Introducing the Summer Sock KAL & my new SilverSpun Socks!

It all started right here.

IMG_9064A skein of SilverSpun Sock yarn.

And you’ve watched the socks I’ve knit evolve…

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From basic toes…

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To those first couple cables…

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To the gussets…

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And beyond.

And today I get to share the finished socks.

SSPM2Aren’t they lovely?!

These socks — knit with the Paper Moon pattern — are beautiful, soft, and the fit is incredible. I could not be any happier if I tried. The best part? They are so much easier to knit than they look!

SSPMThe only part of these socks that did not go according to the plan is as I knit these two-at-a-time, I played a little yarn chicken at the end and ended up only working half the cuff repeats.

SSPM3I don’t think the look or fit suffers one bit.

Thanks in part to a very positive response to these socks and some very enthusiastic knitters in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group, we’ve decided to keep on knitting with this beautiful yarn — All. Summer. Long.

You see, we’d been chatting a lot lately about ‘shorties’, or anklets, in the group and how we could all stand to add a few of these summer-friendly socks to our sock drawer. A couple members of the group mentioned that they’d signed up for the Feel Good Yarn Company’s Summer Sock Club and as they say, the rest is history! That’s right, I’ll be hosting a Summer Sock KAL June 1st through August 31st in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group and I’ll be featuring the yarns of the Feel Good Yarn Company’s Summer Sock Club!

The best part? You’re all invited to join!

Each month I’ll be selecting a pattern based on the current club colorway and you are welcome to knit right along with me with the club yarn and the pattern I choose or with a pattern and yarn of your choice — as always with me, it’s a pretty inclusive KAL. You know how I love for you to have options — any excuse for us to knit together! I must say though that this club is going to be amazing. It’ll be comprised of SilverSpun Sock yarn that is hand-dyed in three exclusive colorways (1 color per month, June, July, & August). In case you are wondering what this yarn looks like hand-dyed, here’s a taste of what they’ve done in the past…

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Just imagine this beauty in a pretty little shortie pattern for summer or for around the house anytime of year.

As of a few minutes ago, there were only about 20 spots left in this fabulous club so if you’re interested, I recommend popping over straight away to reserve your spot. You can place your order with Feel Good Yarn Company right here.

For those who aren’t able to subscribe to the club, have no fear! The Summer Sock KAL is open to anyone who’d like to knit some shorties with us this summer. As I said, I’ll be providing pattern inspiration and, for those knitting with me, some support on the patterns I’m working through regardless of the yarn you’re using. And, just in case you are watching us knit with this lovely SilverSpun Sock and decide you want to try it out, the FREE SHIPPING discount code SARAHKNITS will be valid until the end of June. Non-members won’t be able to get the hand-dyed colorways, but the natural will still be available for purchase! *Remember, the FREE SHIPPING code applies to all orders $42 and over, but it does not work with the Summer Sock Club since shipping is included in the price of the club.*

As added incentive to join, Feel Good Yarn Company will be graciously providing a couple prizes! At the end of the KAL, any knitters who complete at least one pair of shorties will be entered to win a skein of SilverSpun yarn! Those who knit with SilverSpun yarn will be entered in a drawing for a full skein of SilverSpun Sock or Sport and those who knit with other yarns will be entered in a drawing for a mini-skein. As if we needed more incentive, right?!

To sign up, just pop on over to the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group and say hi on the Summer Sock KAL featuring SilverSpun Sock thread. As we get nearer the start date, I’ll share information on tagging and start posting some pattern options in the group. On June 1st I’ll share which pattern I’ll be knitting for the month and we’ll be off! I can’t wait to knit with you this summer!

Happy Superheroes… I mean Mother’s Day!

There are few experiences in life that radically change you immediately and permanently. Becoming a mother is at the top of that list. The transition isn’t unlike that of a comic book superhero. Getting bitten by a radioactive spider, having a baby — both are pretty instantaneously life-changing. Most days moms across the world go about the business of tending their flocks with heroic patience, unconditional dedication, and a love so strong and so deep that it’s almost inconceivable. And one day a year we pause to celebrate our moms and say thank you.

Usually I am just happy to spend the day with my family. Today, though, I was treated to breakfast in bed. This plan was hatched by my son who was started out upset he doesn’t yet know how to make pancakes. According to him, I always make him the best pancakes and he just really wanted to do the same for me. My husband helped him out and brought home some yogurt, berries, & oatmeal that the kids could easily put together. They woke me up with big eyes and faces so full of excited anticipation that they could have handed me a plateful of worms and I’d have eaten it.

After breakfast, as we waited for the rain to pass, I was able to finish up my SilverSpun Paper Moon socks.

IMG_9232The ends are woven in now and they are all set to be photographed, but suffice to say the fit and feel of these socks is absolutely divine. Inspired in part by these very socks and some very wonderful knitters in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group, I’ll have information sometime in the next few days about a knitalong I’ll be hosting featuring the hand-dyed SilverSpun yarns of the Summer Sock Club from Feel Good Yarn Company. Space is very limited in this club, so pop over, reserve your spot, and knit with us this summer! In the mean time, don’t forget to use the discount code SARAHKNITS to get free shipping on orders over $42 from Feel Good Yarn Company (please note the discount code DOES NOT apply to the Summer Sock Club).

With my socks finished and the rain still falling, I cast on the project I received in my PostStitch box…

IMG_9244Mares’ Tails by Kater Tater Knits in Anzula Breeze, a silk linen blend just made for a summery shawl like this.

With the first repeat complete, we had some lunch and then had just enough time for a quick hike before it started raining again.

IMG_9250We went on one of our favorite short trails that is half boardwalk and half forest. We watched terns, shorebirds, and even saw a few warblers. It was one of those spring days when the green is just so green. As soon as we got back to the car, it started to rain again. We drove over to another trail just to check and see if the bobolinks had returned yet, but they were no where to be seen. Soon, though, soon.

As a sort of Mother’s Day side note, I also wanted to share that I got a special something in the mail a couple days ago…

IMG_9236It turns out I won the Ice Age Trail Wrap kit from the Cream City Yarn birthday raffle last week. Since I wasn’t able to get back to the shop, the ladies very graciously dropped it in the mail for me. A couple days later the pattern & three skeins of the lovely Sheepish Yarn Co Super Merino Sport arrived in my mailbox. Thanks to the timing, it definitely felt like am early Mother’s Day surprise! A simple & elegant design, this will undoubtedly be a delight on my needles in the near future.

I’ll admit that it’s nice to be pampered a little on Mother’s Day — with yarn and knitting time and breakfast and time spent together. Mostly, though, I find myself spending the day thankful to be able to wear the title of Mom. While this is coming late to most of you, I wish all my fellow mothers out there a very heartfelt happy mothers day. I may have never met you, but I assure you I’m in awe of everything that you’ve done and continue to do. I hope you spent the day feeling like the superheroes that you are.

Introducing SilverSpun Sock

I hope you enjoyed the short break from the fiber arts-centric writing here this past week to take that little trip to the Badlands with me. I always feel like vacation does a lot for me creatively. To be in a new place feels to me like being in a whole different world — different color combinations and sunlight, different smells and textures. It really does wonders for reawakening the ‘ol creative drive. I’ve been home nearly a week now, though, and while I may have managed to catch-up on laundry, I’m already buried in more than a week’s worth of blog posts just waiting to be written. I’m not complaining, I feel very lucky to have more to write about than I have time. Honestly, I’d much rather have this problem than the reverse! All that being said, I’m going to start those posts with a new yarn, a new project, and a special offer just for Knitting Sarah readers. That seems like a great way to get back into the swing here, don’t you think?

About a year ago I got to try out a new yarn, SilverSpun from Feel Good Yarn Company. You can read my full review of SilverSpun Sport here, but I can refresh your memory on what makes this yarn so very special. It is spun at NC State’s Spin Lab using cotton grown in North Carolina. This American grown cotton is spun with silver, nylon, and spandex to create an extraordinary yarn. Silver? Yes, silver. For real! The silver lends a therapeutic aspect to this yarn that is unlike any other yarn that I’ve had the opportunity to try out. It is naturally anti-bacterial & anti-microbial and also has some thermal properties that make it especially fabulous for those who suffer from diabetes, arthritis, or sensitive skin. The nylon & spandex give the yarn durability and bounce that isn’t always the hallmark of cotton yarns. And for those who like their tech devices, you’ll definitely want to knit yourself a pair of gloves with SilverSpun — the silver in this yarn allows you to operate touchscreens while wearing gloves. No more frozen fingers while taking photos in a winter wonderland! The wonderful Mari Chiba actually designed the Connectivity Gloves pattern for this very purpose (kits that go with this pattern can be purchased here from SilverSpun). Out. Of. This. World. Awesome.

Well, now that you know some of the reasons I love SilverSpun, let me introduce you to the skein I just got in the mail to try out.

Meet SilverSpun Sock.

SSpun2This is the same blend as the SilverSpun Sport — 87% Combed Cotton / 5% Silver / 5% Nylon / 3% Spandex — just in a 3-ply light fingering weight yarn. The stitch definitely is truly lovely with this yarn and it would be perfect for shawls, cowls, and hats. I am going to knit some socks with it this time, though.

IMG_9068I’ve been hiking a ton lately and the idea of having some luxury socks to pamper my feet just sounds amazing. I simply can’t wait to get this yarn on my needles!

As always, I’ll be letting you tag along with me as I knit through Instgram posts and my ‘Today on my needles…’ series. If you simply can’t wait to try this yarn out (and believe me, I don’t blame you!), Laurie from Feel Good Yarn Company has very generously offered Knitting Sarah readers a Free Shipping offer for anyone who spends at least $42 (the costs of one skein of this lovely American-made luxury yarn). Simply use the discount code SARAHKNITS when you checkout to apply this offer to your order. This offer is good through June 30th and I’ll be sure to mention it here from time to time while it’s valid, but I thought it would be nice to mention it asap since Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this yarn would simply make such a special Mother’s Day gift. Along with the beautiful SilverSpun Sock, the Connectivity Gloves Kit as well as the very lovely Pamper Yourself Kit are definitely gift-worthy for any Mom in your life.

Laurie also mentioned that they’ll be offering a Summer Sock Club featuring hand-dyed SilverSpun Sock. What does their hand-dyed yarn look like, you ask?

HydrangeaPretty much GORGEOUS. This skein is the Hydrangea colorway and was exclusive to subscribers. To be notified when the sign-ups for this club will open, all you have to do is subscribe to the newsletter here. Spaces will be very limited, so sign-up right away so you don’t miss your chance to be part of this club.

I’m off to go cast-on my socks — will I go with a complex cable or a very simple, easy-to-knit pattern? I suppose you’ll just have to wait & see!