March 2007

Back to the drawing board

Back to the drawing board

Hmm, my watery, wavy sock design just isn’t fitting the bill for me.  While I think parts of it are interesting – I like that the lozenge shaped repeat isn’t repeating predictably around the sock.  Sometimes it’s a double line of traveling sts, sometimes a triple line and sometimes just a single line.  I’m finding that the variegated yarn is taking away from the stitch pattern.  It’s not really following my “5 foot rule” -if you can’t really see a stitch pattern in a self-patterning or variegated yarn read more

Itchy fingers

Itchy fingers

Not in the literal sense.  I’ve really been wanting a mindless knit.  I love knitting someone else’s designs because I don’t have to figure out stitch counts or calculate the rate of decrease for raglans or any of those things.  I also learn a lot from other designers – the way they word their instructions or sometimes a unique construction technique.  I started in right away with a gauge swatch using the Peruvian Highland Wool I received on Friday.  I’ve been wanting to knit Bonne Marie Burns’ Ribby Cardi pattern from ChicKnits. read more

That was fast

That was fast

I placed an order with Elann on Wednesday.  This is the first time I’ve ordered with them although I’ve often looked.  I’m looking for a standard DK weight yarn for a design and want to experiment with the Rowan Pure Wool DK.  I’ve also wanted to try out Elann’s Peruvian Highland Wool for quite some time now.  This morning – Friday – the postal worker was at the door handing me my box.  I know that I live close to their warehouse, but I still couldn’t read more

Who me? Design a sock?

Who me? Design a sock?

So I started a new computer sock the other day and after a good solid 2 inch ribbed cuff I took a good look at what I had so far.  The striping pattern of the Regia self-patterning yarn seemed pretty uninspired.  For a mindless computer sock I want the yarn to stand up on its own without any stitch pattern to create the interest.  This yarn just wasn’t cutting it.  … THEN I came across this sock  (scroll down to the bottom of the post) that the read more

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

The weather is perfect for some photography today – cloudy and bright with a soft even light. I’m taking photos of Shelridge Farm’s beautiful Soft Touch DK weight wool for the BKK website. I’ve recently discovered the Shelridge Farm line of beautiful wools. They call it Soft Touch and they aren’t kidding. After it’s been washed it blooms and becomes incredibly soft. I’m very excited about it also because of the lovely range of colours. It is hand dyed and the read more

Computer sock

Computer sock

I like to have a simple stocking stitch sock on the needles and I keep it beside my computer.  When I’m reading blogs or email or waiting for pages to load I pick it up and knit a few more stitches.  It’s amazing how quickly it grows.  I’ve just finished my latest pair.  This is a toe-up sock à la Cat Bordhi. I took a workshop with her last fall which you can read about here and she gave some of us a sneak preview read more

Owly

Owly

I teach a Strategies for Knitting with Self-Patterning Sock Yarns class.  How’s that for a mouthful!  One of the points I like to make is that your stitch pattern has to be really simple in order to do both the stitch pattern and the self-patterning yarn justice.  The standards such as stocking stitch, garter stitch, reverse stocking stitch, and ribbing all look great. If you choose a really intricate stitch pattern it will probably get lost in the patterned yarn. Take a look at these cable and lace patterns and you’ll probably read more