This truly is SOCTOBER month

It has to be! Guess what? Today I finished 3 yes 3 pairs of socks! I’m so happy!!!!! I feel so very efficient and it is also a relief to get those off my needles and deminish my pile of WIPs!

And in spite of actually finishing 3 pairs today, I still have 3 pairs in progress! I think I most be a total sucker for knitting socks 🙂

So drum rolls please (I think they are in order today)……

Here come the pictures

www.knittinginfrance.com These are knit two at a time using the Kate Atherley method where one sock is inside the other. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Rainbow.

www.knittinginfrance.com I really love how the yarn tuned out. This is a pattern I just made up as I went. These were supposed to be my travel socks but I was so excited about the yarn that I cast on before travelling and ended up knitting on them so they stayed home. I showed you two skeins of yarns I think, that I dyed as a test and I sold one and kept the other and I think I’m going to try to repeat this colorway and create more like this because I really love how the yarn knits up.

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the pair I’m happiest about finishing because these have been on my needles for way too long. I had actually finished one sock and the other I was one pattern repeat + toe away from finishing. So today I finally did it! And I’m so happy! The yarn is hand dyed by myself and this is a 100% BFL I think and I love how the colors are together and I’m just so happy I managed to finish a pair with this much stranded colorwork. The pattern is called The Philosopher’s walk socks and is free on Ravelry.

Wow that feels so good! To actually finish 3 items and see the pile of WIPs diminish! I need to continue on my path to finishing WIPs so I can cast on some more!!!

Like I said before, I still have 3 pairs on the go and the one I’m most excited about finishing is the Strawberries and Cream socks by CC Almon. She designed the pattern using my yarn and I dyed up a special color way for this pattern that I call Strawberry Frappuccino. CC’s pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry and you can find it in her patterns shop – she is CC Almon or JavaPurl.

Here si where I’m at now and this is my first sock

www.knittinginfrance.com So I’m done with the heel and beginning on the leg. If you are interested in knitting these and maybe even use my yarn to do so, I would encourage you to participate in my giveaway if you haven’t done so yet. You can find all the info about that here but hurry as I will draw 2 random winners tomorrow October 14th.

That”s all for today. I hope you are doing fine and enjoying your new week. And I look forward to being back tomorrow to announce the winners of the Giveaway (and don’t forget that even if you do not win, you will still get a discount code to use in my shop).

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MaryJo’s account of her first time knitting 2 in 1 socks

Hi there, I while back I had a little game here on the blog in relation with my new passion for this recently discovered technique for knitting socks, 2 in 1 socks. The winner of the game, won a set of 2 yarn balls of my hand dyed yarn to knit her first pair using this technique and in return I asked that the winner later share her experience with the rest of us. The winner was a knitter called MaryJo and this August I received her first account of this project. She has yet to finish her pair so we should be getting more from her later on.

So here comes MaryJo’s post:

Hi Bogga,
Just wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity and the push I needed to knit two socks at a time, instead of me just saying “I’m going to do it someday.” And thank you for being patient while I got work under control and my daughter married off.
I finally started these June 13th. I figured I could do these without knitting the sample sock. So I cast on.

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Had no problem casting on the one sock and then adding the second sock to the needles and joining in the round. The problem came when I started to do the ribbing. I thought I was following Kate Atherley’s directions on moving the yarn forward and back, but it didn’t work, was obviously not separated as it should be. Took it all out and redid it again. Still no luck. Took it out once more, and redid it. Nope, not right. Work at that point got busy again, so I put it aside, deciding when I picked it up again, I needed to do the sample sock.
I was in New York for a convention at the end of July, and I took the sock, along with some worsted weight yarn, with me. On Wednesday, July 29th, I sat in my hotel room and cast on with the worsted weight yarn for my sample sock. I quickly realized that either I was reading the directions wrong on the ribbing or the directions were wrong. (Although on the project page, no one else seemed to have the same problem I was having.) What I found worked for me was:
K1 Y1, move yarn to front
K1 Y2, leave yarn in back
P1 Y1, leave yarn in front
P1 Y2 move yarn to back
Once I figured it out, I stopped working on my sample and went back to the socks themselves. I would like to say that the ribbing on the socks went quickly, but it didn’t. I disliked doing it, and it seemed to take forever. I could only get two rows done before I would have to put it aside. I persevered and by Saturday, I was ready to start the body of the sock. I have to say, it was kind of exciting to see the two socks separate as I was knitting the ribbing.

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Breathing a sigh of relief that the ribbing from hell was over, I started purling the outside sock and knitting the inside sock. It was a little awkward at first as I throw my yarn and don’t knit continental and do very little colorwork. But once I got the hang of two-handed knitting, I was off. On the train coming home from New York, I was happily knitting away. Knit about an inch and then stopped to admire my two separate socks. Uh-oh. Somewhere near the beginning of the body of the sock I had one stitch that got messed up and my two separate socks were no longer separate. How hard can it be to drop the stitches down and pick them up again? Can’t be that hard, right? Wrong. Trying to find the exact stitches, dropping them, and then picking back up was not as easy as I thought because of the socks being in the way of each other. I guess hard is not the right word, just kind of awkward and fiddly. Anyway, I fixed it and began to knit a few more rows. Uh-oh. Yes, it happened again.

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Into time-out it went for the rest of the train ride and until this past Friday evening when I had a chance to sit down with it again. Since it was only two rows back, I just tinked back a stitch at a time until I got to the errant stitch and fixed it. Learned my lesson, I’m checking after each row to make sure I haven’t crossed stitches again.

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I noticed I’ve got a little bit of laddering between needles, but that should work out when I’m done and give it a bath.  I have about two inches done, so not sure how long it’s going to take me to get to the heel since I can only work on it sporadically.  I’m keeping my sample close by for when I get to the heel, because I’m sure I’m going to need it then.

I am enjoying learning new techniques with this sock and find it addicting.  If I make them again, though, I would seriously consider doing the ribbing separate and then putting them all on one needle and starting the sock, if that would be possible.

Thank you again for your patience.  I will continue to keep you posted.

MaryJo

Thank you MaryJo for sharing your first impressions of this new technique. I agree with a lot of the issues you had to begin with. I too disliked the ribbing part and I too found myself mixing my yarns up in just this one random spot making them siamese twins rather than 2 separate socks!

But there is never anything “dangerous” with knitting and mistakes are there to help us understand and get better! I’ve stuck with this technique and I have now found my own method of knitting this way and I can even enjoy ribbing this way now. I do understand that this is a technique that does not suit everyone but it is fun to try, even if it is just once.

I’ll be telling you more about this type of sock knitting in a later post and I might even do a video tutorial to show you how I now knit this way. Also if you feel tempted to give this technique a try, I cannot stress enough the importance of first knitting the pair of test socks that Kate gives in her pattern. Using 2 different colored yarns in worsted weight will really help you understand how this works.

If you don’t remember my previous posts on this technique you can click here for some further info.

That’s all for today so take care and enjoy your crafting until next time 🙂

Holiday knitting – that is the BIG question!!

Hi there, I hope you are enjoying your summer so far. Personally I wish the weather here in Normandy was better and that I had more vacation!!!! However there is light at the end of the tunnel and in just a few days I’ll finally have my summer vacation!!! Can’t wait!!

So now my big dilemma is what should I knit during the vacation??????? I have to have 2 projects. Not too voluminous as I will travel some but not too small either as the fear of finding myself out of knitting would just be overwhelming. So I’m thinking maybe a shawl and a pair of socks. What do you think? Do you bring knitting/crochet on your vacation? How do you choose your projects? Would you like to share your choice/s for this summer?

Now for the shawls I might have 3 choices. I say “might” because I actually bought some yarn online – 2 were kits that included a downloadable pattern + yarn. The third I had already bought the pattern and then later bought the right yarn and that one has arrived.

So what could definitely be a contender is the Bagatelle Shawl by Rachel Brown of Porpoise Fur. This cowl was designed as part of the Boardwalk collection from Kettle Yarn Co. I actually saw the cowl “in person” at the I Knit Fandango in London last May. My stand was opposite Linda’s of Kettle Yarn Co and my friend and I immediately fell in love with the pattern so as soon as it was released I went online and purchased it! And just last week I finally got around to ordering the same exact yarn and same exact color as the sample was made with! Now I’m sure you’re curious so here goes:

www.knittinginfrance.com You should definitely check out the pattern on Ravelry (I included a link up there). It really is gorgeous and Kettle Yarn Co’s yarn is simply gorgeous!! So I’m really looking forward to getting started on that. And I would also encourage you to check out the entire Boardwalk Collection that Kettle Yarn Co just released. It includes 6 gorgeous patterns all knit with her beautiful yarns, all designed by women, photographed by a woman, modelled by women etc! So a wonderful enterprise and 6 wonderful patterns. Just click on the name a few lines up and it will take you to the collection:)

Now on to my second contender and this one I have the pattern which I downloaded from Craftsy which is also where I bought the kit. The pattern is called Drachenfels and is by Mairlynd and here is a link for more info on that. I chose the colorway shown on the picture below and that is called Fire. The yarn is Brown Sheep Company. So I’m really looking forward to actually receiving the yarn and cross my fingers and hope it will get here in time!!!

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And the last contender is also a kit I bought from Craftsy and same thing here, I have the pattern but not the yarn! This one is called The Mara Shawl Light kit.www.knittinginfrance.com The pattern is by Amy Hendrix and the yarn I chose is Madelinetosh Merino Light in Cosmic Wonder Dust ( love the name) and that is actually the colorway you see in the picture above.

So all gorgeous patterns with beautiful yarns!!!!

Now for the socks! Should I take some yarn and try to design a new pair? Should I pick one of the billion sock patterns I have in my Ravelry Library? Or should I just choose something completely soothing and just let the yarn do the job – here I’m thinking of doing a 2 in 1 socks using one of my Lorna’s Laces hand dyed sock yarns I recently indulged in. ??? Lots of questions here and I’m going to have to decide as I always cast on and do a few rows BEFORE leaving on vacation! A habit of mine, don’t know why but I just need to do this! Maybe to be 100% sure that I’ve chosen THE right project for my holiday knitting!

And on the question of sock knitting, as I’m working on my current pair of 2 in 1 socks which I think I just might call “Siamese socks” as of now, I’m thinking that this could actually be THE most soothing knitting I ever do. I just love the rythm to this and even though I’m basically “just” producing vanilla socks, the fact that I knit them simultaneously and that one is inside the other, one is entirely purled and the other knit, there is just something about that which keeps the interest going and at the same time gives you this soothing, relaxing feeling. So I’m actually rather leaning towards that. I’d love to be able to make up a new pattern using that technique, same basis but just do something with the stitch pattern for example. So I just might but I’m not sure. After all vacations are made for relaxing so I might end up just doing a regular 2 in 1. Here’s  a picture of my current pair of Siamese socks. I’m knitting them in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd sock in Rainbow

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I think this is about it for tonight. I’d love to hear your take on holiday knitting so do join in the discussion and share your thoughts on the matter:) Also don’t forget that I’m doing a huge RENEWAL sale in my Etsy shop as I’m hoping to carry out a number of significant changes this autumn.

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That’s all so until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting time:)

Something done and something new

Hi there, I hope you had a great weekend. I went to visit a friend and a colleague which was great. When working from home on the computer and over the phone, work can get lonely even though I’m in touch with my colleagues every day I still take my lunch break alone and I don’t actually see anyone so getting to meet up was a treat and the best part was that it was on a weekend so no work and all fun !

She lives over an hour by train away from me so I got a little bit of knitting done on the train. I was working on my 2 in 1 socks using my new Lornas Laces Rainbow colorway yarn.

www.knittinginfrance.com I love the yarn and how my socks are working out. One thing though about knitting socks with this method. Once you have the hang of it, it goes rather smoothly but you do need to be vigilant. I occasionally make a mistake where I don’t switch my yarns around as I should and that means that your socks are actually joined together like siamese twins! Not the way they are supposed to work!!! And sadly, just this evening, I discovered such a mistake! At least 2″ below my working row (10 cm) I had mis crossed my yarns and my socks were joined together on 1 single stitch! Only as both socks are being worked at the same time, it is fiddly to undo and start again and in this case I had actually knitted on for AGES! So I had to rip out a good chunk and start again so in spite of today’s knitting, I’m at much the same place now as I was Saturday. So annoying!!!!! But, rather than cut the yarn and fix with a knot and so forth I chose to rip it out and do over for a perfect look! The ripping out is now done and I’m knitting on and being very careful NOT to make the same mistake again! So mark my words: if/when you knit your socks this way, ALWAYS be careful about your yarn placement!

On to more happier things. Last week I actually finished a project and a big one at that. I finished my Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade. I knit the shawl using DK weight instead of the heavy laceweight or fingering the pattern called for so my shawl is probably quite bigger than the pattern meant for it to be BUT I love it! I can wear it as a shawl or I can wear it all wrapped up like a shawl and a scarf in one. The yarn is a cash’merino so super soft and warm.

I had intended for it to be a gradient grey with the last section being bright pink but I ran out of yarn! Fortunately I had some more on stock and so was able to finish the shawl using the same yarn although in a different grey color. But I think it really did work out nicely. Theoretically I should now wash and block but I’m feeling ….lazy…un-encouraged….un-inspired…. so I think I’ll actually just wear it as is!

www.knittinginfrance.com What do you think?

And before I leave you, I’m thinking that I really need to develop some patterns using my yarns. That pattern support would be really helpful and encourage sales. I’ve already got a designer working on a sock pattern that will be released in a few months probably and I’m going to see if I can find other designers to work with my yarns as well.

Yesterday, as I was looking at a pile of dyed yarn that is just waiting for me to reskein, photograph and list online, I thought ” well, why don’t I try to do some designing as well???”

And since I love knitting socks and seem to be constantly drawn to fingering weight yarn and bright colors, I naturally chose to do socks! I cast on yesterday and I’ve been working on the today as well and I’m passed the heel on the first so and so far they look nice! I’m thinking I’ll knit the first sock as I write the pattern. Then I’ll put the pattern on paper and knit the second sock by following my pattern and if all works out and the socks look wearable, I’m going to put it up online. This will probably be a free pattern as it’s my very first sock pattern. But I’m really excited about the outcome and just thinking that I could do more and that pattern support could actually help my little yarn business.

Here are some pictures and I’d really love to hear your thoughts on what’s done so far.

www.knittinginfrance.com    Here is a close up, I’ve finished the cuff and done 1 repeat of my lace panel

www.knittinginfrance.com  Here is a sideways view of the sock, there is a lace panel on the center front and back

www.knittinginfrance.com  Here you can better see the lace panel

Any thoughts on my work so far? Be honest!

Well that’s all you guys. I hope you are all doing great and enjoying your summer so far. I’m not writing as regularly as before but I hope you forgive me for that. Thanks for stopping by and until next time, take care 🙂

My Pebble Beach Shawl and more

Hi there,

Lately I’ve been mostly working on my shawls. I’m almost done with the Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade. Her pattern for this shawl is in an original format, a bit like an excel sheet where you have the pattern written out in rows and each row is numbered from 1 and up and every so many rows you see the percentage of completion of the project. I find that quite fun for this project. Of course seeing the size I can imagine that I’m close to finishing but seeing the actual percentage of what I’ve done so far is a great new feature to a knitting pattern I think.

Here I was approximately at 70% done

www.knittinginfrance.com My yarn was gradient dyed in grey so you have light grey, darker grey and then really dark and to finish a bright fluo pink.

Unfortunately I did not have enough pink to finish my shawl so at 80% done I had to add a third color. So I had 60% grey, 20% pink and then I needed to find a new color for the last 20%. I had the same yarn but dyed in 2 different colors and I really was not quite sure which one was the right one so I went to my followers and friends on Instagram and Facebook and asked them to help me choose

www.knittinginfrance.com Their answers were almost unanimous: LIGHT GREY! So I listened and quickly wound the grey yarn into a ball and continued and I think that was the right choice. I’ve knit a few rows of the new light grey yarn now and I think its looking rather nice even though I was not originally planning on using this new color but hey, things happen:-)

www.knittinginfrance.com What do you think? Do you think these colors will work? I sure do! I’m at 85% now so hopefully I’ll finish in 2-3 days. At this stage in the pattern, the rows are super long so the last few rows take forever to finish.

I’m also working on my Beetlebum shawl by Renée Callahan of East London Knits. I haven’t been sufficiently consistent working on this so it is going slowly but surely never the less. I really love how the pattern works up, I like the wings on each side and  I feel this gives the shawl an original look. I’m super happy also with the yarn I chose. Its my hand dyed lace yarn, 50% xtra fine merino, 50% suri alpaca. It’s super soft and squishy. I’m really looking forward to finishing this and I can see myself wearing my Beetlebum shawl this summer in the evening.

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And just before I say goodby for today, I couldn’t resist all my new Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock yarns so I ended up casting on for a pair of socks. I’m doing a 2 in 1 socks using the Lornas Laces in Rainbow colorway. So far it’s looking very good. I really love all the bright colors and how they are divided up on the skein and hand painted. The  socks will either be for me or for my daughter. We’ll see later on.

www.knittinginfrance.com Here you see the socks and I have “opened them up” so you can see both socks. Looking good don’t you think?

Well, that’s all for now. Take care and enjoy your summer and hopefully you have some quality time to enjoy your crafting every day:)

Socks and more socks

Hi there, this morning the weather here in Normandy, France is just beautiful! The sun is shining, the sky is blue and its slightly warm. Weather like that always brings my spirits up, even though I do have to work and won’t be able to go to beach! In the last two days I’ve made some progress on my latest knits and so I decided to show you some pictures – please not I did not knit all this in 2 days its just to show you that one thing is finished and the rest almost there:)

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the pair of 2 in 1 socks I’ve been working on lately and as of this morning I just finished! The yarn is gradient yarn from Knitcircus and this pair was actually knit using the rest of a skein that I had used to knit another pair of socks. So from this one skein, I actually got 2 pairs – one medium sized and the second in a child size for my youngest daughter. Would you believe that both pairs came from the same set of gradient striping skein?www.knittinginfrance.com Also both pairs were knit using the 2 in 1 method I learned from a pattern by Kate Atherley. I must say that I have totally fallen for this method of sock knitting. What I need now is to discover how to use this and knit patterned socks, like with lace panels or something because so far, I’m only able to knit plain stockinette socks using this method and I’ve lately discovered a million gorgeous sock patterns online that I’d love to knit but am bothered because I can’t use the 2 in 1 method to do them! On that subject, I’m going to prepare a post soon about all those free and gorgeous sock patterns I’ve discovered lately and maybe you will see something you too will want to knit.

So, one pair of socks done! On to the next 3! Yes, I said 3! Good (or not) that they are all “in progress” so should not take long to finish. So first off, there is my pair of Regency Socks by Heatherly Walker. I’m knitting those using one of my own hand dyed sock yarns in a gorgeous blue colour www.knittinginfrance.com

Then there’s my pair of Philosophers Walk socks by Lesley Melliship  and I’d like to  add that I sell kits for those online and will also offer kits at the I Knit Fandango show in London 15-16th of May 2015. I’ve completed one sock and the second one is almost done so this really should become my priority now as I’d love to show them in London to show people that are interested in buying the kit. So here are mine www.knittinginfrance.com  I really love how purple and yellow go together.

And then the last pair of socks that I have going at the moment, and I’m planning on writing  a post on these later on, are socks knit from a sock blank. A sock blank is a piece of machine knit yarn that is either knit double or single and then you basically “unknit” it as you knit. No need to wind into a ball, you just get going immediately. This is also a fun medium to try with regards to handpainting yarn. This particular blank was a test on my part where I did 2 different colours and dots and the knitted result is rather fun. The pattern is just simple stockinette and ribbing.

www.knittinginfrance.com You see how I inverted the colours- half is dark with dark green dots and the other half is light with dots the colour of the other side’s MC. Hm that sounds complicated but I hope you get the idea 🙂

So, I’m still hooked on sock knitting as you can see. Now before I say goodbye for today, I want to let you know of an update in the shop. I just received the NEW version of the Sock Ruler – the new version has measurements both in inches and centimeters so no matter what pattern you want to knit, the Sock Ruler will be perfect! If you are not familiar with this new awesome tool, then let me explain. The Sock Ruler is a Ruler like the name indicates and you use it instead of a tape measure. It is made out of rigid plastic and has the shape of a sock on one end. It makes measuring the different parts of your sock a breeze as your sock can lay flat so it is way less fiddly than using a tape measure – not to mention I have not lost one Ruler so far where as my tape measures have  a tendency to disappear into thin air making it necessary to have a gazillion on hand all over my project bags and house basically.

This is what the new ruler looks like – On the left side you have the CM and on the right side the IN. IMG_3127

The Sock Ruler www.knittinginfrance..com Here you see how I measure the length of my leg for example. So if you too would like to give this tool a try, here’s a link to it in my shop

Thats all for today my friends. Have a wonderful day and I look forward to writing to you again soon:)

ps- my last post on a Pin It Win It Contest has got quite a few likes so I’m still thinking about maybe doing one just for the fun. Someone mentioned that “small bloggers” would not have a chance to win due to lack of followers but my blog is small too and this is a way to draw attention to my blog as well as my shop and I think it could also draw attention to your blog if you have one. And also no need to have a blog to participate, if you have a Pinterest account you could participate and share on your Pinterest. I’m not expecting the winner to have a 1000 shares of the board, I’m guessing more like 10-15 so this would basically be more for the fun of it for all of us. So this is still working its way in my head, I’ll let you know what I decide and if you have further thoughts on the matter, do share 🙂

What would you like to buy at I Knit Fandango this May?

Hi there, as you probably all know I’m preparing for the I Knit Fandango craft show that is being held in London 15-16th of May. It is tough to decide what to pack and how much of each especially when like this time, I have to travel by air and then take a taxi to the hotel ALL ALONE! So I have to pack wisely as there is just so much I can carry by myself. But then I also do not want to spend my money and time on doing a show if my booth is half empty from the beginning as missing out on sales is NOT an objective. Going home with tons of stuff is not an objective either so the balance between too much, not enough and just right is a tough one to find.

This is why I thought maybe you could help me out. If you are planning on attending the show what would you like to see/try/buy? And even if you are not coming, when you do attend shows, what do you tend to look for? Are you more on the look out for yarn? A particular yarn type? Knitting accessories? All inclusive kits?

And as I mentioned yarn, what are your favorite colours at the moment or colours you’d like to knit this summer?

I’m done, I think, almost, with the dyeing. This weekend I did dye for a crochet shawl kit that is going to be very nice. This kit uses 778 m of yarn and rather than doing 2 skeins of 400m each I decided to do  1 huge skein of 800m. This ensures that the colour is consistent throughout the project and that you only have to ball 1 skein instead of 2 – even though it is huge).

And as I found this was a rather brilliant idea (if I say so myself) I decided to do a few more and sell individually as this is a good size for many shawl designs. What do you think? Do you knit shawls yourself? If so you knit mostly with fingering weight or do you use lace weight?

I also did some sock blank dyeing, both kettle dyed and hand painted and here are some pictures. At the bottom of the drying rack you can see some balls of yarns, this is yarn that came in a wound ball and I dyed as was for a sort of varigated effect. The only problem is once it’s been dyed I need to undo the ball and wind into a skein for it to dry properly and that is not much fun):

hand dyed sock blanks and balls of yarn www.knittinginfrance.com hand painted sock blanks www.knittinginfrance.com

Well thats it for now. If you feel like sharing and helping me decide what to bring or not to bring, what to dye or not to dye, all constructive advice is appreciated 🙂

Take care and enjoy your crafting

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:)

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 yarn for the 2 in 1 sock yarn giveaway

Hi there, I’m really happy to see that a number of you are interested in trying out this 2 in 1 sock knitting I talked about yesterday and I hope those of you who have not yet left a comment on yesterdays post, will do so before Tuesday 3rd of March evening and so be part of the draw on Wednesday to win some of my hand dyed yarn to knit your own pair of 2 in 1 socks.

There is a favour I ask in return for the yarn and that is that you share your 2 in 1 sock knitting experience both on your blog or social media and allow me to link back to that from here 🙂

I used the Two Socks in One pattern by Kate Atherley on Ravelry but if you have a different pattern you would like to try then that is fine as well. I’ve tried to search online for another pattern using this technique and so far have not found any. If you know of other sock patterns using this technique I’d love for you to shear them with us here in the comments section.

However, before knitting the 2 in 1 socks with my yarn I do recommend that you knit the training version first using a dk or worsted weight yarn in 2 different colours. That will help you understand the construction and the technique so more easily.

I have found another tutorial on this technique on Knitty, I haven’t had the time to read it through yet but I’m going to and maybe that could be helpful for you too. Click here for the link

And I also found an online video course with Kate Atherley where you can learn this sock knitting technique at your own pace with her – Click here for the video course

And just as an incentive, to encourage you to try out this fun technique and leave a comment on yesterdays post to enter into the giveaway draw and maybe win some of my yarn to knit your own pair of 2 in 1 socks, here are pictures of the yarn I dyed for myself to use for my first “real” pair and if you are lucky you will win the same yarn:) I used my glitter base that I love, it’s 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 5% silver stellina. I dyed the yarn in Emerald Green. One yarn cake is light emerald and the other is darker and has a varigated/gradient look to it. This way it is easy to tell which is Y1 and which is Y2 and yet your socks are not total opposites colorwise.

hand dyed by Knitting in France for 2 in 1 sock challenge   hand dyed glitter yarn for 2 in 1 sock challenge by knitting in france  Unfortunately the stellina thread does not show up well on the pictures but I assure you it really gives a beautiful sparkle that enhances the colour of the yarn.

So are you up for the 2 in 1 sock challenge with me? I sure hope you are! So share with your friends, enjoy trying this new technique out, leave a comment on yesterdays post here and maybe you will be receiving this yarn in the next few days:)

Until next time, take care and have a wonderful and creative weekend 🙂