21 June 2016

Podcast Episode 15

Ravelry Episode Discussion Thread

Show Notes

: :   DONE   : :

Cross Stitch Summer House

Cross Stitch Pinterest Board
Pattern: Summer House by Brooke's Books
Fabric: DMC 28 Count Carolina Linen in Sand

Pixies in May

Pattern: Two Block Socks by Linda of Knitwise Design
Yarn: Peddero in Pixie by Yan Tan Tether Yarns
Ravelry Page

: :   DOING   : :

Refreshing in June

Pattern: Fine and Dandy Socks by The Sweater Co
Kindly gifted by DottyaboutCrochet, thank you Natalie!

Yarn: Violets by Norah George
Ravelry Page

Can I Make a Cardigan?

Pattern: N/A
Yarn: Bergere de France Ideal
Ravelry Page

: :   STASH FLASH  : :

Enjoy the Silence
Love Song

Socks Yeah!
by Coop Knits
108 Chryso

: :   PODCASTS   : :

Sew Sweet Violet by Jooles
Yarngasm by Kristen
A Homespun House by Molly
Betsy Makes by Sam

S x



16 June 2016

Sock Needle Review

There are so many different types of knitting needle out there to choose from.  
Why so many and are they really that different?

Deciding on which needle to buy can be tough when you are starting out and it can be hard to know where to begin and what to spend your money on so I thought it might be useful to compile a little information for you and chat a little about the needles that I own and have used so far.

Finding the right needle is largely a matter of personal taste as we all have our own ideas about what makes the best kind of needle to knit with and the video review below will no doubt be tinged with my own preferences.  Still, there are plenty of things to compare and look out for so I've tried to be as subjective as I can for you.


Needles Reviewed

Knit Pro Zings
start: 3m

ChiaoGoo Lace
start: 18.7 minutes

Addi Sock Rockets (Addi Turbo Lace - UK)
start: 22.7 minutes

All 2.5mm (US 1.5) circular needles

Cable Close Up

Cable/Needle Join Close Up

Needle Tip Profile

Needle Tip Close Up

Comparision Information

Prices based on internet searches in April 2016

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With the exception of the ChiaoGoo needles, where the cable is so thick I don't like to use it for magic loop, I like using all these needles for different reasons.  I love the feel of the Karbonz, the colour injection of the Zings, that flexible and pretty blue cable on the Hiya Hiya's and the super fast glide of the Sock Rockets.  But for me the top three are these...

My Favourite

Addi Sock Rockets

I think these are about perfect for me.  The cable is very flexible, the join is good and the needles themselves are just so wonderfully smooth and the stitches just glide over them for a nice, fast knit.  The tips are pointy enough to work tighter stitches and yet not so sharp they hurt.

Best for Socks

Hiya Hiya Sharps

If you like a super sharp point, these have to be the best needles to choose.  They will work into the tightest of stitches and are the best tips for picking up a dropped stitch.  The cable is super thin and flexible, the needles are smooth and fast and the join between the two is perfect.
If I didn't push the tops of the needles with my finger when I knit, these would be my winners.

Best Value

Knit Pro (Knitter's Pride) Nova

These are the cheapest needles in the review and probably represent the best value needle as they are nearly as good as the top two needles in most areas.

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I do hope this might help you narrow your choice down a little, or maybe it'll tempt you into trying something new.  Either way, I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any recommendations for me, please do let me know.

S x

PS - This is a sponsored post or anything, I just thought it might be fun.

PPS - Actually, the lovely Heather from Pink Milk did send me the Karbonz, but that's just because she's a sweetie!



Sock it to me!

Just a quickie!

I'm just here because I wanted to say a big thank you to you all for the positive comments and support for the 'My First Socks' pattern.

Honestly, you've been great about it.  The sock knitting arena is pretty huge with no shortage of sock knitting superstars, a fairly daunting place to dip a toe into that's for sure.  But I'm really glad you encouraged me to take the leap and add my little offering to the mix.

I know some of you have already brought the pattern, thank you a big, huge, lot.  You are all awesome, each and everyone of you!  I really appreciate your support and also for all the fantastic encouraging messages I received that helped me feel a little bit braver about it all.

You can find the My First Socks pattern here, if you're interested in taking a look.

Stay tuned...

Before you go, I'm just uploading a sock needle review video that might be handy if you're thinking about buying a new pair soon.

I mentioned the idea of a talking about the needles I've tried so far and I managed to finally get around to recording it for you.  There's a little video of me chattering and then a post with some clearer pictures and a sort of summing up of the main points.

I hope you'll find it helpful.

S x



14 June 2016

My First Socks

So here goes, my very first sock pattern.

I've screwed up my courage and am taking that leap today.  I hope it's ok, I hope you like it.

I've tried to write this pattern to be a starting point if you've never knit a pair of socks before.  There are so many sock patterns out there, it's hard to know quite where to leap in.  I'm hoping this will be that place.

I've based the pattern mostly on my preferred way of making a sock, cuff down, knitting in the round using magic loop, with a flap and gusset heel.  While at the same time, tried to keep things as simple and straightforward as possible.  The construction techniques in this sock are some of the most widely used techniques, so it should give you lots of confidence to go and try lots more sock patterns once you've completed this one.

What I've tried to do is provide a little more help and guidance than a standard sock pattern.  So I've explained each part of the sock step by step and added in tips to help along the way.  I've also included lots of pictures to make things a little clearer and so you can check everything is going to plan.

This pattern won't teach you all the techniques a knitter will need to be able to knit a sock.
The chances are that you might come across something you've not tried before and so I've included some links to useful YouTube tutorials to help you learn any unfamiliar techniques.

If you are already a knitter and just want to have a go at socks, hopefully you'll find this will guide you through the process smoothly, with just that extra reassurance to make sure you are on track.

If you are a new or beginner knitter then don't be put off.  Yes, there might be a few more techniques for you to get to grips with but a smaller project like a sock is the ideal learning place and your new skills will open up a multitude of knitting opportunities.

: :   MY FIRST SOCKS   : :

by Sandra Paul

For more details please see the 'My First Socks' pattern page

(yarn recommendations, needle requirements, sock construction, stitches and techniques)

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I hope you enjoy the pattern!

S x



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