Virtual Sock Summit

I seem to be telling my kids a lot this summer, that “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  And this week I choose to heed my own advice.

Although I wish I were in the left coast Portland for Sock Summit, I am not.  I am however choosing to be actively engaged in “virtual sock summit” on Ravelry and with many friends, virtual and real. Nartian, Tapmouse and Disco to name a few!

To make matters even better, Laura of Knitifacts sent me these awesome markers that I had been drooling over!  She sent the nicest note too, telling me that I would be there in “spirits”.   Spirits, haha, get it!  These markers are such high quality they seem more like jewelry for my knitting! (Booth 403…just sayin’)

And because a girl can change her mind, I remembered that I had another skein of Sock-a-licious in this beautiful shaded blue.  I will be knitting Bubblicious  in  Blue Mist now.  Casting on tonight!

Look how well it matches the pretty bubbles we blew!

And lastly, if I were in Portland, I would miss an event I have been anticipating for over a decade.  This is the first time since that these 2 hydrangeas, given to us as a housewarming present 12 years ago, have bloomed!

See?  Lemonade.

PS. Special thanks to all the bloggers, especially IrishgirlieKnits for her extra special blogging efforts (3 am, really?), for keeping us jealous informed on all the Sock Summit fun!

Blowing Bubbles

I thought I would share a few of the fun photos I took for my new Bubblicious Socks pattern.

My youngest just couldn’t wait to play with all the bubble toys.  We tried them all!





My son waited as long as he could restrain himself before joining us to show us how to blow bubbles.  We must have been doing it wrong?




But the best part was probably the Silly String that made it’s way into the bag of fun!




Then the novelty wore off.  I only had to explain why I was blowing bubbles by myself to a few neighbors.  Eventually, they’ll stop asking.  Hehe.

And while not blowing bubbles or sobbing that I am not at Sock Summit 2011 with my BFFs Debbi  and Carrie aka IrishgirlieKnits this week, I am participating in Kollage Yarns Virtual Sock Summit. (it’s here on Ravelry).

I’ll be knitting my Cotuit Sands Infinity Cowl out of Kollage Yarns Riveting in Storm Denim (serious love for this color) and a pair of Sock-a-licious Bubblicious Socks.  (I wish I could capture the true color of this red, it’s a bit orange-y and totally stunning.)  Nartian is joining me on this one!

What are you knitting at Sock Summit or Virtual Sock Summit?

Bubblicious Socks

Life is about fun and what’s more fun than blowing bubbles?  With 4 kids, I’ve blown a lot of bubbles in my days.  Have you ever blown bubbles until you were dizzy?  Well, this pattern reminded me of those tiny bubbles clustered at first and then one always manages to drift away with the wind.  It’s really a simple pattern, easily memorized, to show the beauty of hand-painted yarns and that one little bubble that got away.  

I am happy to release this pattern today in celebration of Sock Summit 2011.  I am doubly excited since this is the first sock I ever designed.  That was over a year ago but I was waiting for just the right time to release it!

Bubblicious Socks are fun and provide just the right amount of detail to keep you interested.  Bubblicious socks are a great match for today’s beautiful handpainted yarns.  I love the beauty of the colors themselves but somehow always feel I should be knitting a really intricate sock.

What I like about Bubblicious is that it gives the colors of the yarn a chance to shine through in the stockinette portions of the sock while allowing the individual colors to pop through in the patterned areas.  In a solid or semi-solid yarn, the texture of the stitch pattern and traveling stitches are so crisp!

Did I mention the heel?  This eye of the partridge heel is subtly stunning.  I love its simplicity and checkerboard look.

Bubblicious Socks

Pattern:  The pattern is available in 3 sizes,  is charted and easily memorizable. The bubble  pattern is clustered at the cuff and then travels down and across the sock to the toe.  The pattern is provided  for 2 socks as they are mirror image. 

Yardage:  350-380 yards of fingering weight yarn such as BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight, Spirit Trails Frija, Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock, Fleur de Fiber Arden, Knitted Wit Superwash Merino Fingering, Valley Yarns Charlemont or Charlemont Kettle Dye, Kollage Yarns Sock-a-licious, Plucky Knitter Merino Cashmere Nylon Fingering, Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga.

Needle US Size 1 (2.25 mm) long circular or double pointed needles or size to obtain gauge.

Finished Measurements:  foot circumference: 7½ (8, 8½) inches  [19 (20.5, 21.5) cm]; leg length: 6 (6, 5 ¼) inches [15 (15, 13) cm].

The socks shown are knit in BMFA Lightweight Peek-a-boo Peony (the pink and yellow) and Spirit Trails Frija Blue-Green.

So if you are on your way to Sock Summit, stop in the Marketplace and pick up a skein of yarn to help you be a kid again…if you can’t be a kid, knit like one!

Cheers to a Happy Sock Summit!

Bicoastal Sock Summit Excitement

I may not be going to Sock Summit 2011 in person but that doesn’t mean I can’t get excited too!

First off, congrats to Tina and Stephanie and Stephen and Debbi and all the others working so hard on the second coming of Sock Summit.   I also know how much the vendors and teachers have been preparing for next week’s festivities.  Good luck to all.

For my part, I decided to release a new pattern just in time for Sock Summit.  You guessed it…a sock pattern…

Here’s a sneak peak…

In the Marketplace, grab a skein of Blue Moon Socks That Rock Lightweight or Spirit Trails Frija, or Miss Babs Yummy,or Valley Yarns (WEBS) Charlemont, or Plucky Knitter, or Kollage Sockalicious, or Knitted Wit Superwash Merino, or Fleur de Fiber Arden, or Sanguine Gryphon Bugga…

You’ll need markers for these socks, so if you are at Sock Summit, go see Laura and she’ll hook you up!  She has some great new markers!

I am also happy to say that Miss Babs (Booths 822 and 824) and Knitted Wit (Booth 725) will have some of my patterns.  Also, check out WEBS’s (Booths 502, 504, 506, 508) great assortment of Valley Yarns Charlemont that I fell in love with knitting my Marrowstone Shawl.

If you are heading to Sock Summit, get packing!

Have a great weekend and

check back Monday to celebrate Sock Summit Week!

Knit on!

The Cotuit Sands Collection

I knew when I came out with the Cotuit Sands Scarf design, knit flat, that I wanted to have a companion pattern to go with it that was knit in the round.  The Cotuit Sands Cowl is just that.  I like to think of these 2 patterns as cousins.

Favorite views from the waters off Cotuit, MA.

I love that these 2 pieces are not only casual and functional but quick knits in either a worsted or sport weight yarn.  (I am all about being to knit on the go these days.)  I picture the Cotuit Sands Cowl as a perfect accessory  for a cool summer evening or a crisp fall tailgate.

Cotuit Sands Cowl  

There are 2 versions: a cowl (knit in worsted weight yarn) and an infinity (knit in sportwieght yarn).  I chose the Kollage Yarns recycled denim yarn for both as the Riveting Worsted and Riveting provide just the right amount of warmth without being too hot.  The recycled denim yarn really adds to the casual feel of the accessories.

Pattern:   The pattern is charted and easily memorizable.   This 9 stitch repeat creates a nice scalloped edge once blocked.

Yardage:  One skein of Riveting Worsted and Riveting will do.  If you are substituting another yarn, you will need 160 yards  of worsted and 300 yards of sportweight.

Needle: Cowl: US size 8 ( 5.0 mm) 16 inch circular needle. Infinity: US size 6 (4.00 mm) 24 inch circular needle.

Finished Measurements:  Width: 8 (6) inches. Circumference: Cowl: 22 inches; Infinity: 48 inches.

Since I believe these cousin patterns go together, I will be offering a discount on the 2 patterns combined as the Cotuit Sands Collection.

Purchase the Cotuit Sands Collection (which includes Cotuit Sands Scarf and the Cotuit Sands Cowl , a 4 pattern collection) for only $10.

Happy Summer!

Mood Enhancement

There is nothing to lift a mood around this house like a long holiday weekend.

We have all the fixings for 3 days of grillin’.  We have surf and we have turf.  The deck is certainly where the action will be this weekend.  As I blog from the perfectly temperate spot right now I wish I could share my gardenias and their fragrant blooms with you.  Only a picture though.

I bought these last year and wintered them inside, nearly killing them.  I am continuing to love them and they have rewarded me.

While I may not have talked to the plants, I did knit by them many an evening and have this beauty to show for it.  Miss Babs Yummy was wonderful to knit with and I love how my Marrowstone looks (details here).  We had a great KAL and look forward to another one in the future 😉 .

I am working away on my next design, just about finished.  The Riveting has been a great yarn for this week with the warmer temperatures finally settling in!

Already looking ahead to next week, my next project is another version of the Cotuit Sands Scarf in Miss Babs Yet in the color Beach Glass.  How could I resist that? Sands…beach…get it…

Hope you have a great holiday weekend!  Happy Fourth of July!

Cheers, from the deck…