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  1. yarndalehome

    Usually the last weekend in September sees us selling yarn at Skipton auction mart as part of Yarndale. This year is anything but ususal, and the show has moved online.

    It looks like there's lots happening over the weekend and you can find all of the details here. Unfortunately we seem to keep getting missed off the mailing list, so we didn't get the chance to contribute a how to video or do an instagram live - but we did manage to submit a short video.

    Instead we've taken a couple of the yarns which always receive a lot of love at Yarndale and set up a 10% discount code - find the yarns and discount code here

    We've picked a self striping sock yarn as these are always much loved ny sock knitters (and crocheters) - and our gorgeous Britsock base makes socks to treasure.

    One Farm Yarn is our Yorkshire yarn - the fleece came from a local farm and was processed and spun in Yorkshire too. It's lovely woolly stuff.

    Finally we're launching our 24 colour advent calendars. These are dyed on our luxury BFL, mulberry silk and baby alpaca base and the yarn was custom spun for us in Yorkshire. Each mini skein is individually wrapped and presented in a wooden box - and as we've avoided any Christmas packaging these would be perfect if you'd prefer to count down to something other than the 25th of December.

    Take me to the Yarndale Shop

     

  2. There's something about self striping sock yarns that lends itself perfectly to vanilla socks. Watching the stripes grow in a pleasingly regular repeat makes it easy to work just a round or two more.

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    Simple. And yet very satisfying.

    Our self striping sock yarns have a long length of the main colour, then much shorter lengths of three colours. I wondered what would happen if I knitted all of the stitches when I was working with the main colour and purled the other stitches. The result? - caterpillar socks.

     

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    If you look at the foot of the front sock you can just see that I deceided I'd prefer less texture on the sole, so once the heel was turned I knitted all of the sole stitches regardless of the colour I was working with.

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    The same stitch pattern in a different colourway. I'm pretty sure that blocking would even out the stitch differences where I went between needles - and now that I know these stitches tend to be a little looser it's easy to compensate.

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    I knit 4ply socks on 64 stitches, so any pattern repeat with 8 stitches fits in well. Here I knitted in the main colour and slipped every 8th stitch when working with the contrast colour. On the next stripe I worked the slip stitches 4 stitches further on so the slip stitches are staggered. I didn't worry about working complete rounds of slip stitches and let the colour dictate when I went back to plain knitting.

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    Again you could choose to work the sole plain if you want to minimise texture in that area.

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    The last sample I played with with a 6 by 2 rib. There's a subtle dufference to the look, and ribbed socks tend to be that little bit snugger. I even managed to sneak in a 1 by 1 and 2 by 2 rib on the ends to check which I'd prefer for ribbed socks - and 2 by 2 rib works beautifully.

    Want to cast on your own self striping socks? Find the yarn here.