What’s made you happy this week? For me, it’s been …
💕 walking with the dog
Even when the weather is a bit rubbish and I can hear the rain on the windows before I get up, I know that I’ll feel better once I’ve been out with the dog. It’s the time in the day when it’s just me and my thoughts (and one eye on my daft hound), there’s nothing to do except put one foot in front of the other and somehow, with the rhythm of my footsteps, everything falls into place so by the time I get home, I’m ready to face the day.
It doesn’t always feel like it sometimes, I have to say, with the rain dripping off my nose and the dog choosing the wrong moment to disappear into the bushes for what feels like an eternity, but I do know that whatever the weather, the fresh air will work it’s magic and by the time I get home, I’m in a much better mood.
💕 knitting socks
You’d have thought that after knitting socks pretty much constantly for over 10 years now, I’d have got a bit fed up of them but I really haven’t. They fill my days (and, according to my husband, my dreams) and I just love them.
💚 I love them when they’re half-knitted …
like big daughter’s boyfriend’s ginormous socks. I’m onto the second one now, and it’s coming along nicely. Luckily, he’s far too polite to be chivvying me along whenever I see him, but I do need to get this sock finished soon so that he can wear his new pair.
💙 I love them when they’re nearly finished …
just the toes to be Kitchenered now on this new sock with the New Leaf no-nylon yarn that I’m working with. It’s been interesting to knit with, quite different to anything else that I’ve got on my needles at the moment – beautifully soft but not a mindless knit which isn’t a bad thing, just different.
The yarn is so brand new that it’s not even up on the website yet, but that will change on Friday (24 November) when the yarn is launched if you want to check out the New Leaf Yarns website – do be warned, though, that the alpaca blend yarns there are seriously gorgeous and you will want to spend money! There will be a review of this yarn next year when I’ve road-tested my socks for six months, but what I would say to you now is that a beginner might struggle with this as it’s quite fluffy (which can be a hindrance if you need to frog your knitting on a regular basis) and it does split in places. For a more confident knitter, however, it’s a very natural type of yarn, it feels fabulously soft to knit with – you can really tell the difference when you pick up another yarn afterwards even if you thought that was a soft one! – and it’s definitely an option if you’re interested in no-nylon yarns. It’s a limited edition run based on this year’s shearing which is all part of the fun of a natural yarn!
The pattern is one of my own which I’ll share at some point when I’ve finished my pair if anyone fancies trying it out for themselves 😀
💜 And I love them when I can put them on my feet!
These are my new Whistlebare socks in Cuthbert’s Sock yarn which I showed to you a short while ago. I ran out of yarn at the toes but Alice at Whistlebare was able to come to the rescue and now they’re finished. The turquoise is shade Kirk Yelthom and the pink is shade Grubbit Law, both named after places close to the Whistlebare farm. Oh, I love love love these socks! They feel very luxurious on my feet, as soft and silky as they were to knit, and I am so looking forward to wearing these out and about. As it’s a no-nylon yarn, a lovely blend of mohair and Wensleydale which both come from the Whistlebare farm, there’ll be a review of how they’ve worn in about six months’ time so do look out for that if you’re interested in no-nylon sock yarns.
The pattern is Magic Mirroron Ravelry, it’s a free download and is actually a toe-up sock pattern, although it was easy enough to alter to my usual top-down style. I used the smallest size with this yarn and they’ve worked out beautifully; Cuthbert’s Sock knits up slightly bigger than other yarns so a 56 stitch cast on which would otherwise have been too small for me worked out just fine. The pattern is easier than it looks and was an enjoyable knit so if you’re looking for something new to cast on, I’d definitely recommend looking at this pattern.
💕 saying goodbye to Yarndale Sock Line socks.
The last of the socks are off to their new homes this week. I am never sorry to see them go; rather, I’m excited to think that they’re finally going to be doing the job that they were knitted to do. I’ll be writing about them next week and will be able to tell you where all the socks have gone then. It was great to have so many suggestions of places to contact this year. I have been in touch with all the places that were suggested to me, or as best as I could. Some didn’t answer the phone, some said they didn’t want the socks, others said they would call me back but didn’t – the good news, though is that the people that I’ve sent the socks to are all absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to send them boxes of socks and knowing that they will be going somewhere they are appreciated is the best thing of all.
💕 a treat for me!
|Source: Black Sheep Wools|
Arne and Carlos are back at Black Sheep Wools this week with another of their fabulous workshops. The lovely people at Black Sheep asked if I’d like to go along and I said that I most certainly would, even though some people might wonder why … they’re teaching their “easiest sock in the world” class!
Don’t I know enough about socks? Well actually, no. I don’t think that anyone can know everything, there’s always something new to learn and we should always remain open to that. Arne and Carlos’ sock is different to the usual socks that I knit – their sock is a toe up sock with an afterthought heel – and I think it never hurts to know a new method for anything. And I’d very much like to see them again, it’s always great to catch up with them 😀
I’ll be able to tell you all about it later on in the week when I’ve been.
You’ll have noticed that I’ve discovered I can put emojis into my blog post. That’s made me happy as well – although I resisted using the poo emoji, you’ll be pleased to see! 😀
I hope you’re having a happy week too! 😶