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Knitted Socks for #1year1outfit


TOFT DK Oatmeal Bed Socks

Have you seen This is Moonlight’s One Year One Outfit challenge?

I’m in, and these socks are my first make; they are made using the TOFT Alpaca Bed Socks pattern, and TOFT’s DK wool in Oatmeal. I used approximately 80g of a 100g ball. The last 20g is probably going to be used for weaving as I can’t think of anything else small enough.

The #1year1outfit challenge is to make clothing out of locally produced and sourced fabrics or fibres. The challenge is inspired by Rebecca Burgess’ Fibershed project, which began when she decided to source the fibres and dyes for a year’s clothing within a 150 mile radius.

Nicki from This is Moonlight, has set herself the goal of creating an outfit using natural fibres sourced in southwest Western Australia, within a 500km radius of her home. She’s also planning to buy no new fabric that doesn’t meet this requirement.

TOFT DK Oatmeal Bed Socks

Personally, I want to make an outfit made from fibres/fabrics produced in the UK. That gives me a very generous radius, but given that the UK is relatively small I think that’s ok;) I’m starting close to home, as TOFT Alpaca who produced this wool are located only 43 miles from my home.

I’m thinking a jumper with Hole & Sons wool (if I can get hold of some of their next batch) would be a good #1year1outfit addition (they are based approx 179 miles from my home). Harris Tweed is the only fabric I’m aware of that is produced wholly in the UK, so that’s on my #1year1outfit list. Is anyone aware of any other fabric? I’ve also found a local branch of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers who meet monthly, where I’m hoping to pick up some tips.

TOFT DK Oatmeal Bed Socks


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

10 thoughts on “Knitted Socks for #1year1outfit

  1. Nice socks! I have refund my love of knitting recently but am terrified at the thought of turning a heel. It looks hard and scary. This is a great idea. I am not too sure about any other fabrics but I must say that you can’t go far wrong with Harris Tweed, not that I am biased or anything. It is such good quality cloth and there are some stunning colours. xx

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  4. Hi Charlotte, are you ok if I use images from your site for a mid year round up?

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