CH 203: Many, many sock knitting plans

Helen —  January 19, 2018 — 6 Comments

Today on the show I’m reflecting a little bit more on the “Word of the Year” idea, with some wonderful words chosen by some of our Curious Crew Members. I also answer some questions about The Handmade Sock Society, which will be starting in February, and introduce you to a fabulous charity effort fueled by the love of yarn and the power of handknit socks.

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6 responses to CH 203: Many, many sock knitting plans

  1. Hi Helen,
    Just finished listening to your sock podcast, and I’m looking forward to what I call “My sock adventure.” I have dappled in sock making in the past but ALWAYS have trouble at the gusset- picking up the stitches correctly so there is no hole to fix at the end! So my goal is to learn how to correctly knit socks!
    I have decided to choose ADVENTURE as my word of the year. Thanks also for the fun Knitvent 2017 patterns. Every one of your patterns challenged me to learn a new technique or skill.

  2. Hi Helen,
    Happy New Year! Just listened to the podcast and I love your word for the year. I think after the craziness of 2017, we should all take the time slow down and breathe! I have to put in a good word for letting your hair go gray. I stopped coloring my hair in 2016 after years of dyeing, and it’s been really liberating. I’ve actually gotten a lot of compliments on the gray, and it’s not bothering me at all. Best of all, it’s great to be done with the hair color and the worry about my roots. I’m looking forward to the sock club!

  3. What is the gorgeous yarn in the top picture? I think I need it!

  4. Just finished listening to the podcast. So relaxing to knit on the Surprise Party shawl while hearing about your knitting and other adventures and plans. Can’t wait for the sock club to start – even though I have a dresser full of hand knit socks already. I usually work with 72 stitches on 2.0 mm needles. Am not worried about your plan for 64 st patterns as I am sure I can figure out how to adapt whatever you offer.
    On the issue of gray hair – mine started turning when I was 18 and I’ve never dyed it. Makes life easier. My father went to a class reunion when he was in his mid-40s and was dismayed, when seeing the photos, that he was the only one with totally gray hair. I noticed that he was, however, the only one with a full head of hair, so he was happy.

  5. Always enjoy your podcasts Helen. Just think: our Daylight Savings time here in the USA is March 11th, that’s only 49 sleeps away! Do you have DST in the UK?
    Coloring hair: I used to color my hair when I was young, frosted, Auburn mostly. When I began to grey, I “reverse frosted” dark over the grey. Because my hair grows so fast, and color doesn’t want to play nice over grey, I tired of spending so much time (& $$) in the beauty shop, I quit all of it a couple years ago. It is very freeing. However, it has changed my “colors.” I find that need more color in my clothing and around my face. Try it, you can always go the other way!

  6. Hi Helen,
    I really enjoy listening to your podcasts and this year loved my first Knitvent, especially the Land of Sweets Cowl. Your patterns are so pleasant to work with. Looking forward to sock society.

    Writing from the U.S. my word for this year is “tolerance”. Something we need more of with each other.

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