Philosockphy's Sock of the Month for September: Blind Warps, Yarn Dyeing, and More
The philosophy of socks isn’t just about what you wear on your feet, it’s about how you approach life. That’s why we created the sock of the month Club, so that all the sock-lovers out there can get three different pairs of great socks each month and learn more about them while they do so. Whether you’re passionate about learning more about blind warps or yarn dyeing, we have the socks that fit your interest every month with our ever-growing sock of the month club library.
An Introduction to Blind Warp Knitting
Blind Warp Knitting is a process used to create socks with more intricate designs. It involves two needles that are used to knit from opposite directions. For example if you were knitting a sock from the top down you would begin by knitting one needle from the toe up to just below where you want your heel. You then start with the other needle at that same point on the bottom of your sock, this creates a perfect mirror image so that when they are placed together there is no seam in between.
Yarn Dyeing Tips & Tricks
Yarn dyeing is a great way to customize your socks! With yarn dyeing you can change up colors with ease or create a pattern that reflects your interests. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started on your next project.
- Use cotton or wool yarns with different thicknesses if you want a patterned design. This will help with your tension so that there aren't any gaps in between rows. If you're using thick yarns, use smaller needles; thin yarns should be used with larger needles so that there is more space between each stitch.
How to Fix Slipped Stitches
When you knit from a pattern or plan, it is important to take note of any color changes. Keep track of where you need to switch colors by knitting with two strands at once (holding both yarns in one hand). When it is time to make the color change, drop one strand and pick up the other. This will ensure that your stitches are always secure on the needle. If a stitch has slipped off your needle while you're working on something else, simply use your fingers or a crochet hook to place it back on. If a single stitch has fallen off while working on an item, just place it back on by grasping it between your thumb and index finger and then put it through the appropriate loops on your needles.
What is Shetland?
Shetland is a type of yarn used in knitting. It comes from sheep in the Shetland Islands off Scotland. The Shetland sheep have a natural self-patterned fleece which creates a dense yarn that is both durable and warm to wear. The yarn can be used on its own or combined with other fibers such as wool or cotton. Shetland has been knitted into sweaters since at least 1820 when the first sweater was made on Fair Isle, an island just north of Shetland. The most popular color to knit with Shetland today is dark brown--a color that blends well into nature.
7 Tips For Designing A Log Cabin Pattern
Designing a log cabin pattern can be a daunting task. But if you are prepared with a plan and know what to look out for, it is not as hard as it seems. Here are seven tips to help you design your own log cabin pattern:
1. If possible, start by drawing an outline of your cabin onto graph paper so that you can scale your designs correctly. Label each square inch on the graph paper with inches so that you will know how large or small each element should be in order to fit inside the space allotted. 2. Draw all of your patterns out before cutting any fabric or sewing anything together - this will save time in the long run! 3.