It’s time for our 2018 Knit-Along! This year we skipped our winter-time sweater knit-along (stay tuned early next year for more exciting knit-along related news), but we didn’t want to skip the KAL fun all together! We are so excited about our new Basecamp Socks pattern and it seems like the perfect opportunity for a Fall knit-along.
Our new free Basecamp pattern is a great beginner sock pattern with simple instructions, explanations, and a gauge that is flexible to help fit any foot. These socks also combine two of our favorite things, knitting and the outdoors! Basically, a slam dunk for us!
Basecamp is a rustic sock pattern that lends itself well to more rustic yarns. It was originally designed for Hue Loco’s locally dyed Tweed Sock yarn which we love, but it is no secret that we are passionate about natural fibers and breed specific wools. We are delighted to have a couple of yarns suitable for making socks that are hearty, non-superwash, breed specific and do not contain nylon.
Retrosaria’s Mondim is one such yarn. Made from 100% Fine Portuguese Wool, the fibers have a long staple, and the yarn is a tight 3-ply twist that gives it the stability needed for socks without the addition of nylon. It is even named for a Portuguese village once famous for its sock knitting cottage industry! Jaime will be making her socks from the tragically sold-out Yellow 107 colorway of this yarn. There are tons of amazing colors to pick from though, so check out our full inventory here.
Amber will be knitting her socks from of two colors of Tukuwool Fingering. Tukuwool is made from a Finnish wool that is as light, airy and like Jamie’s Mondim, hearty without the need for nylon or other synthetic fibers. She has already done some test toes (shown here in a simple striping pattern) and has decided to try a helix striping method (more on this later) in Repo H21 and Sulo 34.
Whether you have decided to knit your socks with Hue Loco, Retrosaria, or Tukuwool, we will be offering a 15% off discount on all yarns for those looking to join the knit-along! Just use code “fancykal2018” at checkout or mention the knit-along to our staff when checking out in-store! Shop the sale here.
Choose and purchase your yarn by August 21st and receive 15% off of Hue Loco Tweed Sock, Tukuwool Fingering, or Retrosaria Mondim in store or on our website with the code “fancykal2018”.
Cast on! We will be casting on for our socks on August 14th. Local Denver folks can join us at Craft Night that evening from 6 - 9 pm for casting on together!
Knit! We’ll be knitting our socks together at Craft Night every Tuesday night for the duration of the KAL. If you’re not local, or even if you are please join us on...
Instagram! Use the hashtag #fancykal on your KAL pics so we can follow along with your progress virtually, and for a chance to win a prize for:
1) Best In-Progress Photo - Gram your knittin’ anytime during the KAL for a chance to receive a $25 Fancy Tiger Crafts gift card. You can share as many progress pics as you like. Photos taken deep in the heart of nature receive bonus points.
2) Best Finished Sock Photo - Gram your Basecamp Socks by September 26th for a chance to receive a $50 Fancy Tiger Gift Card. Again, photos taken at Everest’s Basecamp will be extra credit! But don’t endanger yourselves or your socks.
The winning pics and prizes will be announced and shared here on September 28th.
- Finish! We plan to finish our socks by September 25th. We will have a Craft Night sock celebration with treats and libations. Bring yourself and your socks to Craft Night on the 25th for a high five, good times and a photoshoot so we can share your work here on the blog!