|Cosy Stripe blanket in Stylecraft Acrylic|
- That I have my health and my eyesight.
- That I have the ability to 'make stuff' out of thin air with just yarn and needles.
- That I can share this with other people who 'get it'.
- That these people form a wonderful vibrant community, of which I am part and my tiny portion of it on my Ravelry group is simply wonderful.
- That we can all support and learn from each other.
- That Ravelry exists.
- That my family have a never ending need for socks.
- That I have time and energy to do what makes me happy, every single day.
- That yarn squishes down really small for the purposes of stash concealment.
|My family being grateful for our fabulous local market..and oysters|
|Knit Night by Louise Zass-Bangham|
The names currently up for debate are:
1. Copper Mine
2. Bracken Wood
4. An other?
As you can tell, my name choices are skewed by my recent trip to the Lake District. The yarn colour really reminds me of barley sugar sweets but that name is already used :)
Seriously, please do vote and let me know what you think or feel free to suggest one of your own - in the true spirit of this challenge.
I've cleared the needles, browsed my stitch dictionaries and chosen the yarn. So, this afternoon I sit down with a pencil and chart paper to get cracking.
Mmmmmmm....cables....my favourite :)
So, it looks as though you would like a little bit more adventure in the heel department. The 'something different' option won by quite a margin.
We are looking at a unisex sock with a simple, easy to memorise cable repeat and something a little out of the ordinary for the heel. It's a good job I have been doing my homework and have a few tricks up my sleeve.
I have left the most difficult question until last.
Most of my designs I like to offer in both toe-up and cuff down formats but due to the time constraints of this project only one option will be on offer.
So, over to you...
2. Cuff down.
Leave a comment below or head on over to the Ravelry group to cast your vote.
A technical hitch meant that this didn't go out on Monday as expected.
We are on to Week 3 and having determined that you fancy working on a simple cable repeat we are now thinking about heel options.
Would you prefer:
1. Standard heel flap and gusset
2. Short row heel
3. Something different that you might not have tried before
Leave a comment here on over on the ravelry group to have your say.
|Just an idea - not giving anything away here :)|
The winner of last weeks vote was Cables by quite a margin so I'm guessing that you are up for a bit of workout with these socks.
The next question then is to try and determine how adventurous you are feeling:
Do you prefer your cables:
1. Simple, with a nice, easy to memorise pattern repeat
2. Complex - hit me with the charts - I want a challenge
3. A mixture - a more complex panel with simpler background.
You have until September 15th to decide.
Please either vote here by leaving a comment or over on the Ravelry thread here.
Once a week for four weeks I'll be posting a question about an element of sock design for you to vote on.
At the end of the month I will use your answers to come up with a unique sock design - hopefully one which will be ideal for gift giving - enabling us to have a knit-a-long and produce a fabulous sock gift for someone in the run up to Christmas.
Once we get going we can use the hashtag: #sockdc2014 to keep track of our sockie goings-on on various social media platforms and I dare say there may be the odd prize or two for those who fancy joining in.
You can either vote in my Ravelry group: HERE
Or you can leave a comment below giving your answer as either 1 or 2.
So, for Week 1 a nice easy question...
Would you prefer the main design element of the sock to feature
I'll post the next question on September 7th, so you have a week to ponder.
c) intended for a purpose
So, how did I do?
Well, I'm pleased to report that my stash has now shrunk in size from 4 large storage crates and an under-bed drawer to 2.5 crates and the aftermentioned drawer. The latter holds my prized sock yarn and whilst none of it will be leaving my possession anytime soon it does need a tidy up and organisation - so that is my job for this week.
Overall I have sent 2 larger carrier bags to the charity shop and the kids play club - mainly acrylic and leftover skeins or part skeins from projects. It really helped to think of yarn in terms of 'Is this something I will enjoy using?' when deciding which category it fell into.
For some reason I had accummulated quite an array of aran weight yarn in shades of brown and grey. Not the most inspiring thing to look at - I must have been having a throwback to my 1970s childhood at some point. So, out it goes - and my stash is a happier, brighter place for it.
The yarn pictured is my 'good' unwanted yarn and so this is waiting to be photographed (if it isn't already) and listed on my Ravelry destash page.
I am undecided but I'm thinking that I might offer it up to anyone willing to make a contribution to my Just Giving fundraising page in aid of Bliss. I would have to make this available to UK people only, regretably, due to postage charges but I'm thinking that it would be a good way to put my unwanted stash to good use and raise some money into the bargain.
Next up, the book collection as my bookcase is officially FULL.
I signed up to this years Tour de Sock 2014 challenge. A sort of speed-knitting event which raises money for Doctors without Borders.
You pay your entrance fee, find a few like-minded sould to join you in a team (or go solo) and you're off.
There are 6 stages and each pair of socks must be completed by the time the next stage starts in order for you to progress. If you don't manage to complete, you still get access to the patterns - you are just out of the race.
I love events like this as it allows people to take part at whatever level they are comfortable with. Some just like the fun of a good old-fashioned KAL. Some like to sharpen their competitive edge a little or to challenge themselves to achieve a target. And some like to go all out, in a no holds barred race to the finish.
For the record I probably fall into the middle category - if only because I know I am in no way speedy enough to race to the finish.
The first pattern is the Wye Socks. Now these are relatively complex socks with twisty cables and (what seems to me) an unfeasibly long leg, but some amazing knitters were posting finished pairs within 24hrs of the pattern being published: here and here.
I have no idea how our speedy Finnish cousins knit so quickly but I am in awe of such speed and accomplishment.
As for me, after some determined hard-core knitting time and extensive use of saved freezer meals I have completed 1 sock and have just turned the heel of the next.
Allez....as the French would say!