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GNP Sock Update

11 Jul

I am using the magic-loop technique rather than four DPNs for the leg portion.

My Wildflower Socks for the Glacier National Park Sock Drive are under way and knitting up beautifully. I truly wish I could keep them, but I’m sure they’ll go to a good home for a good cause.

Sock Drive for GNP

22 Jun

Beargrass grows at Grinnell Lake in Glacier National Park in Montana. (not my photo)

I live in the most beautiful place in the world. I don’t think I express that enough on this blog, and it’s worth mentioning. Montana is home to the majority of Glacier National Park (it bleeds a little into Canada) and GNP is my favorite thing about Montana.

I’ve never spent significant time there, but hopefully that will change in the coming years as my life situation is much more stable. This natural wonder is just a few hours north of me, and there isn’t a bad view in the place. Even the grass is pretty (see above).

What does this all have to do with knitting? Well, yesterday I heard through Facebook that Camas Creek Yarn, the largest LYS in Montana, is holding a sock drive to support Glacier National Park. This shop is located in Whitefish, Mont., just outside of the park, and is gathering socks, boot toppers, leg warmers, etc., to be auctioned at the Fall for Glacier Backpacker’s Ball in September. The funds raised from the socks will go toward maintenance on the 734 miles of trails in GNP, according to the Camas Creek posting, here.

I can’t resist this. I’ll get to knit socks AND donate them to a cause supporting Glacier? This takes charity knitting to a whole new level for me.

Besides, if you follow the link above and read more about the sock drive you’ll see that Camas Creek is offering some amazing prize packages for the customer favorites and best-of-class donated socks. I wouldn’t mind winning a two-day $400 trip and yarn shopping package to Whitefish, would you?

If you have it in you to knit up some beautiful socks (or other footwear) to support this cause, please do. Here’s the link again, and it has all the information about where and when to send the socks. They must be received by July 31!

Twisted Flower Socks. Copyright Cookie A.

I’m planning to knit Cookie A’s Twisted Flower Socks from Knit.Sock.Love. in a gorgeous red color. Red is a common theme color for Glacier National Park, and their wildflowers are a true thing a beauty.

Since there are awesome prizes up for grabs in this sock drive, why would I be encouraging all of you awesome knitters to compete with me? Because I love Glacier National Park!

If you have some sock stash hanging around or you can afford to donate even a simple boot topper to this great cause, please do.

Our national park system is a treasure. I’m lucky enough to live in a place with abundant parks and protected areas, but they are too rare in our country, and they need our support!

Sock Label Tutorial

4 Apr

Cusp by Cookie A features a lace detail that swoops down and around the foot.

My aunt received her Easter socks in the mail today, so I can finally post photos! I present Cusp by designer Cookie A from her book Knit. Sock. Love.

I sent these socks off with their own special label, which has become my preferred method for gifting socks. I think it adds something special to the presentation. (It’s also a great way to include the fiber content and washing instructions.)

You can display a lot of information on a sock label, including washing/drying instructions.

I knew that my aunt would love her socks any way I sent them, but doesn’t the label just add that something special? I’ve used a label once before – for my mom’s Christmas socks – and I’ve received a lot of comments and questions about them.

I originally got the idea for a sock label from the Knitmore Girls blog (which I’m not linking to because I don’t care for it). I thought the idea was good, but the label example on their site was a bit bland, so I decided to spice things up with my own take on it.

I think it’s important to convey something about the socks or the occasion with your label, and include special images or information, as well as anything helpful for the recipient, like the name of the sock and how to care for them.

The only thing you need to design your own sock label is a word-processing program like Microsoft Word or Apple Pages (which I use). You can use your own images or find pictures and art online.

Print your labels on cardstock paper to give them a professional feel and maintain their structure. I use a large paper cutter to trim mine down to size, but if you have a steady hand you can use scissors.

To create your own sock label based on my examples, you can download the template here.This is a Microsoft Word (.doc) file, which you should be able to open in a number of computer programs.

Play around with the design, line styles, images and layout of the label. This template is only meant to serve as a guide for people who have asked how I create mine.

I hope you have fun creating your own sock labels! Knitters are creative people, and this simple project is a great way to add character to gift socks.

Project Details

Coral Cusp Socks

Pattern: Cusp by Cookie A, Knit. Sock. Love.

Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Saucon Sock, 430 yds, 44% cotton / 43% acrylic / 13% nylon, colorway: Coral

Needles: US 1

18 hours

10 Mar

My Cosmopolitan socks.

It might not sound as impressive as 127 hours, but I still have both my arms AND a new pair of socks.

Turns out each sock – for my tiny woman feet – took 9 hours. The grand total is 18 hours for a pair of socks. Since I value my skilled labor at about $10 per hour and the skein of yarn cost me $11.50 (including shipping), I am now strutting around in $191.50 socks.

Feels damn good.

In other news…

Look at all my stuff!

A visit from my parents resulted in the addition of two new books and a set of needles to our family. The books, knit. sock. love. by the awesome and talented Cookie A. and Knitting 24/7 by Véronik Avery, both have gorgeous patterns. I’ve been pining after knit. sock. love. for months. I seriously want to knit every single pattern from this book, and since there are 19 of them, I expect to have lots to do in the next year. Knitting 24/7 was a bit of an impulse buy. I hadn’t heard of it before picking it up at the store, but the balance between modern and vintage in the all the patterns holds real appeal. There are more than just socks in the book, and I very much look forward to exploring it more.

The needles are my very first set of Addi Turbos. They are 32″ size US 1.5 (2.5 mm) circulars. I love them. I love them and I am in awe of them. Le sigh.

The yarn showcased with my new books and needles are some balls I’ve stashed with special projects in mind, though the colors are a bit hard to discern.

Next up on the queue are socks for my hubby, followed by a pair of my own design!