Color for a rainy day

This week…

Knitting: We had a nice long 4-day weekend due to Canada Day today (happy Canada Day, Canadians!). The extra days gave me plenty of time to get started on my Pluie cardigan. I had some different colored skeins of Knit Picks Palette yarn sitting around for a potential fair-isle project, but then I thought they might be perfect for this cardigan, and I could just alternate colors for the umbrella motifs. This is the first major project I’ve worked on that uses intarsia, so it’s taking me a bit of time untangling all of the strands as I work, but the super cute outcome is keeping me going.

Reading: I’m about halfway through The Girls at the Kingfisher Club which I’m really enjoying. The style takes a little bit to get used to, but once you get going, the world of 1920’s New York is easy to get lost in.

Watching: I noticed that Top Chef is now on Hulu Plus, so I’ve been catching up on that lately. It’s good knitting tv because it doesn’t require me to pay much attention, but I still can easily follow along for what is happening.

Linking up with KCCO and yarn along.

Organizing my thoughts

Ravelry is a great place for finding knitting inspiration (and getting into some major trouble coveting patterns and yarns). But let’s just say I can get a bit carried away adding things to my queue or favorites. And I find that my inspirations can change so quickly, that if I organized things into some sort of order one day, it would probably change completely the next. So here’s an attempt at minor organization for some projects I am currently inspired by.

I have some lovely tea green wool that is just begging to be made into the keynote cardigan. I think the little keynote cables will look lovely and floral in green like little curling fern leaves. One of my favorite things about this cardigan: the use of the keynote cables along the raglan increases of the sleeves. Plus, I have yet to complete a classic cardigan for myself, which would be a definite staple in my closet.

My poor Moroccan nights sweater has been sitting in my WIP bucket for ages now. It’s so pretty and the silk blend yarn is so drapey, but for some reason I can’t get my butt in gear and complete it. I want to get it done before the end of summer so it can get some decent wear this fall. 

Okay, it’s a cardigan with little umbrella motifs. And it’s called Pluie. Hello, adorable. I want to do mine with a cream base and the umbrellas changing colors with purples, green, and yellow. Happy little pops of color to brighten up the grey days of rain and snow. This will be my first intarsia project + seaming, so I can see this project taking a bit of time. But I do think that changing colors will keep my interest and drive me to complete this great cardigan.

Fully disclosure: I’ve already got this one cast on and the back is almost complete – the Beverly tee is definitely a quick knit. It doesn’t hue that it’s a tank top that is missing half the back and is worked in worsted weight yarn. And I kind of love working with cotton now to create these fun summer tops. Projects that come together quickly always keep full of those “good knitting vibes” that push me to keep growing and exploring.

Lots I want to accomplish, but I’m in love with all of the pieces right now, so I hope I can keep that level of excitement up. What are you inspired by right now? What are your summer knitting plans? (Go ahead, be an enabler… I love exploring new projects and inspirations).

Dyeing to knit

This week…

Knitting: Like the truly crazy person that I am, I am knitting a pullover in summer. I just… couldn’t stop myself. After I overdyed all that yarn for a Shifting sweater, I couldn’t wait to cast on. And now, literally, as I write this blog post looking at my sweater and the pictures of the sweaters online, I realize I have done the front chart completely wrong. So there will be some major frogging of this sweater in my future. (Boo.) But the yarn is looking nice knit up (must try to stay positive). I also have cast one a new pair of socks, some Froot Loop socks, in some handpainted yarn I dyed this past weekend. No disastrous mistakes on those yet… but I’m only at the end of the cuff.

Reading: This week I started The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine. It’s a “modern” take on a fairytale set in the 1920’s. It basically has my name written all over it.

Watching: The World Cup… so much soccer/football. I’m not a soccer fan, but Andy is, so I have watched way more soccer in the past couple of weeks then I ever thought was possible. Fortunately, the US games have been decently exciting, so hopefully the outcome of tomorrow’s game will mean we continue on.

Linking up with yarn along.

FO: Belgravia in summer tee

Project: Belgravia in Summer tee ::: Pattern: Belgravia tee ::: Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Hollyberry

I know it’s hard to believe, but I finished something else besides socks! I have had this project in mind for awhile now, but set it aside until the weather was warmer (because I always want to wear what I finish right away). Well, the weather is warmer and I’ve finished up my tee.

I am really, really proud of this project. To me, the best compliment a knitter could receive is someone being amazing and surprised that your garment is handmade. We all tell ourselves that the little blips and bobbles in our projects give them character and those things can be the fun of making handmade items. But really, deep down (or for perfectionists, not so deep at all), we really do want our work to look polished and professional because in a way it means we’ve mastered the craft. I think I’ve gotten one step closer to that goal with this project.

It’s my first time ever seaming a project. After hearing how terrible, horrible, no good, very bad seaming is, I will admit I had avoided projects that required seaming like the plague. It was all worked in the round for me. But, I couldn’t resist this tee, so I decided the time had come to tackle the seaming giant. Here’s a secret… it wasn’t really that horrible. It took a long time, yes, but the process wasn’t as frustrating and hair-pull-inducing as I had assumed it would be. (I actually kind of didn’t mind it.) And I think I actually did an okay job of it.

So I’m happy. Happy in my lovely Belgravia in Summer tee.

Linking up with yarn along.

New old yarn

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but in the past week I went just a wee bit dyeing crazy nuts cuckoo over enthusiastic. I basically tore through my stash looking for any white/cream/neutral colored skein of yarn I owned. And it didn’t stop there. I had already ordered some more wool yarn to handdye some sock yarn for myself, but it hasn’t arrived yet. So cool my jets and wait for the package of snowy, wooly goodness to arrive? Heck, no. A lack of undyed yarn can’t hold me back! I’m a dyeing maniac (if you misplace that ‘e’ in dyeing this statement has a completely different meaning…). Let me at all the yarns!

So I next raided the stash for any leftover or lonely skeins of yarn that could be overdyed. Overdyeing is basically taken a skein of yarn that is neglected or a bit color-ly challenged (we all have those ‘why did I buy this?’ skeins) and using the dye to transform it into a skein-of-a-different-color… literally. It’s like going to the yarn store and splurging on brand new yarn but you don’t actually have to go out and avoid eye contact on the subway.  And even better, it only costs you some food coloring and latex gloves.

So I had a bit of fun with that. I kettle dyed three skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (originally a dusky light purple) into variegated purple, red, and blue. I think those will become either a honey cowl or a lonely tree shawl this fall. I also dyed 1150 meters of Italian superwash wool that was originally a robin’s egg blue (a more grown up way of saying baby blue) with magenta and a quick swirl of purple to get a nice, bright berry pink and purple variegation. I really want it to become a shifting sweater, but a looking back cardigan could be nice, too.

Adventures in hand-dyeing: Creating a gradient

This is just a first hand account of my experience using different dyeing techniques, but I hope it will serve as a guide (or in some cases a what-not-to-do) for people looking to try hand-dyeing yarn techniques themselves.

One of the main reasons I wanted to try hand-dyeing yarn was to create long gradient color changes (like these beautiful skeins). When my eyes see a beautiful gradient skein of yarn, they send out a signal that immediately blocks the portion of my brain used for rationalizing while amplifying the impulses of NEED! NEED! BUY! NOW! Somehow, I have managed to somehow override this impulse (it’s the guilt that would come from dropping some major dough on this yarn). But now, I can give in, because I can create my own.

First, a little bit of technicality to get out of the way: gradient dyed yarns are just a version of dyeing yarn into long color changes, also called self-striping yarn. For the gradient change I am interested in producing, the color change pattern doesn’t repeat like you would see in a more traditional self-striping pattern. More on that when I try my hand at creating a repeating self-striping pattern for socks.

From what I can tell, there are basically two ways you can dye yarn into long color changes. One, you dye the sections of yarn each in their own, individual dye bath, while the other technique you use only a single dye bath but change the amount of time each section spends in the bath. For this walk-through, I’m using the second technique here, which I think would allow you to control the color for a more subtle gradient change. I want to try out the single dye bath technique as well to see which I prefer, but that will have to wait for another day (and another blog post) when I get a bit more yarn. I highly recommend also checking out this really awesome tutorial posted over at Maiya knits using a crockpot to gradient dye. If you want a gradient color change that repeats through your knit, check out this tutorial on knitty.com.

For me, I used my stove top, McCormack food dyes, and a 100g skein of a worsted weight acrylic wool blend. For a run-through of the general supplies you need for dyeing, check out this post.

Preparing the yarn and dye bath 

1. Divide the yarn into mini skeins: My yarn weighed 100g and I knew I wanted to do 5 color changes, so using the back of one of my kitchen chairs, I made the single skein into 5 mini skeins, each weighing approximately 20g (I used my kitchen scale for weighing and it is definitely not the most accurate scale in the world). The important thing to keep in mind while doing this is to keep each of the mini skeins connected to each other. In other words, do not cut the yarn after winding each mini skein – they should all still connect to form one large skein like you started out with. I fastened each of the mini skeins with some scrap yarn to keep them from getting tangled in the dye bath.

2. Soak the yarn: All 5 mini skeins were soaked in a bowl of warm water with some vinegar. I didn’t really measure anything out, but I wanted enough water to completely cover my skeins and then probably about 1 tablespoon of white vinegar went in with that. I left the yarn to soak for at least half an hour while I prepared the dye bath.

3. Prepare the dye bath: In a pot large enough to hold all my yarn, I added enough water to completely cover the yarn and then started adding dye to try to produce a teal color. I used McCormack’s neon food coloring in neon blue and green. I also added some vinegar to the pot. Then I put it over medium heat to get it warmed up to about a simmer – you want to aim for around 160-180F.

Dyeing the yarn


4. Add the yarn to the dye bath: After the yarn had been soaking for about half an hour, I lifted it out and carefully squeezed out any excess water. Then I lowed all 5 mini skeins into the dye bath and give them a gentle stir while keeping track of which skein marked the end of my chain of mini skeins.

5. Remove first mini skein: After about 30 seconds in the hot dye bath, I lifted out my first mini skein and put it into a bowl of warm water sitting next to my pot on the stove. This first mini skein marked one end of my large skein.

Note: It’s important that you don’t change the temperature of the wool rapidly, or you might cause felting. So, if you are rinsing skeins immediately out of the simmering dye bath, they need to go in warm water. Same for the initial soaking of the yarn, if you are putting it immediately into a hot dye bath, you should probably soak it in warm water.

6. Remove second mini skein: After about 5 minutes, I rinsed out the first mini skein in the bowl of water, laid it on some plastic wrap on the stove, and then lifted my second mini skein out of the dye bath (this would be the next skein attached to the one I had already removed) and put it into the rinse bowl.

7. Replenish the dye bath: Because the first two skeins had soaked up some of the dye in the bath, I made up some more in a small container (using the same ratio of green to blue I used when first preparing the bath) and, then, added it to the dye bath off to the side so it doesn’t get directly poured onto the yarn.

8. Keep removing mini skeins and replenishing dye: I simply kept taking the next skein out after a longer duration of time had passed (I would simply lift the yarn out a bit and look at the amount of coloration it had to decide whether I was happy with the color). I think I had approximately 5-10 minutes between each mini skein. When to take out each skein can really just be up to you, but keep in mind once dried, the colors will appear lighter than they do when wet. Between skeins 3, 4, and 5, I kept adding a bit more dye to the bath so that it was never fully exhausted. You can always use a small spoon to scoop up some of the dye bath and see how much color remains. Because you are adding more dye with less yarn in the bath you should end up with a darker color in your remaining mini skeins. With each mini skein I lifted out, I put it into the warm rinse bowl, and then following that onto a piece of plastic wrap while the next skein soaked.

Drying yarn

9. Rinse all skeins & hang to dry: Once all the skeins had been dyed, I rinsed them all together in warm water to remove any excess dye and then hung them up to dry.

10. Wait, quite impatiently, while yarn dries

11. Wind yarn back into single skein/ball

12. Knit!

You will probably notice about now that my skeins aren’t exactly teal, but more of a gradient from mint to forest green. I found out later that blue can be a bit of devil to dye with. You can read all about issues (and how to hopefully fix them) dyeing with blue food coloring. I think the issue with my dye bath was not enough vinegar. I’m still having issues with getting a good teal shade in my yarn, but one of the exciting things about dyeing yarn is the element of surprise. In the future, I plan on trying baths with more vinegar and a lower green to blue ratio so hopefully there is less green for the yarn to soak up initially (in my brain, this means it’ll be forced to take up some of the blue, right?!).

But I’m happy with my gradient experiment. Although it didn’t turn out exactly the shade I wanted, it still produced a lovely green gradient. I think this yarn will end up as a newborn sweater for my Ph.D. advisor who is having his first baby this fall. And it inspires me to try many more gradient experiments in the future! I can’t wait to have my very first pair of gradient dyed socks.

If you come across any other great resources for gradient dyeing (or tips for dyeing with blue), please let me know. I would love to keep this page updated as I learn more and get more experience.

Dye-licious

 

This week was the start of a new obsession skill, learning to dye yarn. I’ve got nothing but “new mom” pride for this silly little skein of yarn, my first go at hand painting yarn. In my eyes, it is perfect and beautiful and can do no wrong. Someday it may even grow up to be a pretty hat to brighten up the cold, gray winters. And dyeing it was so much fun. I am seriously having to stop myself from dyeing any and all yarn in my stash left over from previous products. It’s helping that I may have used up all my food coloring this past weekend. But I do need to stop at the grocery store on my way home from work tonight for some milk, so while I’m there….

What else is going on this week?

Knitting: Still working on my Belgravia tee, which is making progress. I’m almost done with the front and I am really loving how it is looking so far. I also cast on another pair of socks. This time I’m working the herringbone rib socks in SweetGeorgia tough love sock yarn I picked up at the Knitter’s Frolic.

Reading: Still working on Daughter of Smoke and Bone – about half way through now. And I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on different yarn dyeing techniques (see, it’s taken over!).

Listening: While commuting and working in the lab, I’ve been listening to Royal Assassin as an audio book downloaded from my local library. I love the downloadable books most libraries have available now, though it does mean I usually only go to the physical library to renew my card, which is a little sad.

Linking up with KCCO and yarn along.

Adventures in hand dyeing: Getting your act together

I have been wanting to try dyeing my own yarn for a while now, but just hadn’t set aside the time to actually do any research on the topic (unless ogling hand dyed yarn on Etsy counts as research). That was, until this weekend, when I just decided to dive head first into a giant vat of yarn and dye. And since I had done the work to look some of this stuff up, why not share it for anyone else who is teetering on the edge of trying dyeing at home. Or even if you aren’t teetering on any edges (except perhaps the edge of sanity), maybe you will be inspired to give it a try. Why? Because it is fun as all get out, it’s relatively cheap, and you can probably do it with things you already have in your home.

But before we actually jump into any dyeing, we should probably get our acts together and get organized (at least a little bit, otherwise you will have a giant mess on your hands…. literally).

Things you need for dyeing yarn at home (in more detail than you probably wanted, but you’ll thank me later)

1. a yarn base

To dye yarn, you need yarn. The best yarn for at-home dyeing is composed of 100% animal fibers (like wool or alpaca). Most people swear by wool because it’s easy to get and relatively cheap. You can go with a white/cream colored base or you can even find undyed fibers specifically sold for people looking to dye their own. Here are a couple sites I’ve found to order natural, undyed skeins of yarn:

For my initial dyeing experiments, I just used some white yarn I had in my stash. Two of them were wool acrylic blends (more on that in just a bit), and one was Cascade 220. I have gone ahead and ordered some more yarn for dyeing, specifically for making socks. I’m trying this merino wool and nylon blend and this 100% wool fingering yarn in “Snow.”
Your yarn doesn’t have to be white/cream/natural – you can actually use previously dyed skeins that need a little extra life. This technique is called overdyeing and would be a great way to re-inspire leftover and/or ugly color-challenged skeins of yarn you have lying around in your stash.
If, like me, you have wool acrylic blends on hand and want to give dyeing a shot – go for it! Just be aware, the acrylic will not dye. At. All. So the higher the wool content, the darker your color will be. In the end, you will get a bit of a heathered look to your dyed yarn because only the wool will be colored while the acrylic will remain white. It can still look quite nice, but the colors won’t be as bright and true as if you were using 100% wool. Here’s my acrylic wool blend dyed in a gradient of green. You can see as the color gets darker, the heathered appearance is more obvious.
Next, you’ll need…
2. dyes

You may be surprised to learn you probably already have what you need in your kitchen cupboard. You can get great dyeing results without using professional dyes – all you need is some food coloring or some packets of Kool-Aid or both! I ended up using some McKormick neon food color drops that had been in my cupboard for probably 500 years (this is just an approximate date and has not been scientifically tested with carbon dating). Here’s what I’ve gathered about the various “supermarket” dyes you can use:

Food coloring: you can use the dropper style (like you find in the baking aisle of the grocery store) or many people like the Wilton’s concentrated gels. The benefit of the gel is that you get lots of color in a little jar and Wilton also has many beautiful colors available. Wilton gels are found in your usual big-box craft store, like Michaels, and, of course, can be found on Amazon. For the liquid drops, you will need a lot more to get a rich color (we are talking the whole tiny bottle for 1 skein of yarn) and you will have to play around be artistic when it comes to making up new color combinations. 

Kool-aid: Cheap, readily available at the grocery store, and a surprising amount of colors! To me, Kool-aid dyed yarn comes out either bright and rainbow-y or a bit pastel-y, but doesn’t get you the deep rich colors that you could achieve with the food gel dyes. Here is a pretty little visual guide to the different colors associated with different Kool-aid flavors. Of course, you can also mix and match flavors to achieve different colors. This blog does a really nice job of covering several ways you can use Kool-Aid to dye yarn.

Other junk things you’ll need for dyeing at home:

3. vinegar*

The vinegar helps bind the dye to the fiber and can be included in an initial soak bath as well as in the dye bath itself, although this depends on the type of dyeing you are doing and your personal preference.

*Necessary for dyeing with food coloring, but not for Kool-aid. I don’t know if this is a scary fact or not, but Kool-aid is acidic enough all on it’s own and doesn’t require any extra vinegar. Yay?

4. cling wrap/old towels/newspaper

To keep things neat-ish if you are hand “painting” the yarn with colors on a flat surface rather than dipping/soaking it into a dye bath or doing kettle dyeing.

5. large pot(s)/glass dishes/mason jars/disposable roasting pans

You’ll need a large bowl or pot to do your soak and rinsing (though clean sinks work really well for this, too). For dyeing, if you go with the dip dye method, are just dyeing your yarn a single color, or want to try the wonderfully unpredictable kettle dyeing, you will need non-plastic containers that are large enough to hold your piece of yarn and enough water for the yarn to be completely submerged. These containers also need to be heat-tolerant.

6. foam paint brush/turkey baster/syringe

If you want to apply different colors to your yarn while hand painting to get color changes (what’s the point of hand painting if you can’t use lots of pretty colors?!), you’ll need something to apply the prepared dyes. I’ve seen people use foam paint brushes (really puts the painting in hand painting), while others squirt the due on with a turkey baster or other type of syringe. I used an old flavor-injector I had in my drawer to apply my dyes.

7. stove top/microwave/steamer/crockpot/oven/the sun

No matter what staining technique you use you will need something heat up your yarn while it is soaking up the dye. For most people, this will be your microwave, which makes dyeing relatively quick. If you live in the 1800’s like me, and don’t have a microwave, do not despair. For dip dyeing or kettle dyeing, you can just use your stove top or a crockpot. You can even use the sun if you want to go full hippie. For hand painting the yarn, you can use a steamer insert with a pan on the stove or if you have a rice cooker with a steamer insert, that works, too. I haven’t tried this myself, but some people also “bake” their yarn in the oven in large roasting pans. Aim for under 200F, and make sure the yarn is covered so it doesn’t burn.

8. gloves

This is where that literal mess on your hands comes into play. Me, I am a glove-free bird. You cannot cage me with gloves. I feel the tie-dye mess on my hands makes me look like an arteest. But you may be less inclined to walking around in public with neon finger tips, so you’ll probably want some gloves. You can buy disposable latex gloves at pharmacies usually.

I think that’s it. All the important stuff (i.e. what I can remember), anyway. Later on this week, I’ll post another update covering my journey into gradient dyeing. Also, as I continue to explore and learn, I keep this and all following tutorials updated. I’ve also compiled a pinterest board with some of the sites I’ve found the most helpful during this process.

Please let me know if you find these tutorials helpful/confusing/mindless babbling, and if come across other great resources for hand-dyeing yarn, please share!

Insert sock pun here

I’ve got two finished pairs of socks to share this week: one for Andy and one for me.

Project: Andy’s ribbed socks ::: Pattern: none (made it up as I went) ::: Yarn: Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn in Northern Lights

After Andy dropped some hints that he wanted another pair of hand knit socks, I resigned myself to the fact that I could part with my Misti Alpaca sock yarn, even though it is luscious and made with alpaca, because it was the most masculine sock yarn I had in my stash. I know what you are thinking, “What?! You didn’t use this as an excuse to go buy more sock yarn?! You have betrayed the sisterhood.” I have. But shopping for sock yarn for myself (in colors I’ll like/wear) is more fun than picking out brown/gray/black yarn for a stinky boy. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

I winged the pattern, working toe up and just using a 3×1 ribbing so the sock wasn’t entirely stockinette stitch (boo! boring!). He likes them. Or at least he’s a good enough husband to tell me he likes them. It’s a little warm for him to wear wooly socks, so the real test will come when the weather gets cooler again. Either way, I think they came out nice and I still love the yarn – it’s one of my favorites to work with.

Project: Party casual socks ::: Pattern: Business casual socks ::: Yarn: Turtlepurle Moonbeam in Saphire
For me, my business casual socks are finished. I LOVE THEM! They are so sparkly and blue and sparkly and comfy and blue! With the worked in sparkle and deep shade of midnight blue, they look like a night sky of twinkling stars… on my feet. I definitely need some more sparkly yarn. Now. 
The pattern was really fun to work. It isn’t suited for doing two-at-a-time socks because of the way the cables cross at the end of the pattern repeat (which requires stitches to move across needles). So I ended up working the leg of each sock separately and then joining back onto one circular needle to work the heel and foot so I could still finish them at the same time. I will definitely work this pattern again as the finished project is just wonderful.

Review: Crafty’s Knit Original Toe-Up Socks Online Class

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Craftsy and do receive compensation for sales made if you click my links. All reviews are truthful and I only positively review items I am actually satisfied with.

As you may have noticed by now, I like knitting socks. A lot. Especially now that the weather is warmer, socks are just a perfect for project for me: they are small, portable, and once I’m finished I can still wear them immediately.

But while I can follow sock patterns rather well, I felt like I still didn’t fully understand the process of sock making. Maybe it’s the scientist in me, but I like to understand why you do something rather than just blindly following along because someone said so. So when I was offered a free class by Craftsy I knew I wanted one that would help me hone my sock making skills, helping me to understand exactly how to modify patterns to make the socks fully customized for the best fit and wear for me (or whoever I am making socks for, but, let’s be honest, it’s usually me).

I decided on the Toe-Up socks course because no matter how many socks I’ve made, the gusset of toe-up socks still remains a mystery to me. I feel like every pattern tells me differently how to work the gusset, how many increases, when to start increases, ahhhh! It’s a socking mess! Plus, I really liked the option to learn new ways to work the toe and the heel (the course includes instructions for three of each) as I tend to learn one method and just stick with it because I’ve grown comfortable with it, even though it may not necessarily be the best for me.


So far I’m about half way through the course and I’m really enjoying it. Here are a couple of things I especially like about how Craftsy offers it’s online courses:

  • I can take this course on my own time. 

This means I can listen to one lesson when I feel like it, or power through a whole bunch. Craftsy even has an app for my iPad, so I can watch a lesson while in the tub with a glass of wine – this behavior would probably be frowned upon at your local yarn store or community college.

  • I can review single lessons as many times as I want!
  • And I own this class FOR-EV-ER (or until I forget my Craftsy password).
  • Receive one-on-one help from the course instructor and other students. 
This characteristic I like a lot. You can ask a question at any time using the Craftsy platform and this will be seen by other students as well as the instructor. And you can ask as many questions as you want, so go ahead, be that annoying kid in the class.
  • Tons of materials are included with the course.
Along with several video lessons, this course also came with a worksheet that helped you work through  everything you need to create your own perfect sock depending on your specific measurements and knitting gauge. You can then apply these values to the universal sock pattern to make perfect socks every time! It also came with a small stitch dictionary (!) and three different patterns. I was very pleased with everything this course included because I just assumed it would only be the video lessons (so it was like I was getting extra freebie goodies).
The few drawbacks to the course I’ve come across so far:
  • You have to have web access to watch the videos.
  • Not for knitting/sock beginners – you should probably have a basic knowledge making socks to get the most out of this course.
  • My favorite technique, magic loop, seems a little underrepresented in the patterns, but is covered in the videos.
  • A little costly for people on tight budgets.**
Overall, though I am very happy with the course so far and it is far more in-depth than I thought it would be, including advice for choosing yarn and colors for the stitch/sock you are interested in working, as well as a fun history of making toe-up socks. 
**HARK! All Craftsy courses are on sale (up to 50% off!!!) this weekend! So the sock course I took would only be $20. If you have been on the edge of taking online courses, here’s your chance to try one out. I have been thinking of trying one the cooking courses which look great, or perhaps a stranding knitting course for only $15. Decisions, decisions.