and if you feel like sharing a picture or a link to your blog for us to visit, please feel free 🙂

Until next time, take care and enjoy your creativity

The results in the 2 in 1 sock challenge and a fun and useful sock knitting tool

Hi there, I’m sure you’re all getting impatient for the announcement! Am I right? Well, the announcement is almost here but first…

I’m working on my own first pair of real socks and coming along nicely. I know that our tension is not the same whether we knit or purl and so I take great care to try and knit consistently to avoid too much difference in tension as I’m not keen on ending up with one normal sock and one giant sock 🙂 So far this seems to work just fine.  I think the only thing that bothers me about this technique or method is the constant moving around of the yarn – this is super important or you’re just going to end up with a double sock (they are going to be interconnected). I wonder if I should take Kate Atherley’s online course just to see if she gives tips on how to manage this better.  Here are some pictures taken of my progress today

2 in 1 sock knitting challenge on www.knittinginfrance.com   This is how the sock looks to me, the side towards me is all purls

2 in 1 sock knitting challenge on www.knittinginfrance.com   You can see I’ve made some progress since picture n°1 and here I open up the socks and you see the difference between sock 1 and sock 2. The colour is the same but dyed differently and with a different intensity making this knitting easier and yet producing a harmonious pair

2 in 1 sock knitting challenge on www.knittinginfrance.com  Here I just pulled the inner sock out to better appreciate the progress I’ve made so far. So here both wrong sides are towards me and I can clearly see that the inner sock has some striping to it. It is actually possible to knit like this if you are feeling discouraged (I did for a while because unlike knitting TAAT using magic loop, here progress is more difficult to see as the second sock is “hidden” inside the first one).

So what do you think? Are you going to give this method a try do you think?

Now before I go ahead with the draw, I wanted to tell you about a recent addition to the sock knitters must haves. This is a tool called… THE SOCK RULER! This is basically a plastic ruler shaped a bit like a sock and it has inch measurements on it. This makes measuring the different parts of your sock super easy. In fact since I discovered this tool, I hardly follow patterns any more. I’m more into just sort of templates really. I just need my needles, yarn and the SOCK RULER. This is a fantastic tool for all sock knitters and I think for knitting mittens as well though I haven’t tried this yet but mitts are sort of like socks… just for hands 🙂 At the moment this only exists in adult size but soon (no release date yet) there will be a child version and also a version with metrics measurements (cm – a much appreciated addition I think for those of us who are more used to cm than inches). Now what does this magical device look like?

The sock ruler www.knittinginfrance.com  You see how one end is sort of toe shaped? That is the “beginning” of the ruler.

The Sock Ruler www.knittinginfrance..com Here you can see how I’ve put the ruler inside my sock to measure my cuff and leg to see if I was ready for the heel

Don’t you think this is just brilliant in its simplicity? I carry these in my shop and as soon as I can get my hands on the child and metric versions I will offer those too. If you would like to check out the Sock Ruler, you can find it in my shop here

Now it’s time for the drum roll! So first of, thanks to all that participated and left a comment on the blog post. A big thank you also to the bloggers that shared my blog post.

I had 9 commenters so I gave each of you a number in the order you left your comment so LazyBene is n°1 and Littleblackdogsa is n°9 – now that is established I go to www.random.org  and choose their sequence generator where I can enter the participating numbers and then their generator does the rest. So before I hit the “go” button, I wish you all the best of luck:)

And the winner is….

Here is your sequence:

5 1 7 2 9 4 3 6 8

The Number 5 is the first in the sequence and so the winner of this first giveaway is my commenter number 5 or MJ 🙂
Congratulations to MJ and thank you to all the others. There will be other giveaways on the blog later and I hope you will continue to follow the blog and participate in my giveaways in the future.

Now as for the lucky winner, MJ, she has won a set of hand dyed yarn cakes; This yarn is 75% super wash merino, 20% nylon and 5% silver stellina. The yarns are dyed in the same original colour but using different methods to produce a slightly different yarn as using this technique requires you to have 2 different coloured yarns – at least to begin with. MJ has a choice between 2 colour ways, so MJ please send me an email to: knittinginfrance@gmail.com with your personal details for shipping and your colour preference.

 hand dyed by Knitting in France for 2 in 1 sock challenge    www.knittinginfrance.com

This win does come with a small requirement. I would like MJ to share with us as well as on her blog or social media, her thoughts on knitting socks using this method and show us pictures and so forth so that we can all enjoy and share in the winning sort of.

Thats all for today. Thank you all for stopping by and congrats to the winner of the day MJ.

Until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting 🙂