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A rather delayed one week sock challenge report!

Well this post is rather delayed considering the challenge finished on the 9th March – yikes!

But the good news is I did it!  I finished my socks and they are wonderful!

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As I mentioned in my previous post, this is the self striping sock yarn club from The Knitting Goddess and doesn’t she make the prettiest stripes!

These socks were 60sts, toe up and knit on 2.25mm needles at a gauge of 32 sts per 4″.  They’re perfect!

Now I’m looking forward to receiving the next shipment of my sock yarn just in time for the next one week sock challenge! But of course in the meantime, I’ll have many other socks on my needles.

 

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One Week Sock Challenge

This week, I’m taking part in the One Week Sock Challenge, run by Jenn Emerson on Ravelry.

Jenn runs this challenge every quarter, it’s great fun because you get to choose your own sock related challenge.  Some people try and knock out a pair of socks in a week, for others it’s to finish the WIPs or match all those single socks with a partner!

This time for me, it was a chance to knit with my brand new self striping skein from The Knitting Goddess’s Song club.

The multicoloured club colours are inspired by six song titles from The Colour of Song, and each skein is dyed with four colours. Read all about them here. I think this month’s skein is absolutely inspired!

I decided to go for a plain vanilla sock to let the stripes really strut their stuff, so I’ve cast on 60 stitches and I’m knitting on 2.25mm needles.

The challenge started on Friday 3rd March and finishes on Friday 10th March.  My goal for this challenge is to finish one sock and to have cast on the second by the time we get to Friday!

I’ll post my finished socks when they’re done! In the meantime, Happy Knitting (or Sewing!)

 

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#2017makenine

At the beginning of the year, there were lots of #2017makenine  pics popping up on and of course I couldn’t resist joining in! I love a bit of forward planning, even if I also enjoy going completely off plan.

These patterns are all good basics that will fit really well into my wardrobe (and lifestyle!) and hopefully they’re not too challenging for me either.

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They are (left to right, top to bottom)

Renfrew Top Moss Skirt, Morris Blazer

Rosa Shirt/Shirtdress, Moneta, Coco Top/Dress

Brumby skirt, Cleo Dungaree Dress , Zinia Skirt

Inevitably, I’ve seen and sewn patterns other than these already this year but I’m still aiming to have finished all of these by the end of the year and be able to have a similar layout pic but with my own creations instead!  I own all these patterns and have fabric for quite a few of them too, so no excuses!

Has anyone else made a list of patterns to make in 2017?

 

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Sewing so far…

My sewing journey so far has been rather a slow starter.  With an initial burst of enthusiasm a couple of years ago, I quickly realised that sewing was not going to come quite so easily to me as my beloved knitting.  At least with knitting if it all goes wrong you can rip it all out and you are left with pretty much what you started out with…a pile of yarn!  With sewing, once you cut that fabric, the die is cast!

Thankfully, a couple of close friends have been encouraging me every step of the way and together with our local sewing cafe (Make at 140), which has tempted me over the past year with workshops, fabric and lots of sewing chat, I’ve been gradually dipping my toe in the water.

I started out with a couple of summer skirts, but the big game changer for me was signing on for the Tilly and the Button’s Learn to sew Jersey Tops workshop.  Jersey is so great to sew with!  So much more forgiving in terms of fit and so comfortable to wear!  The workshop covers the Agnes top and has some great content and tips, holding your hand every step of the way.  Completing that project led onto Coco tops and dresses and away I went. I realise I sound like an advert for Tilly but I do find her patterns so beginner friendly and those online workshops are great!

As I’ve been rather slow in starting up this blog again, oops! I’ll be gradually rolling out some of my project photos and talking about a few of my favourite patterns over the next few weeks, along with current projects I’m working on.

Happy Sewing!

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In the Rhythm of the Needles….

 

I’ve been knitting now since Spring 2012, nearly five years!   Knitting is my first love, as far as fibre arts are concerned.  It’s portable, meditative and my day feels incomplete without at least a few rows of knitting.

I ‘m not sure where this comes from, but it sums it up perfectly for me!

“In the rhythm of the needles, there is music for the soul.”

I love to knit hats, mitts, shawls,socks, sweaters and you can find me at Ravelry, hanging out with some of the friendliest people on the planet, knitters!