Something Finished, Something New

It will be a week of rain here in my neck of the woods.  I promise not to bog you down with my dreary days so if you stay around until the end of the post, you can see what a good day looks like.

Quality indoor photos of a finished pair of socks! (add sarcasm)  I started these on the way to Sock Camp in March and am wearing them for the first time today (cuz it’s rainy and cold…hullo… May, where are you?!)

Yarn: Blue Moon FIber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight

in the lovely Rabia colorway

Pattern: Northampton Beat Socks (yes, mine!)  (full details here on Ravelry)

Since I published Marrowstone last week (thank you for all the nice comments and lovin), I have been readying the next design.  Here it is!

Believe me when I say wet blocking is a miracle tool in a knitter’s arsenal.  I am putting the finishing touches on the pattern of this summer scarf and it is almost ready for a test drive.  Any takers?  Email me if you’d like more info…

And now for the beauty shot of the day:

I only wish you could smell these lilacs.  Despite the rain and mist, these are the highlight of my daily walk. And they may live on my table now too!

Hope you have a great week, rain or no rain!

Spring Bloomed

Now that it is May and my Spring Blooms Mystery Sock Knit Along is half way over, I see no harm in showing you the socks finally!

I had a blast doing the Mystery KAL.  It was fun releasing the pattern in pieces and watching the socks grow as people posted their photos.  There are over 65 projects one month into the KAL. Check them out here.

I owe a special thanks to Lorajean at the Knitted Wit.  She dyed the yarn special for me and it was just right for these socks. I really enjoyed knitting with the Superwash Merino Fingering and love the finished texture and feel!  She has beautiful yarns and is great to work with.  Go check out her shop!  One of my next projects will be with her yarn Bling!

There are a beautiful collection of Spring Blooms all over the world, I can proudly boast.  It was a great opportunity and one that I’d gladly do again!

Thanks to all who participated and made it fun for me too!  The pattern will remain free for all to enjoy in future springs too.

Good thing the KAL lasts for another month so I can finish the second sock. hehe.

The Socks of Sock Camp

Well, Sock Camp actually produced socks for me this year!  Time for show ‘n tell!

1.  Northampton Beat Sock

This was a fun knit, not only because it is my pattern and the yarn is awesome, but also because it was a mini-kal!  I cast-on mine on the way to the airport, Leslie picked her stalled socks up and made serious progress despite breaking ALL of her needles, Celia knit and finished one, Angela (with her fancy new yarn) showed up at camp with hers on the needles, and Laura (she gifted all campers  her beautiful stitch markers! She’s like that.) showed up WEARING a finished pair!

2. Vanilla Dragon Socks

My homework attempt was lame at best.  Although I didn’t knit a dragon, I did knit socks for a dragon.  They appear misshapen but it is the dragon feet which are the source of the odd shaping :-). They doubled as rocking good dancing shoes.

3. Free Sole Sock

This is my wee sock knit in Anna Zilboorg’s (wish she had a real website that would give you the true flavor of who and how amazing she is!) afternoon sock workshop.  It is a great technique starting at the toe with a band and worked up the instep.  Stitches are picked up and knit together at each edge of the sole.  The heel turn and flap follow with the leg on top.  Can’t wait to make a person size pair!  The great thing is you can easily use to make multicolored socks.

4. Darned Sock

This is Leslie’s Leyburn Sock.  (Ironically in the same color as Celia’s sock above.) It had a large blowout at the heel turn.  I took it to my darning class with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and voila.  No more hole.  Leslie, Steph and I were wondering if the match had a hole too?  Seriously, only one sock?  And by the way…be more careful with your socks next time, huh?! ;-)

5.  Spring Blooms Mystery Sock

I released this free pattern as part of the Solid Socks group Mystery Sock KAL over on Ravelry on April 1st.  Here’s a picture of Clue 1.  I am thrilled to see so many people have downloaded and cast-on! (over 500 and 49 to date, respectively)  The next clue will be released on Friday.  Join in if you like!

Yarny pictures from camp later this week but right now, I have a second sock to start!!!

Knit on! Honeybadgers love knitting!

Socks, With Love

Sometimes things don’t go the way we plan.  Life throws us curveballs.  I got one this week and decided to make lemonade.  It’s my self-declared Valentine’s Week.

In honor of Valentine’s Week, I present Socks, With Love.  These were originally designed for my daughter as a birthday present but I loved them so much I thought I would share.  (Hers have an added flower embellishment to preserve the one-of-a-kind, special-for-me quality a kid craves.)

They are designed in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight and Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! (If you’re at Stitches West today, rumor is both yarns can be found there!)

The socks are sized for Child and Adult but the ribbing and lace detail make for a very elastic cuff, aka “grow-with-me” socks. Personalize them with “Butterflies” to make them unique for your special someone.  (Butterflies work magic with handpainted yarns!)

Show someone you care all year long…cuz #everydayisvalentinesday!

The socks are even SWAK at the toe!

xoxo!

Steppingstones…

I have always thought that life was a journey and each decision you make takes you along a path whose end you might not know.  Like steppingstones through a garden.  Some decisions are filled with risk and some with adventure.

Welcome to my latest adventure…

Steppingstone Fiber Creations…Cuz Life is a Journey!

I have two patterns up in Ravelry, one free and one for sale… and more to come…

Meet Bright Spot

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and Northampton Beat Socks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My family has been riding on my knitting, fiber and spinning journey for years and I invite you to come with me now too!

I Feel a New Trend

C O L O R W O R K .

When I started to knit I jumped right into colorwork.  Icelandic wool sweaters to be exact.  I have fallen for it all over again with these mittens.  I started a knit along with friends Pat and Linda and we’ve been meeting weekly to show progress and set goals (that are hard to stop at!)  They still await a good bath and then an angora lining…almost makes me wish for cold weather.  My hubster even liked them, perhaps as much as he has liked any project I’ve made!

Also, finished up a whack of fiber!  This Spirit Trails Fiberworks cashmere silk (50%/50%) in the club color Air was dreamy!  The only reason it took so long is that there was so much of it! (and still a little left to spin to use up extra uneven plies).  But it is 5.7 ounces of heaven.

Starting a new pair of take along socks.  My first handspun socks from the Fat Cat Knits Buster fiber that I spun a while ago.  They are fun already!

The change in weather, and the kids back at school, certainly boost my knitting mojo!  How about you?

  Happy Fall Fibery Fun!

The Glass is Half Full…

That’s how I like to look at things. So despite the fact that I got sidetracked by phone envy for a week, my research is done and my new phone is in hand.

It’s the Spring Moment and for the moment, I really like it!  Took 2 tries to get one that didn’t have a mind of it’s own but it is fun.  I needed a calendar at my fingertips and was hankering for a browser for my on the go afternoons.   Oh, and it syncs to my computer and new google account!  How cool!  What can I say?  I like a gadget.  Pretty good for a “just a mom”.  (I used to hate it when people would say that after I made that career change!!! grrrr! Oh and at the OB, they had me listed as unemployed! That frosted me!)

But since I prefer to be half full, here goes. 

My left hand and foot are warm and I am working slowly on the right side.

That’s the Merrily sock , designed by Irishgirlieknits, knit in STR rare gem that I showed the sole of earlier.  (The pattern is now released so here it is!)  And one really warm Fiddlehead that I am quite smitten with.  Hehe, smitten with a mitten.

And if that’s not enough, I have spun half of a 2 ply creamy merino!  2 and a half ounces or so.

There’s much more to catch up on.  Some fiber exploration is well under way.  My partner in fiber, Pat,  and I have been acquiring and trying out different types of fiber and have been having fun with it!  Take a look at what we just got!

Lots to keep busy with!   What about you?

Milestones

My girlfriend was kind enough to loan me her two year old son today.  She dropped him off wearing this cuter-than-cute Thomas sweater she had made for her first son, eight (?) years ago. 

 

He was perfect and entertained my 2 girls who were home to play with him.  I taught him to baa not only when holding the Lego sheep, but also when he touches his mommy’s knitting.  He has the cutest baa!!!  Really he was perfect, I don’t know what she was talking about!

As she was leaving, we talked about our youngest children growing up and out growing the handknits.  Packing away the baby knits?   Difficult to do and definitely a milestone.

Then while out today, I finally broke down. 

 

See em? On top of the Harmonia’s Rings.  Uh huh. Another milestone.  Reading glasses.  It’s my turn.  There are times that I would like to see a little more clearly, like lace on size 0 needles or heaven forbid, removing a kid’s splinter (can’t do that at an arm’s distance!)  But I don’t want to wear them all the time.  And as luck would have it, since I am at the top of this slippery slope, the only ones this store had were pink with bling.  So they are mine and in my favorite color.   I have reading glasses.

The lady behind the counter told me eventually I would purchase multi-packs and place them all around the house.   Seriously?  How many pairs do you have?

And lastly, remember I said I’d be casting on a New Year’s sock, well, here it is.  Mostly, some of it is hiding.  I thought it only fitting to break out a Rare Gem in honor of the Blue Moon New Year! 

 

It’s a beauty, huh!   Look at those perfect stripes!  Stay tuned for the details.  To quote my bff,  “All shall be revealed in the fullness of time.”

Careful of those milestones, they sneak up when you aren’t lookin!’

Finishing up a few things

Today, I finished my first 2010 project!  Why this sock lingered for 2 months is a mystery.  (Christmas knits have a little to do with that I am sure.) I love these socks!  All cable-y and soft!

Pattern: Uncle Frank socks by Carrie Sullivan, Irishgirlieknits

Needle: size 2/2.775 mm 32″ cord for magic looping

Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, merino/cashmere/nylon, color is blue-arsed fly, 412 yds but have plenty leftover from my size 7.5 socks.

I just have to show you the cool heel, the 3 cable crosses carry down and then the ribbing.  I loves me a detailed heel! 

Yay…got a pair of new socks to wear and now stash diving for some STR to cast on with my new Signature DPNs!

Out with the old and in with the new, projects that is.  Anyone but me having a little cast-on-a-thon in 2010?