Archive for the ‘Socks’ Category


Have you ever stopped to realize just how much time we spend online.  Well I did and it was way to much so I unplugged for a while.  It was honestly, very liberating!!  It also gave me plenty of free time.  Here’s a look at one of the many things I got done.

I don’t want to say that my plan is at least one knitted project per month but so far it’s looking that way.


My absolute favorite thing in the world to knit.  SOCKS!!  There is such comfort in round after round of simple knit stitches.


And the color!! Perfect way to kick off this month of love!!


I used my tried and true pattern (which I promise to type in its entirty one day soon).


Slipped Stitch heel flap…I’m so hard on my socks (when I actually wear them)…


Nice roomy toe decreases…Gosh these are so nice and warm.  Perfect, considering how darn cold it is outside.


Happiness comes in many forms, for me it’s handmade socks!


Pattern:  Plain “Vanilla” Socks (pattern to come)

Yarn: Malabrigo Sock, colorway, Archangel

Needle: #1 (2 circ method)

I think I’ll be knitting another pair of sock during the Superbowl this weekend.  And even though I love the plain ones, I might throw in a simple little pattern.  God, knows I won’t actually be watching the game.  I might pause for commercials.  Isn’t that the real reason to watch.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Even though I’m having a great time these days getting to know all the colors of the rainbow, nothing moves me like my beloved earth tones…

I can’t even remember when I started knitting these but they’re done.  And I just love them…

My god-daughter is in town for a visit (hence the slow down in posts) and was delighted to model them for me.

I’m not a huge fan of stripes but…you gotta love all these layers of cream and chocolate…

She is quite the poser isn’t she…

I couldn’t have planned that opposite pooling if I tried.

Pattern: Plain “Vanilla” Socks

Source: My pattern

Yarn: Paca Peds Heels and Toes, colorway Pacaccino, 1 skein, 450 yards

I have to write this pattern down one day.  It’s the perfect compromise between a short sock and a knee hi.

Now onto my little house guest…

When we first talked about her coming for a visit this summer the first thing she asked was that I teach her to knit.  She’s been with us since Sunday, her first lesson was Monday and in less than four days she has started 3 projects.  She’s hooked…and I love it!!

Here she is hard at work on a hat…and using the ball of yarn as a foot rest.   She says it stops it from rolling.   I can’t explain how cute this girl really is nor how much I adore her.

I haven’t forgotten my hexipuffs…they are still rolling off the needles.   No sewing or quilting lately but all in good time.

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Huge Departure

When have you ever seen yarn this colorful on Earthtones Girl?  I’d venture to say never….

I’m just stepping out of the box a bit…ok maybe alot…ok maybe I’ve set the box on fire.

But can’t you just picture it?  variegated pink knee-hi socks…   BRIGHT PINK SOCKS!!!!

Right this minute I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.

I hope all this pinkness gets your week off to a great start…

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Today was a picture perfect summer day.  Blue skies, low humidity, bright sun…a great day.  So how did I spend it?  I was online watching quilting videos while knitting. 

Yes I have a problem…I admit it and I’m not going to do a thing to change it….

That said…if you’re looking for a great online resource  for knitting, sewing, quilting, etc.  Check out http://www.craftsy.com/

I just bought Quilting Quickly I & II, hosted by Jenny Doan Missouri Star Quilt Company.  The lessons are great, easy going, full of incredibly useful information, tips, hints.  The best part is I can watch anytime, anywhere, as many times as I want, as often as I want.  I couldn’t ask for a better or less expensive fit for my life right now.  I purchased these classes at a 50% discount.  That sale is over but they are still discounted a bit from the original price. 

P.S. I also ordered a Horn Sewing Table today….excited doesn’t even cover it.  I can’t wait for it to get here.  My sewing room is almost complete. 

I’d say it was great day!

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 These were suppose to have been done in time to wear them to Vogueknitting Live…oh well.  They’re done!

Pattern: Thalweg Socks

Source: Knitscene, Fall 2010

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces, Cranberry, 2 skeins (with enough to spare to do 1 or 2 more reps on the leg)

Needle: Size 1 Addi

Mods: None…knit as instructed.

If you love twisted stitch knitting, you’ll love these.  And they are great practice for doing cables without a cable needle.

The convergence of the cables on the toe is so beautiful….

Sorry but I had to include this one.  Kira kept reaching for the camera saying, “hold, hold, hold”…I can’t belive I was able to get these pictures with her awake.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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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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Free Hands Will Knit

I’m trying so desperately to finish these to wear by Friday.  The flu and sickness have finally found the exit, the babe is sleeping, hubby has stopped sneezing and I’m no longer blowing my nose.  That means my hands are free.  There is a chance….

Gotta go knit…pretty aren’t they?

Details when they are done….

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Happy New Year

 January 1st.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know how much celebrating the new year means to me.  Last night my sister, brother-in-law, husband and I brought in 2011 together.  Happily, quietly, with full bellies and slightly “buzzed” heads.  It was great.  Even though the Ice Wine was flowing I managed to finish up these socks.  I had to re-do my Kitchener in the morning but like a new year, you can start over.

Pattern: Basic Sock from Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee

Yarn: Skinny Bugga  Color: Smaller Yellow Ant

This yarn is soooooo yummy.  A touch of cashmere is the perfect new year treat to myself.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and mentally peaceful new year.

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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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Found In Translation

When you are a stay-home-mom, you have days when you feel like you’re worth is so disregarded.  Yes, you have the enormous task of raising another human being into a responsible, strong, happy,(I could continue…) smart adult but I don’t really think that anyone that hasn’t actually spent the day repeating the same game or lesson or song over and over and over gets the exhaustive level of commitment and dedication that requires.   It is also easy to forget sometimes the things you loved before the 300th repetition of the ABCs.  Well I haven’t forgotten and don’t intend to.

A few weeks ago I saw a pattern for an absolutely amazing color work sock on Ravelry and immediately contacted the designer.  The pattern was written in Norwegian.  Of course I asked when the English version would be available and was told it was in the works but would take a while.   Ok, no problem.   It’s not like I don’t have 20 other projects on needles and/or on the waiting list.

That said, about a week later the designer Ann (rav name Pinneguri) emailed me and asked if I would be interested in copy editing the English version….WOW!!!  Not only was I excited, I was so super honored to even be asked.  It may seem so simple, but I honestly felt just a bit important.

Sokkene Jernverk (Socks Wrought Iron Work) by The Needle Lady

Aren’t they gorgeous?!  They look complicated but they are so not…give them try…I’ll post my own pair soon.  I’m long overdue for some 2 color action.

It’s also really NICE to see my name on such an amazing pattern.

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