Saturday, June 27, 2009


Usually I love me some summer knitting but, this year I don't have anything in my queue that I'm itching to cast on. I have lots of great yarn that I'm sure would make some great summer tops. So since I am looking for some inspiration what is everyone casting on this summer? Maybe I'll just cast on and design something for myself. That way I can make it fit perfect and hide any of the stuff that needs to be hidden.

My new sock pattern is almost done. My friends Pam and Andrea offered to test knit so once they are done I'll make the pattern available. The picture above is a beautiful Peony that I got at Whole Foods. I love that store.

Off to hunt through my stash to find some summer yarn that speaks to me. ;-P

Sunday, June 21, 2009

First Sock Design

So I finally finished the socks I designed in the Sock Innovation class that I took with Cookie A. I loved the class and had a lot of fun creating these. The yarn I used is Hazel Knits Artisan sock in Laguna.

I'm finishing the second sock and writing up the pattern. Once the pattern has been test knit I will make it available here and on Ravelry. Anyone have any suggestions for pattern names?

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Addicted to socks!!!

I think I might need an intervention. When I'm not knitting socks, I'm buying sock yarn or searching for new sock patterns. Now that I took the sock innovation class with Cookie A, I'm even creating my own sock patterns. Cookie A was a lot of fun. Her class was great, I really learned a lot and she even signed my book. I made sure to charge my camera battery so I could take some pictures but I failed to bring my memory card. That kind of describes me a day late and a dollar short.

I'm almost done with my sock from the class. If it turns out okay I'll write up the pattern. Since I have no pictures of my sock in progress, you guessed it more sock yarn. This is the first shipment I received from the Scout's Swag sock club. Now I just need to find the perfect pattern to show off the colorway. Then I received my 3rd shipment in the socks that rock sock club.

I love this color. It's called Pepe Le Plume. It's too pretty to knit. If that wasn't enough I just bought a skein of my friend Jeanne's sock yarn, Destination Yarn, in Copenhagen . She has some other great colors like the Tuscany which I hear calling my name. Off to finish the sock I started in class. Hopefully I'll have some pictures to post soon.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Stitch n Pitch

Today is Stitch n Pitch at Progressive field. It's the Indians vs. Kansas City Royals. A few of the ladies from my knitting group Cleveland Knits West (rav link) went down to the game.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to go and I had the t-shirt to wear and everything. I'm already on vacation a couple days this week so I couldn't leave work early today too.

I took Thursday off because I'm taking a knitting class with Cookie A at River Colors Studio. I'm so excited I'm going to learn how to design socks from a pro. The class is 6-7 hrs long so I'm sure we're going to learn a lot. I just picked up Cookie A's new book Sock Innovation. Lots of great patterns. Maybe I can get her to sign my book. I wonder if she'll bring her mannequin leg? LOL!!!

I have been meaning to post some pictures of the stitch markers that my great friend Pam made for me. Aren't they adorable.

Pom poms, a skirt and a sweater. Isn't she talented!!! Now I just need to find something to cast on so I can use them.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

It's about time......

So life and work has finally started to settle down a bit. I can't believe that it's June already. Where has the time gone. Even though I have been busy I have been trying to make some time for knitting. Lots of babies being born so I knit a couple of baby blankets and some baby socks. Still have to finish the last sock.

I love to make baby socks to use up the last bit of the left over sock yarn. They're fast and too cute. The blanket is the 8 hour blanket pattern by plymouth. It's made using size 13 needles with two strands of worsted weight yarn held together. I used plymouth encore white and colorspun (7962). For the socks I used my left over Pagewood Farms Yukon in colorway New Horizon and the pattern is a Fortissimo baby sock pattern.

I've also started the Mad Color Weave socks (Ravelry link). I frogged my first attempt using some of my Socks that Rock because the color was pooling. The pattern is a lot of fun and is simple enough to do while watching TV.

So far I just have the ribbing done. I love the yarn. It's Sunshine yarn that I received in my first Harry Potter sock club mailing. The colorway is 'The Quibbler'. Dani does such a great job. Her sock club is definitely worth it. Check out the fun card she encloses to explain her inspiration.

I can't wait to get my house yarn in August.