Episode 29: Socks ‘Splained
Welcome to the 29th episode of Just One More Row! In this episode, Dana gives a two minute wedding update. We then talk about our WIPs, FOs, New in the Queue, and Rich Girl. We also discuss socks and all their various constructions and configurations, we talk about our contest this month, and then Dana has an awesome announcement! Thanks for listening!
Unplanned Peacock Studio is a small dyeing company located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Knitters and spinners love our top quality merino, cashmere, bamboo, and silk yarn and fiber. Any of our products can be dyed in all of our unique and artistic colorways. If you have a special request, such as matching a wedding gown or your favorite cat, Natasha will dye a custom colorway just for you. Visit us on our website, unplannedpeacock.com or join our Facebook and Ravelry pages for the latest updates.
Dana’s 2-Minute Wedding Update:
- she got her dress!
- she has a photographer, a venue, invitations, and flowers
- still working on a caterer, a wedding cake/cupcakes, and a DJ
Dana: Anu handspun sock, Acer Cardigan, Romney laceweight singles, finished the Loop batt singles (letting them rest now), bfl/silk on TexasJeans top whorl spindle
Brittany: Linen Stitch Scarf, Morningtide Mitts, Sock Monkey Socks
Dana: Lake Lure shop sample sock, Toasty Handspun Mitts, Desert Garden 2ply handspun, Supernatural 2ply handspun, Primary navajo ply
Brittany: Gamer Stripe Socks, London Fog 2ply handspun
Product Review: TexasJeans Spindles
Dana: I’m reviewing a top whorl drop spindle, with a marblewood whorl and ebony shaft. The spindle weighs 36g (1.25oz) and has a durable polish on it to protect it from scratches and dings. The fiber that I chose to spin on this spindle is a lovely blend of undyed BFL/silk. It is spinning up into a sportweight single, which will probably end up making a heavy-dk 2ply.
Brittany: I’m reviewing a bottom whorl spindle, with a maple whorl and cherry shaft. Dana sent me a tuft of swirl BFL to try it out with. It is very heavy, and has a great spinning time. It weighs about 2 oz, and has a oil and wax finish. I felt it was great for a beginner, but I wonder if I was influenced by learning on a wheel first. I’m getting heavier singles than is normal for me, but that’s to be expected on a new tool.
Discussion: Different Sock Techniques We’ve Tried
- Toe up vs top down
- Flap heel vs short rows (stockinette and garter), eye of partridge heel (also in The Yarn Harlot’s book Knitting Rules!)
- Different style of gussets (traditional, Cat Bordhi, Turtlegirl76’s “double gusset”)
- Fleegle heel (and sock pattern)
- Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel
- Toe up heel flap (Wendy Johnson’s pattern from Socks from the Toe Up)
- Judy’s magic cast on (video and text tutorials) vs provisional or figure 8
- Dealing with handpainted yarns and pooling
- Sewn bind-off, Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off, stretchy bind-off (the one Brittany used on her first toe-up socks)
What is your favorite Unplanned Peacock colorway? We’re giving away this gorgeous hank of 100% silk worsted weight yarn in “Thyme”, and the winner will be picked by the Random Number Generator out of all of the entries! You can enter ONLY via the thread on Ravelry. The thread will be closed on January 31 at midnight CST.
- Dana is vending Super Summer KnitTogether! 🙂 June 30 is the vendor market, open to the public for a $5 entry fee. Details to come!
- Thanks to our sponsor Unplanned Peacock!
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