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Socktober

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Hello!

Welcome to the beginning of Socktober festivities!

Today I am pleased to release two new sock patterns.

They are the large version of the Eriskay socks:

This pattern is the sock version of a modern take on the Eriskay gansey. Ganseys were knitted, functional sweaters worn by those who needed to be able to move freely in an age when garments were almost without exception heavy, stiff, tailored and restrictive. They originated with the sea folk of the British Isles – fishermen, sailors and the navy, who needed to wear garments that would be warm, wind and waterproof while allowing ease of movement. Typical patterning featured vertical or horizontal bands of knit and purl patterns and some cabling, inspired by the seascape and tools of their trade. The fancier ganseys were kept for ‘best’, with plainer, workday ganseys knitted with practicality and ease of repair in mind. The gansey from the island of Eriskay was known as the most ornately patterned gansey of the British Isles, and featured elaborate knit and purl patterns, cabling and lace.

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Purchasers will get two patterns with this purchase – the large version shown above, and the existing medium size shown below. The large size version above was knitted using Vintage Purls Sock. It takes almost exactly 100g (360m) to knit a large-sized sock.

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The second new sock pattern is the Train Spotting socks.

Knitting on public transport is a somewhat specialised sport. You want to not infringe on other passengers’ personal space, and you also want to work on something interesting that doesn’t need frequent pattern checks or complicated stitch manoeuvres.  Socks are some of the most ideal travelling knits for that reason. I designed these socks to knit during my commute to work; interesting to knit but at the same time not require too much looking at a pattern or fiddly stitches.  It is called Train Spotting in honour of the reason behind this pattern and because I think the little windows in the pattern look like the flashing windows of a train going by.

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These were knitted using Meraki Studios Sock. The pattern is easy to knit, and comes with instructions for three sizes:  small (6″ leg circumference), medium (7″ leg circumference) and large (8″ leg circumference).

And don’t forget the best bit:  All purchases of my sock patterns between now and 31 October 2016 qualify for a 40% discount with the coupon code SOCKtober2016 (sinply enter this code on checkout to obtain the discount).

Happy Knitting!

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Socktober

  1. Oh wow. Those are amazing…

  2. Socks (or small shawls) are also my commuting knitting!

  3. Fantastic socks, I’m especially loving those large Eriskay socks!

  4. Love both designs.

  5. Train Spotting really grabs my attention. I really like that strong diagonal in the front.

  6. Such fun socks! You are a sock wizard. I’m pretty certain that you have the warmest feet in the southern hemisphere.

  7. It’s been so long since I checked in, and there’s much to read! But you haven’t mentioned the bunny? How is it?

    • Thanks for checking in! The sweet Coal is living with a lady bunny and making babies with her at the moment. We were not allowed to bring a rabbit to this new house, but he is being very well looked after in his new home. Hopefully one day we can bring him back. We miss him.

  8. Gorgeous and generous! I woke up this morning convinced, after a dream, that I needed to knit Biophillia and your Veronica Speedwell socks! True Story! I am a shawl and sock virgin. The Veronica’s, with the wealth of blossom and its significance, at the moment, I understand… but the shawl?
    You are blossoming too and it’s lovely to behold!
    Cheers
    Karin

  9. Being the sock fanatic that you are Wei Siew I thought you might enjoy this story:
    http://rovingcrafters.com/2016/09/26/the-spy-who-knitted-socks/

  10. I love Eriskay!! Beautiful work.