Today, the final Rock Those Socks Make-along pattern has been published - you can download Maria's 'lacy' sock pattern HERE. (If you missed them, last week we published the chevron knitted socks and stripy crochet socks.) But it's not over yet as the "sock-making" continues. Several participants have finished more than one pair already, and may even be showing early signs of sock-addiction!! To keep the momentum going, and to help you expand your skills, I've listed five great resources for taking your socks to the next level. (Affiliate links included.)
1. 'HOW TO KNIT SOCKS THAT FIT' by Donna Druchunas
This is a useful little book which will fit in your knitting bag (or on your Kindle) for easy reference and contains answers to most of the questions you are likely to have as a novice or intermediate sock knitter. Although I've already made several pairs of socks, I enjoyed reviewing this book very much and found it to be full of tips on getting a great fit without getting bogged down in too much detail. It covers how to measure your feet, how to swatch, and includes both toe-up and top-down sock construction, and is illustrated with clear charts and graphs (sample below) so they are easy to follow on black and white eReaders as well as in paperback. Order or download now from Amazon, or read on for details of the giveaway! 
Sample illustration, used with publisher's permission
Donna is a true sock expert and has several related Craftsy classes for both toe-up and top-down socks, which lead me nicely onto these...

If you would like in-depth sock knitting instruction via video, you can find just about everything you need on the Craftsy platform where there are various options for sock-knitters of all levels (including Donna's excellent classes).  Click on the images below for more information - you may want to be quick because at the time of writing, some of the classes are on sale! (Craftsy classes all have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and are available to watch or download at any time after purchase.)

2. MY FIRST SOCKS with Lucy Neatby
Haven't cast on yet? This class includes step-by-step help for knitting your first pair of socks. 
Learn how to mix and match different heel and toe shapes to create your perfect socks! 
Learn to mix and match your favourite stitch patterns to create and chart custom sock designs.

5. CREATIVEBUG
If you already subscribe to Creativebug, you'll find three different sock classes waiting for you to watch or download to your device. For some reason, they are all top-down socks so I'm hoping there might be more in the works - but you can find  'Hudson Valley Winter Socks', 'Twisted Rib Socks' and 'Knitted Pom Pom Socks' - complete with step-by-step video tuition, and PDF patterns. Simply log in to access them.
Pom Pom Socks & Twisted Rib Socks on Creativebug
If you haven't tried Creativebug yet, get your first month free with code: HALLOWEEN (until end of November).

GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will be sent a paperback copy of 'How to Knit Socks That Fit', courtesy of Storey publishing. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me where you're at with your sock knitting and what you'd like to learn next. Be sure to leave your Ravelry name, email address or alternative method of contact - the winner will be drawn next Wednesday (18th November 2015).

As well as drawing the winner's name next week, I'll be back on the subject of socks with a selection of my most thumbed sock pattern books. (HINT: They are mostly available to borrow from Kindle Unlimited but unfortunately for me, I bought nearly all of them before KU was around.)

5 Great Sock-Making Resources (AND Giveaway!)

Today, the final Rock Those Socks Make-along pattern has been published - you can download Maria's 'lacy' sock pattern HERE. (If you missed them, last week we published the chevron knitted socks and stripy crochet socks.) But it's not over yet as the "sock-making" continues. Several participants have finished more than one pair already, and may even be showing early signs of sock-addiction!! To keep the momentum going, and to help you expand your skills, I've listed five great resources for taking your socks to the next level. (Affiliate links included.)
1. 'HOW TO KNIT SOCKS THAT FIT' by Donna Druchunas
This is a useful little book which will fit in your knitting bag (or on your Kindle) for easy reference and contains answers to most of the questions you are likely to have as a novice or intermediate sock knitter. Although I've already made several pairs of socks, I enjoyed reviewing this book very much and found it to be full of tips on getting a great fit without getting bogged down in too much detail. It covers how to measure your feet, how to swatch, and includes both toe-up and top-down sock construction, and is illustrated with clear charts and graphs (sample below) so they are easy to follow on black and white eReaders as well as in paperback. Order or download now from Amazon, or read on for details of the giveaway! 
Sample illustration, used with publisher's permission
Donna is a true sock expert and has several related Craftsy classes for both toe-up and top-down socks, which lead me nicely onto these...

If you would like in-depth sock knitting instruction via video, you can find just about everything you need on the Craftsy platform where there are various options for sock-knitters of all levels (including Donna's excellent classes).  Click on the images below for more information - you may want to be quick because at the time of writing, some of the classes are on sale! (Craftsy classes all have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and are available to watch or download at any time after purchase.)

2. MY FIRST SOCKS with Lucy Neatby
Haven't cast on yet? This class includes step-by-step help for knitting your first pair of socks. 
Learn how to mix and match different heel and toe shapes to create your perfect socks! 
Learn to mix and match your favourite stitch patterns to create and chart custom sock designs.

5. CREATIVEBUG
If you already subscribe to Creativebug, you'll find three different sock classes waiting for you to watch or download to your device. For some reason, they are all top-down socks so I'm hoping there might be more in the works - but you can find  'Hudson Valley Winter Socks', 'Twisted Rib Socks' and 'Knitted Pom Pom Socks' - complete with step-by-step video tuition, and PDF patterns. Simply log in to access them.
Pom Pom Socks & Twisted Rib Socks on Creativebug
If you haven't tried Creativebug yet, get your first month free with code: HALLOWEEN (until end of November).

GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will be sent a paperback copy of 'How to Knit Socks That Fit', courtesy of Storey publishing. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me where you're at with your sock knitting and what you'd like to learn next. Be sure to leave your Ravelry name, email address or alternative method of contact - the winner will be drawn next Wednesday (18th November 2015).

As well as drawing the winner's name next week, I'll be back on the subject of socks with a selection of my most thumbed sock pattern books. (HINT: They are mostly available to borrow from Kindle Unlimited but unfortunately for me, I bought nearly all of them before KU was around.)

As a fan of Knitting Goddess yarns (pretty much since I first started knitting), when I heard that Joy was selling her own range of project bags, and that she was printing her own fabrics to make them, I was really curious. Her prints certainly did not disappoint, having been designed with the knitter and crocheter very much in mind! Before featuring them in this year's Festive Gift Guide I asked Joy to tell us more about the reasons for adding this line to her shop and what makes them special. Here's what she had to say:
"Like a lot of craft people I’m always keen to find homes for whatever I’m working on, and it’s fair to say that I’ve collected several project bags. I always wanted something that was ‘right’ for my knitting or crochet, and somehow the colourful craft cottons which many project bags are made from weren’t what I wanted. "
"When Bobbie and I started talking about offering project bags, we planned to buy printed fabric and make bags. Having been unable to find what we wanted we decided to print our own. This meant creating designs from scratch, transferring them onto silk screens, printing and heat setting the fabric and making it into bags. Because we control every step of the process its given us lots of control. We wanted to make project bags which would stand up to years of use." 
"Our cotton fabric comes from just along the road in Bradford, and we’ve chosen to worth with a cotton canvas rather than a lightweight cotton. We use water based inks which are soil association approved and non toxic. We use good quality interfacing, zips and thread. So rather than try to make something as cheaply as possible we’ve aimed to make the best bags possible, using UK suppliers every step of the way."
"Our zip pouches come in two sizes and four designs. The larger pouches are the perfect size for a ball of yarn and sock pins, a circular needle or crochet hook. The smaller pouches are great for keeping small things together - mine contains a tape measure, notebook, pencil and lip salve."
"We’ll be posting parcels up to and including the 22nd of December, but we’d recommend ordering by Monday 19th December to give your parcel the best chance of reaching you. If your parcel needs to travel outside the UK please check the last posting date here ."
If you'd like to see the full range of pouches, box bags and totes (as well as Joy's beautiful hand dyed yarns and other notions), visit the online shop HERE

Festive Gift Guide Part 6: Knitting Goddess Zip Pouches


As a fan of Knitting Goddess yarns (pretty much since I first started knitting), when I heard that Joy was selling her own range of project bags, and that she was printing her own fabrics to make them, I was really curious. Her prints certainly did not disappoint, having been designed with the knitter and crocheter very much in mind! Before featuring them in this year's Festive Gift Guide I asked Joy to tell us more about the reasons for adding this line to her shop and what makes them special. Here's what she had to say:
"Like a lot of craft people I’m always keen to find homes for whatever I’m working on, and it’s fair to say that I’ve collected several project bags. I always wanted something that was ‘right’ for my knitting or crochet, and somehow the colourful craft cottons which many project bags are made from weren’t what I wanted. "
"When Bobbie and I started talking about offering project bags, we planned to buy printed fabric and make bags. Having been unable to find what we wanted we decided to print our own. This meant creating designs from scratch, transferring them onto silk screens, printing and heat setting the fabric and making it into bags. Because we control every step of the process its given us lots of control. We wanted to make project bags which would stand up to years of use." 
"Our cotton fabric comes from just along the road in Bradford, and we’ve chosen to worth with a cotton canvas rather than a lightweight cotton. We use water based inks which are soil association approved and non toxic. We use good quality interfacing, zips and thread. So rather than try to make something as cheaply as possible we’ve aimed to make the best bags possible, using UK suppliers every step of the way."
"Our zip pouches come in two sizes and four designs. The larger pouches are the perfect size for a ball of yarn and sock pins, a circular needle or crochet hook. The smaller pouches are great for keeping small things together - mine contains a tape measure, notebook, pencil and lip salve."
"We’ll be posting parcels up to and including the 22nd of December, but we’d recommend ordering by Monday 19th December to give your parcel the best chance of reaching you. If your parcel needs to travel outside the UK please check the last posting date here ."
If you'd like to see the full range of pouches, box bags and totes (as well as Joy's beautiful hand dyed yarns and other notions), visit the online shop HERE
In September I made a conscious decision to change the way I blog. In order to balance life / family, blogging and designing more effectively, I started using a planner (I wrote a bit about it here and here). It has sections for 'Things to do', 'Blog posts & planning', and 'Life' and my new routine is to refer to it throughout the day, and to use it to schedule everything. I check it at the end of the day, and sleep well knowing that I'm on top of things - at least, that's the idea! After two months, it's time to take stock.

WHAT HAS WORKED

1. BLOG REVAMP
There's not much point planning content when a blog needs updating. Eve from Mango Blog Shop on Etsy installed a new responsive template and made some additional custom changes. It was all done within 24 hours, and you won't believe the difference that made to my motivation to write. A few pounds very well spent.  

2. 'PLANNING' TIME = MORE THAN BEING 'ORGANISED'
Scheduling time to plan and prepare projects or posts is something new for me. I am now working on posts which won't be published for a while, which is great - it's organised, but it also allows ideas to evolve. For example I recently came across an interesting video online. Previously I'd have rushed to share it. Instead I scheduled a date, drafted a rough post so I wouldn't lose the links, and contacted the person in the video. A few emails later and it'll be published as an interview which will be more interesting and relevant to the people who read this blog.  
I'm using the Blogtacular x Lollipop Life planner - available here (Photo by Will Ireland: source)
3. SETTING LIMITS = MORE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY YES
I am naturally inclined to want to do all the things! I want to say yes to the opportunities that come my way, but that's not practical. Having decided to post no more than four times a week, there is only so much I can fit in. This means being more selective about the things I'm doing and being realistic about how much work is involved. Doing this has freed up some time to say yes to design work I'd normally have passed on, and I feel more in control. There is time to do all the things I say yes to. 

4. ENJOYING LIFE
It was half term last week - I was able to enjoy it knowing that all my blog posts were written and scheduled and would post themselves. (Maybe this one sounds ridiculous, but I'm an obsessive person, and blogging has become a way of life. It's hard to switch off, because I'm always seeing things that I'd like to write about.) We are on holiday over the Christmas break, and all the posts are already done. I've never been in that position before and it feels really great. 

WHAT ISN'T WORKING... YET

1.  JUGGLING ALL THE THINGS
As a mother, and wife to a work-aholic, all the 'kid', 'school' and 'house' things fall to me. I'll be honest, this is the area of my life where I struggle the most. I'd happily write and create all day. Getting all the mundane stuff done is more of a struggle - especially doing the laundry and hoovering with a good grace between school-runs and dog-walks, when I have a great idea for a project and would rather focus on that. I'm working on this. 
A 'Daily Greatness Journal' (DGJ) recently arrived and I'm hoping that will help! It aims to help you consciously plan your days and includes daily gratitude, weekly and monthly planning and reviewing. I'll tell you more about it in a (planned!!) Festive Gift Guide post, when I've used it - UPDATE: the review is here. 

2. CONTENT
This new way of working is going to help me to plan content in a different way. I'm not 100% sure of my vision for this space which has changed so much over the years - I'm still working on my 'why?' which will lead to the 'what?' and that's very much a work in progress, which the DGJ should also help with. 

So overall things are going in the right direction. It's certainly putting me in a good position for the next year of making and blogging. I'd love to hear how you plan your projects and time. What tools do you use, and how do you use them? Are they working for you? 


Post Script: After writing this post, I saw that my friend Esther has also been thinking about planning - she has made a lovely crochet calendar which is free to all subscribers to her newsletter. She has a great blog and loads of lovely projects and patterns, so you might like to check it out at Happy in Red

Two Months On: How 'Planning' is Changing the Way I Blog

In September I made a conscious decision to change the way I blog. In order to balance life / family, blogging and designing more effectively, I started using a planner (I wrote a bit about it here and here). It has sections for 'Things to do', 'Blog posts & planning', and 'Life' and my new routine is to refer to it throughout the day, and to use it to schedule everything. I check it at the end of the day, and sleep well knowing that I'm on top of things - at least, that's the idea! After two months, it's time to take stock.

WHAT HAS WORKED

1. BLOG REVAMP
There's not much point planning content when a blog needs updating. Eve from Mango Blog Shop on Etsy installed a new responsive template and made some additional custom changes. It was all done within 24 hours, and you won't believe the difference that made to my motivation to write. A few pounds very well spent.  

2. 'PLANNING' TIME = MORE THAN BEING 'ORGANISED'
Scheduling time to plan and prepare projects or posts is something new for me. I am now working on posts which won't be published for a while, which is great - it's organised, but it also allows ideas to evolve. For example I recently came across an interesting video online. Previously I'd have rushed to share it. Instead I scheduled a date, drafted a rough post so I wouldn't lose the links, and contacted the person in the video. A few emails later and it'll be published as an interview which will be more interesting and relevant to the people who read this blog.  
I'm using the Blogtacular x Lollipop Life planner - available here (Photo by Will Ireland: source)
3. SETTING LIMITS = MORE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY YES
I am naturally inclined to want to do all the things! I want to say yes to the opportunities that come my way, but that's not practical. Having decided to post no more than four times a week, there is only so much I can fit in. This means being more selective about the things I'm doing and being realistic about how much work is involved. Doing this has freed up some time to say yes to design work I'd normally have passed on, and I feel more in control. There is time to do all the things I say yes to. 

4. ENJOYING LIFE
It was half term last week - I was able to enjoy it knowing that all my blog posts were written and scheduled and would post themselves. (Maybe this one sounds ridiculous, but I'm an obsessive person, and blogging has become a way of life. It's hard to switch off, because I'm always seeing things that I'd like to write about.) We are on holiday over the Christmas break, and all the posts are already done. I've never been in that position before and it feels really great. 

WHAT ISN'T WORKING... YET

1.  JUGGLING ALL THE THINGS
As a mother, and wife to a work-aholic, all the 'kid', 'school' and 'house' things fall to me. I'll be honest, this is the area of my life where I struggle the most. I'd happily write and create all day. Getting all the mundane stuff done is more of a struggle - especially doing the laundry and hoovering with a good grace between school-runs and dog-walks, when I have a great idea for a project and would rather focus on that. I'm working on this. 
A 'Daily Greatness Journal' (DGJ) recently arrived and I'm hoping that will help! It aims to help you consciously plan your days and includes daily gratitude, weekly and monthly planning and reviewing. I'll tell you more about it in a (planned!!) Festive Gift Guide post, when I've used it - UPDATE: the review is here. 

2. CONTENT
This new way of working is going to help me to plan content in a different way. I'm not 100% sure of my vision for this space which has changed so much over the years - I'm still working on my 'why?' which will lead to the 'what?' and that's very much a work in progress, which the DGJ should also help with. 

So overall things are going in the right direction. It's certainly putting me in a good position for the next year of making and blogging. I'd love to hear how you plan your projects and time. What tools do you use, and how do you use them? Are they working for you? 


Post Script: After writing this post, I saw that my friend Esther has also been thinking about planning - she has made a lovely crochet calendar which is free to all subscribers to her newsletter. She has a great blog and loads of lovely projects and patterns, so you might like to check it out at Happy in Red
The 'Rock Those Socks' make-along is over half way and I love seeing your knit and crochet socks popping up on social media and on the CftC Community Ravelry group - there are knitters making crochet socks, crocheters knitting socks, someone trying two-at-a-time and toe-up socks for the first time, and even some bodging (you know who you are!). Most importantly we have people connecting, helping, and encouraging each other and trying new things - which is exactly what we hoped.

I haven't finished my second sock yet. I am entirely blaming this on half term coinciding with several other project deadlines (and big feet!) but I have 1.4 socks and plenty of time before we wrap things up at the end of the month. Finished or not, as promised, I've compiled a summary of the knitting pattern blog posts and put together a PDF which you can download. It doesn't include everything from the blog posts (that would take too many pages), so please refer back to the posts if you want to check anything that isn't included! 

Rock Those Chevron socks - free knitting pattern by Sarah Knight on Crafts from the Cwtch blog
My co-host Maria, made the socks below from my posts, and is already onto her second pair although she hadn't knitted socks before - she has written about her sock-making journey so far on her blog. Maria has also compiled her free crochet sock pattern, which you can find via her blog HERE. As soon as my knitted socks are finished, I'll be giving those a try. 

Rock Those Chevron Socks made from a free pattern by Sarah Knight, Crafts from the Cwtch Blog
Maria's "Rock Those Chevron Socks" are made from Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn in colour 6
If you haven't cast on yet, you can still join in with us throughout November. Find all the previous posts here. Next week's post will include a few tips based on questions during the make-along, and links to further sock knitting resources. If you have anything you'd like to see covered, please leave a comment or send me a message on Ravelry.

If you are enjoying/have enjoyed my sock pattern, there are more free and paid patterns listed here, please do take a look and download or add some to your favourites. Thank you! 

Rock Those Chevron Socks - free knitting pattern

The 'Rock Those Socks' make-along is over half way and I love seeing your knit and crochet socks popping up on social media and on the CftC Community Ravelry group - there are knitters making crochet socks, crocheters knitting socks, someone trying two-at-a-time and toe-up socks for the first time, and even some bodging (you know who you are!). Most importantly we have people connecting, helping, and encouraging each other and trying new things - which is exactly what we hoped.

I haven't finished my second sock yet. I am entirely blaming this on half term coinciding with several other project deadlines (and big feet!) but I have 1.4 socks and plenty of time before we wrap things up at the end of the month. Finished or not, as promised, I've compiled a summary of the knitting pattern blog posts and put together a PDF which you can download. It doesn't include everything from the blog posts (that would take too many pages), so please refer back to the posts if you want to check anything that isn't included! 

Rock Those Chevron socks - free knitting pattern by Sarah Knight on Crafts from the Cwtch blog
My co-host Maria, made the socks below from my posts, and is already onto her second pair although she hadn't knitted socks before - she has written about her sock-making journey so far on her blog. Maria has also compiled her free crochet sock pattern, which you can find via her blog HERE. As soon as my knitted socks are finished, I'll be giving those a try. 

Rock Those Chevron Socks made from a free pattern by Sarah Knight, Crafts from the Cwtch Blog
Maria's "Rock Those Chevron Socks" are made from Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn in colour 6
If you haven't cast on yet, you can still join in with us throughout November. Find all the previous posts here. Next week's post will include a few tips based on questions during the make-along, and links to further sock knitting resources. If you have anything you'd like to see covered, please leave a comment or send me a message on Ravelry.

If you are enjoying/have enjoyed my sock pattern, there are more free and paid patterns listed here, please do take a look and download or add some to your favourites. Thank you! 
Today's Festive Gift Guide is a selection of small items which would be great as stocking fillers or can form a part of a bigger gift package, but which won't break the bank. Apart from the hot water bottle, the others would also fit into DIY Christmas crackers. Click the images to go to the source. (Etsy & Amazon links are affiliate links.)

1. Add a mini hook (with a complimentary stitch marker) to a yarn package.  These are really handy for picking up dropped stitches in your knitting, or for emergency crochet situations. I'd love to find one of these in my stocking. (I don't even get a stocking! *hint*) 

 
Find more at www.korutumi.co.uk

2. Fill a project bag with little goodies. I've been using a small zipper bag from The Little Grey Girl for the last few weeks and love her choice of fabrics, although they seem to be selling out! (The small size is perfect for 100g project and some needles - in my case, socks.) I also keep a tiny notebook and pencil in mine. These are all things you could add for a knitter (I've listed some yarn inspiration here too). 

See more at thelittlegreygirl on Etsy

3. Make a crochet necklace - this eye-catching crochet pattern from Berniolie is available as a PDF download and uses a small amount of leftover yarn so you can make several from 'scraps' or just a single ball of colourful yarn!


4. I will admit that I have now gifted a number of things from Yellow Bare Wares which is one of my favourite Etsy stores - what knitter wouldn't want to find these in their stocking?

5. How about a "mini" hot water bottle in a hand-knit cover? I published this free pattern last year which uses less than 40g of mixed DK 'scraps'. You can pick up the little 0.5L bottles from hardware stores or for less than £3 each on Amazon.


Of course, if you have the time and you fancy making hand-knit socks, you could come back tomorrow for the downloadable version of the free Rock Those Chevron Socks knitting pattern.  See you then.

Festive Gift Guide part 5: Small but perfectly formed

Today's Festive Gift Guide is a selection of small items which would be great as stocking fillers or can form a part of a bigger gift package, but which won't break the bank. Apart from the hot water bottle, the others would also fit into DIY Christmas crackers. Click the images to go to the source. (Etsy & Amazon links are affiliate links.)

1. Add a mini hook (with a complimentary stitch marker) to a yarn package.  These are really handy for picking up dropped stitches in your knitting, or for emergency crochet situations. I'd love to find one of these in my stocking. (I don't even get a stocking! *hint*) 

 
Find more at www.korutumi.co.uk

2. Fill a project bag with little goodies. I've been using a small zipper bag from The Little Grey Girl for the last few weeks and love her choice of fabrics, although they seem to be selling out! (The small size is perfect for 100g project and some needles - in my case, socks.) I also keep a tiny notebook and pencil in mine. These are all things you could add for a knitter (I've listed some yarn inspiration here too). 

See more at thelittlegreygirl on Etsy

3. Make a crochet necklace - this eye-catching crochet pattern from Berniolie is available as a PDF download and uses a small amount of leftover yarn so you can make several from 'scraps' or just a single ball of colourful yarn!


4. I will admit that I have now gifted a number of things from Yellow Bare Wares which is one of my favourite Etsy stores - what knitter wouldn't want to find these in their stocking?

5. How about a "mini" hot water bottle in a hand-knit cover? I published this free pattern last year which uses less than 40g of mixed DK 'scraps'. You can pick up the little 0.5L bottles from hardware stores or for less than £3 each on Amazon.


Of course, if you have the time and you fancy making hand-knit socks, you could come back tomorrow for the downloadable version of the free Rock Those Chevron Socks knitting pattern.  See you then.

I've been working on a few 'secret' knitting and crochet projects in the last week, so there's nothing I can show you today. However I can tell you that Little Miss recently put in a request for 'something snuggly'. She likes lots of colour and anything made for her has to be very soft - her skin is irritated by labels, loose threads, or anything that is even slightly 'scratchy' and wool can leave her with some redness and irritation if worn next to her skin. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to try the new Colour Crafter yarn from Scheepjes.


This 100% premium acrylic DK yarn (which retails at £2.39 per 300m/100g at Deramores*) comes in 63 vibrant shades, all named after places in the Netherlands. As I wanted something inexpensive, hardwearing, washable, and soft, it seems to have been a good choice. It also has the added benefit of being neither splitty or squeaky - two of my pet hates.

It is a good option for children's clothing and blankets - in fact, with all of those colours, I'm sure it will be very popular for blankets! Little Miss is delighted with the colours we ordered, particularly the red and light purple, and with 600g I'll have enough to make more than one item. I did a bit of swatching already, but want to try out a few other ideas before casting on, so I'm not going to show you any more for now, but will post an update/ progress pics on Instagram as I go along.

As I'm attempting to restore some normality after the half term holiday, that's all for today but I'll be back soon with more Festive Gift Guide ideas and a downloadable summary of the Rock Those Chevron Socks knitting pattern. With the children back at school, I'm also planning to get back onto Periscope this week. If you follow my profile and allow notifications, you'll get a message when I'm broadcasting and can watch live or via reply within 24 hours. Hope to see you there!

*affiliate link

New (Colour Crafter) Yarn and a New Project

I've been working on a few 'secret' knitting and crochet projects in the last week, so there's nothing I can show you today. However I can tell you that Little Miss recently put in a request for 'something snuggly'. She likes lots of colour and anything made for her has to be very soft - her skin is irritated by labels, loose threads, or anything that is even slightly 'scratchy' and wool can leave her with some redness and irritation if worn next to her skin. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to try the new Colour Crafter yarn from Scheepjes.


This 100% premium acrylic DK yarn (which retails at £2.39 per 300m/100g at Deramores*) comes in 63 vibrant shades, all named after places in the Netherlands. As I wanted something inexpensive, hardwearing, washable, and soft, it seems to have been a good choice. It also has the added benefit of being neither splitty or squeaky - two of my pet hates.

It is a good option for children's clothing and blankets - in fact, with all of those colours, I'm sure it will be very popular for blankets! Little Miss is delighted with the colours we ordered, particularly the red and light purple, and with 600g I'll have enough to make more than one item. I did a bit of swatching already, but want to try out a few other ideas before casting on, so I'm not going to show you any more for now, but will post an update/ progress pics on Instagram as I go along.

As I'm attempting to restore some normality after the half term holiday, that's all for today but I'll be back soon with more Festive Gift Guide ideas and a downloadable summary of the Rock Those Chevron Socks knitting pattern. With the children back at school, I'm also planning to get back onto Periscope this week. If you follow my profile and allow notifications, you'll get a message when I'm broadcasting and can watch live or via reply within 24 hours. Hope to see you there!

*affiliate link

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