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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

Guess what arrived in the mail today?

Guess what arrived in the mail today?

As one of the contributing designers, I received my copy of Amy Singer‘s new book No Sheep For You in the mail today. Let me tell you, what a thrill! While I have self-published a number of patterns and I’ve had some on Knitty.com (Devan and Drunken Argyle for him) and in the Accord Knitting Pattern-a-Day calendars since 2005, this is my first design published in a book. I got goosebumps when I turned read more

Success!

Success!

After carefully bundling the slippers in a pillowcase and then subjecting them to the hot water cycle in the washing machine, they started to shrink and felt.  It took two or three cycles and they are somewhat uneven – I even tried to hand felt the sections that didn’t seem to be felting as quickly as the rest.  All in all, I managed to felt them down to my size and the felted fabric is nice and dense without any stitch definition – just like my swatch.  It actually worked!  read more

Big Feet

Big Feet

The knitting is done.  A quick knit although a little fiddly with the sewing together afterwards.  I’m sure there must be a way to avoid that.  I’ll save figuring that out for a future pair of slippers maybe if this felting thing works out. My happy model was willing to put on Mama’s ridiculously large slippers to show some scale.

So far so good

So far so good

The knitting for the felted clog is coming along quickly.  I’m happy with my colour selection although I realised that I goofed with the amounts.  The sole (orange) takes twice as much yarn as the upper (pink).  I had one ball of orange and two of pink.  Woops!  A quick stop at my LYS one day and the project continues. I’m pleased with the difference between the felted swatch and my knitting.  It looks like there’ll be hope for this project as long as I have faith in my swatch.