Friday, September 17, 2010

I guess it's fall now?

Not that we had much of a summer around here! I'd like to take a break from my busy non-blogging schedule to update you on what's current here in the free world.

1. Vogue Knitting Fall 2010! I've got a pair of over-the-knee socks in this issue. Check out the 360 video here. The story line is called "Steppin' in Style - Exquisite knee-highs dress up the fall's must-have minis."

These were a fun project and the cashmere yarn from Artyarns was downright luxurious. I still feel like the pattern would have worked better in a solid yarn though. Oh well!

2. Interweave Knits Fall 2010! The pattern is Pizzicato Scarf from the Pure and Simple storyline. The project is a three-color brioche knit but you can't tell from the magazine.

Pizzicato Scarf

So, here is my version, in a similar pose (!)

3. Here is where I tell you I've got 2 more knee sock patterns coming in the next issue of Vogue! So, that's why I'm not here as much as I should be.

4. Got a new bread machine (thanks papa and tutu!) so accepting the return of fall will be met with yeast and salt and sugar.

5. I have to get to the library to pick up the ten bread machine baking books I put on hold this week.

Have a great weekend! I'll be at the pirate festival in Cathedral Park... knitting.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Life Cycle Socks

September is here, somehow. My thoughts are wandering to the cozy months ahead that bring rain and cold. I'm imagining pots of hot tea and time spent inside spinning and knitting.

September also brings a new pattern for the Socks For All Seasons club: Life Cycle Socks.

Life Cycle Socks

These socks pay tribute to the time of harvest, the culmination of a thousand tiny miracles that embody the growing season. Earthworms work the soil at your feet, restoring the biological dross of previous years to the promise of new life. A leafy stalk, heavy with fruit, bursts from the gusset on top of your foot; there to dry in the waning summer sun, in anticipation of the approaching harvest. Sow your stitches carefully and prepare to reap a beautiful pair of hand-knit socks...and the cycle of life continues.

Life Cycle Socks


Foot circumference:
7 (8, 9, 10) inches 17.5 (20, 23, 25.5 cm) unstretched. Will stretch to fit 8 (9, 10, 11) inches 20 (23, 25.5, 28 cm).

This pattern is written for four sizes: Women’s Small (Women’s Medium/Men’s Small, Women’s Large/ Men’s Medium, Men’s Large)

Any Fingering weight yarn that gives you proper gauge. Sample shown: Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash [100% Merino; 575yd per 150g skein]; color: Olio Vergine; <1 skein. NOTE: Sample socks used 88 grams/337 yards for the Women’s Medium size.

32 sts/48 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch

1 set of US 1 (2.25 mm) 32” circular needles (magic loop) OR 2 sets of 24” circulars (two circulars) OR double pointed needles OR size to obtain correct gauge.

Tapestry needle, scissors, 5 stitch markers, cable needle.

Life Cycle Socks

This advanced-skill level sock pattern is worked from the toe up using multiple charts. Stitches include, bobbles, cables, lace, twisted stitches and dropped yarn-overs.

Life Cycle Socks

Pattern includes bonus earthworm trivia!

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