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  • 3 Sock Patterns I'm Loving Right Now

    September 30, 2023 2 min read

    Happy Socktober, lovelies!! If you've been following us even for a little while, you've probably noticed that I absolutely love knitting socks.

    They're the perfect portable project, great for trying out new techniques or stitch patterns, and just so, so rewarding. There's just nothing like the feeling of opening your sock drawer on a cold fall morning, picking out the pair of hand-knit socks that calls to you, and walking around with cozy, warm toes all day long.

    I couldn't resist putting together a short, sweet list of 3 sock patterns I'm loving right now to kickstart this month – one makes for excellent TV-knitting, the second one is a bit more complex, and the last one is one that I've been wanting to knit for years!

    Soxploration Shadow Wrap Heel by Denise DeSantis | woolmatters Self-Striping Sock Set in Sock Disco

    I love Denise DeSantis' Instagram, and I've bookmarked her sock patterns for the perfect occasion: For when we'd have a self-striping yarn! In her Soxploration Socks, Denise combines a soothing stockinette sock with a heel that doesn't distort the stripes, which in my book is a must-have if you're knitting with self-striping yarn.

    I'd pair this pattern with one of the woolmatters self-striping sock yarn setswe're carrying, and as I already have a pair in Fall Dreams on the needles, I'd go for Sock Disco!You'd need one sock set for a full pair, and you'd likely have a bit left over for a second pair (shorty socks maybe?)

    Vuosaari Socks by Jenny Ansah | Schoppelwolle AlbLino in Old Love

    Jenny Ansah (whom you might know as Kotikotoni) creates such beautiful, intricate patterns! She has such a gift for combining textures, and her Vuosaari Socksare no exception. Knit from the toe up, they feature a combination of striking cables which I think would be so, so fun to knit up.

    I think they would work really well in Schoppelwolle's AlbLino. I am partial to the Old Love colorway as it's like a ray of sunshine on a grey winter day, and it would show off the cables beautifully! You'd need one ball of AlbLino for any of the sizes.

    Provenance Socks by Keiko Kikuno | Wool & Palette Fingering in Living Coral

    Ever since we published our digital Socks collection in 2018, I've been wanting to knit Keiko Kikuno's Provenance Socks. They're such a great combination of texture: ribbing for the foot, and a seashell-inspired pattern for the leg.

    I think they would look wonderful in Wool & Palette's Fingeringin the colorway Living Coral: The light color would show the different textures off really well, and the stitch definition of that yarn is unparalleled! You'd need one skein of it for any of the sizes.

    Tell me – do you have a favorite sock pattern? If so, would you mind sharing it in the comments below? I'd love to add it to my "to knit" list!

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    12 Combinations of Bérénice and Semilla Melange I Love
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    May 22, 2024 2 min read

    Hi my lovelies! When we received our latest restock of BC Garn's Semilla Melange (one of my favorite sustainable budget-friendly yarns - 100% wool, non-superwash, GOTS-certified), I couldn't resist: I had to pull out our box of De Rerum Natura Bérénice, the wonderful fluffy silk-mohair-merino yarn, to see if I could find a few color matches.

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    24 Perfect Color Matches for Zauberwolle
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    May 22, 2024 3 min read

    Hi lovelies! You know how much I adore our 100% non-superwash wool color-changing yarn "Zauberwolle", right? I already knit myself a Pressed Flowers Hat and a Pressed Flowers Cardigan in it, and I can't wait to get the next project on the needles.

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    What to make with hand-spun yarn
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    May 22, 2024 4 min read

    The joy of spinning your own yarn is that you can design the yarn from the fibre up. In theory this means you can hold the pattern or project you’d like to make in mind, and create the yarn to match. 

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