bit of knitting

There is knitting!

There is knitting! I always try to have at least one pair of socks in progress, so that if I’m running out the door I have something to grab. I started these socks forever ago, but finally yesterday finished the first sock of the pair! It’s a very pretty sock. I fully intend to knit its mate quickly and be finished in a few days. Maybe I’ll surprise even myself and do just that!

There is knitting!

The yarn is Zauberball Crazy color 2092 I think, and it’s very reminiscent of the good old Trekking XXL colors that I don’t think they produce anymore. Like these socks that now belong to my mother-in-law.

The pattern I’m using is my favorite sock pattern ever, Judy Gibson’s You’re Putting Me On!  I just counted on Ravelry and I have 17 projects listed using this pattern. You would think that I wouldn’t need to carry around the pattern anymore, and you’d be wrong. I keep the pattern in my little sock bag with whatever pair of socks I’m knitting. Mostly I refer to the pattern for the heel turn.

What’s more, if you were to go into my filing cabinet and locate the knitting pattern folders, and then find the one labeled “socks” you would find at least 4 other copies of the same exact pattern. Sometimes during a knitting emergency, you can’t waste time locating the ONE copy of the  pattern for which you need to cast on. You need to print out the pattern immediately so you can CAST ON THIS SECOND. You know?

Anyway. These socks are knit over 72 stitches – a perfect fit for me or my Mom or my mother-in-law. It’s good to keep them all guessing. No one ever knows who I’m knitting socks for (even me!). After the toe I started working in garter rib. That means that one round is KNIT and the next round is K2,P2, and you repeat those two rounds. Near the cuff, I began working a plain 2×2 rib.

There is one other knitting project I worked on earlier in the summer. It had so much promise! But I messed up and then gave up. I should find the bag I stuffed it in and blog about it. Yes. That’s what I’ll do.

 

summertime

Hi! What a summer! Here are some of the things we’ve done the past few months.

  • Visited Grandma at the beach (Murrell’s Inlet, SC).
  • Visited the whole family in Buffalo.
  • Went with Daddy to the beach (OBX) and then the mountains (Linville Falls, NC).
  • Rested after all those vacations.
  • Stayed cool in the house, played outside only when it wasn’t too hot.
  • Got a cat.
  • Knit a little (but just a little).
  • Decided that I would go back to school to get an Associate Degree in Photography (official title of my chosen concentration: Photographic Technology: Portrait Studio Management).
  • And most recently, got ready for the new school year! Can you believe that Jerry is in 4th grade and Maggie just yesterday started kindergarten!?!?!?!

To ease myself back into the old blog, I’ll post some (okay, A LOT) of my favorite pictures from the summer. Maybe that’ll get me back into the groove. Let’s begin!

Niagara Falls. From left, my Mom, my brother Eddie, sister Holly, Dad, me (with Michael Jackson purse). And the kids in the front row.

Niagara Falls

The market in June:

The Market

The Market

My Dad with his bug and Maggie:

Dad's Bug

Sister Holly on the Maid of the Mist. She looks like Little Edie, doesn’t she?

Niagara Falls

Then there was the Outer Banks with Daddy. (I’ll be closely watching Irene and hoping that everyone in the Outer Banks and along the East Coast stays safe this weekend.) Jockey’s Ridge State Park with $2 sunglasses:

Jockey's Ridge State Park

Roanoke Island:

peas in a pod

Ocracoke Island, walking to the lighthouse:

Ocracoke, NC

Jerry being a goof at the pizza store on Ocracoke:

Ocracoke, NC

Then we visited my Mom. Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina:

the beach

And then went camping in the North Carolina Mountains. Collecting earth worms for inspection:

Linville Falls, NC

Having the obligatory cold soda on the porch of Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, NC:

Mast General Store

What next? Oh! We got a kitten and we named him Socks. He is adorable and we all love him a lot.

Socks

Finally, yesterday was the first day of school.

Jerry & Maggie

Phew!

So, what’s up with you?

 

 

 

subtle twist

While I continue with my house projects (watching paint dry is my main activity these days – didn’t think you’d be interested in seeing that) and await the return of some knitting inspiration, I thought I’d share with you a project I worked on with my dear friend Cindy.

I had the pleasure of playing a small part in Cindy’s latest design, the Subtle Twist Jacket. I did two things; the photographs of the sample, and the pattern layout. I had a great time with my favorite knitwear model and I think the pictures came out great!

Cindy does a good job with patterns that are both fun to knit and easy to wear. The yarn in this sample is Great Adirondack Merino Bulky and oh, dear is it ever soft and cushy.

Subtle Twist Jacket

I have to say it, Mallory’s shoes were badass. They were her prom shoes and I swear she became a different person when she put them on. Heels can do that to a person. But it’s not about the shoes, it’s about the sweater. Or is it? Just kidding, it’s totally about the sweater. Or maybe the sunglasses?

Subtle Twist Jacket

Gosh, I love the garter stitch sleeves. The subtle twist stitch pattern requires no cable needle, you just knit the stitches out of order. Of course this is all explained in detail in the pattern! Which brings me to the second way I helped with this pattern.

I worked my magic, as Cindy would say. Or in other words, I took Cindy’s file of the pattern, rearranged and organized things, and made it easy on the eyes. I smudged the words on the sample at left. If you want to see it full size, you’ll have to buy it! Or if you have a pattern that needs a kick in the pants, format-wise, get in touch! I’d love to help you with it.

I have a knack for formatting, and I really enjoy this part of the process of pattern writing. Although a pretty pattern can’t excuse a poorly written pattern, I think a little attention to the layout shows a certain level of professionalism.

To learn more about this pattern, or to queue, fave and purchase it, visit the Subtle Twist Jacket page on Ravelry. You can find all of Cindy’s patterns there, too!