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
This is how the sock looks to me, the side towards me is all purls
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
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?
You see how one end is sort of toe shaped? That is the “beginning” of the ruler.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org with your personal details for shipping and your colour preference.
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 🙂