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Project of the Month: Sock Arms

Its been a while since we presented a POTM, but this one is quite special. Each year I scout out some of the most interesting and unique yarns and notions for my Baaad Anna’s 12 Days of Knitmas gift box. and our recent box featured a custom dye of one of our shop’s fav Canadian indy dyers: Area 51 Fibre
Supporting independent dyers is a feature of Baaad Anna’s we are most proud of. We have such an extent of fibre arts talent in Canada that there is no end to the spotlight we can give to these. Area 51 is unique in that she is one of the few that produces self-striping sock yarns: yarns that when knit up in a tube the diameter of a wrist or ankle, will work up in stripes without having to change yarns. These are easy enough to produce by large batch factory-dyed machines, but you need to put on your math-hat to think up how to dye up a 400+ yarn skein into stripes that change every 4-8 rows! It is one precise and complicated process to add to the already amazing technique that is hand-dyed yarns!
This January’s Project of the Month takes our custom order of Area 51’s DK-weight skein of her Roller Disco colourway and pairs it with a silk/merino sport-weight yarn to create this stellar light and airy pullover using Stephanie Lotven’s Worsted Sock Arms pattern. This version is knit in an adult XSmall on needles two sizes smaller than the pattern recommended, allowed me to use the entire single skein of this self-striping for a sweater for my tall 9 year old. I especially like how this pattern avoids the typical drop sleeve, and instead offers a unique technique of picking up stitches on the already completed body. Knit from the bottom up, it felt like a quicker knit than when increasing for the separation of the sleeves in the typical top-down I usually knit!
Wanna get your hands on some of this unique yarn? We have a few 12 Days gift sets still available, as well as a small quantity of extra of these DK weight striping skeins.
Pattern: Worsted Sock Arms by Stephanie Lotven; one skein knits Adult XS size sleeves.
This was my first new cast-on FO (finished object) of the year in my goal of 24 FOs in 2024, and my second finished object of the year… anyone wanna join me in getting things done? Be it old WIPs, small fibre arts kits like embroideries or x-stitch, or new projects, I am excited to focus on FINISHING this year. If you want to keep up with the goal of 24 completions in 2024, tag your FOs as #baaad24in24 and we will egg each other on!
Anyone else received this unique hand-dyed DK self striping over the holidays? Let me know what you intend to create with your skein! Or grab an extra skein and knit yourself an adult version of the sock arms (which I intend to do!).

One thought on “Project of the Month: Sock Arms

  1. Working on my second pair of Area 51 self-striping socks – wonderful yarn to work with.
    Had not considered arm socks but what a good idea.

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