Here at Knitting Sarah headquarters there has been a flurry of activity behind the scenes plotting and planning the Summer Sock KAL. As with a lot of the things I do here, this project has had a very organic development — beginning with the suggestion of a couple fellow knitters in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group who had just subscribed to the Summer Sock Club from Feel Good Yarn Company. One thing led to another and the amazing folks at Feel Good Yarn Company enthusiastically offered to sponsor the knitalong complete with prizes for participants. It’s so awesome how things just work out so well!
Today, I wanted to share the loose guidelines of the Summer Sock KAL and then a bit about the Summer Sock Club. First, let’s talk about the knitalong.
The goal: To knit shorties.
(And by shorties, I basically mean specially designed socks that stop of your ankle — perfect for summer!)
The yarn: Your choice!
I will be featuring the beautiful hand-dyed SilverSpun in the Summer Sock Club, but you are welcome to knit with any yarn you’d like.
The patterns: Your choice!
I will select specific patterns for each month on which you’re welcome to knit along with me. I’m also sifting through loads of patterns on Ravelry to share in case my choice isn’t your cup of tea. If you have a personal favorite, share it with the group — I will happily add it to the list!
The Prizes: Each person who completes at least one pair of shorties between June 1 and August 31 will be entered to win a prize.
For those knitting with SilverSpun yarn the prizes will be: 1 full skein of SilverSpun Sock or Sport
For those knitting with all other yarn the prize will be: 1 mini-skein of SilverSpun
This knitalong was designed to be inclusive and very manageable, even during the busy summer months.
So how do you sign up? Easy! Just pop over to the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group Summer Sock KAL thread, say hi, & start chatting! I’ll start adding some basic patterns up shortly and all group announcements will pop up in the thread.
When will sign-ups close? They won’t! Although I encourage you to join us today, we’ll leave that door open all summer long.
Now, the Summer Sock Club.
Today is the last day to sign-up for the Summer Sock Club from Feel Good Yarn Company and because I’ll be knitting with these exclusive yarns in the Summer Sock KAL, I wanted to highlight why you might want to make the leap and subscribe to the club.
1. Exclusive colorways.
The Summer Sock Club will be comprised of 3 skeins (one each month in June, July, and August) of SilverSpun Sock hand-dyed in small batches. These colorways will be exclusive to the club — members will have the opportunity to get extra skeins of these exlusive yarns, but they will not be available to the general public.
2. Unique blend.
87% Combed Cotton / 5% Silver / 5% Nylon / 3% Spandex
From my experience working with this yarn, it really is unlike any other cotton yarn I’ve used. Thanks to the nylon and spandex this yarn has tons of bounce and holds its shape very, very well.
And why silver?
Silver inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria (perfect for socks), has excellent thermal properties, is nontoxic and is quite beneficial for those suffering from diabetes, arthritis and sensitive skin.
3. That feel.
On the website, it states SilverSpun “has the strength of cotton with the feel of cashmere” — and that is the truth! This yarn is incredibly comfortable. I have fingerless mitts and socks knit with this yarn and both just feel so soft. I wouldn’t trade them for anything!
4. Stitch definition.
SilverSpun Sock has phenomenal stitch definition as you can see here in my Paper Moon socks. While I’m planning a balance of basic & more complex shorties in the KAL, you can bet I’ll be exploiting this awesome characteristic of this beautiful yarn.
5. Make your summer knitting easy!
We are all busy in summer, so there’s simply no better time to work on projects that require one skein of sock yarn. The Summer Sock Club in conjunction with the Summer Sock KAL is the perfect marriage of luxury, utility, and portability. The yarn will come to your door, the patterns will be easily accessible on Ravelry, and each project will be the perfect size to pop in your bag where ever you go. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
As I said, today is the last day to claim your spot in the Summer Sock Club and only a few openings remain, so act fast!