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This episode has a lot of excitement for Edinburgh Yarn Festival. There’s also my top tips for what you can do if you don’t finish knitting your wardrobe in time for knitty events. Clare and Kate return to talk about finishing and caring for your socks and we have a wee giveaway from our favourite Edinburgh indie vintage yarn queen, Jess James of Ginger Twist Studio.
Five ways to overcome knitting wardrobe malfunctions
Not managed to knit all of your planned wardrobe for the knitting festival? Unsure what to do now? Never fear, I am here with some solutions to your knitty problem. Here are five (plus one) ways to overcome a wardrobe malfunction.
1) Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. This is your chance to show off your signature shawls and other knitted pieces, preferably all at once. Go wild with the woollen hats, scarves, cowls, wristees and leg warmers.
2) Go shop-bought. Choose something a little unusual with a stitch pattern that looks hand knitted and nobody will guess that it isn’t. Steer clear of acrylic v necks and you are laughing. Add hand-knitted accessories to double up on the effect.
3) Wear handmade from a different genre. Maybe consider adding accessories that are handmade by someone else, such as clothes. You can also explore a different genre. I highly recommend the beautiful scarves woven by Dorothy Stewart. You can’t go wrong with hand dyed, hand woven 100% silk when it comes to statement accessorising.
4) Consider a sample sale. You can quite often pick up ready-knitted items from knitwear companies when they have finished with them and this takes no knitting time on your part whatsoever. If there are no samples available and you have a little extra time, employ a sample knitter to do the hard work for you!
5) Knit something mega chunky. Clearly there will be an element of seasonality to this – maybe only something for winter. Owligan by Kate Davies is a great example – 9mm needles and chunky yarn held double makes for very quick knitting if you simply must have a garment. Alternatively, try a bit of arm knitting for a fast infinity scarf.
Plus one – all of the above incur expense and any unplanned expense will naturally create a deficit in the available gin and yarn budget. Therefore, a free option is to find your fastest knitting friend and arrange a swap with them. New wardrobe, zero cost. Winner.
This week we have a giveaway of ‘Flumps Chunky’ in the colour way ‘Little Cat Feet’ from Ginger’s Hand Dyed at Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh. It comes in at 100m per 100g and retails at £16.50 per skein.
To enter, head over to the Ravelry group and and let me know which of the colours in Flumps Chunky you like best. Winners will be drawn by random number generator.
Kate is now knitting her toe up sock in the Planum pattern by Clare, in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in the colour way Blueberry Bon Bon.
It’s all about finishing and caring for hand knits this week. Clare advocates giving your socks a gentle wash and a block before first wear, using a mild wash such as Soak or Eucalan and sock blockers if available. Hand washing is they key to maintaining the colours, especially in hand dyed versions, although many people do use the wool cycle with mild detergent to good effect.
Jo suggests a mass wash in the bath. Of knitwear. Not yourself.
This month the Sock Surgery is sponsored by Fluph, Dundee’s premier yarnery. West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply is available both in-store and online (shipping worldwide) at www.fluph.co.uk.
That’s all we have time for this week. You can get in touch via the blog, email or any of my social media streams. Feel free to come and join the group on Ravelry and chat with other listeners.