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VOGUEknitting Live!!

 6:40 in the morning Chris and I get in the car and try desperately but safely to get me on a 6:51 train.  No pressure but we are driving in the 3rd snow storm to hit NY, the roads haven’t been plowed yet and oh,  it’s dark outside.  No problem…

Somehow we make it and I’m headed downtown to the first knitting related event I’ve attended in more than 2 years.  Excitement doesn’t even cover it.

Now, I have to say that registration was the smoothest I’ve ever experienced.  One, two, three and I was in and ready to go.  BUT,  when I noticed this…

I think that should say January 21-23 2011…Am I reading it wrong?

I should have know that there would be a glitch or two.  I promise not to dwell on the bad because there was so much good but I think VK has some serious thinking to do. 

First off , the marketplace was not open to any attendees until the preview in the evening from 5-7pm.  We had a two hour break for lunch and NO shopping time.  HELLO…..

Second the “class rooms” were actual converted hotel rooms.  The lighting was so dim we had to take the lamp shades off just to see our needles.  Not good for a sock knitting class and working with size #1 needles.  The easel/boards for the teachers to write on didn’t get to the rooms until a good 1/2 hour in the session. 

Third, the rooms were just to small for their new purpose.  One long table in the center with 20 people seated around it.  Coats, bags, yarn, books…not enough room.

But when this lovely and dizzingly talented woman stepped into the room.  All was forgiven.

In a word, Cookie A is a genius.  I mean that.  Her approach to sock design is akin to building a cathedral.   The symmetry, the ways that rows/lines of stitches move  away and toward each other….breath taking.  Ok, I know you really have to love socks to feel this intensely, I get it.  But I feel this intensely about socks all the time, so needless to say…..HEAVEN.  In case I haven’t said it yet the class I was taking was Sock Innovation: Top Down Socks. I swear my head was about 2 inches bigger when I left that room at 4:30pm.  The amount of information she shared with us was incredible and it did exactly what I was hoping it would.  it Inspired me to design.  I will never aim to be the next Cookie but I now feel confident to at least put a toe in the water.

If after spending the day sitting next this…you not inspired then…then you’re in the wrong place.  It’s funny, I’ve seen each of these pairs of socks in the her books and some I’ve wanted to knit, without question, and others I thought not so much.  But it’s one thing to see them on paper and quite another to see them in person.  I don’t even know what to cast on first.  Do I finish what I started designing or jump into a pair of Cookie’s.  My head is spinning…in the most delightful way. 

There was the usual book signing and students fawning over their guru.  It’s so fun.  It’s the only place where you can embrace your inner knitting geek and wear it proudly on your sleeve.

One of my best moments of the day was Cookie recognizing my name from her list of test knitters.  WOW…..I felt like Sally Field when she won the oscar for Murphy’s Romance…”You like me, You really, really like me”.

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Sock Love…Nothing Like It

 

If you treat yourself to one knitting book this season.  It should be this one.  Cookie A, my sock guru, has done it again.

Some patterns we’ve seen before and there are a bunch of new ones.   This book gives me one more reason to say, there are not enough hours in a day.

There is another reason I’m “just a bit excited” about this book….Yep that’s me!

How cool is that? 

I know some of you were wondering about me…so was my husband (remember this conversation) but I could never stray to far or to long  from my passion.

And speaking of passion.  Guess what I’m doing in January?  Attending Vogue Knitting Live!!!!!!! Where I’ll be taking an all day class with the master herself….  Happy New Year!!!

ETG is still here yall.

Hope you all are enjoying this wonderful holiday season so far….I’m off to finish another shawl…12 days to go…no problem.

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And Another….

Last Friday I posted a finished project and I have another one this Friday….a theme…maybe….

Whenever I say I’m going to start a theme I don’t, so maybe if I don’t say that I am then I will…

Anyway…here’s Kai-Mei

My only regret is not making the foot a bit longer, like 1/2 an inch.  The heel is “off” just a bit.  No matter, they will still be loved.

Pattern: Kai-Mei by Cookie A. from the book Sock Innovation

Yarn: Little Traveler by Sanquine Gryphon, colorway Doha (awesome color!)

Amount: 1 Skein (a little less)

Needles: #1

Followed as directed.  Another delicious “cookie”.  This pattern is super easy yet very engaging.  Perfect as usual!  I highly recommend giving Little Traveler a try but I don’t think I would use it for socks again.  It feels like butter on your feet but it’s almost too soft.  Not sure how well it will hold up to a lot of wear.  I’ll just have to wear them a lot and find out.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!

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Funny You Should Ask

The title of this post was suppose to be ” A Funny Thing Happened On My Way Out The Door” but thanks to my friend Kim, its been changed to the above.

We are very fortunate to live within walking distance of all the basic necessities.  2 grocery stores, bank, post office, huge park with endless walking/hiking trails, shoe repair shop, Dunkin Donuts (that is a huge necessity for Chris), church, schools, 2 colleges, library, public transportation, etc…I mean I can walk to everything. 

Most afternoons I’m out with the dogs and Kira (in her handy-dandy, can’t live without it Ergo Baby Carrier) just enjoying the day.  Now here’s the thing, all of a sudden, for no apparent reason and without any outside motivation I can’t leave home without wearing a pair of hand-made socks.  Finally after all these years of knitting socks…I AM WEARING MY SOCKS.  Yes people, yes, Kim you read that correctly I am wearing my socks.  The only thing I can think of that may have been the catalyst for this huge, cosmic shift are these.

Black, Mary Jane style, Born shoes.  I bought them about a month and half ago and love them.  And see how nicely they show off the socks.  That was not my reason for buying them but it’s an awesome plus.  It’s also bloody cold outside and my feet want to be warm.

So yes, I’m wearing my socks and currently knitting two new pairs.  I don’t think I’ve ever had two pairs of socks going at the same time.  But I just love both patterns and thought why not.  I didn’t want to wait to finish one pair to start the other.

Here’s Kai Mei by Cookie A.  I’m using Little Traveler by The Sanguine Gryphon, Daha colorway

It’s super soft and very light.  Even though it’s listed as a sock yarn, it’s seems like if it’s not knit up super tight, 9 to 10 stitches per inch, it won’t hold up.  But that’s not stopping me.  It feels so delicious….and I have enough pairs that I won’t wear them every day and wear them out so I knit on.  They are 100% merino.

I wish you could see how much color is in this yarn.  This picture doesn’t even come close to capturing it all.

And here’s that mystery sock I was working on but stopped to work my sister’s socks and get ready for Christmas.

The pattern is Meander by Lisa Stichweh.  I first saw them on Cookie A. website and thought they were great.  I love stitch patterns that “move”.   And once I find something I like I tend to go a bit overboard.  More Sanguine Gryphon love.  This time it’s Skinny Bugga, Longhorned Beetle colorway.

Nice way to start the year, huh?  And my mind is already buzzing with a possible knitting camp sock project….So fun!!!

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49 Days

When I started these on July 9th I wondered how long they would take me.  To save you the trouble of looking back, they took 49 days!  But who really counts socks in the WIPs pile anyway?  Socks are always on needles, ever at the ready to fill the “waiting” moments.  And I can’t think of a better way to fill those moments then with Cookies. (Are you getting tired of my cookie references yet?) Every time I knit a pair of socks by Cookie A.  I fall more and more in love…with socks and her patterns.

I also love the thrill of finishing a project.

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Pattern: Wanida from Sock Innovation by Cookie A.

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, 2 skeins of Red Rover

I bought this yarn from Loopy Ewe about 2 years ago and didn’t realize until I cast on for the socks that they were two different dye lots but I don’t think you can really tell. I wasn’t that wild about the color when I started the socks but now that they’re done, it’s perfect for this pattern.  A bit of color variation that doesn’t take away from the pattern.

Needles: #1, 2 circs

Modifications: There is a small error in the pattern (a first, that I’ve found in any of her patterns) just when you start the heel flap.  I followed the correction of a Raveler and it worked out perfectly.  You can find that here.  Other than that I followed the directions exactly.  A great pattern and very interesting charts (as always).

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I knit 2 full reps of the leg chart and 2 full reps plus 12 rnds of the foot chart.  I love the way the toes worked out

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So now what? Another pair of socks? Another pair of Cookie socks?  I’m thinking Kai-Mei.  My friend Kim recently posted her finished pair and they’re beautiful!  Well, you’ll see soon.  I have to get back to Vivian and Kira’s Sheep and Wool outfit and a christening outfit and a gift for a friend who just had a baby yesterday and another friend that is due at the end of September….Crap that’s a lot of knitting.  But what fun lies ahead…

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Here’s another Cookie A pattern….Wanida from the Sock Innovation.

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Let’s see how long these take.  It’s super easy so far.  There isn’t a pattern from her that I’ve ever had a problem with.  I did have a problem with the book though.

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But not anymore.  I highly recommend spiral binding.   So much convenience for so little money.  Just $6 at Staples.

Enough, the sock beckons and Kira is taking a nap.

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Have A Cookie

Finally Marlene is done and off needles. 

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 Pattern: Marlene by Cookie A.

Source: Knit 1 Fall/Winter 2008

Yarn: Koigu # 1128,  2 skeins

Needles: #1 (should have used #2…)

Modifications:  None, I followed the pattern exactly but I should have used a bigger needle.   Even though it’s hard to get them over my and my sister’s ankles the fit is great once they are on.   Thanks to Sarah for encouraging me to finish them.

 The other thing I would have done differently was not decrease to 14 stitches.  It makes the toes a bit to pointy for me.  But no matter.  I absolutely love them. 

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My sister is modeling while laying on the couch with Kira taking a nap on her chest.    That’s actually a good thing.  It will give me a chance to go hide them since I may have to go back on giving these to her as a gift.  I think I want to keep them.  Is that bad?  The other day she took back a lip gloss she gave me.  Now we’re even…I’ll make it up to her I promise.  Now I know what you all are thinking.  Just give them to her, because I’m not going to wear them anyway. But it took me so long to finish them.  Excuse while I go get some cheese to go with this wine…

It’s hard to give away cookies…

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