Winter Haven KAL 2024 – Week 3

Happy Friday to you!  It’s the third Friday in January which means that we’re past the half way mark of this year’s Winter Haven KAL (Knitalong), and if you’re one of those who can’t wait for January to be over, there’s not to much longer to go, and I hope that spending time in your cosy space has helped the days pass more gently for you.

I love January and never wish it away, although I would love it more if the weather lived up to how I think January should be in my imagination – and there’s definitely plenty of snow in my imagination!  No, I know that’s not everyone’s ideal but it wouldn’t do for us all to be the same, would it? 🙂  Thank you for all of your photos and emails again this week.  There have been so many that it’s been quite difficult for me to keep up at times so I hope I haven’t forgotten to reply to anybody!  It’s been lovely to hear from you and to see all of your projects – wow, there are so many of them!

Thank you for all your photos and emails again this week.  It’s been lovely to hear from you and to see all of your projects and it’s been brilliant to see so many pairs of Treasure Socks on needles – and so many colourways, too!  Don’t forget that it’s not too late to join in with the Winter Haven KAL – pick a Winwick Mum pattern and/or Winwick Mum yarn; this year’s free pattern is the Treasure Socks but you don’t have to knit this one to join in 🙂

It’s turned cold here again the last few days and we’ve even had a little bit of snow – not loads of it, a couple of inches (actually that IS loads for Winwick!) but enough to get that lovely creaky, crunchy sound when you walk in it, and there was that stillness that you get with snow too.  It felt perfect for this Winter Haven time of year in the northern hemisphere!

I’ve been lighting the fire at every opportunity – partly to help to keep the house warm, but also to remind myself that it’s fine to sit by it for a few minutes too!  There’s an ongoing conversation about whether it’s better to leave your heating on low all the time or to put it on for set times in the day, and with energy prices still increasing, it’s an important conversation too!  Although I work from home and I like to be warm, we could actually do either as if I got cold, I could light the fire or shuffle the dog up on his bed in front of the Aga and sit with him.  However, experimenting with the heating a couple of years ago, we found that leaving the heating on low all day (we keep our thermostat set to 18°C) “warmed the bones” of our house as we have a lot of internal brick walls which are colder than plasterboard and we didn’t use any more energy to do that, so that’s what we do now, and I’m nice and toasty whilst I’m writing to you 🙂

If you’re new to the Winter Haven KAL, you can catch up on the previous posts – Week 1 is here (and tells you about what you need to join in), and Week 2 is here.

 

My space hasn’t changed much over the KAL weeks – I’m right here by the fire!

A brown rocker armchair with matching footstool in front of an open fire.  There are plants, fairy lights and a coal bucket on the stone hearth

I’ve got some more photos of your Haven Spaces again this week and this week, snow is featured!  I do love to see snow at every opportunity so thank you for showing me yours! 🙂

Elizabeth is in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and got more snow than they were expecting.  She sent me this photo especially so that I could appreciate her snow as well – and I do!  Elizabeth is using the Basic 4ply Socks pattern for her Winter Haven KAL project.

A partly-knitted sock in pink and blue stripes is resting on a snow-covered plant pot. There are other plant pots covered with snow in the background

Source: Elizabeth by email

Helen has a lovely cosy space by her new radiator – definitely the time of year to be trying it out!  She’s also trying out colourwork for the first time with the Treasure Socks and it looks like it’s going very well!  Helen’s greenery is a fiddle leaf fig in case you feel that you need one for your house!

A partly-knitted sock in turquoise and navy colourwork stripes is on a dark wood coffee table next to a mug and plate of biscuits. In the background is a tall tubular radiator and a view into the garden

Source: Helen by email

Kathryn is all set up there with her footstool and blanket – I’m such a fan of having blankets that you can just pull over yourself if you feel like it – you don’t even have to be cold!  I didn’t grow up with extra blankets over the chairs or sofas, it always seemed to be something that older people did (my first big crochet project was a blanket for my Nan), but now I think it’s more unusual not to see a blanket, especially if you’re able to make them yourself, and that’s definitely an improvement!

A partly knitted sock in blue and white colourwork is resting on a beige round pouffe in front of a brown armchair, next to a white marble fireplace

Source: Kathryn (Facebook)

Soh is definitely in the cosy place by the look of the snow outside!  Her sock is coming on well too!

A partly-knitted sock in shades of navy and blue striped colourwork is behind held up against a window to show the snow outside

Source: Soh (Facebook)

🕯 Project

Before the Winter Haven KAL started, I had every intention of making my project the mammoth darning pile that I have, but as you can see, I have abandoned the darning for new socks.  What?  Don’t look at me like that, I’m sure you’d do the same!

My own pair of Treasure Socks is coming on very nicely.  First sock done, I’ve rattled through the second sock and I’m onto the gusset now.  I’m so looking forward to wearing these!

A partly-knitted colourwork sock in cream and pink and red stripes is lying on a wooden coffee table next to a gold-coloured tealight holder, a vase of flowers and an orange mug of tea

I’ve also not quite ruled out the idea of making a pair in Spring Green as well.  I loved the way the colours knitted up for the sample, and now that I know the pattern very well, it could even be a future Emergency Sock.  Astrid just thinks it’s a comfy sock …

A tabby and white cat is sleeping in a pile of partly-knitted colourwork socks. The sofa she is lying on is mustard yellow

That yarn isn’t in quite such a muddled tangle as it looks in the photo, and I checked very carefully that Astrid was just snoozing and not having a sneaky yarn snack!

 

Here are your photos for this week … the in-progress ones first …

Helen’s pink sock is looking lovely!  She chose a Stylecraft Head over Heels yarn for her contrast colour and it’s a very pretty combination!  Last week, the Spring Green sock made by Penberth Yarns was just cakes of yarn – that’s a lot of progress!

A collage of two photos showing partly knitted colourwork socks using the Winwick Mum Treasure Socks pattern. One is in pink and rainbow stripes and the other is in cream and green stripes

Source: @josiekitten; @penberthyarns

Val has chosen Wildflower as her contrast yarn and I love it!  It looks fabulous with the shade of pink she’s chosen, and Lisa’s combination of Hidden Gem with (I think) Dusty Miller is fab too.  Now I want socks in those colours!

A collage of two photos showing partly knitted colourwork socks using the Winwick Mum Treasure Socks pattern. One is in pink and pastel rainbow stripes and the other is in grey, purple and white stripes

Source: Val (Facebook); Lisa (Facebook)

Kathryn re-started her sock from last week and is rocketing along with her new colours of turquoise stripes and cream.  Miranda is using hand-dyed rainbow yarn with black and it’s really making those colours pop!

A collage of two photos showing partly knitted colourwork socks using the Winwick Mum Treasure Socks pattern. One is in cream, turquoise and blue stripes and the other is in blaack and rainbow stripes

Source: Kathryn (Facebook); Miranda (Facebook)

Jane has chosen the sparkly Silent Night yarn as her contrast colour, and Julie is knitting two pairs of socks during this KAL – a plain pair and her Treasure Socks pair!  I like the bright colours she’s chosen for hers …

A collage of two photos showing partly knitted colourwork socks using the Winwick Mum Treasure Socks pattern. One is in cream, and variegated blue sparkly stripes and the other is in navy, pink and red stripes

Source: Jane (Facebook); Julie (Facebook)

Bridget has chosen the Summer Sunset and Milk Bottle colourway, the same as me, and she’s making good progress!  Charity found these yarns in her stash and although she’s not sure what they are, they are a good match!

A collage of two photos showing partly knitted colourwork socks using the Winwick Mum Treasure Socks pattern. One is in cream, pink and red stripes and the other is in purple, white and lavender

Source: Bridget (Facebook); Charity (Facebook)

Midge has dyed this ladybird-coloured contrast yarn herself, and it looks fantastic!  Amanda has made a good start on her sock, and if you look closely, you can see her furry supervisor making sure she’s keeping to schedule 🙂

A collage of two photos showing partly knitted colourwork socks using the Winwick Mum Treasure Socks pattern. One is in red, black and white stripes and the other is in turquoise and beige

Source: @midgeporterdesign; Amanda (Facebook)

Finally for today in the progress photos are Chris’s Summer Sunset socks and Jo’s pair in lovely wintery blues.

Source: @chriscrosscorner; @jojotwinkletoes

There’s no rush to finish the Treasure Socks as quickly as you can, although lots of people have agreed with me that it is a quick pattern to knit.  I think it’s something to do with the way the diamonds appear – and suddenly, you’ve worked another repeat!  It doesn’t matter if you don’t even finish by the end of the KAL, although unless you’re really in the habit of spending time in your Haven Space by then, it may be slow going once the days start getting longer and there are other distractions 🙂

There are finished photos this week, though, and here they are!

Helen has chosen a lovely combination of Pistachio (I think) and Rum Paradise, and Carol has chosen Milk Bottle and Autumn Leaves.  Gorgeous!

A collage of two photos showing finished colourwork socks using the Winwick Mum Treasure Socks pattern. One is in pistachio and rainbow stripes and the other is in cream and autumn leaf-coloured stripes

Source: @helen_tucker_teacher; Carol (Facebook)

Fleur has finished the socks she was part-way through last week – that was speedy knitting!  Jen has chosen a lovely contrast yarn for her socks, I do like the way it blends through the colours.  Hopefully she’s nearly finished her second sock now!

A collage of two photos showing finished colourwork socks using the Winwick Mum Treasure Socks pattern. One is in cream and turquoise stripes and the other is in cream and autumn leaf-coloured stripes

Source: Fleur (Facebook); @knitderby

Here’s Soh’s finished sock – her second sock is the one by the snowy window in the photo above.  I do like her combination of colours, and I love Stella’s too – you can’t go wrong with purple!

A collage of two photos showing finished colourwork socks using the Winwick Mum Treasure Socks pattern. One is in navy and pastel stripes and the other is in cream and purple stripes

Source: Soh (Facebook); Stella (Facebook)

A collage of two photos showing finished colourwork socks using the Winwick Mum Treasure Socks pattern. One is in black and pink stripes and the other is in pink and purple and blue stripes

Source: Vanessa (Facebook); ShawlyKnot (Facebook)

And now for the other projects …

Monty the cat is knitting a pair of Basic 4ply Socks for his owner, Liz, or at least I’m sure he would do if he could only hold the needles properly in those furry paws …

A tabby cat is "reading" the Super Socks sock knitting tutorial book

Source: Liz by email

Dawn has knitted a sock using the Contrast Cuffs, Heels and Toe socks tutorial and has added some texture by working purl rounds in between the colours.  Doesn’t it look good?  Julie has finished her sock that she started last week, and her contrast heel works beautifully with the variegated yarn she’s chosen.

A collage of two photos showing a cream and rainbow sock on the left and a variegated beige and pink sock on the right

Source: Dawn (Facebook); Jean (Facebook)

Vanessa and Jean are both using the Boxy Rib Socks pattern and their socks look great!  Vanessa’s yarn reminds me of the hundreds and thousands sprinkles that you put on fairy cakes 🙂

A collage of two pairs of socks knitted using the Boxy Rib Socks pattern. The sock on the left is partly knitted in beige yarn, the pair on the right are finished and knitted in black and grey stripes

Source: Vanessa (Facebook); Jean (Facebook)

The last photo for this week is this one.  Helen is using WYS Signature 4ply in Blue Tit with contrast cuffs, heels and toes.  It’s not going to be long before those socks are finished!

A pair of partly-knitted socks in yellow, blue and green next to a mug

Source: @helencdoesthings

Phew, so many socks – it’s wonderful!  I’ve got more to show you next week so if you didn’t see your photo there today, don’t worry, it could be in next week’s selection!

 

🕯 Something green

I’ve been very spoilt and have new flowers for this week from a lovely friend.  There are stocks in this bouquet and they smell amazing!  Oh, it’s been wonderful to walk into the living room and smell them in the morning, and I have very much appreciated them.

A glass vase of flowers in pastel shades of white, pink and purple on a wooden coffee table in a corner, next to a brown leather armchair

🕯 Light it up!

The sun is coming up at around 8.20am this week.  Not so small daughter has already left for college in the dark and it’s still dark by the time she gets home, but it won’t be long before the days will be long enough for her to not feel like some kind of night-dwelling creature.  I’ve noticed that there are plenty of bulbs coming up too, and the first of the snowdrops are out too, so that’s definitely a sign that the days are moving on, although I do worry about the bulbs that seem to be in bud exceptionally early (I’ve seen some daffodils, that can’t be good) in case we do get the icy blast that the weather forecasters are predicting.

Pink clouds above dark trees as the sun risesA single snowdrop in bud emerging out of the snow

🕯 Listen up!

What have you been listening to this week?

I’ve not had the radio on much at all, I’ve been catching up on web presentations that I signed up to listen to – I rarely listen to anything live so I always catch up on the replays.  This week I’ve been listening to a talk about Tapping (EFT), which I’ve mentioned in the Self-care section below, and a discussion about the last month in the money markets (part of the Wealth Chef resources which I mentioned last week).  I tend to listen in bursts as often these go on for longer than the time I have to sit in my Winter Haven Space, but at least I am getting through them instead of leaving them half-listened-to as I am more likely to do at other times of the year when I don’t necessarily remind myself to sit down!

 

🕯 Self-care

This week’s self-care was to take my car to the garage for a free winter check.  Lots of garages do this and yes, it might be a technique to get your car in so that they can see what’s wrong with it and then present you with a list of jobs, but equally, it’s peace of mind over the brakes, the lights and the other items that they check.  I’m out and about in my car quite a bit and even though they’re mostly short journeys, if the weather is going to be unpredictable, it feels like the safe thing to do.  And to be honest, it wasn’t a great hardship – I dropped my car off at the garage, went over the road to the hotel which welcomes hot-desk working and has tables with power sockets and a special deal on a brew and a sandwich (mine was a bacon one this morning) for those who want to work away from home or the office.  They’re always pleased to see you, it’s warm and they do a good cup of tea!

I’ve also signed myself up for a 5 day online cleanse with Lisa Levitt Gainsley – she wrote The Book of Lymph that I showed you last week.  I love a good course and there’s always something new to learn so I put some money aside every month to go towards learning and courses, and then if I see something that I’d like to do, the money is there to pay for it.  I’m a big fan of savings pots because it feels like you’re not spending “your” money – and I am always especially grateful for my savings pot when I go to the vet’s! 🤣  Anyway, I know it’s all about timing but it felt like serendipity when I saw the advert for the cleanse just after I’d finished reading the book, and I am trying to be more open to these coincidences 🙂  If you think it might be something you’d be interested in too, the link is here (this is not an affiliate link, I just thought you might be interested).

It’s obviously the time of year for this sort of thing as an email landed in my inbox this week offering a free 7-day Wellness Reset Challenge from The Tapping Solution.  I’ve been using tapping, or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), for years now and it is really good way to lower stress and deal with anxieties and health issues (in conjunction with medical treatment if required).  You can read more about how it works here, and if the Wellness Reset Challenge sounds like something you’d like to try, you can sign up here.  I use the paid version of The Tapping Solution app now and have done for quite some time, but there won’t be any hard sell through this challenge, so don’t worry that you’ll never get rid of them if you sign up! 🙂

 

🕯 Thank you

This week, I’m grateful for my friend who thought about sending me the wonderful-smelling stocks.  Oh, and the snow.  It makes my heart happy, that’s just how it is 🙂

A view through a rose arch to a garden covered in snow

I’m also grateful to my friends at the Danish accessory company, Muud, who messaged to ask if I would like to use another one of their bags and share my thoughts on them.  Well, I was delighted!  They sent me a few of their products a couple of years ago and I have had so much use out of them.  I adore my Saturn project bag and can’t imagine ever going back to biting my yarn instead of using scissors (oh dear, I did used to do that!) now that I have proper scissors in a proper Espoo case.  I get a fair bit of use out of the Gimo rucksack they sent me too … their products are very well-made and well-designed and they fit into my life very well!

I chose a Hiba bag.  I was actually going to buy one of these for myself – I’ve had my eye on it for a while and I’d been saving up for it so I was thrilled when they asked me if I would like to try one out.  Muud bags aren’t cheap but I am very firmly in the camp that you get what you pay for and if it’s something that you’re going to get a lot of use out of, it’s better to buy one thing of good quality than half a dozen at a cheap price that may not last.  It’s why I knit socks … 😉

Muud called Hiba a mini shopper project bag and it’s a great size to use when I’m out and about, especially if I’m carrying my laptop as it fits in here perfectly.  I can fit it in sideways too, if I don’t want it sticking out of the top.  It’s got so many pockets, and a separate pocket for a water bottle and best of all, a secure clip for my car keys so that I’m not rooting for them at the bottom of the bag.  I’m going to write a proper post about it soon, but I couldn’t wait to show you!

A brown leather shopper bag on a table next to a cup of tea in a china cup and saucer, and a partly knitted sock. The pattern on the teacup is similar to the pattern on the wallpaper behind the bag

I took it with me when I took my car to the garage for the winter check, and everything I needed for the hour or so that I waited fitted beautifully in the bag.  It’s got a shoulder strap too, which I’m really pleased about – I do like a bag that you can carry but sometimes you need your hands free!

The lovely people at Muud also sent me a surprise – a Civ case for interchangeable needles.  I don’t use interchangeable needles very often but I do have a plan to resurrect the jumper that defeated me a couple of years ago (it was the yarn knitting into stripes that was the problem) so this will be really useful as I needed different sets of interchangeable tips plus umpteen stitch markers that I kept losing – I’ve got no excuse not to get back on with it now!

A square brown leather case which folds over itself to close with a press stud is lying on a wooden coffee table next to a circular needle cable and a partly knitted colourwork sock in s pink, red and cream stripes A circular needle case opened to show the inside. The case folds over itself to become a square when closed, but when open is a long rectangle with spaces to hold needle tips and cables

And once again, THANK YOU for being here with me!  It’s so good to see your projects, and I hope that you are starting to feel your batteries recharging as the days get longer (or shorter!).

Don’t forget to keep tagging me into your posts so that I can have a nosey into your cosy spaces and see your projects – the hashtag is #WinterHavenKAL.

I hope you have a wonderful week in your Winter Haven – see you next Friday! xx

 

 

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20 Responses

  1. Judith Southam says:

    Hello All Winwickers!! Living in lovely Devon, so glad I moved here to escape my Canadian winters! Have endured more than a lifetime of snow!
    Truly enjoy your monthly email especially all the beautiful socks. Bought your latest sock book for myself for Christmas. Learning a lot even though have been knitting socks for a few years. Self taught😂 Unable to knit presently because of head injury Boxing Day but taking apart a jumper I knitted years ago and never wore. Almost as satisfying as knitting especially planning on what I’ll do with the “New Yarn”!

  2. Glenys Riggs says:

    Pleased to hear from you for this week, but wish you wouldn’t keep showing your lovely fire, wish I was able to have one, it would make this rented bungalow so much warmer!! Finished first Easy Lace sock and cast on and started second. This one is a size larger because of my still swollen foot that I broke ankle of in Sept.

    • winwickmum says:

      Ah, sorry about that! We are very spoilt to be able to have an open fire, I never forget to appreciate it! I do hope your foot is on the mend and will be back to normal soon xx

  3. Pat says:

    Loving all the photos and stories on your website
    New to socks but third pair on the go now. Thankyou for lovely web

  4. Jean Sharp says:

    What a lovely treasure chest of Treasure socks! I will get around to making some.
    The silly rain washed our snow away, but it meant I couldn’t go out as it was too slippy underfoot, and I use crutches….and they needed new “tyres”,( the things on the ends.)
    My friend’s husband was both surprised and pleased with his socks, and he said they fit perfectly. (I know it’s a problem for men with bigger feet.)

    • winwickmum says:

      It certainly is! So many photos! I’m really glad yours were well received – big daughter’s boyfriend also has big feet and struggles for socks so I’m glad you were able to help your friend’s husband! Hopefully you’ll have new “tyres” and you’ll be back out and about again soon! 🙂 xx

  5. Audrey says:

    All the socks are Fabulous. I’ve just started to knit socks again as I’ve had other projects to do .Will look forward to making this pattern

  6. Lindsay says:

    It’s lovely seeing all the amazing socks, unfortunately I’ve decided to give up on using two colours, I just cannot get the tension right despite many years of knitting 😵‍💫
    I will unpick back to the cuff and perhaps look for a helical pattern- is there one that anyone can recommend please?
    Here’s to trying again!

    • winwickmum says:

      You can use the Basic 4ply Socks pattern with the helical method – the tutorial I used was this one and you can see my helical socks here. Another alternative might be to look at the Easy Mosaic Socks as although they are two colours, you only knit with one at a time so there are no floats to contend with 🙂 xx

  7. Kathleen says:

    I do love reading your posts. The winter seems a world away as we are in a hot dry summer right now. Too hot for knitting anything. Looking forward to being able to holiday in the UK once again in August and return with more wool ( again….) warming thoughts coming your way from Christchurch NZ

    • winwickmum says:

      It seems incredible to me at the moment that it would be too hot for knitting, but I know that in a few short months, that’ll probably be the case here too! I hope you have a wonderful trip to the UK and you get some August sunshine instead of August rain! 🙂 xx

  8. Maria Riegert says:

    Hello from Germany, all this beautiful photos got me to start a pair of Basic 4-ply socks. I will try the treasure socks next. They look so great in all this colour combinations.

  9. Elaine allerton says:

    Christine!!!
    loving my very 🥇 first colorwork!!!!
    so happy with my progress!!!and have to finish one mosaic sock.too!!!
    love seeing all the different color ideas!!can see me doing more

  10. Selina Baihn says:

    OMGoodness, such yummy socks! so many went outside the box too, i wouldn’t’ve thought of that, can you imagine Halloween colours too?
    such beautiful knitters too
    thanx so much or the generous pattern, it’s much appreciated
    thanx for sharing

  11. Helen says:

    I’m back at my sock today, it paused for my knitting emergency. I decided I wanted to know a climate wrap this year and needed one colour – the rest were stash. Of course, having to wait meant I was late starting then had to restart as I’d lost or missed a stitch! I then discovered that Pony needles make my whole arm ache while doing the 44 p3tog every other row!

    Last week new needles came, chiaogoo. They’re pointier and slippy and so much easier. I have now caught up so the sock is joining it in rotation, hoorah!

    I’ve been reading an old favourite and eating ginger snaps from Christmas in front of my fire which is wonderful.

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