sock knitting

I go through these phases, where I have lots of ideas for new designs in my head, but I am unable to get them out. It’s a slump, and I’ve learned that the best thing to do is let other designers inspire me.

Cusp

Like I said in my last post, I’m working on my first Cookie A pattern. This is a new pattern from her new book, Knit.Sock.Love. (as opposed to patterns in the book that have been previously published). I purchased the print and digital versions, and printed out the pattern for Cusp before the book arrived.

Then the book arrived, and although it was all the same as in the PDF that I downloaded (I think – I did not go through page by page), the book was spectacular.  My only complaint is that I don’t have enough solid colors of sock yarn in my stash to knit all the patterns right away. So that’s not really a complaint at all, you see.

Following a pattern by an amazing designer and superb pattern writer is very inspiring for this designer. I see this slump of mine as less of a bummer, and more of a learning experience. Thanks, Cookie A!

Cusp

And that brings me to Thanksgiving! If you’re celebrating tomorrow, I hope you have a great time with your family and friends.  I’ll be busy today baking a few pies, resting my back after throwing it out while trying to find the right size turkey, and getting ready to host our very first Thanksgiving dinner!

I’m doing something special here on Friday, so check back then to find out all the details. Gobble gobble gobble gobble…

goodbye, Socktober

This was the first Socktoberfest that I actually did a really good job of knitting socks. My usual time frame to knit a pair is about 6 months. So even though I didn’t finish my Mystery Socks during the designated month of celebration, I still consider this a Successful Socktober! I’m nearly finished with the pair!

Socktober

The pattern was my very first experience with a Mystery Knitalong! Kirsten has been doing a mystery sock during October, ahem, excuse me, during SOCKtober, for a few years now. This pattern, TTL Mystery Sock 2010, was fun and easy; a perfect match for the yummy skein of Skinny Bugga that I got at SAFF in 2009. The color is Tomato Frog, and very hard to capture with my amateur photog skillz.

Socktober

Socktober

If I can keep myself from casting on for all the ideas and plans floating around in my head (That’ll be hard because I already cast on for new slippers for Gerald), then I might finish these very soon!  Can’t wait to see how the yarn and pattern look after blocking!

In giveaway news…

I printed out all the entries (over 100!) from the Stitch ‘n Bitch Superstar Knitting giveaway post, cut them up into individual bits of paper and had Maggie draw three out of the proverbial hat. The winners are:

All three have been contacted, and will receive their books soon! Thanks to everyone who entered. I wish I could send a book to each of you!

I feel like we’ve been on giveaway overdrive, but get this. I have another giveaway coming soon!

sock love

her socks, just laundered

Yesterday at my mother-in-law’s house, I found a clay bowl filled with the handknit socks that I knit her. It was only surprising because they’re usually on her feet. The story was that she has just washed the socks and they had been hanging on the stove handle, and when she began cooking our dinner she moved them to the bowl.

her socks

Noreen taught me how to mend socks, and when these started wearing thin I gave her the leftover yarn and she darned them herself. They are wearing thin in places and are due for another mend.

her socks

These were knit in Trekking XXL, color 100. I don’t think they make these colors anymore, which is a damn shame because it is one of the best colors ever for socks. Noreen calls them “the green socks” and they are her favorite.

The others were knit in Lorna’s Laces, and she wears them, too, but prefers the Trekking ones.

her socks

The Lorna’s socks haven’t needed mending. The bottoms are fuzzy, but with no apparent holes or weak spots. She owns another pair that were knit in Lion Brand Sock-Ease and of the three pairs, she likes them the least.

I have another pair of socks-in-progress for her, and I really should get to finishing them. No one loves and appreciates their handknit socks more than Noreen. I always say, she would give you the shirt off her back if you asked for it, but she would not ever give away her handknit socks.

Speaking of socks, I’m working on a new design! When Elinor announced her new sock contest, it sounded exciting and I was instantly inspired to take up the pins!  In the next couple of weeks, I should be ready to show you! It’s colorwork!