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July 2020 Sock KAL Chat - Let's be patriotic!

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    July 2020 Sock KAL Chat - Let's be patriotic!

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    We will be doing our KAL a little differently this month and we'll see how you like it. We will have a theme and a color. You may choose any pattern you like that fits the theme. If it isn't obvious why your pattern fits the theme, explain it to us.

    Our theme will be: Patriotic
    If you live in the USA, this can means stars and stripes, eagles, etc. If you live in a different country, please share your country's patriotic symbols when you tell us what pattern you will be knitting.

    Normally, we will just have one color of the month but this month our colors are red, white and/or blue if you live in the USA. Any single color or combination will do. If you live in a different country, your colors are the colors of your country's flag.

    As always, you can knit any pattern or color you like but you get an extra entry in the prize drawing for using a pattern that goes with the theme and/or using the monthly color.

    Chat about the KAL in this thread and post your finished projects in the Finished thread.
    Naperville, IL - Growing zone 5b

    #2
    Thank you for taking this on. I believe I have a pair of socks forming in my head. I’m debating on if I want to explore into intarsia or not. Eek! We’ll see what comes up when I get the yarn wound.
    Tell me something good!!!

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

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    • lovestostitch
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      I'm thinking of short cuts with a blue cuff with white beads and red and white striped feet!

    • FreedomLover
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      I love this idea!

    • KnitsWithHorses
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      I'm always hesitant to do Colorwork on socks for fear of making them too tight but I was super surprised at how comfy beaded socks were. I love that idea too!

    #3
    For anyone seeking a pattern... have you seen the "Team USA" slipper socks... a free pattern by The Chilly Dog, in worsted weight yarn...? It was recently posted in the free patterns group, by
    KnitsWithHorses
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    KnitsWithHorses, accompanied by a photo of a great pair she knit from this pattern.

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      This is as star shaped as I could get! If anyone wants to try it and needs a chart, I'm happy to share.
      Naperville, IL - Growing zone 5b

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      I'm not going to have enough white to do red and white stripes until the toe. i have plenty of red and blue. Any ideas for how I can use more red or blue?
      Naperville, IL - Growing zone 5b

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      • lovestostitch
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        Char - just saw your suggestion today since clicking on notifications isn't always taking me to the new post. I'm missing comments unless I happen to find them.

        I really wanted a blue toe to stand out so I am doing TAAT and using up the red and white and hoping I make it to the toe. I'm doing a big patch of red and I think I'll put some white on the
        arch.

      • Char
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        lovestostitch
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        lovestostitch there is a pictorial in the How to’s section (post #8):

        https://fiberkind.com/forum/general/...’s-and-faq-s

        But essentially:
        Click on notifications
        Then click on notifications again
        You will see a “filter” option. Click that, then click on “both”. You’ll see all notifications - even those the system has assumed you have read. :-)

      • qfknit
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        lovestostitch
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        lovestostitch
        Char
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        Char - I have occasionally experienced an anomaly with Notifications. I find that when a comment has scrolled up into "previous comments" due to a number of newer comments being posted, Notifications will take me to the Forum, Sub-forum, and topic post, but necessarily to the reply post, or to the scrolled comment.

        It is not immediately apparent, but eventually I find comments that were posted days earlier.

      #6
      I'm knitting a plain blue pair of socks. If I am to understand, a single color works for this. Not very good at colorwork.

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      #7
      Stash diving yielded some red Carlton merino sport, so I think I'll be making these.

      https://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit...ks-from-Patons
      Shelly in South Carolina

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

      US Gardening Zone 8B

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        #8
        I found a sock pattern that looks challenging and perfect for our patriotic theme. It’s toe-up with a short row heel, and the pattern shows a bright red sock. I have some red which I will use for this month’s socks.

        i wasn’t able to post a link, but the pattern is in Knit Picks, a free download. It’s called “July Stars and Strips Socks”.

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        Stars and Stripes Socks
        Kathie from Indiana

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

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        #9
        Char
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        Char gifted me a skein of Cascade Yarns Heritage Prints Color 52 and I used some of it with stash white yarn to make Chevron socks. I cast on with it again to make summer shorties and have a mindless project. Back in the day I would have called this a purse project but I'm not going anywhere that I wait these days.

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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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        #10
        Sooooo, if I wanted to learn how to knit socks, how long do you think it would take a non-knitter?

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        #11
        I am hoping to finish one paire of socks this month. In June I was having numbness in my hands so I finally gave up after 3 tries and failing. I couldn't find a pattern that tickled my fancy so I decided to try a mosaic stitch pattern and just plug in to my favorite sock technique. This one is called The North Star, and I am using Wool Like yarn. The stitch pattern is written to knit flat so I had to convert it to knit in the round, fingers crossed they get finished 🤞

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        #12
        Just so y'all don't think I've forgotten, I had to come back and start reading everything again. There is so much helpful information there and I'm going to have to take it a bit slowly. I'm still working on a couple of crochet blankets for the grands and can't disappoint them but will be back every day.

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        • pinesprairie
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          KnitsWithHorses
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          KnitsWithHorses It's so good to be blessed like that! I know exactly what you mean, I too thought the requests would stop but they haven't. They ask for things that cause me to spend time in the child world to even figure out what they are but it's so fun to try. We've certainly had some laughs at a few of the attempts to recreate.

          I love your idea of hand dyeing yarn with them and then knitting it up. The younger one would really like that I think. What did you use for dye?

        • FreedomLover
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          How wonderful!

        • KnitsWithHorses
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          pinesprairie
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          pinesprairie with the kids I pretty much only use food dye with vinegar or else koolaid. My granddaughter who is turning 13 and is very artistic wants to learn to make natural dyes, as do I but we haven't yet. I live on a homestead so we have lots of resources for it. The koolaid is by far the simplest since it already has citric acid, isn't harmful (although it can be harmful to those who actually drink the stuff but that's another rant for another time and place. lol) I think in the Stashbusting MAL thread you can find pictures of Ryley(12) and Sawyer's (10) first go. So much fun!!!

        #13
        Today I went back and read quite a bit of what's already been posted about needles. Based on the success stories and recommendations, I think I'm going to start with the 2 short circs (catching on here). Regardless of assurances otherwise, I do expect a few odd looking items to begin with. I like the idea of the Magic loop so if I can get to where my socks look like socks, I'd like to give it a try.

        I understand about high quality items and know that if you have the 'right' tool for the job, the job is always much easier.

        Thanks everyone!

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        #14
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        I didn't get to knit socks AT ALL in June so I'm very excited.... A few more inches in the never ending wrap (test knit) and I can start making patriotic socks!! I need some royal blue though... or a more subtle shade of red. I think a trip to the yarn shop may be required but sadly I can't go. We are under quarantine until my daughter's test results come. But my DIL will go for me. 😁
        (Please excuse the unmade bed.... My routine is all out of whack these days.)
        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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        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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