Never ending swatches

Ok, we did swatches parts one and two already, let's see if we can't fit the last three all in at once! I want all the bonus points for reblocking this swatch so I could take a decent photo of it for you. Yarn is Chickadee by Quince and Co in the color Angelica. What I probably should have done is shown you blocked and unblocked versions of this swatch.  For you see, this stitch pattern looks...ah...shall we say indistinct in it's unblocked state? That's a polite word for it, right?⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ But...the good news here is that when you [...]

October 31, 2019|

Swatches…so many swatches

It's high time I start showing off some of the bits and pieces for the upcoming book!  And for me, that means swatches.  So Many Swatches. Now, if I were cooler, I'd have this pinned out and under tension for you.  Because this is one of those stitches that just absolutely pops when it's stretched a bit (always a good choice for sock patterns, where you generally have a bit of negative ease).  But instead you'll just have to imagine me stretching it just a tiny bit and making cooing noises as I revel in the tiny twisted stitches and perfect lines.⁠ Yarn is [...]

October 21, 2019|

Behold…an actual slipper

So first came a few decreases. Then everything got all joined up. And then it really started looking properly slipper-like! Now I just have to remind myself (firmly) that my foot is a wee bit longer than the foot form and do one more repeat than I think I need to, and we should be done.  And really, the toes on these are going to be unspeakably adorable.  Promise. Oh, and this seems like a good post to point out that the blog happens on a bit of a time delay (one post is often a few days of knitting).  [...]

November 19, 2017|

Round and round or back and forth

So the way these slippers go together, you work flat for a while and then you work in the round (they're built a lot like Quiescent if you played with those).  And whenever you go from working flat to working in the round, you need to pay a bit of attention. The first thing to watch is your gauge.  Many people have a different gauge in one or the other, and you'll want to do what you can to make it match.  (How do you know if you do?  Your's always your swatch!)  That can mean using a different [...]

November 17, 2017|

Leaves are sneaky

Leaf patterns are sneaky.  Usually (not always of course, knitting offers very few cases of always) leaf patterns have you closing off the last leaf at the same time you're starting up the next one.  That means when you've knit one repeat, you have two half leaves...and absolutely zero whole leaves.  It also means it looks like nothing much to write home about... It's not until you finish the second repeat of the stitch pattern that you actually have one whole leaf. And it's often not until you've done two or three more repeats that you can really start to [...]

November 13, 2017|

Well heeled

So the heel flap is done (this one is taller than usual, a full 56 rows, because I wanted the slipper to come up a bit higher on my ankle). And the heel turn is done...and reminding me of nothing so much as a tiny pirate flag at the moment. But I'm sure that's just the yarn fumes talking! Next I pick up a bunch of stitches and start doing the fancy bit...and then at some point not too long from now, it will actually start looking like a slipper.

November 9, 2017|

Slipper, reincarnated

So when last we left the slipper, he was languishing after a bit of a rip.  I put him in time out to see if I was going to pick back up or try the same general idea with a different yarn. And somehow while he was in time out, this skein kept coming to the top of the stash.  Funny how that happens sometimes. And then?  Well then this happened and I think we're pretty much done for. The yarn is Opulence DK by String Theory in the color Tourmaline.  And yes, yes it does change color from picture [...]

November 3, 2017|

Cleave (plus giveaway)

There's something about taking a classic like a ribbed sock (comfy, easy, fits perfectly) and adding just a little bit of a something special that gets me every time.  The special bit could be dropped stitches or lace or even a fancy cuff.  Whatever you pick, it's always more fun than it has any right to be.  For Cleave, I went with an absolutely delightful cable and a little bit of a twist for the heel. The construction on these is really fun.  Instead of working flat over half the stitches to make a heel flap, then picking up stitches [...]

June 20, 2017|

Excursion (plus giveaway)

I have strong feelings about travel.  I think it's a lovely thing to do, but wow do I ever want to take the comforts of home with me when I go.  That means I bring along everything I need to make a proper cup of tea (yes I have brought my teapot on trips), and I have at least one pair of slippers in my suitcase.  This pair is called Excursion, and you can bet it will be accompanying me on my next adventure! These are going to make you feel ridiculously clever when you make them.  You cast on [...]

October 4, 2016|
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