Socks are a great knitting project year round. Whether you knit them using the magic loop method, or are a master of double pointed needles, they can easily travel with you anywhere you go, are perfect projects for the warmer weather during summer months, and are usually quick to finish. They also make great gifts - who doesn't love a pair of handknitted socks?!
This month our sock club feature was Glitter Sock from Zen Yarn Garden. A wonderful blend of superwash merino, cashmere, nylon, and just a pinch of sparkle makes for a luxurious and fun knit.
Sock Club members received one of the thirteen colors featured in our Yarn Club palette for August:
Our featured pattern for the month was Fleet Feet by Fatimah Hinds. We love the architectural nature of this pattern. It's wonderfully textural and geometric: two design elements that are difficult to combine in an accessible way.
Image Copyright: Barbara Benson
On the opposite end of the knitting spectrum, our Garment Club launched with its first delivery this month. Garments take time, planning, skill, and a whole heck of a lot of patience to finish, but are truly worth the effort: you'll have an heirloom piece for your wardrobe for years to come!
This month, members received ten hanks of Zen Yarn Garden's Serenity 20 or Serenity Worsted within the same color selections of our Yarn Club members.
Garment Club members had the opportunity to choose their color family preferences, as well as their yarn weight preferences. If worsted weight was chosen, all ten hanks in their preferred color family. If fingering weight was chosen, Fiberistas received five hanks of one colorway and five hanks of another, which would either allow for some great color combinations, or a couple finished sweaters depending on sizing and yardage used within each project.
We also provided Garment Club members with a pair of hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans in a size reflective of their yarn weight preferences.
Included in member's shipments was one of our favorite new books: Top Down by Elizabeth Doherty. The book features six amazing sweater and cardigan patterns all designed with various set-in sleeves. The great part? Not only are the designed wonderful and on-trend, but set-in sleeve design allows seamless sweater knitting, working from the neckline down.
Rather than knitting your garment in pieces, blocking, and then sewing the pieces together to finish, this method will allow Fiberistas to cast-on and finish their garments quickly: simply seem together the under-arms, weave in an end or two, block, and wear.
Our next Garment Club will ship in November. Current Garment Club members will have first right of refusal to participate.
Knitting and crochet offer us the opportunity to connect to productivity as well as tap into our creativity. A slow, consistent building of loops gives us a finished product that takes time to make. This puts us in a unique position to plan ahead for the seasons - for example, in order to be able to wear something for the inevitable cooler weather that the Fall will usher in as the year turns into September, we often have to start contemplating what we'll want to add to our wardrobes beginning in August.
With this need in mind, we officially launched into our first set of Fall-inspired shipments for our August yarn club. This month, we thought it would be a great treat to start the season with one of the most soft and versatile yarn bases we could find, and featured Zen Yarn Garden's fabulous Serenity 20 (fingering weight) and Serenity Worsted (worsted weight) yarns, which feature a blend of 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon.
With the summer in full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere (including some exceptionally hot weather courtesy of El Niño), our July Yarn Club shipments were inspired by refreshing, cool beverages meant to quench your seasonal thirst.
We collaborated with LYDIA yarn LLC, and lead dyer Angela - who works out of her studio in South Carolina - managed to create a beautiful collection of custom colors only available to our club members and through our Fiberista Club online store