Fabric of Britain – Episode 1: Knitting’s Golden Age – If you missed it on Wednesday night, the first episode of Fabric of Britain is about knitting. It’s available on the iPlayer for 2 weeks from the original airdate, so catch up if you missed it!
Artists Across United States Knit for Foster Students – What a sweet idea, knitters send care packages to students who have experienced foster care in their young lives.
Fiber, Friends & Fun Yarn Crawl 2013 – In early October, a yarn crawl is being organised in Connecticut, USA. Visit the best yarn stores that the area has to offer and meet knitters too.
Lessons Learned From Crafting – This is the first in a new series of adorable animated videos illustrating things that crafters have learned through their hobby
“Despicable Me” Minion Hat – Free pattern to make a super-cute hat like the minions from Despicable Me. Love it!
Arkansas Arts Center yarn bombed – You’ve probably guessed by now that I love yarn bombs, and the more audacious the better. This one is definitely up there!
Entrelac Socks – These may be the most gorgeous handknit socks I’ve ever seen!
I ran a blog competition in May for one lucky reader to win a pair of hand knitted socks. This project was the prize for the winner!
Designer: Marie Wallin
Publication: Fine Art Collection by Rowan
Yarn: Fine Art by Rowan
Shade: Serin (301)
Ravelry: Competition Prize Socks
- Fine art was wonderful to work with. It was soft, smooth and absolutely trouble-free in every way.
- The colours are so gorgeous and it was wonderful to see them knitted properly showcased once knitted up.
- The pattern was really easy to follow so even though I’ve only knitted one pair of socks before and that was about 4 years ago, I found it very easy to turn these out.
- My tension is generally quite loose so when you’re knitting socks on 2mm and 2.5mm, there isn’t really any room to adjust for tension by going down a needle size. Unfortunately this meant that after I’d turned the first heel and was working along the length of the foot, I realised the sock was far too big. The only solution was to rip it out and start again knitting the next size down from the pattern, which gave perfect results in the end but did lose me a lot of time and was quite frustrating. No fault of the pattern or the yarn, though.
- My only other complaint is that I ended up with about 30g of yarn left. If I’d known there would be so much left over, I would have made the socks longer from cuff to heel, as they are only quite short ankle socks as it is.
- I am very jealous that Amanda is getting a pair of socks and I’m not! I will definitely be buying some Fine Art to make myself a snuggly pair of socks for winter. The shades are all so gorgeous that I still haven’t decided which one I want, but I suspect it will be Raven (304).
Update – 4th August 2013
After receiving her prize, Amanda sent me some lovely photos.
It seems she only managed to take one photo of the socks actually on her feet before her daughter decided they were the best thing ever and promptly stole them:
Before deciding she was now done with socks and kicking them off!
I think we can all agree that’s pretty much the cutest set of sock project photos ever.
Before announcing the winner, I would like to say a huge thank you not just to everyone who entered the competition to win a pair of hand knitted socks, but also for all the really sweet comments you’ve made in regards to the blog and the competition – I’ve was genuinely touched all through last week by how lovely you are!
So, without further ado, I am pleased to announce that the winner of a pair of hand knitted socks in Rowan Fine Art, selected by the random number generator at RANDOM.ORG, is…
Amanda, who chose Goose
Congratulations, Amanda! I will email you directly to keep you updated with progress and arrange shipping.
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Recently I posted about receiving a skein of the gorgeous new Rowan Fine Art sock yarn for review. The colourway I received is Serin (301) which is a stunning colour combination, but doesn’t really suit my personal tastes.
I couldn’t decide what to do with the yarn initially, but I really want to knit something because it looks wonderful to work with. After some thought, here is the plan: I will knit a pair of socks using this skein and one lucky reader of my blog can win them!
There are three sock patterns in the Fine Art Collection which only require one skein, so the winner can choose which of these three designs they would like me to make for them. To enter, all you need to do is comment below with which of these designs you would like me to make for you if you win.
Note: The Goose pattern offers both ankle and knee length. The ankle length version is on offer as a prize draw option, but the photo features the knee length and this is offered for illustration purposes only.
Please note that all three patterns are ladies UK sizes 4-7.
Entries close at midnight (UK time) on Sunday 19th May, after which the winner will be drawn at random. Good luck!
On 1st May Rowan will be launching their first ever sock yarn, Fine Art. Described as “premium hand painted sock yarn” it comes in a plentiful skein of 100g measuring in at 400m (437 yards) – that’s more than enough for a pair of ankle socks, two skeins will knit you a pair of knee socks and 3 skeins will knit you a scarf or wrap!
I’m lucky enough to have my hands on a skein already and it’s absolutely gorgeous. The shade is Serin (301) which is a luscious blend of reds and pinks, it’s very summery and makes me think of juicy strawberries and raspberries bursting with flavour.
Here’s the full set of shades which ranges from the bright summery Serin, to the rich leafy Lapwing, to the muted autumnal Chiff-Chaff, and more besides.
To accompany this lovely new yarn, is the Fine Art Collection which features 14 new patterns to get the most out of your Fine Art choice. As well as a great selection of sock patterns, there are also 2 scarves and 2 wraps included.
As this is their first big foray into socks, Rowan appear to have gone all out on making this your essential guide for all things sock-related by including 8 pages of techniques, hints and tips on every step of the process, including:
- Knitting in the round on DPNs
- Getting the first round right
- Turning the heel
- Measuring the foot
- Shaping the toe
- Grafting the toe
Stay tuned later in the week as I will be offering a Fine Art giveaway prize to one lucky blog reader!