Some exciting news for me and anyone else who loves knitting socks

Hi there, I’m not sure if I talked about this first issue in a previous post and too lazy to go browse all my past post so my apologies if I’m repeating myself here:)

So, exciting news for me and my activity as an indie yarn dyer and at the same time exciting (I hope) for the sock knitters out there that might be participating.

I’ve been asked to sponsor an ongoing Kal on Ravelry. There is a group of knitters that are knitting their way through an entire book of sock patterns! The book is called  Op-Art-Socks by Stephanie Van Der Linden – this book is available on Amazon

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I’ve been asked to sponsor the KAL for the sock pattern they are knitting this July and August and the winner will be drawn at random in September. The lucky winner will get to choose a skein of sock yarn from my shop. i’m super excited about that! I’m proud that they found me online and that they like what I do so much that they want me to sponsor their KAL. This will give my little shop some much needed exposure this fall.

I actually own the Op Art Socks book but have yet to knit anything from it (I’m ashamed to say) so now I really MUST knit up a pair! The sock they are knitting now is called Symmetry

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If you want to join in or check out the group and their sock knitting here is a link to their discussion thread on Ravelry

That’s all for the FIRST exciting news, now on to the SECOND!

Like you all know, I’m always looking for exposure and trying to participate in things that could bring me more visibility and sales to be able to continue with my shop and my work as a dyer. My work has so far been featured in 3 different Knitting Magazines: Simply Knitting, The Knitter and Knitsy. And….. (drumrolls please)…. this autumn I will be featured in an independent, digital sock knitting magazine! Yeah!!! Happy!! The magazine is called Addicted to Sock Knitting and there will be an interview with me along with some pictures of my work and a little photo gallery with pictures from knitters who have knit socks using my yarns! I’m honored to have been chosen and I really look forward to the interview and preparation process and hopefully this will bring my little shop some new clients. BUT, I may need your help. I’m worried (hopefully totally without reason) that my photo gallery of socks will be EMPTY! Imagine that!! So, I don’t know if any of my readers here are also clients and if so, if you have knit a pair of socks using my yarns or if you have the yarn and are about to cast on for a pair. So if you are reading these lines and have knit a pair with my yarn or are about to do so, I would love to get in touch with you so that when we prepare the magazine piece your pair could be included in the piece (if you agree to share your work with the world of course). So if this applies to you, please either leave me a comment below or send me a line to: knittinginfrance@gmail.com

I’ll be ever so grateful:)

That’s all for today, have a wonderful day and enjoy your crafting 🙂

ps-  here is a little gallery of my own with some socks that I’ve knit using my yarns

skandium pair done www.knittinginfrance.com Maudie by General Hogbuffer My Regency socks are done www.knittinginfrance.com The Philosophers Walk socks knit by www.knittinginfrance.com

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I think I’m ready for a SWEATER!

Wow! That is an unusual statement coming from me! But I really think I am. It’s been a while since I last knit a sweater. My last sweater was the Mesa by Stephen West. I had a bit of a sweater mojo in the winter 2013-2014 and actually knit 3 or 4 sweaters. Unfortunately I don’t remember which patterns I knit for the first 2 and I apologise for that but maybe the pictures will help you recognise the patterns. They all come from Ravelry and I believe all were paid for patterns.

So here is the first one, all are modelled by my beautiful daughter Anais.

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Then came the asymmetrical cardi. The middle picture shows a nice design/construction detail

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And then I did the Mesa by Stephen West and I actually did 2 of those one for me and one for Anais. The above sweaters were both for Anais. So the Mesa was a really quick knit and Anais liked mine so much that I went ahead and made a second one for her but as I’m writing this I can’t seem to find the pictures of her Mesa so I’ll have to share those with you later but here comes mine, modelled as before by Anais.

First the yarns which are different types of yarns and from different yarn companies as well.

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And the sweater

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And like I said at the beginning I’m feeling the sweater mojo coming back. I’ve taken out 2 sweaters worth of yarns from my stash. Yarns that I bought as kits with Craftsy classes and now I just need to cast on and take the classes as I knit. But I’m not feeling those at the moment so I’ll share them later when I do feel like getting them going. No, now I feel like doing

Snowflake by Tin Can Knits This is a paid for pattern on Ravelry and I’ve seen lots of pictures of finished Snowflakes and they all look gorgeous. The only question I have is, should I make the button placket or not? I’ve seen both versions and both look good. Leaving the buttons out means knitting in the round from the beginning and that is appealing. Also, I don’t have any buttons in mind and this really does call for some nice and color coordinated buttons. So I need to think on that.

Here is a link to the project page of one of my virtual knitter friends, LazyBene and I really love her version and colors of the Snowflake.

If you are not familiar with this pattern, here’s a picture.www.knittinginfrance.com

I love the fact that the pattern exists in a large number of sizes from 0-6 months up to 4XL so no matter what size you are looking to do, it’s there! I also love the fact that you can do a 2 color knit. Of course you can do this in one color only but the 2 color version really looks good I think. And you can play with that idea and either do 2 tones of the same color or do 2 contrasting colors.

This is knit in a DK yarn so I’m thinking maybe I’ll do my DK sparkling yarn for the yoke and then my Cash’merino DK for the rest of the body. Both are gorgeous and squishy yarns. Of course, I do NOT have any yarn in my stash so I’m going to dye some for this project. So I need to find some nice color combinations. I’m thinking maybe doing greys or grey with pink or grey with turquoise.

Have you knit this pattern? Would you like to share a picture of your knit Snowflake and tell us about your experience knitting that? Or would you maybe like to knit along with me? Maybe we could do a KAL out of this and either use whatever yarns we like OR I could dye up some yarns for you – if you just give me your colors, that could be arrainged. What do you think?

And if not, if you are just too busy or simply not interested, do you have ideas for good color combinations or maybe have a picture of a finished Snowflake you particularly like colorwise? that might help me make my choice before I dive into the dyeing. Knowing myself, I’m not going to be able to wait very long and as the weekend is just around the corner, I’m guessing I’ll be doing some dyeing this weekend:)

Well that’s all for today. Thank’s for stopping by:) I wish you all a wonderful weekend and look forward to hearing from those of you who wish to share something with me and my readers on this subject:) Take care and knit on!

Like mother like daughter

Hi there, as we all know sharing something we love with those we love is a great pleasure. Sharing with people we just met who appreciate our work and share the same passion is also wonderful.

As a knitter I share that love with my mother who has always knitted and taught me when I was young. Today, I share my love of yarn dyeing with my youngest daughter. My other two children are not too interested although my son does help out with the shop (going to the post office or working at shows with me) and my oldest daughter much appreciates my handknit socks and blankets.

But my youngest, Inès, who is about to turn 9, loves working in the studio with me and has worked on the carding machine and enjoys dyeing as well. That is such fun and this weekend she even said to me: “mom, when I will be big I too will teach my little girl to dye yarn”. Isn’t that just too wonderful:)

Do you have stories of sharing your passion with others? Pictures you’d like to share with us? I’d love to hear/see and I’m sure the other readers would too.

Here are some pictures of my little indie dyer

A proud indie dyer at work www.knittinginfrance.com Ines is dyeing a sock blank. She came up with the design herself a young indie dyer at work www.knittinginfrance.com  Hard at work, deciding on organising the colours and so onsock blank being painted by hand www.knittinginfrance.com Almost done

And here is the sock blank ready for you to knit from www.knittinginfrance.com Following morning, here she is with her sock blank all dry and ready for sale! I offered to knit her a pair of socks with her yarn but she would rather I sell it 🙂

Rip it, Rip it as if it that were all I know how to do! ARG

Arg, sometimes there just are those horrible “rip it” days,  Yesterday was such a day for me! It was as if I was just unable to knit normally!

I had some leftover yarn from my Knitcircus gradient yarn club and I think I have enough for a pair of socks for my youngest. I decided I’d make up a pattern, just looked up the number of stitches to cast on. I tried doing them 2 in 1, cast on, knit a few rounds and then… ripped it all out! Why? I discovered I had made a mistake a few rounds ago – just one tiny mistake but that meant that my socks were now siamese twins and not 2 separate individuals. So off the needles it went. Frustrated I decided to do it differently the second time around so I cast on for just 1 sock at a time. I knit a few inches and then… ripped it all out…again! This time because it felt “boring”. I was doing a simple 2×2 ribbing and although the yarn is beautiful it just felt unexciting so off the needles it went too. And then I cast on AGAIN, still using the same yarn and the same needle, still knitting socks for my daughter and this time I’m doing TAAT, top down in 3 x 2 ribbing. Ok yes it does resemble the former 2×2 ribbing I ripped out but…guess the inspiration had abandoned me whereas my stubbornness had not 🙂  So here I am now:

my TAAT socks in progress www.knittinginfrance.com I’m taking it “zen”  so slowly but surely and this time NO RIPPING 🙂

And remember my post about knitting a pair of mitts from Shannon Okey’s newest book Aurora Borealis mitts? Well, as you may remember I started those and then ripped them out as I felt they were too big and also I felt that the colours did not work well in that configuration. Well, I ripped those out an additional 2 more times! Not all yesterday no but I ripped out once more for some reason I don’t remember and then the 3rd time because now instead of being too big I felt the mitten would be too small! This was just too much for me so I set out to cast on for the fourth (and hopefully last) time, using the same yarns as always, same needle as always, same book as before BUT I changed the pattern! So I cast on this time for a pair called Freydis and so far so good! I think I got the size right and this time the colours work well- neon pink in MC and gray in CC. I also changed the cuff and this time around I’m doing a picot edge cuff. I’m not far along but this time I’m confident I’ve got it right.

This is the front of the hand    Freydis front side of mitten www.knittinginfrance.com

and this is the back  Freydis mitt, back side of mitten www.knittinginfrance.com what do you think? I rather like it so far:)

So no more ripping! I’ve done more than my share this week so from now on it shall be success from the get go:) Lucky for me that I really enjoy knitting so once over the original frustration of not getting things right, I’m ok – after all what I enjoy most is the actual knitting:)

And before I say good buy this evening, let me share a picture with you. As you know I’m now preparing for the I Knit Fandango show that is coming up in May. Here’s a picture of the sock yarns that I have dyed for my Philosopher’s Walk sock kits for that show. Do you like the colours? The pattern is in two colours so each kit will include 2 full skeins of yarn and the knitter can then choose which to use as MC and which to use as CC.

The yarns all rewound into skeins and labelled. Just waiting for the rest of the kits to be preparedyarn for future sock kits www.knittinginfrance.com

And a picture of a finished sock from this pattern just in case you were not familiar with this pattern. The Philosophers Walk socks knit by www.knittinginfrance.com

Thats all for today folks. Thank you for stopping by. Take care and enjoy your fibre crafts this week as always and I hope there is not much ripping in the air for you 🙂

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 🙂