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Goodness, is it really three weeks already since I last posted? Time really goes too quickly!

I thought I pop in today just to give you a quick update on what I have been working on during these past few weeks. Having to spent a bit of time resting under doctors orders, I was able to catch up on some sock knitting.

First a pair for ‘my girl’. These are from Kerstin Balke’s (@stine_und_stitch) Soxx Book and were a lot of fun to knit. Currently her book is not available in English, but I think there are plan’s for that in the future.

Next up a pair for ‘my man’. My first pair of #scrappyhappysocks using up bits of sock yarn left over from other knitted pairs. I used my trusted Omas Socks pattern for these, it is totally fool proof and is the perfect pattern for anyone wanting to try their hand’s knitting socks for the first time. You can download it HERE.

I got so hooked on scrappy happy socks that I started another pair almost immediately, these may well be a present for someone (Christmas is approaching fast).

At the end of September I went to Yarndale. I hadn’t been for a couple of years and it was fun to catch up with old friends, chatting with new vendors and soaking in the yarny atmosphere.

As well as sock knitting, I have also been busy working on a new design. Remember my Everyday Sweater (Here, there will be a Everyday Cardigan next. This is going to be a series of items that can be made fairly quickly, is simple, yet stylish with a twist and will become your go-to items all year round.

Looking at all of these photos I can see why the last three weeks have flown by, I was just a wee bit busy.

During the next few weeks I will be going on my great adventure traveling to Guatemala. This trip has been a long time coming and as you can imagine, I am so excited. My cases are packed, just a few last minute things to finish and then we are off. We are staying with family and here is one of the gifts I made for the daughter of one of my cousins. All little girls like pink right?!?

You can follow my travels over on Instagram where I will share photos and maybe even the odd video on my Insta Stories.

My travel project will be a new shawl design I have in my head and yesterday I wound the yarn into yummy cakes, ready to take on board the plane to get started. This is beautiful squishy yarn from Antonella of Cosy Posy Yarn in Canada in colours Amber, Siren and Coffee Date. I can’t wait to get started and share photos of progress with hope you all have a great October and chat again soon.

Heike xo.

knitting from a sock blank


#colouratmyfingertips #madewithloops #dyeingworkshop

A couple of posts ago I was telling you about the fabulous dyeing workshops I attended and how I got to dye my first ever sock blank. Up to that point I had only ever heard of sock blanks but never actually taken much notice.

Why would anyone unravel something that is already perfectly knitted, only to knit it up again? that’s exactly what I thought too, but let me tell you a little more about it:

#sockblank #sockknitting

So, what exactly is a sock blank? In short, it is a rectangle knitted by a machine designed to be unraveled in order to knit from the unraveled yarn. The edge of the sock blank is not cast off, it’s loose so that you can knit from it, pulling the stitches out as you go.  To me a sock blank looks a bit like an unfinished scarf with live, loose stitches at each end and they are a perfect canvas to try all manner of dyeing methods: gradients, stripes or random splashes of colour, the list is endless.

There are two types of sock blanks available to purchase:

  • A regular sock blank with just one strand of working yarn
  • A double knit sock blank with two strands of working yarn — perfect for knitters who like to knit two socks at a time

In essence a sock blank is no different than a skein of Yarn except that you can start knitting from it straight away, no winding of yarn required whatsoever – you are just pulling the working yarn right from the blank.

It’s important to know that sock blanks can only be unraveled on one side. The other side has a lock stitch and won’t let you smoothly unravel. The best way to know which side is the right side for unraveling is to give the yarn a tug. If it pulls freely, then you’ve got the right end.

#sockblank #sockknitting

The yarn will be crimped as it is released from the stitches in the sock blank and your finished piece may look a little “rustic” or “textured”. I quite like this look but any unevenness disappears after the first wash.

Sock blanks contain the same amount of meterage as the average skein of sock yarn, about 400m and like other yarn sock blanks have labels to indicate the fibre content.

Have I got you interested yet? I am totally smitten and must say that these pretty blanks may just be my new best friends!

#sockblank #sockknitting

They are easy to throw into your knitting bag and take on the go without the worry of the yarn getting tangled and as they are not in a ball form they won’t roll off tables and under chairs either. And don’t let the name fool you, socks may well be the most popular choice of what to knit from them, but cowls, mittens, hats, shawls etc. are all great possibilities to enjoy working from a sock blank too.

Have you ever knitted from a sock blanket? or have I tempted you to give it a try? Either way, I would love to hear about it.



colourful this and that

Hello friends, how have you been? Are you enjoying the glorious weather we are having?

I have been back from Chatel in the French Alps for ten days already…goodness, how time flies! The last few days have been spent tidying and sorting out bits and bobs left over from the retreat and finalising invoices and other boring paperwork. We have started planning the 2018 Retreat already and to my joy we are returning to Wales next year.

I have started my #jojimysterykal and happy with my chosen yarn and colours, I am just about to start knitting clue number two.

This is the progress so far after clue number one…

I also managed to knit a pair of socks during my travels, and they have now gone to their happy new owner. I hope they will keep his toes snug and warm. Here I am wearing them and as you can see, they are way too big for me!

Right now I am working on May’s #12monthsofhappy dishcloth, finger’s crossed I have it finished very soon and will post the pattern at the beginning of next week.

Until then…enjoy the sunshine and happy bank holiday!