🎵If I said you had a beautiful sock/ Would you hold it against me?🎵

🎵If I said you had a beautiful sock/ Would you hold it against me?🎵 Little bit of #DollyParton for your #Friday afternoon there. Here is another of the #testknits I’ve been working on this month, this time for @rosapomar, a designer, shop owner and yarn producer in Portugal. The pattern is called Meias da Tia Barborita, and is named for the classic, lacy cotton socks that real-life Tia Barborita loves to wear. Rosa went to see her aunt recently, and told her all about the design, and the #testknitters all over the world who have been knitting them up. Isn’t that a lovely tribute? Rosa produces her own #sockyarn, but I went for something from the #stash: @thewoolkitchen’s BFL+bamboo #sock blend, in her Hulk colourway. Strong colour, delicate design. Helen has #Hulk in her Etsy shop now; Rosa’s pattern will be out soon, so keep an eye on her feed for more details. Thank you to @sweaterspotter and @louise_sdy, who alerted me to this.
In other sock news, tomorrow is the start of #Socktober, a month of #sockobsession. How we will know the difference in this corner of the internet, I hear you cry? Not sure, is the answer. But I will make a #plan. #knitter #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram #sockknitter #sockstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #indiedesigner #indiedyer #indiekid #socksfordays #rosapomar #meiasdatiabarborita #meiasdaAmelia

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September 30, 2016 at 03:08PM

 

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🎵#Yellow, is it me you’re looking for?🎵

🎵#Yellow, is it me you’re looking for?🎵 I do knit socks in non-yellow #sockyarn, honest. But #yellowsocks were what kickstarted* this whole #sock journey back in February last year, and have a special place in my heart. Big shout out to @knittingtastic, whose pattern #ReasonsToBeCheerful was given to me by Julia (Alterknitive on Ravelry). Yarn came from my first trip to @wildandwoollyshop: the rest is history. Fast-forward 18 months to this pair: @killtocraft’s #IHeartBees, much-mentioned in my IG posts, knitted in @coopknits’ #SocksYeah!. The #knitting was finished a couple of weeks ago, but the ends remained bothersomely unwoven-in. A bout of #procrastiweaving, and they are finally sorted. What is it about yellow socks? The way they contrast with denim? The burst of #sunshine in the ankle zone? My current #sock #wips are green, and blue, but a skein of @thewoolkitchen’s On Prescription waits in my stash, nestled up against Arcade, a Life in the Long Grass beauty from @loveliestyarnco. They will brighten up November, and beyond. 🌞💛🌞💛🌞😍😀😊👌
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*This autocorrected to Kickstarter. How many signatures do we need to stop Revelry autocorrecting to Ravelry?

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September 28, 2016 at 04:47PM

 

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You would not believe the amount of time I spent faffing about

You would not believe the amount of time I spent faffing about at my cousin’s house on Sunday morning with all my #Yarndale #yarn, trying to make a Y, and then a y. Neither quite showed off all the colours in the same way as this classic yarn-in-a-bag-on-a-patio-table-on-flagstones shot. I’ve tagged the yarn producers in the pic, but clockwise from top we have: @knittingtastic’s #DaughterofaShepherd wool, enough for a classic crew-neck jumper; @theknittinggoddess’s new stripey DK, in Gold and Silver (to be socks — or armwarmers, just like the ones Joy was wearing); my MEGABRIGHT skein of #sockyarn from #FiveMoons; next up is a #jumper kit from @poloetcie’s Polo&Co (more on this soon, I am #swatching tonight); the turquoise in the centre is @sylvie_labellevie’s new Fjord colourway; and the pinky and red skeins are from @yarnsfromtheplain, who had a whole rainbow of loveliness. So that’s only one #skein of sockyarn and a jumper over my planned list. There’s also an invisible lot of yarn from @woosheeps, who had a tough time with his card machine on the Saturday. They will be another #Relax top, my third. Autumn and winter #knitting: sorted. Not pictured are a print from @julietillyflop and a scissor pouch from @beyond_measure_uk. More thoughts on the day will appear in tomorrow’s post — I really want to knit that swatch. What on earth has happened to me?? #knitter #knitting #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram #wool #daughterofashepherd #poloandco #phileasyarns #yarnsfromtheplain #yarndalehaul #yarndale16 #rollon2017

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September 26, 2016 at 07:43PM

 

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I had thought I was being possibly a bit niche yesterday

I had thought I was being possibly a bit niche yesterday by waiting a few seconds for the display on the station clock to end 345, but @foxesmakesandbakes and my brother, @nicholashodsdon, pointed out that if I had waited another 47 seconds, it would have been 06:54:32. I salute you both. @gem.davis, while #knitting a #sock, asked #widn: I am now on the train back to London, having stayed with my dear cousin @anne__bee. A lovely day, with tea, this week’s University Challenge (1 question right each) and lots of high-quality chat about slowing down and listening to your self. Yesterday my self was saying “somewhere in the 180 stalls at #Yarndale is a skein of #sockyarn that somehow contains all the colours that make you happy”. And look, I found it! Last purchase of the day, from the #FiveMoons stand. There is much to think about from yesterday, and lots more to show you, but it’s time to put down the phone and watch some countryside roll by in the rather lovely #sunshine. Would you like to share what you’re doing now, @foxesmakesandbakes, @nicholashodsdon, @lovecraftsandbeer and @knitsharelove?
#knitter #knittersofinstagram #yarndale16 #yarnonatrain #green #yellow #pink #blue #purple #orange #placesyoucanknit #sockstagram

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September 25, 2016 at 03:55PM

 

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Yawn…. Stretch…. Pass me a coffee, please

Yawn…. Stretch…. Pass me a coffee, please…. And my knitting, and a podcast or too, and a pattern to edit, and a banana, and a spare project, and my exhibitor list. Like some other #knitters (hello early-risers @muirandco and @01soupdragon!) I’m off to the #Yarndale wool festival in #Skipton. The train has left #KingsCross, and it’s time to get my journey on. Have currently got a table to myself, woo. Ps. I waited until the last three digits were in order, fellow #peoplewholikethatkindofthing. #trains #trainknitting #placesyoucanknit

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September 24, 2016 at 07:10AM

 

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🎵Sweet Pie o’ mine🎵

🎵Sweet Pie o’ mine🎵 Another #FO! Insane amounts of #sock production since July. These are the finished #testknit #socks for @thesweatercollective, who also designed my #FineandDandy socks from last week’s post. The yarn for this pair, avid readers may recall, is @travelknitter’s BFL Supersock in #Jaipur, which she had sent me as a #tangle. One #untangle later, and some #knitting, and I have superpowered socks to shore up against the grey days of winter. 🌞🌞🌞 AND NOW FOR A SEGUE: From #SweetPie to #PastryWeek. Fans of #GBBO may have seen a segment (this isn’t a spoiler) in last night’s show where @melgiedroyc made/ate some #baklava. The shop she was in — #Antepliler in #Harringay — is rather local to me. I’m planning on bringing a box to #Yarndale on Saturday, for the 1pm meetup on the lawn. Who would like a piece? #knitter #pastryeater #yum #stickythough #willhavewipes #sockyarn #sockknitting #thesweatercollective #travelknitter #FOtography

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September 22, 2016 at 03:52PM

 

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I’ve spent the day in the innards of knitting patterns

I’ve spent the day in the innards of #knitting #patterns: #punctuating tricky instructions, hunting down esoteric but accurate terminology (“pyoo”) and looking over samples for a book I’m #techediting. A lovely day. And now it’s #coffee time, and #Yarndale planning time. I’ll be there on Saturday, meeting people and getting yarn for a shawl (another #Fikashawl) and some socks, most likely. Notice I have not limited the quantity. There’s also the final #summersockskal #sockymeetup, at which we will cast off the #TravellingSock, and a big 1pm gathering on the lawn. See you there? Ps can you see how sock #terminology spills over into other realms? I wrote “pu” for “pick up”, without thinking. I love my job. ❤️❤️❤️ #knitter #linguist #editor #techeditor #foundmyniche #itsawoollyone #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #skipton #rosapomar #meiasdatiabarborita #thewoolkitchen #needa2017diary

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September 21, 2016 at 04:29PM

 

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🎵That’s me in the corner/ That’s me in the spotlight🎵

🎵That’s me in the corner/
That’s me in the spotlight🎵

So yesterday we went en masse to a family theatre/circus performance. I packed my #knitting, seeing as I’d reached a section of stocking stitch. Who am I kidding: I always pack my knitting. Anyway, the only spot with enough seats for all 10 of us was the first two rows. Alarm bells should have rung at this point, but I didn’t hear them over the children’s “anticipatory noises”. The lights dimmed, acrobatics ensued, and then it appeared that by dint of making eye contact at the wrong/right time, I had stepped into the role of “juggler’s love interest”, and was romanced on and off for the the rest of the show, and then presented with a #banana. I remember now why I prefer going to the cinema…. #knitter #audienceparticipation #readthesmallprint #avoidthefrontrow #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #whenlifegivesyoubananas #makebananapancakes

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September 18, 2016 at 11:16AM

 

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🎵Sunshine on a rainy day🎵

🎵Sunshine on a rainy day🎵 Since leaving behind a big office for the freelance life in July, I haven’t looked back. However, I have also spent a lot of days alone in the house. So once a week I like to bring my work to a #coffee shop (usually @musicandbeans, my local) and absorb some humanity. And a piece of #chocolateandraspberrytart. Just to check the recipe hadn’t changed since last time. The #sock, which came along as a burst of #colour, is the #testknit for @thesweatercollective, in glorious #Jaipur by @travelknitter — exactly the same colour as the amber lights on the nearby crossing, something I know more about. The #techediting is for @mousearmymittenco, whose newest hat pattern has hands-down the best intro I have ever read. It made me draw a red heart next to it, which was a bit unexpected. Clearly #Instagram has insidious effects. ❤️ #knitter #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #coffeedrinkersofinstagram #coffstagram #techeditor #freelancer #musicandbeans #harringay #goodbyesummer #hellorain

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September 16, 2016 at 12:39PM

 

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Welcome to my evening. Black Sheep Ale from Masham

Welcome to my evening. #BlackSheepAle from #Masham, #NorthYorkshire, left over from an evening with Canadian cousins on Tuesday. They live in #Toronto, and are staying in #Spitalfields, which they said was a bit of a contrast. And my #beer comes with a side order of #tangle, courtesy of @dont_interrupt_me, who handed it over at the @wildandwoollyshop #knitnight yesterday. She also gave me a packet of #Revels, having read the sliding scale of #untangle payment on my website. It is too hot for #chocolate currently, but my sister reports #thunderandlightning a few miles west in #Harrow, so maybe later. When the tangle is resolved. Incidentally, #Masham residents, locals or natives, how do you pronounce the town’s name? Masham, Massam, Mazzam or another way? #knitter #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #aledrinker #aledrinkersofinstagram #blacksheepbeer #untangler #untanglersofinstagram #knotaproblem

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September 15, 2016 at 06:29PM

 

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