Episode 39: Of Socks and Discworld – A Knitty Homage to Sir Terry Pratchett

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Intro

This episode is a knitty homage to my favourite author, Sir Terry Pratchett. In Enablers’ Corner, there’s a little rundown of the first quarter of The Golden Skein. The Pattern Pick, somewhat unsurprisingly, takes its inspiration from Discworld. Then the Sock Surgery returns with some chat about Afterthought Heels and a review of Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.

Enablers’ Corner

L-R: The Knitting Goddess Britsock, Berry Colorful Yarning Saturated Sock Self Striping and Siidegarte Siide-Quirlig.

L-R: The Knitting Goddess Britsock, Berry Colorful Yarning Saturated Sock Self Striping and Siidegarte Siide-Quirlig.

The first yarn was dyed by Joy at The Knitting Goddess in Harrogate. It is dyed onto the BritSock base, a 40% British Bluefaced Leicester, 20% British Wensleydale, 20% British Alpaca and 20% Nylon blend at 400m per 100g.

The second was dyed high on a hill in Switzerland by Gaby and Fides of Siidegarte, home of silky swiss gorgeousness in the yarn department. It is dyed onto the Siide-Quirlig base, a 70% Silk, 30% Seacell blend.

The third was dyed by Michelle at Berry Colorful Yarnings in the United States. It is the Saturated Sock base, a 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon blend. This has been knitted into a couple of beautiful patterns already, by Louise Tilbrook (vanilla socks) and Aless Parsons (Linus).

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The Pattern Pick

This pattern pick was entirely inspired by Discworld and Terry Pratchett. You can find the set in my queue.

For a variety of Discworld patterns, check out the Stephieface blog.

During the description, there is mention of the Heidi Bears blog. It’s a great source of tutorials.

Want some Discworld inspired sock patterns? Check out the ebook by The Knitting Goddess and Rachel Coopey.

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The Sock Surgery

This week is all about afterthought heels. Clare has created a great blog post on top tips for afterthought heels, with lots of links to tutorials as well.

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There’s a new aspect to the Sock Surgery feature introduced today. In order to give you some ideas about good resources for knitting socks and enable you to take your sock knitting further, Clare will be reviewing books once a month.

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This month she reviews ‘Sock Architecture’ by Lara Neel. There is an in depth written review on Clare’s blog, which is well worth popping over to, as there is also a giveaway for a copy of the book.

Wrap-Up

That’s all for this week. Come and join us over in the Ravelry group for lots of chatter, giveaways and general fun.

Let me know what you think!

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