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screwball socks

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Screwball Socks

To continue celebrating my new Ravelry store, here’s another one of my patterns.

A fun, playful sock that would work well for both women and men, the Screwball Socks are both stretchy and slouchy, and really comfortable. The reverse-stockinette raised ridge spirals evenly down from the garter stitch cuff to the garter stitch, short-row heel. The heel and stripe blend seamlessly with the reverse-stockinette sole, while on the instep the ridge keeps winding its way along, all the way down to the garter stitch wedge toe.

The Screwball Socks are the pattern I designed for the Robyn’s Nest November 2008 Ultimate Sock Club kit.  Now they are available for everyone!

$4.95 CAD


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Moss Block Baby Cardigan

Moss Block Baby Cardigan
Moss Block Baby Cardigan

I have added all of my patterns to Ravelry’s pattern store.  In celebration I am going to repost the patterns here over the next few weeks.  Some are free, some aren’t, but I hope you enjoy them all!

Moss Block Baby Cardigan – click HERE

Moss Block Baby Cardigan Details
Moss Block Baby Cardigan Details


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lullaby blanket

I’m so excited to tell you this news!  One of the reasons I was so absent from the blog last November was because I was busy knitting something I couldn’t share.  It has since been published, and now I get to share it with you!

photo by Veronik Avery

My Lullaby Blanket has been published in the Spring/Summer issue of St-Denis Magazine (issue #2)!

photo by Veronik Avery

I LOVE this project.  I had the idea a year or so ago, but it really only came together at the end of last year.  

My original sketch (above) shows the blanket almost as it turned out, except my plan for the center was to work feather and fan just like the outside.  (To be honest, I was afraid of charting the center as lace and having to deal with not only designing the middle from lesser to more sts while keeping a pattern, but also how to physically chart the design).  Luckily, I had 2 things in my corner:  Time, and Maaike.

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By the time this project was accepted for publication, a bit of time had passed from my sketch.  In that time I had knit a bunch of projects, including Kayla’s Lace Cardigan (Ravelry).  I was really enamored by the eyelets in the cardigan, and knew that, if only I could figure out how to chart it, I could make use of eyelets in the center of my blanket.  My eyelets wouldn’t be the same as those in the cardigan, but by incorporating them it would tie in the yarn overs that make up the text section, as well as the garter/eyelet borders.  That’s where Maaike came in.  I can’t count how many times I called her up after throwing my swatch across the room and every single time she talked me out of going back to plain stockinette stitch and pushed me to make the lace breakthrough.  She also pushed me to work out some kinks in the text, and the result is clear, legible and much better than my first swatch!

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The border isn’t your typical feather and fan design- there are broken garter ridges giving a slight outline and depth to the eyelet section, and the design is carried through into the border so it doesn’t flip or flare.

I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I did!

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The Lullaby Blanket’s Ravelry page is here, and the page for my project is here.

I’ll be able to sell the pattern in a few months.  In the meantime, if you want to check it out (or any of the 15 other gorgeous designs in the issue)  you can pick up the latest St-Denis Magazine, and the Nordique yarn.  If you’re in Montreal you can find them at Robyn’s Nest, Ariadne or Effiloche, and there is a list of other Canadian retailers here.  Outside of Canada you can visit Classic Elite Yarns’ site here and view a list of retailers.


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guild sock contest winners!

How exciting!  We had a guild contest tonight- members were invited to submit socks into different categories, and then a special guest would be voting for the winners.  I decided to submit my Phlox Socks (Ravelry) and my Screwball Socks (Ravelry) but I didn’t get my hopes up because I don’t have sock blockers, and to be honest, both pairs look pretty crappy just laying flat on the table.  The lace from Phlox and the tread from Screwball both need a foot inside to show off properly, but I put them with my entry forms anyways, just for fun.

Our special guest judge was none other than Kate Gilbert.  Yes, the Kate Gilbert of Clapotis (Ravelry) and Twist Collective fame.  She comes to the meetings from time to time, and it was great to see her there tonight.

When they announced the winners they started with the Members’ Choice.  Anyone who wanted to was able to vote for socks into one of two categories- Members’ Choice – Classic, and Members’ Choice – Fun & Funky.  I actually voted for my cousin Robyn’s Mathematical Equation socks (Ravelry) for the Fun & Funky category.  I was SHOCKED when my Phlox Socks won for Members’ Choice – Fun & Funky!  (Especially because I wouldn’t have thought of the lace as “fun & funky”).  I got to pick from a small selection of wrapped prizes, and won 2 balls of sock yarn in soft blues and yellows.  It’s a new yarn for my stash, with 50% wool, 25% bamboo and 25% nylon, and really soft.

I almost wasn’t paying attention at the end, and was just so happy to have won something, when my other pair of socks was held up.  Kate had chosen my Screwball Socks as the winner of the Best Original Design Socks!  I got to pick another prize, and this time my gift bag had a set of point protectors, a really cute notion that I actually don’t own.

I’m really floored to have won a prize for both of my entries, and I honestly don’t know which one I value more- the Members’ Choice one because that means that my fellow knitters and guild members actually liked my socks (all the socks were labelled anonymously, by the way) or the Best Original Design one because Kate, a respected knitware designer, chose it (I hope) because it is actually an interesting and well thought out design. 

I’m really happy about both.  I don’t like to be singled out at guild because I think it is a place for everyone who knits, regardless of skill level or how many techniques you can do or whether you have published designs or not, and I think that everyone there should have fun, be included and be acknowledged.  So I did feel guilty getting up not once, but twice to go and pick prizes.  That being said, however, I do respect the other knitters there, and I’m honored that they liked my designs enough to vote for them.


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Simple Mug Cozies

Update: see end of post for information about a downloadable pattern pdf

Finally! As promised!

The cozies were first shown on the blog here and here.

I designed this pattern last week as part of my cousin’s fiancé’s bridal shower gift basket.  I wanted a mug cozy that was removable, machine washable and dryable, and didn’t need ties, snaps or hooks.  This is what I came up with. 

The cozies have some stretch to them, but were designed to fit standard mugs.  If you want to make this cozy for a taller mug, you will need to keep knitting the plain section until you have enough clearance for the top of the mug handle.  Likewise, if you want to make it for a wider mug, you will need to add extra stitches.

Unfortunately, I forgot to write down my gauge and the gifts have already been given to the bride (who lives 2 hours away) so I can’t measure them.  However, I don’t feel that this will be a big issue with this pattern.  The nature of the cozy will forgive a slightly too tight or too loose fit.

Directions

CO 30 sts with 5mm needle and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist

K 1 round

P 1 round

K 1 round

P 1 round

Next round: BO 2 sts, k to end of row – 28 sts

You will now be working flat, turning the work at the end of each row.

Row 1: sl 1 st purlwise, p to end of row

Row 2: sl 1 st purlwise, k to end of row

Repeat the last 2 rows until 14 rows have been knit flat.  At the end of the 14th row do not turn.

CO 3 sts then k across the rest of the sts, rejoining the work into the round – 31 sts

P 1 round

K 1 round

P 1 round

BO all sts knitwise

Cut yarn and weave in ends

Update!

This pattern is on Ravelry here.

This pattern is provided for free above, but if you’d prefer an easy-to-print PDF version, I have made it available here for a very small fee. The PDF includes the full instructions, abbreviation definitions, an easy-to-read layout and full color images.

*Updated January 2020


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introducing…Phlox Socks

It’s July 1st, and with that comes two things…

1) It’s Canada Day! (Happy Canada Day)

2) I get to show you the Phlox Socks. So…ta da!

(size small shown above, size x-large shown below)
The Phlox Socks are the pattern I designed for the Robyn’s Nest June Sock Club kit. They feature an optional lace cuff, a flower appliqué with a center bead, a short-row heel and ribbing that flows seamlessly into the lace design. (The ribbing is underneath the lace cuff- so you have the pretty outside and the functional inside).
The pattern is written for sizes small through x-large (7.5″-9″) but due to the stretchability of lace patterns, fits 8.25″-9.75″ and may even fit larger.
The yarn is from Biscotte & Cie (etsy shop here) and is really soft, plus her yardage can’t be beat! I knit one x-large sock and one small, and have enough yarn left over to knit a second x-large sock for a complete pair. The colorway is called Alexandrite in the pattern, but that specific color was exclusive to the sock club.
The pattern calls for a 2.5 mm needle, and is written for both dpns and the Magic Loop method, with specific instructions for each methods when necessary.

(optional flower appliqué with center bead)

Again, the pattern will only be available for sale as of October 1st, but if you email me (or send me a message through Ravelry) I’ll put you on the mailing list with a reminder in October.


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693

Holy cow. My silly little blog jumped from an average of 30 visitors each day to 740(!!!!!!) yesterday! Of those, 693(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) of you got here by following a link on the Yarn Harlot’s website.

Wow. And she didn’t even post a photo of the full sock! Y’all came on over based on a teaser!

I’m flattered! I’m also guessing that you’re not here for Jakob, or to find out what I’m knitting now. So here is the information you’re probably looking for:

“Phlox Socks” is the pattern I designed for the Robyn’s Nest June Sock Club Kit. I put a little teaser of my own in the left sidebar over there because I need to give international members a chance to receive their kits before I post the full photo. (Any of you who have received your kits can post photos, by the way. It’s only me who needs to wait). 🙂

I’ll be posting photos and full details of the sock here and at the sock’s page on Ravelry on July 1st.

The pattern will be available for purchase on October 1st. (Sock club members have a short exclusivity on the pattern).

I hope it will be worth the wait!

In other news, I’m still rushing to finish Eden’s shrug. I don’t have a photo to show you, as my camera is packed. After running around to pack up Jakob’s and my stuff last night, I didn’t have the energy to sit down and do any more knitting. I have finished the front ribbing and only have the narrower back ribbing and cuffs to do. I’m sure I can finish them and the seaming in the car, if necessary.

As an aside- why is it that for every trip, even day trips, *I* end up running around like a chicken with no head ticking stuff off of lists to make sure I’ve packed everything for myself and Jakob, food, clothes, toys, etc… while Yannick calmly watches TV or whatever then last minute throws some of his clothes in a bag and calls himself “packed”?

I’m not complaining, really- I’d much rather know that I did the packing so I know everything is there and nothing is missing…but it does irk me a bit when I’m scrambling like mad, staying up really late to get it all done, but meanwhile he goes to bed early.


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looooong weekend

I know, it’s almost next weekend. But I finally have a chance to tell you about last weekend, so here goes. Ignore the fact that the date on this post is about 2 days behind the day you’re actually reading this, I’ve been trying to get this post up for a while now.

So, where was I? Oh yeah, last weekend. I worked on Saturday, then spent the night working on the June sock and baking a cake. We were having a birthday party to celebrate Jakob’s first birthday with our family, and I wanted to bake a healthy birthday cake to counter all the sweets my mom would be preparing.

I baked the cake Saturday night so it would have time to cool overnight, and Sunday morning when we got back from Jakob’s swimming lessons, I iced it:


His party “theme” was Superman, and I really wanted to put a big “S” shield on the cake, but no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get the white icing tinted a vivid red, blue or yellow. The closest I got was cornflower blue, pepto pink and a pale yellow. So I moved on to option “B”:


There’s a local kitchen store who will take a photograph and print it (in edible dyes) on a thinner-than-paper sheet of edible icing. In this photo my printout of the image I made on the computer is on the left, and the icing photo is on the right. Not bad eh? It’s not as creative as icing it myself, but I’m happy with how it looks, and it only cost $12.95 for the icing sheet. It took 10 minutes of waiting at the store, which makes this a great option for a last-minute event.

And here’s how it turned out. The cake was cold from the fridge so the icing sheet didn’t melt into it, and I did have to cut away one side to be able to put his “1” candle in, but all in all, I think his first birthday cake came out ok. I would have rather have done some really cool decoration myself, but it didn’t work out.

Here he is, about to dig in…


…and enjoying his first slice. He spent a good 15 minutes licking up every drop of icing before working his way to the cake.

Here’s a photo of Jakob and me. I think this was the only time I actually got to hold him the entire party- between the family who rarely sees him and the family who always sees him, he was a very “in demand” baby!

A photo of the bubbies… from left: Sean (Robyn’s son), Carol (Robyn’s and Amy’s mom and my aunt), Jakob, my mom, Marlene (our cousin) and Oliver (also our cousin). Carol is my dad’s sister, and Marlene is my grandfather’s sister’s daughter.

(The last 5 photos were stolen with permission from Amy’s blog).

On Monday I finished the June socks. It felt good to cross something off my deadline list. I photographed them, finalized the pattern and sent it off to Robyn to include in her kits. So if you’ve ordered a Robyn’s Nest June Sock Club kit, they’re gonna be coming soon!

One project down, and on to the next. I’m designing 2 projects for the Mary Maxim 2008 contest. I hadn’t realized until after I’d sent in my entry fee that they get the sole distribution and publication rights to any winning patterns. I’m not thrilled about that, but I will be sending something in anyways. The pattern DOES keep my name as designer, and it can’t hurt to get my name out there.

Here’s my first swatch.

Don’t try and read it- that was just some test duplicate stitch to see what worked best. Also, don’t try and guess what it is…you won’t. Seriously.
This is the wip as of a few days ago. The yarn is Patons Shetland Chunky, in white and navy blue.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite photos lately.


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secret stuff

Argh. It’s tough when there’s stuff going on (p.s. I almost typed “it’s tuff when there’s stuff…”) and I can’t blog about it.

I’ve been knitting like mad every night. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m designing the sock for Robyn’s Robyn’s Nest June Sock Club Kit (that’s a mouthful!) and seeing as how it’s sold out twice, I’m trying very hard to have a sock that people will like.

I’ve finished designing the sock itself, and am in the process of typing up the pattern. I will then be knitting up a second sock following the pattern only, and choosing a different size than my first sample. This way I’m trying to test-knit my own pattern. The only downside to all this is that I can’t show you progress photos or even the yarn itself. But trust me- the yarn is beautiful, and I hope the sock is good too. 🙂

Once the sock is done I will have to rush like mad to design and knit my Mary Maxim contest submissions, since they have to arrive by mail in Ontario no later than June 20th. In other words, I’ve got less than 1 month to design them, knit them and mail them off, plus allow time for shipping. But no pressure, right?

Can you believe I’d actually thought I could squeeze 2 dinosaurs into this schedule? *snort*

On a slightly unrelated note- I’ve just signed up for Secret Pal 12. I haven’t done a secret pal exchange since they were at number 6 or so, so I’m looking forwards to this one.

Oh- and Pete Grimaldi of Skin MD Natural wants me to let you all know that the free samples (like the one I reviewed) are still available, so if you have a blog and want some free skincare to try out, head over to their website! (The links are in my last post).


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happy mother’s day!

To start this post off, let me wish a huge HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! to all the moms, grandmothers, mothers-to-be, foster mothers, and anyone else who raises, takes care of or in any way helps shape the life of a child. We rock!

Here’s Mommy with Jakob at 50 weeks (not this past week’s photo, but the one before).

I still haven’t uploaded the photos from my camera from last week, and my head is still in a fog. Sorry!

I have been knitting like mad, but can’t show any of it. See, I’m designing the sock for Robyn’s Robyn’s Nest June Sock Club Kit, and while it is going very well, it is a surprise. I still like my original design, but I came to realize that while many people might say “hey- that’s cool”, very few would actually want to knit it…or at least they’d want to knit it, but it wouldn’t be the kind of sock they’d want to wear. So I pored over my design books and was inspired by a little stitch pattern in a book by someone you might have heard of. Barbara Walker? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? I’ve been crunching more numbers than food this week, but things are starting to take shape, and I’m really pleased with the progress so far.

I can’t believe the kit is almost sold out! No pressure, or anything… 🙂

I do have some knitting that I can share, however.

Here’s the finished Marble Cabled Cardigan.

I’m really happy with how it came out. I knit the 1-2 year old size, and since Jakob is slim, I’m sure he’ll get to wear it even until next Fall.
Yannick chose the pattern when I told him I wanted to knit something with this particular Marble colorway. He also chose the buttons.
They are adorable, but a little heavy for the light sweater. I might have to change them.

Details: (from memory- so forgive any mistakes) The pattern is a pamphlet designed for the actual yarn. Needles are downstairs but I think I used a 4mm for the body and 3.25 for the ribbing.

Modifications: I reversed the cable on one side of the band so they would mirror each other instead of both leaning in the same direction. I didn’t do the hood, and did a simple ribbed collar instead. I did a one-row buttonhole instead of binding off in one row and casting on in the next. I’m pretty sure there was something else I changed but I don’t remember now.

Here’s a photo I’ve been wanting to take for almost a year.

Isn’t that cute??? I’d taken a photo of Yannick’s Mega Sock (Mega Boots Stretch yarn) next to the baby version I made for Jakob, but I always wanted to get a photo of my two boys IN their matching sock. I finally got one, and I LOVE this photo.

I leave you with a question…

My dad is trying to convince me to get these glasses for myself.

What does we thinks?

Does we likes? I really like the sides of the frame, and the side view. I’m scared to commit!
I think they’re too wide from my eyeball to my temple, but I do have a large head, and frames that fit nicely around my eye have the frame’s temple stretched sideways to go off to my ear.

So? I’ve taken the lenses out of the frame since these photos were taken, so I can take photos without the glare or designer name on the lenses, if necessary.