Vintage sock… gorgeous yarn and much more (a long update)

A finished vintage sock!

Fear not, it’s not an old sock!

This is going to be a lengthy update, since I haven’t been around in a while. Grab a tea or coffee and read on..

SOCKS

In one of my usual charity shop stops I found some lovely vintage wool yarn, just a tiny quantity. The colours were lovely – you know, the kind of 50/60s shades – so I got it anyway.

Now, I’ve been wanting to make socks for a long while, but actually never gave it a go. Until, while reading my usual blog posts, a fabulous tutorial on sock making came up – just what I needed to motivate me to attempt the task!

Winwick Mum’s Sockalong is truly well done, illustrative and clear, with step-by-step instructions and tons of pictures. Just what a new maker needs! She has done a great job with this tutorial – if you plan to try sock knitting out, that’s an outstanding resource and I can warmly recommend it. Did I mention it’s free (including the pattern)?

After long – my spare moments are pretty limited – last night (wee hours) the first sock was ready… and fitted perfectly! I’m so happy with the results (thanks to WM’s tutorial). They’re not perfect but I think they’re pretty good – anyway, judge for yourself!

A finished vintage sock!

A finished vintage sock! (Ok, it’s not fully finished here… I forgot to take a pic after grafting the toe and the rib)

Sock-in-progress.. just the toe left

Sock-in-progress.. just the toe left. See the pretty vintage yarn?

Sock-in-progress, the heel is turned

Sock-in-progress, the heel is turned

Sock-in-progress, the heel

Sock-in-progress, the heel

Sock-in-progress

Sock-in-progress, with notions and notes!

Sock-in-progress, the heel flap

Sock-in-progress, the heel flap

My first sock, the beginnings

My first sock, the beginnings

YARN PORN

After the recent fire, I allowed myself to do some yarn shopping.. naughty of me, as I have neither space to store it nor budget, but sometimes, you know, one just needs to treats oneself to lift spirits… I think I deserved it.

So let me show you some gorgeous yarn…

Wensleydale and Shetland 4 ply by The Knitting Goddess, one skein each of Slate and Green (picture from TKG’s shop as I still haven’t the wool with me):

Wensleydale & Shetland 4 ply yarn by the Knitting Goddess in Slate

Wensleydale & Shetland 4 ply yarn by the Knitting Goddess in Green

The yarn, a blend of 85% Wensleydale and 15% Shetland, is grown, processed, spun and dyed in the UK, and has a high twist for extra strength. If I could, I would buy all of it (ok, maybe not literally ALL – there’s not enough room in the flat). Here you can see all of the available colourways.

One Farm Yarn, also by The Knitting Goddess, in Flower Power (of course, with such a name I couldn’t pass it):

One Farm Yarn 4 ply by The Knitting Goddess in Flower Power

One Farm is a genuinely Yorkshire yarn!

Here you can see the many pretty shades (variegated, solid or semi-solid) and the interesting story of the yarn and its (local) production: a journey of 72 miles in Yorkshire from sheep to dye pot. What’s not to love?

As you can see, I’m a sucker for blues and greens, although lately I’ve been lovingly looking at natural shades and tones of browns too. But budget is limited, so that was it for now.

NEW FIREPLACE

In other news, this week a new fireplace was delivered and now we need to get workers to remove the old and put the new one in. It’s limestone in Deco style. It was quite a (costly) adventure to get it from the curb side into the flat: we had to get helpers to lift and carry the dead heavy but very fragile limestone pieces. They were amazing, but it came to over £100 for less than half an hour work. There was no way we could do it ourselves, at about 100 kilos each side piece… at least, we got it cheaper because it was ex-showroom. Here you can see a showroom image of The Faulkner fireplace.

The Faulkner fireplace by Chesney’s

LAMP SHADE

Another charity shop find was a Laura Ashley lamp shade at a steal price tag, in just the perfect shade to match the curtains in the living room. The colour is actually more green than it appears in the photos.. it’s a sort of grey/dusty silver green (faded teal? a pale Jade? Persian Green? I’m sure there’s a more accurate name). Such a stroke of luck… What do you think of it?

Laura Ashley lampshade

Laura Ashley lampshade

Laura Ashley lampshade in the sofa corner

Laura Ashley lampshade in the sofa corner

Laura Ashley lampshade by night

Laura Ashley lampshade by night

BAKING

While ago there were over-ripe bananas laying around. Normally, I would eat them as my other half doesn’t like them ripe, but I’m on a low-sugar, GF diet. In order not to waste them, I thought to make some gluten-free loaves replacing sugar with some ripe fruit (there were bananas, self-picked blackberries, ginger and pears involved). The texture was not too bad for GF, but a hint more sugar would have been in order 😉 Hence the spoon of jam.

Enjoying a slice of GF, low-sugar loaf

Enjoying a slice of GF, low-sugar loaf

Gluten-free, low-sugar loaves

Gluten-free, low-sugar loaves

Well, that was it. Well done if you reached the end of this post! Thanks for joining.

How was your weekend?

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14 thoughts on “Vintage sock… gorgeous yarn and much more (a long update)

  1. salpal1 says:

    great job on the socks! And lovely new yarns. 🙂

    everything else looks wonderful and interesting, too. that fireplace is gorgeous!!! I can’t imagine moving it!

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thank you for reading it all and for your kind comments 🙂
      Hopefully the 2nd sock will not succumb to the SSS…
      We tried moving one bit of that fireplace by placing it on a plank and sliding it up the steps… we almost did it but had to stop at the very top of the stair. After that, there was no way we managed again. Helpers had to be called. I was very concerned that a bad accident would occur otherwise…

      • salpal1 says:

        You were smart to get help! Far better than getting hurt trying to move it. And cast that second sock on immediately to avoid the dreaded sss!

  2. Fadanista says:

    Those socks are gorgeous. I love the vintage yarn. I am off to check out that tutorial. Your new fireplace is beautiful and I’m so sorry that you lost your yarn stash, but understand the liberated feeling of not having to deal with it now.

    • itwasjudith says:

      thank you for visiting 🙂
      The tutorial is really worth trying, with such detailed explanations it’s really easy to follow the steps. There are various other related resources on that site.
      Yes, it’s sad to have lost the yarn, but I also really don’t have much space in the current accommodation and it’s not my own property, so it makes it difficult to keep “collections”.
      So I take it as an opportunity to “travel lighter” 😉

  3. kathyreeves says:

    Many things happening at your house, the lamp🌟, new fireplace 👍🏻, baking and those brilliant socks! Good for you for giving it a try! May these be the first of many. 😄 I am drooling over that lovely new yarn…so pretty!

  4. You have indeed been busy. Wow. Stunning fireplace. I miss having one, but still remember the two in the parent’s home. Much used during winters.
    Lovely socks, and all good on getting a few bits of new yarn, specially after the devastating fire. You deserve them.
    My favourite is your new lamp, it is stunning, and even prettier when lit at light. Well done on getting that. 🙂
    Have a great week.

  5. itwasjudith says:

    Thank you, I look forward to the day when the fireplace will be in place and functioning 🙂 I’ve never had one myself, but have dear memories of the one at my grandparents’.
    I just opened the parcel and the new yarn smells soo sheepy – just the way I like it!!! I’ll fondle it a bit before having to store it away 😉
    The lamp shade was such a great find, totally unexpected! I couldn’t believe my lack that it perfectly matched the curtains.
    Thanks for visiting and have a lovely week!

  6. Your socks are looking great. I love the colours and it’s nice that you have you have some more yarn now 🙂 And your fireplace is beautiful 🙂

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thank you for your appreciation of the sock 😉 hopefully there’ll be two of them in a not-so-distant future!
      True, it’s nice to have some new yarn to play with… I only need to keep my purchasing under control because there is no space to store a “collection”…

  7. tialys says:

    Well done on your sock knitting – the colours are lovely and subtle. I would go and have a look at the pattern but i have an aversion to DPNs and use a circular needle and the magic loop method when i venture into socks.
    Your home looks lovely – the fireplace is beautiful and the lampshade was a lucky find. Would ‘sage’ be the right word for the colour?

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thanks for your visit and kind words 🙂
      Sage might be a good name for the colour, indeed!
      I shall try one day to knit two socks at a time 🙂 In fact, I also heard of knitters making two sleeves at a time for a sweater (I would think by using two sets of needles, but maybe they used the magic loop way?). I’ve used a circular needle for most of the sock, although I found it hard some times, due to the tiny size of it (a 20cm circ for the leg, and 30 for the foot) and I seem to have dropped (or something) the odd stitch as the fabric is not always fully even – I still have to figure out how that went wrong… it’s not like an unraveling stitch, so I’m a bit puzzled to what is it and why it happened

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