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And to all new viewers thank you for giving me a bit of your time to try out my episodes, I hope you enjoy the podcast and please do subscribe if you want to keep up to date with the channel, giveaways and goings on!

GROUP NEWS
We had two giveaways which have been drawn for, those were:-
1500 Subscribers chance to win a skein of The Wool Kitchen ‘Prism Break’.
Winner :- Tokyocitygirl, post 61. Enchanted Mesa
Pattern Giveaway to win a copy of Amy Meeks wonderful ‘Free The Minis’ Wrap.
Winner :- AngelLuna20 Post 14.

NEW GIVEAWAYS:-
Pom Pom Anniversary review and we have a giveaway for a copy of the Anniversary issue and Two tickets for pomfest. (Threads are open for the giveaways) Please check out my review on the Killtocraft Podcast Youtube Channel for more info.

KALS – Shortie Socks Kal #shortiesockskal
Prepared and linked up a Bundle for inspiration and put up a chatter thread.
We have Two lovely prizes for the KAL ’a sock set’ from fondantfibre and ‘Project Bag’ from WildHandmade.

Shortie Socks Kal Chatter Thread Giveaway
Louleigh’s Simple Socks Collection – Which I’m going to randomly draw for from the Chatter Thread of the Kal at some point. I’ll give some of you a chance to get some wips started and I’ll surprise draw for a winner.

FOS
So Faded by Andrea Mowry dreareneeknits
Yarn:- A Homespun House, Sparkle Base, Mermaid of The Black Lake Colourway.
The Fawn & The Fox Yarns, Magpie Base, First Date Colourway.
Sugartots, Glitz Base, First Date Colourway.
downsheepylane, I suspect the Nargles are behind it colourway.
Fondant Fibre, Spangle base, Away with the fairies colourway.

WIPS
Brioche Topped Thigh High Socks by Lavanya Patricella
Yarn :- Qing Fibre Super Soft Sock ‘Berry Milkshake’

Spree Socks by wraybot
Yarn:- Handspun made from Louise SpinCityUK’s Spincity Batts for the Shortie Socks kal.

Festoon by Rachel Coopey
Yarn:- Coop Knits Socks Yeah

Windlass by Kiyomi Burgin
Yarn:- Deep Stash Cotton DK.

SHOW ‘N’ TELL (Pattern Collection Review)
louleigh’s Simple Socks by Louleigh

STASH
Pom pom’s lastest issue 21
Project Bag from WildHandmade
Laine Magazine, Issue 2

Thank you all and I hope to spend some more time with you soon. xx

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Tegna by Caitlin Hunter

Sometimes we are gifted with great friends who realise our need for more yarn, so about 8 years ago I did some unpaid work for my best friend. I helped her create knitted characters for her animation ‘The Little Red Plane’ and out of this work she gifted me a skein I’d fallen in love with. The yarn is Colinette Jitterbug Sock Yarn and it may not be hand dyed or anything special to most but to me it holds a lot of memories and for that it was one of my most beautiful and special skeins in my stash.

It’s gone unused for way too long and so I decided after seeing the Simple Picot Sock pattern that it would be perfect for my summer feet to enjoy! maybe not through the day with shoes on it would be way too warm however wearing around around the house on a cooler evening is always comforting. These I’ve named my first toe up socks, I’d started a pair years ago but gave up on them I wasn’t keen on the pattern and yarn combination. I loved doing them the opposite way around and even more so appreciated the much neater toe. Although my kitchener is neat this toe up method might be for you if not.

There’s a lot of different methods out there to creating a picot edge however the method on this sock is the best in my opinion, it comes out so neat and even, I can’t fault it at all. The method is knitting in stocking stitch and then work a round creating an even amount of yfwds coupled with k2tog’s, continue with more stocking stitch and fold it over halfway through the eyelets and lightly sew the edge inside the sock. It’s perfectly neat and tidy, unlike the many pick up and cast off picot edgings of which i’m not keen.

The pattern is avaible from Pom Pom’s site for Free.

And you can view the video for ‘Little Red Plane’ here.

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I’d noticed a little while ago I haven’t updated you on any of my knitting this past month or so, gosh I’m sucking!! You can’t complain though I’m here now at least I haven’t completely disappeared yet lol!

If you’re a Pompom follower at all you’ll have noticed a little bit of sock appreciation therapy over Valentines in February which was #valentoes plenty of beautiful FO’s were shared on IG and Rave. We got to join in and find new patterns we’d not discovered and basically fall in love with more sock knitting. Which to be honest is something I’ve been lacking over the years I was more into knitting socks when I first started the craft. I loved the versatility of being able to travel about with a small project that I could whip out at any opportunity, which I don’t always get anymore. So the excitement of Valentoes peeked my appetite for not just one but two pairs of hand knitted socks, although I don’t commute and need the tiny handbag knitting they’re still a treat to have on the needles.

With the latest issue of Pompom Quarterly at hand with two smashing new sock patterns inside ready and awaiting me. I purchased some Uncommon Thread BFL Sock and some Madelintosh Unicorn Tails from Loop Knitting and cast on the Fika’s.

It was an incredibly quick knit, I think it took me two weeks to knit but that’s because I did pick them up and put them down I like to work my knitting in sections lol! Toe, foot, heel and leg, it works for me at least. The twisted rib took a while because it’s a long leg but this does keep them elasticated nicely to the leg when worn. My only downfall which is my own fault not the patterns was adding the unicorn tail as the cast on round. It’s not elasticated and is a single so there’s not really any bounce back however it does set off the sock nicely with it being neon so I won’t grumble! Plus my Fika’s were shown on Pompom Quarterly Blog! My Fika’s felt like famous feet!!

Over the course of February and March there has been a Fika craze, with plenty of great knitters casting on this classic sock and rummaging there old and new skeins out of their stashes.

One thing I love about it the most is seeing what colour combinations pop up with the sock and that little garter toe line. Ever so pleasing!

If you make a pair of Fika’s you should come and join in the #fikafanclub on Instagram and show off your classic sockies! Also a nosey at my Project Page on Ravelry.

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