A Little Bird & A Last Call

A few days ago I saw a post from The Fawn & The Fox on their Instgram feed that was a little handspun Bluebird of Happiness knit in a beautiful handspun. Knit as part of their Creature KAL, I knew straight away that I had the perfect skein for this project.

blue jay manosThe motivation to possibly win one of their gorgeous project bags in by entering the KAL definitely helped expedite the process.

It also helps that they knit up nice & quick.

IMG_9841Color me happy with the results!

Although not as happy as this little lady…

IMG_9845Who, as you can see, has convinced me that one was not enough. As of this moment, I think we’re up to four. Of course, I’m pretty sure I’ll be knitting little birds until the skein runs out. How can I say no to that smile?

In other news, I’m feverishly attempting to settle on a pattern for my July installment of the Feel Good Yarn Company Summer Sock Club. I won’t spoil the surprise for anyone, but I will say that this skein is deliciously summery. For those still wanting to get their hands on some SilverSpun yarn, this is the last call for the FREE SHIPPING offer as it expires today. Remember, all orders from Feel Good Yarn Company over $42 qualify for this offer, so place your orders now and use the discount code SARAHKNITS when you check out to redeem this special offer.

Well, there is a little curly-haired girl looking at me with big, hopeful eyes asking when I’ll make her another bird. I’m thinking that’ll happen right… about… now.

June Summer Sock KAL FOs

With all the drama that occurred this month, this June flew by even quicker than it usually does. I had a small truckload of ‘musts’ to accomplish in knitting and spinning, too, which is always such a great ‘problem’ to have. I’m happy to report that all the June knitting that had to happen has happened — hooray! — and now I get to start sharing all the FOs from the last few weeks.

First and foremost, today I want to share my projects from the Summer Sock KAL. If you’re late to the party, I’m hosting a Summer Sock KAL sponsored by the Feel Good Yarn Company on the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group. Coinciding with the fabulous Summer Sock Club from Feel Good Yarn Co, we are knitting ‘shorties’ this summer. While anyone is welcome to join and knit any yarns with any shortie patterns, I’m knitting with the Summer Sock Club’s exclusive hand-dyed yarns.

This month’s colorway was called “Sea Glass”

Photo courtesy of Feel Good Yarn Co
Photo courtesy of Feel Good Yarn Co

And as you can see is a beautiful teal-y, seafoam-y, blue-green.

I cast-on Aero by Sarah Jo Burch

IMG_9587This textural shortie is pretty basic as far as socks go, but had a really lovely and simply stitch pattern. This is my first pair of shorties and — I won’t lie — they knit up very quickly. We were laughing in the group, however, that because the socks themselves are so quick the little cuffs felt like they took FOR-EVER. A ridiculous hang-up for such a quick knit, but still pretty funny.

In any case, the shorties took me about a week to knit up and I’m so pleased with the fit & design.

aero setI really love the simple knit/purl motif…

aero detailAnd did I mention that the texture is asymmetrical?

sskaljuneYep, it is. Such a fun touch, I think.

aerofullWhen I finished these up I had roughly half the skein remaining. It’s a bit hard to get an accurate weight to calculate since the humidity shifts quite a bit here these days, but roughly half the skein left is pretty on the nose, I think. In any case, I didn’t really care to play yarn chicken trying to eek out a complete second pair of shorties, so I went to an old stand-by, Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Turkish Bed Socks. The ones I’d made previously were well under 200yards, so I knew I’d be safe making this pattern with the yarn I had left.

IMG_9780-0The teacher in me loves this pattern because there are so many great techniques you get to use in it.

Another nice, quick knit I finished these up in between time spent spinning and playing outside with the kiddos in just a couple of days.

tbsfullAnd one little detail shot, just for fun.

tbsdetI actually really like the SilverSpun Sock for this pattern as the elastic nature of the yarn really helps to keep these little slipper socks in place.

I got word that July’s installment of the SilverSpun Summer Sock Club is on its way to my home and so begins my search for just the right pattern for the new colorway. I can’t wait to have it in my hands and on my needles!

Summer Sock KAL: In Full Swing

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

beauty shot
Photo courtesy of 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…

IMG_9486It was a center-pull ball in about 3seconds.

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.

IMG_9587And 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…

sskaljuneFor 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.

sskaljune1Aren’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!