Hanging up the stockings

Apparently this evening many of you will have hung up some knitted foot attire in the hope of it being filled with goodies.

Chez Snail, we hang out our socks on a regular basis, but only on the washing line and the only thing that ever fills them is feet (and I should note that the two things NEVER happen simultaneously).

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A fine display and not a mantelpiece in sight!

In fact 2015 has been a good year for socks… I’ve made a whole bunde of them over the year:

And those are just the ones I can find pictures of!

My endeavours have been slightly encouraged by joining a ‘sock yarn club’ about five months ago. I signed up for six months so that I would receive a skein of hand-dyed sock yarn every month for the duration. I’ve liked the colours, but I have been rather disappointed by the fact that three of the five lots of yarn received so far have not really been suitable for socks – being spun from soft yarn and not reinforced with some hard-wearing man-made fibre.  The yarn is perfectly lovely, but I feel a little let-down that it is sock-weight yarn (i.e. 4-ply) rather than what I consider ‘real sock yarn’.  I used one skein to make the lovely spatterdash wrist-warmers, but now have two beautifully soft fine yarns that I’m not sure what to do with. I’m really hoping that the last of the six is suitable for socks.

Anyway, not to be deterred, I have decided to subscribe to a different sock yarn club for 2016. In this case, the yarn type is the same each time and really is sock yarn. In fact, the yarn is posted out six times a year, so that’s a little less frantic. This club is perfect for me as 2016 is themed ‘Back to Discworld‘. It’s being offered by The Knitting Goddess, an indie dying company based in Harrogate (near where I grew up). There will be a different discworld-inspired colour scheme for each skein… now won’t that be great?

Anyway… whatever you are doing with your socks today (I’ll be knitting some morefor my mum), have a great time!

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  1. Ann Pole

     /  December 24, 2015

    I can’t wait to see the octerine ones!

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  2. Could you use the soft yarn as tops to slippers with the sheepskin sole; kind to the feet, and they don’t need to be so hardwearing? An impressive stocking display, you have indeed been busy. I wonder if you’ll get one set of yarn in The Colour of Magic…

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  3. Oops, sorry, didn’t mean to paste in the whole picture. Do delete if it’s annoying!

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  4. I love the photo of all your sock on the line. They’re so colorful. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a sock club. I hope the 2016 version is more practical and to your liking.

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    • I have to admit to only discovering the idea of a sock club about 6 months ago… but it’s perfect for my knitting addiction!

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      • It sounds perfect! One of my favorite things about the internet, over and over again, is how you can find “your people” or your interests supported through blogs, clubs, forums, videos. It’s quite amazing. It seems that whatever you can think to tap into the Google search bar, you’ll find. Nifty!

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  5. I love the diversity of the socks and despite the splash of colour I’m sure they can live in harmony. With Discworld themed socks this year I’m half tempted to take up knitting.
    Try not to give yourself knitter’s wrist or anything today but have a wonderful day with Jon.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  6. Love the colors!!!

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  7. You have been busy and I love all your socks. So colorful and cheery. Wishing you the Happiest Christmas with all the sock yarn you can want an abundant and joyous New Year.

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  8. It was the year of the sock for me too! They’re so satisfying to knit.

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