Sock KAL (& Nostalgia)

It’s time for a Sock Knit a Long! Socks were the first type of knitting that I was taken with. Of course I started my knitting with a lot of scarves, but when I started knitting socks, that was all I wanted to knit. I still like knitting socks, but have been busy knitting things that can be shop samples for awhile now, and socks aren’t the easiest to display so they have gotten set aside for a bit. Now I’m ready to do another pair of socks. Would you like to join me?

I went through some of my past sock photos to look at yarn and patterns. Here are some favorite patterns that I previously used:

Shur'tugal Socks
Shur’tugal (Sanguine Gryphon yarn)
Celebratory Chevrons Socks
Celebratory Chevrons (String Theory yarn)
Swirl Hat Socks
Modified Swirl Hat pattern with slipped stitches (Tumbleweed yarn)

As I was looking through my Ravelry projects, I also had a nostalgic trip through past dyers and companies that are no longer out there. Do you remember any of these past dyers we have carried? Alisha Goes Around, All Things Heather, Amy Butler Yarns, Alpaca with a Twist, Bellamoden, Brooklyn Handspun, Cherry Tree Hill, Chewy Spaghetti, Cider Moon, Colinette Jitterbug, Creatively Dyed, Crystal Palace, Swell Yarn Shop, Dye Dreams, Fiesta, J Knits, Misty Mountain Farms, Numma Numma, Perchance to Knit, Sanguine Gryphon, Scarlet Fleece, Schaefer, Sheepaints, Socktopus, Spindle City, Tuscan Grove, Woolly Boully, Yarntini, Yarn Nerd, Yarn Pirate, and Zen String? (I know there are more that we’ve had – these are just the ones from my project page and off the top of my head.)

People pass through different stages and occupations in life and I’m glad we had a chance to get a small part of their beautiful yarn and creativity while they were dyeing. I hope you used some of their yarn or have some of it in your stash for projects to come.

Let us know if you’re going to KAL with some new socks and tell us what yarn and pattern you’re going to use! (No deadlines or anything – just sharing our love for sock knitting and sock knitters.) šŸ™‚ I haven’t finalized my yarn or pattern yet, but plan to do that and will start them this weekend. I’ll Instagram the start, just to stay accountable. If you want to Instagram your start too, use #LoopyKAL so we can see it!

Sheri stillasockloverandsockyarncollector

P.S. You’ll find some really pretty FREE PATTERNS from past works at this link to our website. Including lots of socks!

Inspiration Wednesday – June Camp Projects

Our last recap for Camp Loopy projects in June! We’ve seen so many beautiful projects this summer and here are a few more. Congratulations on such wonderful work! We hope you love your new projects.

Janet’s Zilver shawl out of Wollmeise Twin in Taube:

Amanda’s Tilted Texture out of Solid Series in Perfect Pink:

Branwynne’s Wyatt Sweater out of Stonehedge Worsted in Lime Green and Denim:

Marina’s Beauty and the Beast Shawl out of Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Egg Yolk:

Carol’s BoraĀ out of JulieSpins Stella in Verdigris:

Rachel’s Spindrift Shawl out of Uncommon Thread Posh Fingering in Wilted Rose:

Becky’s Miss Winkle out of Into the Whirled Pakokku Sock in Sentinel:

Janet’s Reyna Shawl out of Knerd String Fingering in Rhymes with Seal:

Sarah’s Pimlico Cowl out of Into the Whirled Pakokku Kettle Dyed in Hijinks:

Stephanie’s Augustine ShawletteĀ out of Cascade Heritage Sock Solids in 5623 Navy:

Michelle’s Scylla Socks out of Wollmeise Twin in Emil:

Norleen’s Mendia Cowl out of Uncommon Thread Lush Worsted in Aged Merlot:

Eileen’s Luna Viridis out of Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Coastal:

Which ones are you favorites?Ā 

Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew

Hump Day Inspiration: Sport Weight

Sport weight yarn is such a fun yarn to work with because it’s so versatile. It’s thick enough for projects to go faster and it still has a nice drape!

Sport Weight Inspiration - The Loopy Ewe

  1. Carol knit Margarethe out of The Fibre Company Road to China Light in Lapis
  2. Patty knit TGV (High Speed Knitting) out of Skacel Zauberball Starke 6 in 1537 Autumn Sun
  3. Danielle knit Kashima out of Manos del Uruguay Serena in 2150 Fig
  4. Michelle knit Lace Sampler Baby Blanket out of Appalachian Baby Design Organic Cotton in Natural and Pink
  5. Laura knit Audrey in Unst out of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Fathom
  6. Jennifer knit Rainbow Trout outĀ of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Royal
  7. Maryanne knit Modest Sweater out of Malabrigo Arroyo in Fresco y Seco
  8. Ruth knit Irish Oats Socks out of Shalimar Enzo Sport in Slag
  9. Dawn knit Lace Cotton Ponchette out of Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop in Turquoise (106), Super Pink (114), and Emerald (117)

What projects are you working on this week? Have you found any patterns we should add to our queue?

~Sheri and the Loopy Elves

Hump Day Inspiration: Fingering Weight

Today’s inspiration is fingering weight! We love its versatility. You can make socks, shawls, sweaters, hats, scarves, cowls, and lots more.

Fingering Weight Inspiration - The Loopy Ewe

  1. Karen knit Glitz at the Ritz out of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Chili
  2. Marina knit Featherweight Cardigan out of Sweet Georgia Tough Love in Riptide and Tumbled Stone
  3. Nancy knit Hitchhiker out of Into the Whirled Pakokku Handpainted in Mercy Hartigan
  4. Emily knit Elowen Shawl out of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Duchess and Composition Book Grey
  5. Lainey knit Cadence Socks out of Malabrigo Sock in Persia
  6. Patricia knit Green Line to Ashland out of Lorna’s Laces Solemate in The Bean and Navy Pier
  7. Maureen knit Simplicity out of Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Ceibo
  8. Teresa knit Miyake out of Meadowcroft Dyeworks Rockshelter Sock in Fire Pit
  9. Jo knit Loop out of Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock with Nylon in Deep Blue and Madeline

What’s one of your favoriteĀ fingering weight yarns? Or is it too hard to pick??

~Sheri and the Loopy Elves