I’ve just started knitting my first sock as part of an exciting sockalong being hosted on Kollabora! It’s a bit scary as I’ve always seen socks as something only “real” knitters do, but as I’ve decided to try to make my sister some rough and tough walking socks for Christmas, I thought I’d better try something a little simpler before I tackle cabled socks…
If you’ve never been on Kollabora, you really should pop over for a look because it’s full of the friendliest, most encouraging people since BurdaStyle and Ravelry began! Kollabora was started by Nora Abousteit last year and she is also the co-founder of the BurdaStyle website, so it’s no surprise to find it just as welcoming and warm! Kollabora allows you to upload images of all your crafty projects (knitting, weaving, sewing, crochet, jewellery, quilting, embroidery, and papercraft) in one place, which is brilliant if you’re trying to track progress in everything you’re (attempting) to do. Once you upload your project, there’s a section for you to input “in progress” images which is really useful for those of us who are still a little unsure of techniques. Best of all, Kollabora have recently introduced a new “Help! I’m stuck!” feature which allows more experienced people to untangle your mistakes. I can see myself using this feature a lot! There are also inspirational blog posts on how to mix and match techniques to make your projects more unique, so even if at first you are only interested in one technique, Kollabora seems to be good at tricking you into learning lots of new ones!
As I’ve only just joined, I thought I’d plunge headlong into this sockalong which is being hosted by Kollabora, Jill Draper and Knit New York. The pattern is free and looks interesting enough to keep my brain busy, but also straightforward enough that the pattern isn’t a distraction when you’re trying to learn to turn a heel (gulp!). If that wasn’t incentive enough, the very kind Jill Draper is also giving away some of her beautiful wool to her three favourite socks! Wow!
So in an attempt to distract myself from my cardigan (more on this later in the week…), I cast on this weekend. I’m using up some lovely Rowan Felted Tweed (it smells so sheepy!) which I had left over from a pair of gloves, and as I didn’t have enough to knit them entirely in one colour, I’m going to get creative with the pattern! I changed the sock cuff to a corrugated ribbing and I think I might have stripey toes and heels which should help eke the wool out. I used slightly smaller needles than recommended for the cuff (Japanese size 0/2.1mm), but I’ve changed to larger ones (JPN 2/2.7mm) for the body of the sock as it was looking a little small. I may make this sock very long because of my heel fear..!
Even if you don’t fancy making a sock, you really should take a look at the beautiful versions being made on Kollabora – they are so inspiring and I’m sure they’ll look amazing when they’re finished! You can see more examples of this sock on Ravelry by clicking here. Is anyone else joining in the sockalong on Kollabora? What other things have you deliberately avoided out of fear?