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April 2020 - Sock KAL Chatter

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    April 2020 - Sock KAL Chatter

    Greetings All!!

    For our new sock knitters, I try to give advance notice on what patterns we’ll feature so you have time to stash dive. Some months are more than others LOL. So – here is our featured patterns for April’s sock knit along!!

    This month’s beginner pattern is Patons Jacquard & Stripe Socks

    This month’s featured pattern was found by
    Cablegrrl
    Expert Crafter
    Cablegrrl in the free patterns group - Fairy Dancers


    Our theme is Easter J


    Our color this month is Blue – I am sure wishing for blue skies already and “April Showers” haven’t started yet!

    You may also choose any pattern you would like, and amend featured patterns for size and preferences.

    Show me what yarn and patterns you choose!


    LizB is donating yarn this month from her Yarns By the Bay Etsy store. She ships from Australia, and dyes some very beautiful yarn. She’s also been known to allow for additional skeins in the same free shipping with the prize – see
    LizB for details. Please remember to show our sponsor some love!J
    Tell me something good!!!

    Stashbuster MAL 2022: WTD +0; YTD 20
    Stashbuster MAL 2021: +435
    Stashbuster MAL 2020: -286

    #2
    I love the Fairy Dancers pattern! I'd like to knit those and have plans to use up the leftovers from the last three pair of socks I've made.
    Shelly in South Carolina

    "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." Dalai Lama

    US Gardening Zone 8B

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    #3
    I have picked out yarn to use with the "Jacquard & Stripe Socks", a blue self striping (I hope!) yarn. This Regia is from a new line of baby sock yarn in 25 gram balls. The yarn is super soft and my first time trying it. It's a bright blue with light green and light teal colors.

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    Kathie from Indiana

    2022 Stashbuster: WTD + 4, YTD - 91
    2021 Stashbuster: YTD +41

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    #4
    For the "Fairy Dancers Socks", I am using a blue Cascade Heritage Sock. It looks more lavender in the picture, but it's a true blue.

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    Kathie from Indiana

    2022 Stashbuster: WTD + 4, YTD - 91
    2021 Stashbuster: YTD +41

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    • FreedomLover
      FreedomLover
      Expert Crafter
      FreedomLover commented
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      I have a pretty light teal that I could use but seeing them done in pink and called Fairy Dancers makes my brain think they have to be ballet slipper pink. I think I'm too literal some times. That or I'm just rationalizing a "need" to buy yarn.

    • knitter131
      knitter131 commented
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      Being as I am a "toe up" gal, this pattern isn't going to work for me. I looked for an Easter themed pattern, but couldn't find anything I liked. I did find a "Spring" pattern I can modify, called "Split Butterflies".

    #5
    Char
    Administrator
    Char - Can we do Fairy Dancer as a short cut sock? I never do lacy patterns for my winter socks but I would enjoy a lacy pattern on some summer, short cuts.

    Clarification - does it count as doing the pattern if I make them short cut?
    Naperville, IL - Growing zone 5b

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    #6
    I'm ready to get started on my Fairy Dancers!

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    #7
    I went yarn shopping. . I followed all the protocols and went to the LYS to give her some business. She has a large table that people gather around and there were a few ladies there stitching. The Prima Cotton isn't for socks, it's for a wrap I want to make.

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    Shelly in South Carolina

    "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." Dalai Lama

    US Gardening Zone 8B

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    • FreedomLover
      FreedomLover
      Expert Crafter
      FreedomLover commented
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      We're not on lockdown, they're requiring social distancing, and closed all businesses like salons, nail places, tattoo parlors, etc. They've also closed anything that could attract tourists, no one can get a room in a hotel or rent a condo, state parks are closed, public access to beaches and boat ramps are closed, etc,

    • Kathy7661
      Kathy7661
      Expert Crafter
      Kathy7661 commented
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      Beautiful yarn!

    • FreedomLover
      FreedomLover
      Expert Crafter
      FreedomLover commented
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      Thank you!

    #8
    I had leftover blue and yellow yarn from a pair of shorties so I'm adding it to white and making another short pair then I'm onto the Fairy Dancer pattern.

    Shelly in South Carolina

    "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." Dalai Lama

    US Gardening Zone 8B

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      #9
      I think I need to go yarn shopping. I was thinking of trying the Regia yarn, can anyone tell me the best place to order or buy that from? I'm not even sure if our craft stores are open, so many businesses forced to shut down by our governor

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      #10
      Here is what my "Jacquard and Stripes" socks are looking like. Two colors of Regia Baby Smiles yarn. I forgot to post yesterday morning's picture, so it's here too.

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      Kathie from Indiana

      2022 Stashbuster: WTD + 4, YTD - 91
      2021 Stashbuster: YTD +41

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      #11
      I started a pair of socks this morning. Toe up, 2 x 2 lacy rib. Yarn is Regia Design Line. These will be summer shorties, because I am desperately low on them for summer.

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      Kathie from Indiana

      2022 Stashbuster: WTD + 4, YTD - 91
      2021 Stashbuster: YTD +41

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      #12
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      Making progress on my Fairy Dancers.
      Naperville, IL - Growing zone 5b

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      • Char
        Char
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        Char commented
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        Those are very pretty!

      • FreedomLover
        FreedomLover
        Expert Crafter
        FreedomLover commented
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        These are going to be beautiful.

      • KnitsWithHorses
        KnitsWithHorses
        Expert Crafter
        KnitsWithHorses commented
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        Ooh I really do want to make some of those! I have some yarn in a similar color that I could make some Fairy Dancers out of maybe? Mines a bit more red and it's a cotton sock yarn that I got to make my second youngest daughter some summer socks.

      #13
      I finally finished the pattern test I was doing so I can get back on some socks. I'm usually a toe up gal but I may try a pair of the Fairy Dancers; depends on what yarn I come up with. But first up I'll be doing a blue pai Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_20200409_173534.jpg Views:	7 Size:	109.9 KB ID:	50615 r with my March sock yarn from knitcrate.
      Natalie from Oklahoma
      "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in your life, you will have been all of these."
      George Washington Carver


      Stash busting 2022 YTD +42 WTD-22
      2022 Reading Challenge
      40 of 80 books read/ 18 of 30 New-to-me read

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      • Char
        Char
        Administrator
        Char commented
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        Beautiful!!! :-)

        Glad you finished the test knit. :-) I look forward to when you can show a picture

      • lovestostitch
        lovestostitch
        Expert Crafter
        lovestostitch commented
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        Pretty color!

      • KnitsWithHorses
        KnitsWithHorses
        Expert Crafter
        KnitsWithHorses commented
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        Thanks y'all. You can't tell in the photo but it's sparkly! ☺️
        I'll be designing my own pattern for this yarn as they will be for Harmoni. She is the one with huge feet so patterns just don't work.

      #14
      I just started this pair of socks tonight. Toe up with Fish Lips Kiss heels and a simple 3x2 lacy rib. Summer shorties 😎

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      Kathie from Indiana

      2022 Stashbuster: WTD + 4, YTD - 91
      2021 Stashbuster: YTD +41

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      I got my first Fairy Dancer all the way to the toes and decided it was too big. I frogged it back thinking shorter would help but it's just too wide. It was the small size (66 stitches) so I needed to adjust the pattern. I have started over with 60 stitches. I thought the pattern was weird with 38 stitches on the top and 28 on the bottom. I couldn't figure out in the pattern how they wanted you to balance the stitches for the toe. With 60 stitches, I'm deleting 4 stitches off each side of the pattern and keeping the stitches balanced top and bottom.
      Naperville, IL - Growing zone 5b

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