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

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!