Blogtober 2021 : Day 26
Do you know what this is?
This, my friends, is the last of the commission socks for this year off my needles.
I love designing for other people and I also love designing for myself, and it’s been a busy old year with one thing and another so I am very much looking forward to taking my time to decide what goes onto my needles next. Of course, I have already had the urge to cast on All The Things and I showed you my WIP pile the other day so I am currently resisting – but the siren call of new yarn is very strong!
I do need to finish my knitting belt shawl and I missed that off the WIP pile but I will definitely be finishing that – and I’m going to do my best to be wearing it by the end of this month as I set myself that target way back on 1 October. In fact, I think that’s going to be tonight’s knitting when we’ve finished dinner (we’re late tonight as big daughter has been running a late yoga class and we wanted to eat together).
I’m thinking that one of the projects that I want to work on next is the sock pattern for next year’s Winter Haven KAL. I was in two minds about whether to run the KAL again next year – it will be the third year and the format has been the same for the last two years and I haven’t really got any plans to change it – but I don’t want to think that people are bored with it! Then I decided that I enjoy doing it and it’s good for me to take some time over January to recharge my own batteries so I will do it again, and it will be in the same format and if you’re not bored with it and want to join in, it’ll be lovely to have you along!
If you’ve never heard of the Winter Haven KAL, it’s something that I started in January 2020 as I thought that it might help us all to get through the dark days of the northern hemisphere Winter a little easier. The theme of the KAL is all about self-care and knitting, but not the kind of self-care that involves taking long baths and painting your nails (and not least because a month of long baths would leave you looking more prune-like than you might feel is good for the world! 🤣 ) It’s more about looking after yourself by taking time to recharge your well-being batteries with a good book, gratitude, music and some tasty treats. As it turned out, 2020 was not the year we all expected and hopefully those weeks of looking after ourselves helped us to get through what came next! This is the post I published just before the first Winter Haven KAL started and if you’re new to the idea, you might like to take a look and see if it’s for you.
These were my socks from the first Winter Haven KAL and I’m actually wearing them today! Hand-knit socks are such good value – nearly two years later my socks are still going strong!
One of the things I like to do is to design a new free sock pattern for people to join in with the KAL – to join in you need to use either Winwick Mum yarn or a Winwick Mum pattern (or both!) – and I’ve already got an idea for next year’s design that I’m really excited about. I think that’s going to be on my needles fairly soon so that I’ve got time to get the pattern written up and sent over to my lovely tech editor who checks for glaring errors and condenses my wordiness (yes, that is a real word!) into something that is less than a ream of paper to print out 🙂
It doesn’t matter if it’s not Winter in your part of the world, you can still join in as the theme of caring for yourself right after the hustle and bustle of Christmas and any other holidays that you might celebrate is just as relevant if the sun is shining as if it’s dark and gloomy. In fact, in previous years, people have joined in with their air-conditioning on instead of a cosy fire! I have always believed that it’s the yarn that connects us, and it doesn’t matter where in the world you are to have that in your hands.
Do you think you’d like to join in again next year? Perhaps you could let me know in the comments so I’ll know that it won’t be just me sitting by the fire with my knitting eating too much shortbread! 🙂
Right, I need to go and finish off dinner (shepherd’s pie tonight) and then I need to get my bag packed as I’m on Yarn Lane TV tomorrow with Anna Nikipirowicz talking about the West Yorkshire Spinners Vintage Tinsel yarn and the two sock patterns that we have created – Twinkle Toes (the knitted version) and Tinsel Toes (the crochet version). The show goes out at 12pm and will be on YouTube later on so you can always catch up later if you want to. You can find the channel online at www.yarnlane.com, on YouTube here, Freeview channel 72 and Sky channel 670.
Have a lovely evening and I’ll see you tomorrow! xx