Knitting Central Sock Club Socks!

October 20th, 2007

Last month I mentioned the Knitting Central Sock Club. It has begun, so I can share my design. The pattern is exclusive to Knitting Central for 3 months, so I’ll have it available in January for purchase. Introducing: Cables, Cables Everywhere!

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I was so excited when Cynthia brought up the idea of a sock club with the staff designing the socks with their favorite hand-dyed sock yarns. Koigu is my absolute favorite sock yarn – soft and squishy, with great stitch definition, and gorgeous colors. Thinking fall was right around the corner, I wanted a sock with warmth and style. Cables always remind me of pulling on a favorite sweater and raking and jumping in piles of leaves in the fall; growing up in Connecticut gave me plenty of opportunities for that. I also wanted a ribbed style that would hug the foot in comfort and warmth. Koigu is dyed in many beautiful colorways, each skein a work of art in itself. I wanted cables, but not so many as to get lost in the colors. I chose an alternating pattern with only a few cable twists set between ribs.

When knitting the sock, the cables don’t look like much. But once on the foot, the cables bloom and enhance the color changes. I have found my perfect sock for fall!

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The sample was knit in Koigu color P105. I did start another pair in Koigu color P612:

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These are the perfect colors for a pair of fall socks – not that you can tell it’s fall here – we had thunderstorms and highs in the 70’s yesterday. The leaves should reach peak in a few weeks, and we’re still wearing short sleeves – ok, say it with me – global warming.

Check out Knitting Central’s blog for photos of the club member’s socks in progress – www.knittingcentral.com/blog.

Christmas Knitting has commenced, more on that next time.

Happy Sock Knitting!

Fall Knitting

October 2nd, 2007

Fall is finally here! After a wave of Indian Summer, the cooler temperatures are here.

I finished a birthday present for ‘lil sis:

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Once I gift it, I’ll post a complete photo. Squeebie – can you guess what it is? I think not – you’re just going to have to wait until Saturday!

I also had the pleasure of taking an Asymmetrical Design Class with Teva Durham at Knitting Central. I highly recommend any class with Teva if you get the opportunity. She is an amazing designer and a very nice person too.

We made a mini sweater in class:

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This is the original sweater from Teva’s book Loop-d-Loop:

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I used Teva’s new yarn, Moss for this mini. Moss may very well be my new favorite yarn – so soft, with excellent stitch definition at 5.5 sts per inch. Such a pleasure to knit with. I’ve added this sweater to my “to knit” list:

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Knit with Asymmetrical Cables in Moss from this Loop-d-Loop Volume 1:

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I learned so much in this class. I started my mini sweater by substituting a few very easy lace patterns for the st st and rev st st in the pattern, but it threw the gauge off, so I began again in the original pattern to learn the basics of asymmetrical construction. And yes, I actually finished it. I loved knitting with the yarn so much, I didn’t want to stop!

I also finished up a design for Knitting Central’s Sock Club. Packages went out Friday, so everyone should have them soon. Here’s a little preview of the pattern:

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The pattern is exclusive to the Sock Club for 3 months, so check back in January for the pattern. I’ll post a complete photo when everyone has received their package, with a little background of the design.

Happy Fall!

Doilies rule!

October 1st, 2007

Yes, I know it’s been a while. I’ve been knitting away on a few things. The first – this blob:

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“What is it?” you ask. Well, lace. All lace looks like this until you add a cool water wash; many, many pins; and about an hour crawling around on the floor getting it just right:

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It’s the Hemlock Ring Blanket courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed.

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Pattern: Hemlock Ring Blanket, Brooklyn Tweed
Yarn: Wool brought back from South America, approx 800 yds
Needles: US 9 dpns for center and US 10 1/2 addi turbos
Modifications to pattern: added rows 87 – 104 (4 lace repeats)
Size: Approx. 5 feet in diameter
Began: September 16, 2007
Completed: September 20, 2007
Recipient: Me

The blanket is in it’s new home – the back of my comfy knitting chair. I love the way it looks basking in the morning sun here. This was such a quick and easy knit. The lace pattern was easy to follow after setting it up and provided the mindless knitting needed right about now.