Solace Scrolls Socks…….Pair # 25

I am having so much fun using Charlene Schurch’s book More Sensational Knitted Socks. There are so many stitch patterns to pick from. I’ll have enough socks for a centipede if I knit socks in every one of these patterns! ‘Scrolls’ is this particular pattern stitch and it’s an eight stitch repeat over 12 rows.

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I used 2.75mm needles and cast on 64 stitches. Ideally 72 stitches would have been better for my wide foot (another eight stitch pattern repeat), however, as I’ve mentioned before, I hate knitting tension squares so have to suffer the consequences if my socks are a tad snug….at least they won’t slip off!

For each pair of socks I knit, I keep copious notes if they’re too snug or too loose so that the next time I decide to knit that particular pattern again, at least I can refer back to my notes for any changes to needle size or stitch cast on numbers. Although I can’t really see the likelihood of that happening in the near future as I have sooo many sock patterns lined up to complete and not enough hours in the day to knit them. No doubt this is probably the same dilemma for most knitters out there in knitting land.

Anyway, back to my Solace Scrolls Socks, I am sure you’ll agree with me….it is a lovely and eye catching pattern and the stitch definition is displayed exceptionally well with this particular yarn colourway.

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The heel has a three stitch garter edging and the heel flap is plain knitting so it doesn’t detract from the scroll patterning on the leg and foot.

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The toe section is simply decreased by four stitches every second round until 20 stitches remain; they are separated onto two needles and grafted together using Kitchener stitch.

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Now to the sumptuous yarn. I know I am constantly saying this about every yarn I purchase and knit with….but this yarn is simply gorgeous to work with. It is so soft and snuggly and very consistent. By consistent, I mean it does not get hugely thick in some areas and then painfully thin in others, like some commercial yarn I have used in the past.

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I simply love the colourway too. A very soothing shade of sandy cream with flecks of mocha throughout. In fact, it reminded me a bit of mocha/coffee cake icing. Yummo! In fact, it reminds me of all the following pictures….

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The colourway is called ‘Solace’.

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The yarn is Augustbird’s Hearty Sock which is a soft, bouncy 100% superwash merino yarn with a tight pebbly twist. This yarn is wonderful worn next to the skin because of its softness. One skein made my pair of socks with enough left over to go towards another small project I have in mind….Frankie Brown’s Button Quilt! I am saving all my sock yarn leftovers for this project. It’s a free Ravelry knitting pattern too.

Each skein weighs 100g and contains 366 metres (400 yards) of yarn.

Augustbird is located in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia; here’s a link to the website if you want to drool over some beautiful yarns.

Well I’m off to work now and I’m hoping when I get home there will be a lovely package waiting for me…..some gorgeous wool rovings ready for me to spin. Will show you them soon.

Have a fantastic crafty weekend. Until next time….

Melanie

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In the Limelight Socks…….Pair # 24

I am particularly happy with my In the Limelight socks because I have actually used the correct yarn to show off this lovely stitch pattern. The pattern ‘Swedish Block’ is from Charlene Schurch’s book ‘More Sensational Knitted Socks’ and I would highly recommend it. You can read a book review here. It contains so many different stitch patterns from 4 – 12 stitch repeats. You can mix these leg/foot patterns with different heel flaps and toe finishes. A bit like a smorgasbord for knitters! You really need to have knitted a few pairs of socks and understand the construction of a sock before attempting mixing and matching the different parts of the socks.

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This heel flap has a three stitch garter edge just for something different. It certainly adds a bit of texture to the heel. These photos were taken outside and the colour is a tad dull. The inside photos show the true bright lime green colour of the yarn.

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The toe is a star toe hence the slight curve in the decreases.

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The yarn I used comes from Dyed By Hand Yarns, a yarn dyeing business located in Melbourne, Australia. Julie Boydell has been crocheting, knitting and generally crafting from an early age. Over the years she has learnt spinning and weaving, various hand and machine sewing techniques, felting, quilting, photography, colour and design. As a medical scientist she plays with dyes daily, and has honed her skills of observation, theory and practise in dyeing processes. The decision to dye yarns was a natural progression of this. Family and friends encouraged her to present her wares for sale, and Dyed By Hand Yarns was born. I, for one, am happy it was!

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I recently featured the yarns I purchased from Julie…you can read my story here. I am really impressed with this yarn….not only is it a beautiful colour, it has great ‘stretchability’ which is vital in a sock. I can also imagine a nice shawl made in the same yarn as it would have some ‘give’ and stretch nicely around you.

As described on Dyed By Hand Yarn’s website, Limelight is a light bright semi-solid lime green with hints of neon yellow and gold. The base yarn is Tough Stocking and it is a 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon. It weighs 100gm and contains 423 metres (463 yards) and is a fingering/sockweight, 4-ply construction. The colour of the yarn takes me back to the 1980s when this colour was all the rage. It’s great to see it make a comeback…but then doesn’t everything?

It is strong without the scratchy feeling (I can guarantee that…it is sooo beautifully soft and snuggly); you don’t notice the nylon in this yarn. Merino wool is well known for its warmth and elasticity, whilst the nylon provides strength. The tight twist means great stitch definition as you can see from my socks. One skein of yarn was more than enough for my socks. I probably have enough over to use as the cuff, heel flap and toe for another pair of socks using a variegated yarn for the leg and foot. It is also machine washable however I only ever hand wash my hand made socks.

I really love these socks and this yarn and can’t wait for the weather to get cooler so I can start wearing them.

And just to finish off, and because I really love these socks, here’s some more photos.

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Here’s to a wonderful crafty weekend. I’ll be attending Cleveland BUZZ tomorrow morning to check out all the arty and yarn festivities. Will take my camera along so I can share some photos with you.

Talk soon

Melanie

More Knitting Book and Yarn Purchases…..is there no limit?

Do you get carried away when viewing beautiful yarns online? Are you impulsive? Do you keep clicking ‘Add to Cart’? Do you wait impatiently for said yarn (or knitting books for that matter) to be delivered by your friendly parcel delivery man who you are on very good terms with because he always seems to be delivering parcels to you? Do you get that frisson of excitement when you open the parcel and discover that beautiful, luscious yarn in all its glory just waiting to be made into another pair of socks or a soft, drapey, yummy shawl? If you answered yes to all these questions we have something in common so read on and discover some of my latest purchases. The colourways of these yarns will leave you breathless as they did me. They are simply beautiful.

I purchased the following two books from my favourite online book store…. The Book Depository. The first book is called Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch and it’s chock-a-block full of so many variations of sock knitting patterns, I am in sock heaven. What is unusual about these books is you are provided with a number of 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 stitch pattern repeats as well as different heel and toe finishes. You get to select how you knit your socks. There are simply numerous computations of different types of socks you can knit. My head is spinning with so many ideas already.

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The second book, also by Charlene Schurch, is the follow up, More Sensational Knitted Socks. I can see that I will definitely be using these books quite often.

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Here’s a link to a great book review of both books which is well worth reading. It’s from the knittingabout.com website.

Now onto my yarn purchases….

The following three yarns were purchased from Yay for Yarn’s Clearance Sale. Like any female, I just love a sale!

Yarns on StageGreat Adirondack – Parakeet

This is a limited edition colourway produced especially for Yarns on Stage. What’s not to like about this yarn. I instantly fell in love with the colourway and managed to buy the last skein. It’s a 4ply 70% merino / 20% silk / 10% nylon yarn with a length of 329 metres (360 yards) and weighs 100g. This yarn is going to make a spectacular pair of socks don’t you think? Or maybe a shawl?

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Yarns on Stage – Prism – Savoy

Another limited edition colourway produced especially for Yarns on Stage. This is a 4ply 80% merino / 20% nylon yarn that contains 402 metres (440 yards) and weighs 112g. Guess what…..I can see another pair of socks coming up. I love the all the blue/purple hues of this yarn.

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Yarns on Stage – Twisted Sisters Petite Voodoo – Green Teas(e)

And yet another limited edition colourway especially produced for Yarns on Stage. This is a 4ply 50% silk / 50% merino wool yarn that contains 174 metres (190 yards) and weighs 50g. It has a lovely sheen to it. I bought two skeins of the yarn and am thinking about a scarf or shawl. I’ve already started scouring Ravelry for a pattern. Anyone have any suggestions??

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Dyed By Hand Yarns – Melbourne – Victoria

I only discovered Dyed By Hand Yarns last week and am patiently waiting for my yarns to be dyed and sent to me. Dyed By Hand Yarns is operated by Julie Boydell, who has been crocheting, knitting and generally crafting from an early age. Over the years she has learnt spinning and weaving, various hand and machine sewing techniques, felting, quilting, photography, colour and design.

As a medical scientest she plays with dyes daily, and has honed her skills of observation, theory and practise in dyeing processes. The decision to dye yarns was a natural progression of this. Family and friends encouraged her to present her wares for sale, and Dyed By Hand Yarns was born.

I particularly like the way Dyed By Hand Yarns photographs their skeins. They are beautifully framed and very enticing.

Dyed By Hand Yarns – Tough Stocking – Urban Sprawl

Urban Sprawl is a variegated yarn of black, charcoal and silvery grey with flashes of bright to golden yellow and paprika.

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Dyed By Hand Yarns – Tough Stocking – Turmeric

Turmeric is a warm semi-solid deep goden yellow. This colour almost glows in the sunlight.

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Dyed By Hand Yarns – Tough Stocking – Limelight

Limelight is a light bright semi-solid lime green with hints of neon yellow and
gold. I love this bright, happy colourway.

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Dyed By Hand Yarns – Tough Stocking – Tyger Tyger

Tyger Tyger is a variegated yarn of burnt orange, tangerine and saffron with overtones of caramel and chocolate. Of course, there always has to be a skein of yarn in autumn colours which I really gravitate towards.

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The base yarn for all the Dyed By Hand Yarns is called Tough Stocking and it’s a 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon 100gm/423m (463yd) fingering/sockweight, 4-ply construction.

Skein Hand-Dyed Yarns

Skein is a small, independent hand-dyed yarn company based in Australia who love to play with colour and produce unique hand-dyed colourways on high-quality yarns. What I really love about Skein is they can custom dye any of their colourways onto the yarn base of your choice. There are lots of semi-solids, variegated and hand painted colourways to pick from. All you need to decide is what colour and what type of yarn. This is very dangerous as you will not be able to stop at one…..I can guarantee that! Be prepared to take out a small loan!

Skein Hand-Dyed Yarns – Top Draw Socks – Green Tea

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I was gobsmacked when I first saw this colourway. I mean isn’t it just beautiful!! Because this yarn is dyed to order, I will have to wait about a month for it to arrive. I can’t wait to get my hands on this gorgeous, luscious, divine yarn. The colourway is Green Tea and it has been hand-painted with the colours spring green, teal, mint and olive.

Skein Hand-Dyed Yarns – Top Draw Socks – Rusty Rock

Skein Rusty Rock

Rusty Rock has undertones of lichen with overtones of rich rust  tones. Yes, another one in autumn tones which is my signature colour scheme.

Skein Hand-Dyed Yarns – Top Draw Socks – Speakeasy

Skein Speakeasy

Speakeasy has been hand-painted with the colours apricot, gold, Han purple and bole. This colourway also jumped out at me as it is such an unusual combination and yet it all works well together.

Skein Hand-Dyed Yarns – Top Draw Socks – Tuscany

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Tuscany has undertones of flax, fallow and burnt sienna with splashes of deep grey and bright rosso corsa red. When I first saw this colourway I immediately thought of red clay. It’s such an unusual colour and one that I’ve not come across before so my first reaction was ‘I’ve got to have that one’.

Top Draw Socks is a 4ply 85% Superwash Merino, 15% Nylon sock yarn and contains 437 yards/400 metres and weighs 100g per skein.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about and looking at my latest yummy yarnie purchases. Now all I have to do is to wait patiently for most of them to be delivered…..oh yes and also to stay away from online yarn stores until I can reduce my stash! I wonder how long I will last 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll catch you soon.

Melanie