The Weekly Round Up: Custom Socks, Texture is the New Black and Knitting: a more deadly activity than last week.

Another edition of “what caught my attention in the knitting world this week.”

Freshly Plucked Patterns

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Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet by Kate Atherley came out this week. I fancy myself a reasonably competent sock knitter, but this one really grabbed my attention. The initial reviews are glowing, the author is a genius, and the pictures look amazing. Definitely one for my birthday wish list (did I mention it’s tomorrow?)

This amazing pattern collection also caught my eye this week:

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Texture is The New Black by Melanie Berg contain five different knits. The sneak peeks on her instagram have been teasing me for weeks, so I’m really glad to see the patterns go live. The collection contains two sweaters (one pull over, one cardigan), a shawl and a hat/fingerless mitts set. The Risen cardigan in particular makes me very excited. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go lengthen my Ravelry queue…

Knitting in the News

This concept for a bio-knit shoe using knit fabric with polymer yarns could make a shoe that’s 100% recyclable! A group of knitters in Oregon are knitting purple baby hats to raise awareness for shaken baby syndrome. Knitting needles are apparently really, really dangerous, particularly if you accidentally impale yourself with one. There is even a three digit identifying code for “knitting and crochet related injuries” among paramedics. Dude.

ANYWAYS, in MUCH HAPPIER NEWS, an organization in Pakistan called the Rawalpindi’s Darakhshan Rehabilitation and Vocational Training Centre for Women with Disabilities is having great success in helping people with visual impairments learn to knit and giving them a new way to make a living. Round of applause for an amazing organization!

Random Things I Did This Week

Hey! I finally got to unpacking my yarn stash after my move! Check out its happy new storage space. I sort my stash mostly by weight: lace weight on the top and bulky on the bottom. Living in a studio apartment means there is no space to hid away the yarn. Luckily I experience zero stash shame syndrome, so my response to comments like “that’s a lot of yarn, Nicole,” is a cheery, “not really!”
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I also earn myself a Liebster award so check out this post if you want to know some random facts about me. It is very very warm  this week so there was considerable knitting in cotton for most of it. More details about that project later. The aran weight wool hat that I planned on knitting up for the end of August is making me sweat just looking at it. Perhaps something for a later time…

I’ve also started a secret sample knit that should occupy me for the next month. Stay tuned for a menagerie of vague comments and the odd sneak peek shot. 😉

Hope you guys had a great week. Happy Knitting!

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2 Comments

  1. Oooooh! That sock book was on my wish list before I finished reading that paragraph! I’m so excited!!! Thank you 🙂

    I’m having a bit of stash envy at the moment – but in a good way. Organizing it like a bookshelf is an excellent idea I might need to borrow!
    Also, I really wish I’d seen your post earlier! I left a don on the couch and now owe my life to my sweatshirt 0_0 It still hurt something fierce and really just the scare would have been enough to keep me from making that same mistake….

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