As of June 1st, he Summer Sock KAL featuring Feel Good Yarn Company‘s Summer Sock Club that I’m hosting in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group has been up and clicking. It’s had a bit of a slow start as knitters working with the Summer Sock Club yarn await the arrival of their club yarn which shipped around the first of the month, but it’s been very fun to see a few other yarns and patterns start to emerge. It’s definitely not too late to throw your hat in the ring — for details you can check this blog post or just hop over to the Ravelry Group. We’d love to have you join us!
I truly lucked out in that since I’m leading the KAL the folks at Feel Good Yarn Company were kind enough to drop my skein in the mail a few days early so I could get a little head start. Fair warning, the remainder of this post will have SPOILERS for those in the Summer Sock Club. This means I’ve got some photos of this month’s skein. If you want to be surprised, stop reading now!
That being said, I had a few patterns dog-eared for this month’s skein, but I’m very much a “I’ll know it when I see it” kind of knitter so I put in a pin in my favorites and awaited my skein. My main goals were that I choose a pattern with some texture because I know SilverSpun Sock really shines when paired with textural elements, but also to pick something that wasn’t too complex. I’ll be ‘away from my desk’ for a week this month and I knew I needed something a little on the simple side plus I didn’t want a pattern that would overwhelm other knitters right out of the gate should they opt to knit with me.
Well, I got my skein. This is the official ‘beauty shot’ from Feel Good Yarn Company
This color was hand-dyed by Backyard Fiberworks and it’s a delicious shade that instantly made me think of seafoam and the glimmers of silver a the sun reflecting off the water. Beautiful. My skein did not remain in hank form for long…
And after a little thought I settled on Aero Socks by Sarah Jo Burch. I liked the simple knit & purl texture and I found the pattern to be written well & easy to follow. There’s a chart, but it’s very basic. All in all, it was exactly the pattern I sought.
And in line with expectations for this shortie knitalong, I cast-on Saturday night and despite working outside almost all day Sunday, being out hiking with my family the majority of Monday & Wednesday, and also getting a load of spinning done, this morning I’m already though the second heel. True, I’ve gotten through a pair of full-sized socks in a week, but never when I’ve been this busy.
I thought I’d share some finished photos of the first sock, just for fun. First, so you can see the design…
For each sock, the texture flows the opposite direction, but you could easily make them match if you felt so inclined. They totally remind me of little waves lapping at the beach which absolutely fits in with the whole ‘seafoam’ feel of this colorway.
Aren’t they just the cutest?! And the fit is great, too. I can’t wait to have the pair off the needles & on my feet! I also can’t wait to see how much yarn I’ll have left after this pair is done. My feet aren’t small — a ladies US size 9 — so I doubt I’ll have enough for a second pair, but I have hopes of working some scrappy pairs from multiples leftovers or maybe if I’m super lucky I’ll have enough leftover for a pair of Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Turkish Bed Socks. I’ll just have to wait & see!
Remember it’s not too late to join our little Summer Sock KAL — just hop on over to the Ravelry group, say hi, and get knitting! And while the hand-dyed beauty of this sock yarn is available only to Feel Good Yarn Company’s Summer Sock Club, you can still get that free shipping offer for orders over $42 — just use the coupon code SARAHKNITS when you check out.
Many thanks to Feel Good Yarn Company for sponsoring this KAL!