My name is Julie and I love to knit socks. I’m from Northumberland and relocated to Suffolk many years ago. My love of sock knitting began when I owned a bricks and mortar wool shop and lots of ladies were coming in for sock yarn, in ignorance I thought are they mad! This blog will be about knitting and crafting.
Goodness me we’re well into February already. I alway think its the coldest month of the year so all the handknits are out. They’re strewn all over the house just incase theres a sudden ice storm. I moved down to Suffolk 30 years ago from Northumberland, some would argue that I should be ok with the cold weather. I can, hand on my heart say that Ive never ever ever experianced cold weather like it that first winter here. Its a different sort of cold, one that just chills me too the bone. Ive lived here longer than I lived up north and Im still not used to the cold. brrrr
My husband reckons that if I just put socks on I wouldnt be so cold but….. surprisingly considering Im a sock knitting addict I love bare feet but I cant bare cold feet, so to combat this I sit with a hot water bottle on them with a blanket over my knee. Daft I know but we all have little quirks.
Lets talk socks
There are lots. Im one of ‘those’ knitters who has at least 10 socks on the go and it doesnt bother me in the slightest.
My knitting bag is not answerable to anyone.
I have lots of 2.5mm, my preferred needle size.
I have lots of project bags. It would be daft not to use them
It doesnt bother me
Will it change world peace
It wont have me needing marriage guidence/counselling
If Im happy my family are happy
If Im happy my family get socks
If my family get socks I can cast on more socks
Im happy, Im content, I love socks I can knit socks so I do
I could list many more statements, I was going to write reasons but that word in itself conjures up to me justification and I dont need too.
I love both indie dyed yarns and commercial yarns. I always have socks on the needles using my own yarn label The Yarn Tart. They are usually my own design that eventually gets published over on rravelry or in Suffolk Socks.
One of my two preferred commercial sock yarn is Hot Socks. I stock a fabulous range of Hot Socks at a really great price. Its a lovely plump yarn and the colours are amazing, ranging form soft gentle pastel shades in Tweed to bright bold self striping. Theres cotton, cashmere and wool nylon mix. Regia is my other favourite sock yarn. Slightly higher price but so lovely to knit. Great design lines in this range and lovely plump yarn makes great socks
I find trend knitting stressful. Diclaimer- Im speaking for myself. Do you ever think whilst going trough ravelry and seeing the lastest hot selling design that everyone and their Granny is knitting that you should rush off to your yarn cupboard and think Ive got to cast that on? I do this, but not before Ive gone and bought the pattern though. By which time Im in such a state of anxiousness that I cant even focus or concentrate on anything. Pathetic I know but it happens. I spent ages deciding on my make 9 and hells bells minutes later I went and cast on a jumper that wasnt one of my 9 choices, what a waste of time for me.
So after much deliberation Ive come up with a different make 9. Its not about what I knit but about who I knit for. I think this will keep me busy throughout 201
I love a nice knit group, sitting knitting, chatting, theres no social divide , inclusive rather than exclusive.We all just are there because we have a love of fibre and craft.
This has been going for years and was the first knit group I ever went to nearly 10 years ago. Its now held at Washbrook in the local pub. All the details are available on their forum over on ravelry.
Frating Knit days
These are organised by Sally and Nadia from Great Horksley/Colchester knit group. They are a fabulous day. a small entrance fee, we all take cakes and a small raffle prize which is a laugh. The raffle is always in aid of a different charity each time.
The Wool Baa
The wool Baa is a wool shop in Felixstowe that is run by Debbie. Its stocks commercial yarns and its also a cafe that has the nicest scones and coffee. Im sure the other beverages and cake etc on offer are just as lovely but I always have a scone and coffee. Its a lovely freindly knit group and takes place on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings.
Takes place on Monday mornings starting at 10.30 usually finishing 12ish. The woolpack pub is the junction of Henley and Westerfeild road next to the main entrance to Christchurch park and everyone is welcome.
My other fave group I go to isnt really a group its a regular get together with my lovely lovely friends Jacqui and Toni. Ive only known them about 2 years but they have become such good friends that I dont know how I havent met them earlier or done without them before. I love them to bits and we have such a lovely time just being ourselves. As well as a shared love of knitting we also love cake and coffee just as much.
Wips. (works in progress)
Socks galore. I own a sock yarn shop so theres always a great selection that just has to be knit so I can give feedback to my lovely customers. Well thats my theory.
This is one of my make 9 choices. Ive cast on using Arranmore Aran from The Fibre Co for my lovely son Thomas. Flax is a Tin Can Knit design. Its had the nod of approval from him so thats always a good sign. What a joy to knit, wool pattern and intended recipient are all fab. Im using knit pro zings fixed circs, my needles make a lovely clicking sound with each stitch something Ive not noticed with my other needle choices, I dont knit why but it s quite a nostaligic soothing feeling. As chatty as Iam I love silence in my house, no backgound noise, just me, the clicking needles and the random snore from the dog or the cat who are never far from my side. This knit is going to be for Christmas so Im in no rush to knit this. It lives in my shop room which is where I can be found hiding. The animals are’nt allowed in here so they sit at the bottom of the starirs protesting on the other side of the stair gate.
Tin Can Knits have a great range of designs, starting at 0-6mths upto 4XL. Ive knit lots of their designs and the instructions are crystal clear with great result.
This is my all time favourite knit. Its my third time knitting it. The sizing and style fits me great. I tend to use all the stitch counts tweak bits of it. My last Confetti I added the Winterly lace design by Suvi Simola that was in Laine magazine. this time Ive followed all the instructions and 2″ below my bust line Ive knit into the FBFof the centre 20 stitches on the front and back to give a gathered more floaty effect. Ill continue to increase down each side of the garment so it still has the A Line shape. Im hoping this gives me the loose style look I wantand the bodice shaping I like. My 2nd make 9 as its for me.
Im working on a test knit for Mina Philipp Knitting Ex Pat. Its a lovely DK weight cabled cardigan with a shawl collar. I m using my own yarn that is a Merino dk that was left over from a cardigan I knit myself. Its for my Grandaughter so that again is one of my Make 9. Ive only just started this but so far Im liking how Mina writes out her designs. At first I did think ‘what alot of writing’ but once I sat down and started I couldnt imagine how else it could be done. It is so well explained I didnt want to put it down .
Have you seen weve got Suffolk Socks pins. Im thrilled to bits with them. My daughter Lucy designed them and my logo. The perks of having a one daughter who is an illustrator and a husband who specializes in emcommerce building online retail sites means I usually have someone around to help with the teqnical side of things which Im hopeless at.
Also new in are some gorgeous Fripperies and Bibelot Ringo stitch markers in Suffolk Socks colours.
Im off to my regular knitting retreat in March up in Cumbria. Im so excited. its always a lovely time and Ive become firm friends with the regular attendees. Im sharing a room this time with Emma so that will be different. Emmas lovely and were both heading off to EYF with Dale who has a lovely online shop Farm to Cables Yarns in Canada. Emma and I are also heading over to Shetland wool week in September which we are both really madly excited about.
Fortunately my future plans are so much more than my immediate plans which involve cleaning bathrooms, kitchens and giving the house a good kick.
Have you seen, starting in March there will be a new Suffolk Socks self-striping club using all commercial yarns. I’ve had a field day choosing stripy yarns and you won’t be disappointed. Each month you’ll receive 100gms of 4ply, a project bag from The Yarn Tart and a Suffolk Socks pin.
Subscriptions for non-UK members will be sent in one parcel towards the end of February, and each month will be clearly marked. In addition to needles, you’ll have to have some strong willpower not to open it (don’t worry about spoilers because everyone will receive a different choice of yarn). The cost of the club is £40 + p&p so pop over to the shop and sign up. I can’t wait for it to start.
I love January. A fresh start, dreaming of new cast-ons, making plans for all the Fibre Festivals taking place in 2018 and finishing the WIPs that are lurking around the house – but I gave up that thought 5 minutes into 2018, who was I kidding (LOL).
I’ve kicked off my knitting year by joining the Commercial Yarn KAL that Amy from Stranded is hosting, and I’m loving it! Here at Suffolk Socks, we aim to offer a great range of indie-dyed and commercial yarns that are ideal for garments and perfect for socks. One of my favourite commercial yarns is Regia and it would be a fabulous choice for the Commercial Yarn KAL. I discovered this brand early on in my sock knitting and I love it still. Its a lovely plump yarn with such a great selection of shades and ranges to suit all preferences. Design lines from Kaffe Fassett and Arne & Carlos keep the enthusiasm going, remember Pairfect socks makes perfect knitting.
I’m looking forward to another exciting year for Suffolk Socks.
As much as I love the festivities and all of that, its always a nice feeling to be back to normal. Ive had a lovely time looking around Ravelry seeing what Knit Alongs ‘KALs’ I want to join in with and one thats really appealled is Amy Florence Commercial Sock KAL. Can’t beat a lovely commercial sock yarn. Its alway a great price, I know I sell it. Id be hard pushed to say what the most popular commercial sock yarn is but if a well known podcaster is using it then .I usually sell out of that brand .
I always get a buzz when Ive managed to catch an update from an Indie dyer. I think there are some professionals at this but Im not one of them as Im always getting trolley jacked As a yarn dyer myself I have a lot of special’skeins that are waiting for the right pattern to come along , because heaven forbid I will not knit a vanilla sock using my “good stuff”. Pathetic, daft I hear you shouting at this post but as a disclaimer its the way I feel. Im not speaking for any others. Give me 3 commercial skeins that are equal in money to that one ‘special skein’ and Oh my giddy aunt’ Im happy as larry and I take on the role of a mad woman and can’t cast on quick enough. ANNND I alway love them just as much ANNND I wear them more too. What I discovered is that even though I have my own label The Yarn Tart I love commercial sock yarn equally so. Theres room for all yarns all colours and all prices. Infact one of the least expensive yarns I stock happens to be my best seller and one of my favourites. Heres a few.
Grundl is a great affordable yarn with great colours. Cashmere, cotton, wool, and merino mix. price ranges from £6.50 – £8.
But I do love abit of Regia, its a nice plumpish yarn and the colours are fabulous with desin lines from Arne & Carlo and Kaffe Fassett being really popular. The Regia Pairfect is perfect too
Head Over Heels
A lovely lighter weight yarn from Stylecraft at £6.50 per 100gms. The colour range vary between tonals and stripes . I use 2.25 mm instead of my usual 2.5mm needle as I prefer a more denser fabric with my socks but this is a personal preference.
Opal, good old Opal. Theres always a good selection of yarns from Opal with new ranges appearing regularly. 75%wool 25% nylon mix make it a good hard wearing yarn. I made some great scrappy socks using Opals Celebration range.
If you like a bit of bling then we have Rico Las Vegas, or theres Rico Superba with bamboo content and Rico Poeme.
Rowan fine Art is another luxury commercial yarn. Its no longer available but I managed to get some before it sold out completely from Rowan. Its a premium handpainted yarn, 45% merino, 20%mohair, 20% polyamide and 10% silk. 400ms per 100gms and its reduced down to £12. Ive knit several pairs using this yarn and its fabulous. A Knitted Sock Society by Rachel Coopey is a full of designs using Rowan Fine Art.
Our new Club starting in March is fab. Suffolk Socks Self Striping Club is a 3 month subscription. over the 3 months you’ll receive 300 gms of self striping 4ply sock yarn, a project bag and a special Suffolk Socks pin. Ive placed an order for new to me ranges and shades which are so gorgeous I cant wait for them to arrive. I think I might have to get Jonathan to lucky dip me a shade and post it to me so I get the thrill of being a club member. The cost of the club is £40 + p&p. To keep the cost down only one post charge is included so all non UK members will receive all 3 yarns together, clearly marked with the month on it. It will be like a mini advent in March april and May.
Heres to another year filled with new projects, new yarns and great knitting events. How was your Christmas? Its always a quiet event here as all our extended family are in Northumberland but we had a lovely time. This was our first year as empty nesters and I have to say it was just great. Phoebe came home on the 20th so that really started the festivities for us. The 22nd me and my girls went to The Salt House on Ipwich Waterfront for afternoon tea and we did little table gifts, there was such a lovely atmosphere and afternoon tea there seems to be very popular as all the tables were groaning under the tiers of cake and sandwiches etc. Walking home it was so cheerful seeing some of the boats lit up with fairy lights.
Christmas Eve we went to Lucys for dinner, another new tradition. Lucys the foodie in our family, shes a great cook. Her and Phoebe had spent most of the day cooking and theyd made a chocolate cake that was fabulous. We watched Elf, Ive not seen this all the way through only bits of it, but oh I giddy aunt when he burped. Elf is now up there with Uncle Buck my other all time fave film. I surprised myself by actually managing to cast on a pair of socks.
Casting on something new over Christmas is all the more fun now as worldwide we all cast on and join Dani with a Christmas Eve cast on. Its been great seeing all the #christmasevecastons2017 on Instagram and ravelry. Im knitting one of my School Socks Rock design using The Yarn Tart yarn Waltzing Matilda.The needles are Hiya Hiya fixed circs. This was a Christmas kit I sold in Suffolk Socks. It was so popular in 2016 and Id been asked if Id do it again.
Christmas Day began at 8am with Lucy arriving. she might not live at home but when its Christmas shes a big kid and we all call her Mrs Claus. Whilst her and Phoebe made breakfast Jonathan made Prosecco and Cranberry cocktails. They washed the toast down nicely lol. The rest of the Walters arrived mid day and after food and exchanging of gifts the games began. It was mad. One of the games we played was where you had to mime a word to your partner and they had to lip read what it was. My son was playing as he”s deaf and is an expert lip reader , it was obvious him and Lydia would win.It was a laugh and he couldnt get why we couldnt figure out what our partners were miming. The other game was a music one and as Lydia has a degree in music they won that too. next year we’re doing games that involve knitting and art so Lucy, Phoebe and myself stand a chance. Eventually we all collapsed in frontt of the TV.
Boxing Day is always a favourite day, Pjs on for aslong as you want and eating as many sweets as you want. We had a Christmas jigsaw out so Lucy came over so we could do that.
It also had me thinking what new things I was planning to make over the next year and what knitting events to go too. I had posted on IG 9 things Id like to knit but in reality I dont think any of them will get done. Ive got so many patterns in my ravelry library that Ive decided to use some of them.
My first knit Ive cast on is Flax. A design from Tin Can Knits. I love their designs, their patterns are so easy to read and the sizeing range available is excellent. This is being knit for Thomas, and dare I say it but its for Christmas 2018. Im not in a rush to knit it. Saying that I cant put it downas its such an enjoyable project. Im knitting it using Arranmore from The Fibre Company ands its living in my Vintage bag I made a few years back and Im using Knitpro Zings fixed circs.
My 2nd cast on is a fabulous Curious Handmade design Surprise Party Shawl.No surpise really as I love her designs, Helen makes shawl knitting seem so easy, line by line instructions to keep you on track and always great chat in her ravelry forum. This shawl is knit using all my hand dyed yarns which are looking a little bit brighter than they are in real life, but its so pretty and its living in my super new project bag that Lydia my DIL to be made me. I was thilled to bits that she’d made me something. Therell be plenty of the contrast colour yarn left so i’ll be casting on Land of Sweet Cowl from Knitvent 2017.
My 3rd cast on is another pair of socks. this one is my new design . Ive knit it a few times so I know it works out ok and its gone of to be test knit, but I suddenly realised that I didnt have any knit to be photographed for the printed pattern. My sons fave film when he was little was Mary Poppins so Ive 3 new designs inspired by this film, my 1st pair are called ‘Lets go fly a kite’. Its sharing a bag with my Christmas Eve cast on.
My fourth and final cast on for this blog is Dahlia by Heather Zoppetti. I love this cardi. Ive knit this before having bought the wool at the first Yarndale festival in the softest buttermilk yellow that the stallholder convinced me was a great colour on me, I should have listened to myself because when it was finished I looked awful in it. So once again my Mum who dark colouring suits it better got it. Im using some Eden Cottage yarns 4ply which last year was destined to become a Madewell cardi, but that wasnt to be.
My only cast off apart from the socks that were gifted was my Winterly/Confetti jumper knit using John Arbon Knit By Numbers 4ply which was a joy to knit from start to finish. This is my all time fave yarn at the moment,and this design is a firm favourite and staple in my wardrobehaving now knit 2.Have I said how much I love this jumper and will probably knit another one soon. It does bobble though so ive invested in a de-bobbler.
I cant wait for EYF in March, theres lots of posts on ravelry and IG about the event and a list of pocasters that are going to be in the podcasting lounge. Some fabulous vendors going to be there. I have an idea of what i’ll be purchasing and top of my list is they yarn from Kate Davies to knit her Miss Rachels Yoke sweater. I wanted to buy this 2 years ago at EYF but talked myself out of it and regretted it straight away so this year its the only thing on my list. Im there for the whole 3 days so im fairly confident that ill be buying other stuff.
Im also heading to Shetland in September for Wool Week which I have to say Im superly duperly excited about . Im going with Emma and Toni who I went to Pomfest with so its going to be great.
Finally I want to show what I was gifted bt Matilda for christmas. All my presents were great but this made me cry.
I want to wish you all A Happy, Healthy New Year. Thank you for reading my blog
Im still trying not to panic that Christmas is only 2 1/2 weeks away. Why does it instill panic ? Why do we do ?
Long gone are the days when I trawled the shops praying I hadnt left it too late to get the latest item on the wish list, thank goodness. Now Im thankful if I manage to get at least some of my gift knitting completed . As well as the WIPS in the last post I have added to my list, fear not do not swoon and think is that Yarn Tart mad. Ive had a lightbulb moment,I know I couldnt beleive it either. The plan was to put all my WIPs in the loft when the decorations come down, then when they go back up the WIPs can come down …….voila 2018 socks are looking good. This was my plan until I came down with that horrible cold that everyone seems to have caught and when Jonathan went up in the loft I forgot to give him the bag that was on the bed. Now the cold is a distant cough Ive reassessed and Im further on than I thought so Santa might be bringing a sock or two.
Last week I had to have my eyes tested, phew I was in the opticians for 2 1/2 hours I was intending to go to Costa and treat myself to a honeycombe latte. Throughout the year I rarely use Costa as Im all for supporting small independant coffee shops. ( last year when Phoebe was in hospital I discovered the honeycombe lattes) After this discovery I had to relax my self imposed rules and just indulge. Getting back on track….. I was so taken by surprise and I mean a great big whopper go large one when I discovered the cost of my new glasses that I came straight home and it wasnt until later on I remembered the coffee. I still havent had one but I think frivolous spending will have to wait til next week when hopefully Im over it. Also to make it even worse they told me I have cateracts , bloody hell.
Ho Ho Ho we had a pizza party
We had a pizza picnic here at the weekend. A Dominoes pizza eaten from the box on the floor whilst watching Spider Man is as good as it gets here lately, the bonus was Matilda and her Dad came as well as Lucy so it was great.
Matilda took a shine to Mr Snowman.
I made Mr snowman years ago when I had my bricks and mortar shop, hes been tucked away but this year he came out and she loves him. I love this photo but I nearly killed myself taking it much to the amusement of Jonathan who was watching me slip and slide alover the patio. I should have worn shoes instead of my slippers, It give him a laugh and I didnt know my legs could bend to that angle and still be capable of walking but hey ho.
I love getting the decorations out and the only joy to surpass that feeling is when they go back in the loft. Matilda has got her stocking hanging up, she met Father Christmas last week at her Grannies Christmas Fayre and after a while they said she shook his hand. I made this last year. I bought the kit for it at Ally Pally.
Chatting away merrily
My latest sock cast on is using my yarn from The yarn Tart club. Its called What the Elf. I cast it on whilst having lunch at Oranges and Lemons, a fabulous cafe that is local to me in East Berholt. As well as selling the best food, they have a lovely haberdasry shop that sells great material and a great selection of gifts. We were chatting away when I realised Id knit the leg too long so Ive decided to do afterthought heels and toes, Im really enjoying knitting away in the round, not having to think about when the heel should be done. Im using ChiaoGoo DPNs 2.5mm
Winterley meets Confetti
Im now onto the sleeves of my Winterly jumper. Im loving this, Im using John Arbon Knit by Numbers 4ply. The stitch count and pattern is the Confetti by Vera Valamaki and Ive knit the design from Winterly design in the first Laine magazine.
Green Light is go.
Now that the body of above jumper is done and Im on the sleeves to me thats the green light to cast on something new. I have a few jumpers worth of yarn that I could start.
1st on the list – Cockatoo Brae by Kate Davis.
2nd – hedgerow by Ann Kingston.
3rd – Birkin.
The Cockatoo is winning so far just because Ive already knit a sleeve and the needles for it are free. I love knitting colour work as much as I love socks. Ive just finished a Tin Can knit design for Matilda using Stylecraft batik DK. Even though it mostly acrylic it is a lovely squishy yarn to knit with. Yes I could dig deep in stash with some fabulous wool that has to be handwashed but my DIL has enough to do without having to handwash MILs handknits so I use Stylecraft and she can just bung it in the washing maching and let it take its chance.
Im off , sleeves to knit lol.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. There’ll be a podcast up soon over on you tube ‘Wey aye lets Knit’
Goodness hasn’t time flown, I read this morning that Christmas is 6 weeks away ARGHHHH, immediately I’m thrown into a panic with all the usual concerns, what are we doing? who’ll be here? will we have time for a flying visit up north? and the elephant in the room is always the cost. Long gone are the days when a big box of mega blocks will fill the space under the tree. Thankfully all my kids ask for first are some handknit socks. Whilst the cost of these will fit within the budget I once again have left it far too late to knit 7 pairs of socks and a long scarf for D2 and a matching hat. Sooo it looks like my box of socks is going to be emptied as I know I’ve 7 pairs in there. These are most of my WIPs and now I’m onto sock 2 of each pair so fingers and toes crossed.
Knit For Peace knit Fest.
Wow, what a great day. I was approached by Knit For Peace asking if I wanted to vend at their very first Knit fest. I don’t vend very often, well actually our one and only experience was Yarndale. (If I was to suggest it to Mr Suffolk Socks I would have to sedate him first) Id heard great things about this charity so I quickly agreed to do it. I was so pleased that I did, we had a great day. The Knit for Peace team were fabulous,Team suffolk Socks were great, lots of great vendors and the people attending were so friendly. It was a fantastic day and Knit For Peace are such a brilliant charity please go and check them out. Can you spot us?
We love a Christmas stocking here at Suffolk Socks. Over the last few years, I’ve gently dropped it in conversation that we shouldn’t bother the following year. This year I declared Stockings are no more, they’re all adults, they have their own homes. Instead, the money I spend on daft things has been spent on making up gift bags to be gifted on Christmas Day to a local homeless shelter that hosts a Christmas lunch. My Sons work colleague does this every year and he mentioned it to me and I thought why not. I have to say it made me take a good hard look at myself and for a few fleeting moments I felt great about this then it was replaced with such sadness when I thought about the recipient of a gift that in my eyes was a basic hygiene package. Will their pride be hurt? Will they have a family somewhere that they could reach out too? By the time got home I was so upset I had to go back into town and buy sweets and socks to go in the gift bag. I can wander through town and see homes in doorwells but look below the layers and it’s thought-provoking for me as to how they got to be in such a situation. So when the expression on my kids’ faces was as if Id shot Santa because stockings were no more I did indeed feel smug and ‘when they said what a great idea Mum’ I decided yes they were worthy of a secret stocking from Santa and definitely, some hand knit socks.
New from The Yarn Tart
There’s been a steady stream of new shades appearing all named around my time at school, Geeks Rule, Head Girl and Prefect are just a few. I released my new socks design ‘Behind the bike shed’ last week and I’ve been popping a copy into each purchase of any skein of yarn from The Yarn Tart. It’s also available over on Ravelry
Our Christmas kit was so well received. A massive thank you to all who bought Waltzing Matilda and Sleep Tight Starry Night. I was thrilled with the comments I was sent.
The Yarn Tart bags have been hugely popular having had to have a reprint of some I got a new design ‘Knitting is for life not just for Christmas. Each one is my favourite, I love them all and each member of our sock club is gifted one.
Next month is the final skein of “The Yarn Tart Club” its been great fun dyeing up new colours for our members. Our other club is Santa Rocks Socks. This I’ve loved doing, it’s a calico bag filled with commercial sock yarn its been a popular choice here at Suffolk Socks, it’s also responsible for increasing my personal sock stash. I’ve loved rediscovering some of the sock yarn I have in stock that I need to knit. Our mystery sock club is in its final month, the mystery is that each month a commercial sock yarn is sent out to you so you without the brand name.
I decided at the weekend to get out all my sock WIPs. I have to say I was chuffed to bits when I realised that I didn’t have that many. I do have a cupboard of shame but I’ll address the WIPS in there another time. Most of the socks in the project bags already have sock 1 finished and sock 2 cast on so hopefully if I can muster up some willpower and not cast on anything until at least 3 pairs are finished I’ll be happy-ish. But really who cares? I never sit down and worry that my knitting friends Toni and Jacqui have a fair few socks cast on and I’m confident they don’t give a 2nd thought to my growing pile of projects. we’re the worst influence on each other so to me variety is the spice of life, the more the merrier. Bring them on
I write this with a tongue in cheek attitude. I always hope that I’ll wake up one day and discover that the pile of WIPS is no more. One of my favourite Ladybird stories is “The Elves and the Shoemaker”. The elves come out at night and make the shoes the shoemaker has left out to make the next day. I only want the sock elves to do this so I can cast on lots of other socks and use the needles and bags. On a non-knitty goal, I’d like to see the bottom of my ironing basket but that’s not going to happen either. So I think the only serious goal I ever have is to knit what I want and when I want. This is my one goal I don’t have any problem achieving which is just brilliant.
I don’t have any problem what-so-ever with Christmas in fact, it could be Christmas and winter (ish) all year round as far as I’m concerned. Here at Suffolk Socks, we’ve decided to overlook the fact it is Autumn, and we’ve got Halloween and Guy Fawkes first, and launch right in with our Christmas Kits.
Santa Rocks Socks is our most popular kit. Each calico tote bag contains a minimum of £40’s worth of yarn. Each skein is hand picked by me ensuring that no tw0 kits are the same. There’ll be a great choice and choosing what to cast on will be so difficult because there’ll be at least 4 future cast on’s. Cast them all on you don’t have to wait until Christmas.
Staying in the Christmas sock spirit why not cast on a sparkly little number with the RICO SUPERBA Las Vegas range. I’ve seen this knit up and once soaked and blocked its a lovely yarn, wether its knit into socks, mittens or a shawl.
My favourite book when my children were little was Mrs Mopples Washing Line, perhaps it’s because Autumn is my favourite season.
Blustery trees leaves swirling around the park, squirrels running and jumping tree to tree, our yearly conker competition and to top it off all my woollies make an appearance. I’ve suddenly an urge to knit some socks using autumnal shades so I’ve put together a range in Suffolk Socks Shop of all the lovely rich colourful sock yarns reflecting the changing of seasons. Why non-knitters ask do you knit socks? Because we can.
Hot Socks Rock
Hot Socks Colour is a new range that’s just arrived and oh my giddy aunt each shade is fabulous, self-striping, approx 420 m, 100gms, 75% wool 255 polyamide, knits great and once soaked is super soft.
I’ve loved knitting this yarn and it will be perfect for long hikes through the forest, kicking the leaves up or just having a pyjama day. It has a slightly rustic earthy type textured feel whilst knitting up, but when I soaked and blocked mine it was lovely and soft. Here’s sock one in the early stages and already I was smitten with this yarn. Great stitch definition, I couldn’t put it down.
Some other fabulous autumnal shades are from Rowan in their Fine Art yarn range, this is a luxurious yarn made up of merino, silk mohair and polyamide(nylon). I knit a pair of socks for Mr SS and he loved them. Wear well, wash great and a joy to knit.
Pop over to Suffolk Socks and see our range which is only a small selection of the fabulous sock yarns we have in stock. It will have you reaching for empty needles and project bags which we happen to stock too, be a Yarn Tart!
I always have some socks on my needles using yarn that I’ve dyed myself ‘The Yarn Tart’. Under ‘The Yarn Tart’ heading in the menu bar, you’ll find a selection of hand dyed yarn on a variety of bases. I don’t have a favourite base. Platinum has more of a drape whilst Jive a high twist mix is slightly thicker. My Ted base is BFL and my Tweed base is a super wash Merino with Donegal neps throughout. All fabulous to knit the hardest part is deciding the shade.
My Autumn /Winter sock drawer would not be complete without some Cosy Toes socks. This is a sock pattern I designed using Toft Dk. These are so luxurious to wear and to knit, muted pale greys and browns a little design feature around the cuff, my signature twisted cast on and hey ho its Cosy Toes we go.
We’re all head over heels here at SSHQ with a new delivery of Head Over Heel’s sock yarn from Stylecraft. Oh, my giddy aunt, they are gorgeous. Their range of colours is definitely worthy of a few gasps of delight and all the oohs and ahhs.
Its deciding the colour that could cause delays casting on. I recommend casting them all on. lol
I went down to a 2.25mm needle and cast on 64 sts using this yarn as I find it a lighter weight 4 ply and the sock was appearing too loose. This is a personal preference as Im aware we all knit at a different gauge.
Another shawl has been cast off. A design from Helen Stewart, Curious Handmade Shawl Society and as much as I love it I gifted it to my sister Ann who loves it just as much so it was worth it. I knit it using single merino and once I got used to knitting with this yarn it was a joy.
Hurray, I’m finished.
I had a bit of a blip but I carried on after it spent a few days on the time out chair. I love it. The only tweak I did was knitting it slightly shorter.I’m pleased I did as it would have been too long. Excuse the dorky pose and the hair. ( I’m thankful you can’t see the huge pile of dirty washing to my left lol)
I’m pleased I did as it would have been too long once it had been blocked. Excuse the dorky pose and the hair. ( I’m thankful you can’t see the huge pile of dirty washing to my left lol)
Another cast On
I’ve already cast on my next knit. It’s a design from Laine Magazine Winterly. I’ve used Knit By Numbers from John Arbon. I love this yarn and I can wear it next to my skin which is a huge bonus, the range of colours is fabulous and it’s always on my shopping list at any fibre festival.
The fit of my Confetti jumper is perfect so I’m using the same stitch count for cast on and increases etc adding the lace panels and detailed yoke from Winterly.
The only sock WIP I have on the needle is a pair of vanilla socks. I’m using my Addi Sock Wonder fixed circular needle that I have in stock and the yarn is a Regia 4ply, one of Kaffe Fassett’s designs called Autumn. My last socks I knit using these needles were really big but I seem to have got my gauge back to normal using these and can happily knit a 60 sts cast on.
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