Ravelling and Unravelling….

It has been a frustrating week on the needles..I have started and unravelled a pair of socks more times than I care to say, thrown them across the room and finally decided that the pattern didn’t work for them anyway!!  The yarn is a highly variegated sock yarn from Easyknits and it just doesn’t lend itself to a lace sock pattern…what was I thinking??

2013-01-09 13.33.27 So I have now found a much easier ribbed sock pattern from Kate Atherley which is a free pattern on Ravelry and which you can find here:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-ribbed-socks

Ravelry is the best resource on the net for Knitters, Crocheters and Spinners.  You can while away many hours looking at designers, patterns and what other people have on and off their needles, and believe me I do. Sometimes I think I spend more time dreaming about what I’m going to knit rather than actually knitting anything and I’ve got the queue to prove it 🙂

I am knitting the socks using the Magic Loop method on a set of circular needles rather than using Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) and have to say that I find it much easier as there are no awkward ladders which you get sometimes with DPNs as you move from one needle to the next.  Also, I am rather prone to loosing DPNs, the boys like to use them as swords or conducting batons and  Merlin the Spaniel likes to have the odd chew on my wooden ones.

If you are interested in having a go at Magic Loop the best tutorial I have found is from VeryPink.com at :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVXLOG1L8LM&list=PLBFC09DD42E53EAC4&index=54

At the end of February,  the Unravel Knitting Festival takes place at Farnham Maltings in Farnham Surrey.  This will be the third year and it will run for two days over the weekend of 23-24 February 2013.

Unravel

This year’s advertising illustration commissioned by Farnham Maltings from Illustrator Amy Blackwell promotes the ‘Best in Show’ competition which will take place over the weekend and is open to all visitors.

Advance Tickets for Unravel cost £7 for a day or £10 for the weekend and can be booked via www.farnhammaltings.com .  Workshops are also being offered although many of these are now sold out.

I am really excited to be attending my second Unravel on the Saturday and am taking part in a natural dyeing workshop run by Judy Hardman as well as meeting up with lots of knitting friends for a picinic lunch.  It should be awesome and I’m looking forward to blogging about it too.

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