11 Nov 2015

Rock Those Socks Make-Along - The Lace Version Free Pattern!

Hi Folks!
Ok, really sorry about the delay in getting this pattern together for you.
Life is frantic. 
I don't have enough hours in the day. 
Enough of that. 

Its finally here! To download the PDF click HERE!
As usual you can join in the sock discussions over on Sarah's Ravelry group HERE.
Or share your pics on social media via #rockthosesocksmal
Now pop on over to Sarah's Blog. She has some wonderful sock making resources to share :-)
Sorry for the stupidly short post today. Time is not on my side. 
Hopefully the next time I'll have lots of pics to share and maybe a new project ;-)
Til next time x
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4 Nov 2015

Rock Those Socks Make-Along - The Pattern!

Eeeeeeeee!!!!! What a time I've had working out how to share a PDF on this blog!!!!
I think it's fair to say I'm not the most technically astute. I have been known to throw the teeniest of tantrums when internet thingy stuff doesn't work :-)))

Anyways.....back to the subject in hand! 
Today we are putting all the tutorials and instructions together and publishing patterns!

Sarah's pattern is over on her blog HERE! Ok, ok, ok....I know....her PDF is way better than mine! I have to confess that I may have a little PDF envy!!!

I just love her Chevron Sock design. I can see lots of these being made!

She made them with Scheepjes Invicta Colour, a gorgeous slow colour changing sock yarn. 
I do believe that Wool Warehouse are now stocking this yarn ;-)

I've put together a written pattern for the stripy socks. I'm working like crazy on the lace version. 
It'll be here soon. I promise! They take a little time to put together and to be honest I'm totally shattered and wiped out at the moment. But I'm working on it ;-)

I've loved seeing all your sock creations, both knitted and crocheted!
I'm truly amazed at how different they all are. 
Keep sharing the photos! 
A per usual....Sarah's Ravelry group is HERE.
Post your photos on social media with #rockthosesocksmal

Ok, here we go.....

Can can find the pattern PDF by clicking HERE!

I used Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn for my socks. It's one of my all time favourite yarns. I just love it!
You can find all the posts on this blog relating to the make-along HERE.
I'll also update my tutorial page to include the patterns and blog posts over the next few days. 
Join us next week when we will have details of a lovely give-away for all you sock makers!
Til then x
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1 Nov 2015

Rock Those Socks Make-Along - Knitting.....A few Things I've Learned Along the Way

Evening all :-)
Well, it's been a bit of a roller coaster week here. 
Not been well. 
Couldn't quite work out why I've been feeling so worn out.
Now I know! 
It's easily fixed....YAY!!!!
Anyways enough of that crap....
Let's talk socks!!!
I've finally finished my knitted socks :-)))
Happy doesn't quite describe it!
Proud as Punch is nearer the mark.
I followed the instructions over on Sarah's blog, Crafts from the Cwtch HERE.
Much swearing and tantrum throwing went into the making of these socks.
They are not perfect.
I fact they contain numerous mistakes. 
BUT... I love them :-)

I used Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn in colour 6.
350m/100g and its made up of 70% Superwash Wool and 30% Polyamide so you can wash it at 30 degrees and should be fairly hard wearing. 

My finished socks weigh 61g so one 100g ball is plenty to make a decent sized pair. Mine fit a UK size 5 foot. 

Like I said...lots of mistakes ;-)
But I learned a whole heap of new techniques along the way....
1. Judy's Magic Cast On

This seriously is like magic!!! 
Ok, it take a fair few goes to get it right but I managed in the end. 
I found THIS you tube clip really helpful!
2. M1L & M1R

Ok so I needed to google the instructions....but I learned another new thing!

3. Afterthought Heel

Which isn't really an afterthought as you plan where it goes....but hey! you know what I mean ;-)

4. Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off

There's a fab video tutorial HERE!

I just wished I had found it when I was casting off my pair of socks!!!!
It would've saved ripping back about 4 million times and lots of swear words ;-)
I cast mine off using the crochet method with a size 5mm hook. They are still a little on the tight side....but on the plus side....the buggers won't fall down hahaha!!!!

Lessons learned and all that ;-)

I've thoroughly enjoyed making my knitted socks. In fact I'm making more!
I think I might have a new addiction!
I feel the need to fill my sock drawer with gorgeous (I'll get there eventually!) hand made socks. 
Right.....off to sock yarn shop!

See you all next week for a full pattern release of both the plain and lace crochet socks.

Please share your progress...

On Sarah's Ravelry Group HERE!
Or on Social Media... #rockthosesocksmal

Til next time x

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