Up and Away

Lots of little bits today, and no overarching theme. Is scattered a theme? No? Could we pretend it is? First, some business.  Today's lucky winner is Darcy!  She will be getting a skein of lovely yarn from Dicentra Designs in her favorite color, Opal Creek.  I'll be in touch to work out the details. Next, knitting progress.  I've actually been knitting rather a lot, I'm just keeping it secret to spite you.  All will be revealed in time, but for now I can show you these.  They're almost done and I'm just itching to finish them so I can hurry [...]

November 12, 2009|


Bedizen is up! These are shamelessly frilly, fluffy, girly socks -- because sometimes that's exactly what you need.  It's hopeless to fight it.  The stitch pattern is unapologetically lacy and swirly.  It looks complicated, but it is actually surprisingly simple.  The pattern repeat is only 4 rows high, and it is very easy to memorize. The yarn is a delicious 50-50 merino alpaca blend by Dicentra Designs.  The alpaca adds the perfect touch of luxury.  If you're going to make a confection like these, you really should use a marvelous yarn, shouldn't you?  And at least one lucky reader can.  [...]

November 9, 2009|


Now that it's officially November, I've succumbed to temptation and turned on the heat.  Woolly socks are marvelous things, but they can do only so much once the lows dip into the 30s.  However, the cold weather does provide lovely atmospheric backdrops for photos.  Or at least that's the excuse reason I'm using for not having raked.  Laziness has nothing to do with it. The testers have worked their magic, and the pattern for these should be up early next week.  Once these are out, I may be a bit light on the knitting for the next few weeks, as [...]

November 2, 2009|


And the winner is...Steph, with comment 52!  I'll be emailing you later today to arrange to send you your goodies.  Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks for all the nice comments about the socks.  I'll be placing an order for more of the Three Irish Girls yarn some time next week, and it's great to know what colors you all prefer. The socks with Dicentra's yarn are making their way through the testing process and should be out in early November.  I've got another pair written up and about to go out for testing, and a third pair on [...]

October 24, 2009|

Almost Sunny

You'll note I said almost.  It's been raining every day, and we still haven't had a day that would qualify as actually sunny.  Despite these meteorological impediments, I still managed to get outside, sock and camera in hand, and get a picture of the newest socks.  In addition to being cloudy and rainy, it is also perilously close to cold.  We haven't turned on the heat yet, and it was 48 degrees in the house this morning.  I feel I deserve some sort of  medal for hiking up my pants outside to get the shot.  Ah the perils faced by [...]

October 16, 2009|

Yarn Part the Second

As I mentioned earlier, when I was at Sock Summit, I had the marvelous experience of picking out yarn from several dyers who had asked me to design socks for them.  It was great fun, even if it still feels a little bit like crime. One of the talented dyers who asked me to work with her yarn is Lisa, the force behind Dicentra Designs Fiber Arts.  After much indecision, I picked out a lovely smooshy skein of purple yarn in a lovely 50-50 alpaca merino mix.  The yarn has somehow turned into socks, which then magically turned into a [...]

October 10, 2009|
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