Saturday, 29 September 2018

More Super Socks release day!

Oh wow, what an exciting day this is!  

My second sock-knitting book, More Super Socks, is released today and I am thrilled to see it finally leave the confines of my computer screen and go out into the world!  It's written to be the next step on from Super Socks and takes you through adding cables, lace, intarsia and colourwork to your socks.  Four brand new patterns will help you to practice the techniques that you learn in the book.

You can take a tour of the book and see all the patterns inside here.

What do you think?  Would you like a copy?  Here's how you can get one!

💜 Signed copy through the blog

Click on this link HERE to buy a signed copy through the blog.  I'll post to anywhere in the world, but please be sure to choose your correct postal country from the drop down list as PayPal won't calculate the postage for you.  If you're using an iPad or iPhone, you'll need to email me for an invoice as there's a PayPal issue with these Apple devices.  Don't forget that I'm at Yarndale this weekend so I'll send them as soon as I get a minute!

Friday, 28 September 2018

One more sleep!

It seemed like an age away only a few short months ago, but Yarndale weekend is finally here!  

In a few short hours, the Auction Mart in Skipton will be transformed from this ...

to this.

It's one of those occasions that feels like a roller coaster clattering up the steep slope ready for the moment when the cars reach the top and glide down again at an unstoppable speed.  I love the setting-up day when the Mart is full of bustle, noise and anticipation, and of course I love the Yarndale days too when the bustle, noise and anticipation levels swell immensely to fill the whole building with yarny happiness.

If you're coming to see Lucy and me in the Knit n Natter lounge, don't forget that there's been a floor plan change this year.  The main entrance door to the lounge is still there and you'll find Lucy in the auction ring, but I'm going to be upstairs (you'll be able to wave to me whilst you chat to Lucy!) and between us will be rows of bench seats with comfy cushions so that you can sit down for a bit and take in all that yarny happiness.  You'll need to come up some steps or a ramp to come and show me your socks, but I am sure you'll be impressed with my lofty vantage point so it will be worth the effort :)  

I'll have my sample needles with me as usual if you haven't tried knitting socks before but want to give it a go, and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have about knitting socks.  I might not know the answer, but I'll give it a go! :)

The Yarndale Sock Line will look a little different this year in our new space but I am very confident that it's still going to look fabulous.  The lighting is much better this year too, so you should get a good view of all the beautifully coloured yarns and all that socky love.

If you're coming to pick up a pre-ordered copy of More Super Socks, please remember to bring your PayPal receipt so that I can match you up with the copies that I've set aside.  

I'll have more copies with me so if you wanted to look at the display copy first, there should still be copies to buy, and I'll have Super Socks and the Winwick Mum Sockalong badges with me as well.  Oh, and I've gone all tech and got a card reader this year which I hope will be helpful - get me! :)

It's going to be such a good fun weekend, I can't wait to see you if you're coming to the festival and to tell you all about it if you're not!  See you soon! xx

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Easy Colourwork Socks - free pattern and tutorial

Hi there!  I'm really glad to see that I didn't scare you off yesterday with all this talk of  colourwork knitting, so let's get started with this new pair of socks.  Before we start, I need to warn you that there are lots of photos in this tutorial, plus video links! 

A pair of red and grey colourwork socks being modelled on feet.  The model is standing on a grey stone slab against green leaves

This post follows on from yesterday's getting started post (which you can find here if you missed it) where I talked about the socks and tried to answer some of the questions you might have.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Easy Colourwork Socks - getting started

Have you ever looked at patterns knitted in two or more colours and thought they would be fabulous for socks?  It seems that more and more these days, colourwork is an integral part of pattern design and it's not really as hard to do as you might think.

From simple, two-colour geometric designs like this ...

A predominantly red and grey colourwork sock laid next to a predominantly grey and red colourwork sock

to Norwegian designers Arne and Carlos' Scandinavian style ...

to pattern books encouraging you to develop your own style, it seems that colourwork is everywhere.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Counting down

With less than a week to go before Yarndale, I'd love to tell you that everything's all ready here at Winwick Mum HQ and I'm putting my feet up before a wonderfully busy, yarny weekend.

Er - no.

However, I am well-practised at the last-minute-fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of preparation (and not just for Yarndale - this technique works well for Christmas too!) and this week is one giant to-do list that I am slowly but surely working my way through.

What I have been doing this week is making sure that I get out with the dog for a decent walk every day.  It's been so tempting to skip it, to just take a few brisk laps of the village instead so that I can get back to The List, but I know that taking that hour out to give him a proper run will make all the difference.  

By the time we get home, I'm all fired up from striding out and getting some speed up (it's all very well taking time out but I've got a list of jobs to do, don't you know?!), the dog's a happy boy because he loves these muddy woods and I've made some sense of the order of my list in my head.  It's like magic.  Fresh air really is magic, and it's free.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Still here

Hello, I'm still here!  Just three weeks to go till Yarndale now and I'm going as fast as I can to get All The Jobs done beforehand!

First of all, though, I want to say thank you very much to everyone who has pre-ordered a copy of More Super Socks to pick up at Yarndale.  I'm really looking forward to seeing you all there!  If you missed last week's post and you're coming to Yarndale, you can find the pre-order post here and the post about More Super Socks and what's inside here.  I'm super-excited to think that it's only three weeks till the book launch!

Now, though, let me tell you about what's been keeping me busy this week: the Yarndale Sock Line Socks!  I'm so glad to finally have these now that I've been up to see Lucy, and thank you so much to everyone who has sent socks in to me.  I can't tell you how lovely it is to see such a huge pile of parcels and know that each one contains a gift for a stranger who needs some woolly love.  This is just a small selection of them - there was a bin bag full plus another box - it was amazing!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

More Super Socks - Yarndale collection pre-orders

Hello again!  Thank you so much for all your kind words on the blog and social media about yesterday's post about More Super Socks - I was really quite nervous about showing the book to you after keeping it all a secret for such a long time!  Quite crazy, I know, but it's a very strange feeling to know that you don't have to be quiet about something any more and you can shout about it all you like! :)

Today is the day that the pre-orders open for collection at the Yarndale festival in Skipton at the end of September.  If you missed the tour of the book patterns so that you can see what's inside the book, you can find that post here.

Is there a particular reason why I'm doing this?  Yes, there is.  There are a couple, in fact: firstly, I have no idea how many people will want a copy of this book and I don't want anyone to be disappointed if they've travelled all the way to Yarndale only to find that I didn't bring enough copies with me.  Secondly, if you've been to Yarndale before then you'll know that the floors are uneven in places and all of the stands are in rows of animal pens.  The Knit n Natter lounge where I will be with Lucy of Attic24 again is right in the middle of the Auction Mart and I don't want anyone to think that they have to rush to find me in case the book sells out; if you already have a copy reserved then I'll keep it safe until you come to pick it up.  

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