You were patient.  You were astonishingly patient, and now your patience has been rewarded. Pedigreed has been tested to within an inch of its life and is now available! I feel I should warn you that this is not an easy pattern. It's not hard exactly, but it is certainly not a mindless knit. There are lots of twists and turns and you need to pay attention to both the text and the charts. Speaking of charts, this is a substantial pattern.  It is 13 pages long and has 8 charts, 6 of them full page charts.  There are several [...]

July 22, 2009|

Any Minute Now

The testers (skilled and speedy knitters that they are) have succesfully made the Pedigreed socks.  The pattern is almost done (all 13 pages and 8 giant charts of it).  With any luck at all, I should have it out early next week.  Start your finger excercises now.  This is not an easy pattern.  It's a bit of a brain teaser and requires both nimble fingers and careful attention.  It's worth it (I think) but it will be a bit of a challenge.  You like that though, right? I'm also working on a sock for a mystery knit along on Ravelry.  [...]

July 14, 2009|

Clickity Click

Propitiate is almost done.  They need a few more hours of knitting, Wednesday is the goal.  The real question is how much does having them finished matter?  Is it ok to release a pattern that just shows one finished sock, or do you prefer to see both of the socks finished in the pictures included in a pattern?  They have been finished by a whole slew of test knitters, so I am confident that the pattern works.  It's just a matter of finding the time to finish my own pair and then getting them on The Boy's feet for a [...]

July 6, 2009|


I went to the Great Lakes Fiber Show this weekend and displayed astonishing self restraint and admirable fiscal responsibility. I bought a mere six skeins of yarn. Quite noble. I must have been too distracted by the squee-worthy critters to engage in commerce.  Sheep are both cuter and smellier than I had realized.  Especially that smelly part. In actual knitting news, the first of the Embonpoint socks is complete, and the second will be started shortly. The pattern will be posted here, likely some time in June. I spent some time this morning taking pictures for my Knitty submission. It [...]

May 25, 2009|

Just How Much do You Like it?

So, the Pedigreed socks are a bit of a challenge.  They will be mirror images of each other and feature four different cable patterns and a wrap around rib.  They're fun to knit, but they are not an entirely simple undertaking.  I actually rather like my socks to be challenging, but I've learned something.  The socks that are tricky to knit are also, not surprisingly, tricky to write up. The pattern for these would be by far my most complicated yet.  It would need 8 charts, 6 of them full-page affairs.  The written text would take several pages.  The whole [...]

May 13, 2009|


Pedigreed are coming along nicely. The current push to write patterns up for publication is doing wonders for my knitting fidelity. I'm just about ready to start the toe decreases and should hopefully finish the first one tonight. I especially like the asymmetrically placed gusset on these socks. On this sock, the right side gusset decreases are in the normal location, while the left side gusset decreases move across the top of the foot forcing the plain rib to wrap around and pull over to the right. It's still quite comfortable and easy to do, but it really changes the [...]

May 12, 2009|


The next socks are on the needles already.  They are based on the idea of a cable work sampler.  There are patterned ribs in four widths, each with a different design (three cables, one technically a traveling stitches, but the effect is the same).  An unpatterned rib starts on the back and wraps around the ankle and foot.  The pattern will be mirrored on the second sock. The first sock is about 75% done.  The second may be a bit of a challenge, as I have to figure out how to mirror one of the patterns and am so far [...]

May 11, 2009|
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