Category Archives: socks

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Choosing the Perfect Project for Fingering Weight Yarns

This time of year, with summer just around the corner, many knitter and crocheters put away their bulky wool yarns and pick up lighter weight yarns for projects. Socks, shawls, light scarves, tees - all much nicer to have on the lap than a bulky weight afghan! With the release of our new Stroll Tonal and Stroll Handpainted Yarn colors, we thought this would be a good time to go over our different types of fingering weight yarns and the perfect projects for each yarn.

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Go Your Own Way Socks – Free Pattern!

Toe up? Top down? Undecided? No matter whether you are a seasoned sock knitter or simply want to start and knit your very first pair, this lovely free pattern is sure to become your go-to pattern! With simple and clear instructions, this design includes both ways of knitting socks so you can truly go your own way. Go Your Own Way Socks - Free Pattern

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Hawthorne

  Hawthorne is my newest yarn crush with the lovely color palette, local yarn names (so much fun to pick!) and the wonderfully durable fiber blend it's perfect for so many different projects. Alison has been making baby sweaters, I've seen a few lovely shawls and I've personally made almost four pairs of socks since we got the samples in the office. We also reknit the Gradual Rib Hat from the Geometric Pattern Collection in Rose City and Irvington, I like the new colors even BETTER than the original Stroll colorway!

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Working with Hand Painted Yarn

I love our new yarn Hawthorne. You probably could tell because I wouldn't shut up about it on our latest podcast. Since I've been using it like crazy in several projects, I thought I'd share some tips & tricks for working with what can be a challenging yarn to some people - hand painted yarn.

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Worsted Basics

I'm so glad that I finally get to talk about one of my favorite collections to date - Worsted Basics! I love working with worsted yarn and it's a delight to be able to find a whole collection of projects in the same weight in one place. The projects are fantastic which made it easy to take some gorgeous photos of them on location at a house in the lovely Forest Park area. I love those deep, dark woods and we were able to take advantage of lovely scenery between rain showers by ducking into the cute house for a few projects.

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Podcast Episode 235: A Meditation on Sock Knitting

In honor of the Sock Yarn Sale that is currently going on, Kelley focuses on the humble sock for this week's episode - a project that most knitter's are hardly ever seen without in their current work-in-progress line up. Although it may seem simple, the beauty of a knitted sock lies within it's practicality (both to make and to wear) as well as in it's ability to be a blank canvas. Kelley walks you through all of the steps of working a top-down sock, along with a plethora of handy tips and tricks along the way. As Kelley pauses to reflect on the clever construction of socks, both new and experienced knitters are sure to be inspired to cast on a pair of socks right away. Finally, Kelley catches you up with what she has on her needles at the moment. This week, the goal is all about simplicity and portability as Kelley reports from a Spanish language immersion retreat in La Paz, Mexico! 3 easy ways to listen...

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Under 100 Favorites

I'm so glad that the Under 100 Knit Collection is finally out! Now that it's done (and I don't have to keep track of tiny tags and missing pairs of things) I can take a breath and really appreciate a few of the projects in this collection!

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Chunky Slippers FREE Pattern

  Lately, we've been taking some time to weed through our older free patterns that need a little update and having them reknit for new photos or if the original yarn has been discontinued. I love taking good, solid patterns and giving them a mini makeover to match our current aesthetics. Our most recent redo was the Chunky Slipper Pattern from a few years ago. I whipped these up over two days in Wool of the Andes Bulky Navy and love how they fit. Not too bulky, but perfect slipped over a pair of socks for around the house on cold mornings.

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Hearthwarming Stockings

It's hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner. If you're like me and you haven't really thought of what to make for the knitworthy on your list, I have an idea - the Hearthwarming Stockings! This kit contains enough yarn for two stockings. There are a ton of different motifs to choose from, ensuring that each can be unique and just what the recipient would love.

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A sock for every mood

A couple of weeks ago, Glenna C. posted a note on how she decided to keep two pairs of socks on the needles at the same time. One would be an "easy" sock while the other would be a more challenging sock. Her theory was that she would then have a sock to knit when she needed something "mindless" and another sock to serve as a mental distraction.

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