Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sinuosity Socks available

The Sinuosity Sock pattern is finally complete. I decided to make it available in multiple sizes which required a little more test knitting than I had planned.

Light Fingering - 8 sts and 12 rows = 1 inch

Sizes: S, M, L

S - 7" foot and leg circumference
M - 8" foot and leg circumference
L - 9" foot and leg circumference

Socks will stretch 1 - 1.5 inches to accommodate a larger foot and leg. If you have a larger instep be sure to go with the longer heel flap so your socks fit properly.

Shown in size M. Model wears a US size 8.5 - 9 shoe, medium width.

US size 1 (2.25mm) double pointed needles

Yarn -1 hank Destination Yarn (America the Beautiful Collection - color Sea) - Jeanne dyed up some of the Sea color so head over and get yours before it's gone.

Tapestry needle

Click the buy now button to purchase and download a pdf version of the pattern. Please note if you are using your checking account to make your purchase you will receive the pattern once the payment has been processed. If you don't have a paypal account that's OK you can make a purchase without an account by using a major credit card. If you are a Ravelry user you can also purchase it through my pattern store.

Every attempt has been made to produce a high quality pattern, free of errors.


Sunday, November 15, 2009 the winner

It was a hard decision and I changed my mind too many times to count. I decided to go with Sinuosity as the name for my new pattern. Thanks again to everyone who participated. Yardsailor, Jenny, Jersey and Debbie send me your email so I can send you a copy of the pattern as soon as it's ready. My email is in the side bar.

Kitten with a Whiplash send me your address so I can send you a hank of the beautiful Destination Yarn in Sea. Jeanne was nice enough to dye up another batch and I believe she will be dying up some more so it is available when the pattern is released.

Pattern will be available soon.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Change of plans.......

I have decided to nix the blog poll idea and choose the winner of the pattern naming contest myself. Sunday Nov 15th I will announce the winner. Yardsailor, Kitten with a Whiplash, Jenny, Jersey and Debbie you will all be receiving a copy of the pattern. The winner will also receive a hank of Destination Yarn.

Thanks again everyone for participating.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Vote now.......

First, I want to say thank you so much for all of your suggestions. You ladies are soooooo creative. It was really hard for me to choose. I loved reading what the pattern reminded you of and your inspiration for the names you suggested. Trust me the name I would have chosen would not have been as creative. I did a search on Ravelry to ensure that there weren't any other patterns with the same names. My top five choices are listed below. Voting will close on Saturday Nov 14th at noon.

Blog Poll is Closed

I also included an explanation for some of the names to help you in your voting process.

"As a river/water goddess, Saraswati symbolizes fertility and prosperity. She is associated with purity and creativity, especially in the context of communication, such as in literary and verbal skills. In the post-Vedic age, She began to lose her status as a river goddess and became increasingly associated with literature, arts, music, etc. Her name literally means "the one who flows", which apparently was applied to thoughts, words, or the flow of a river."

The quality or state of being sinuous. Sinuous - of a serpentine or wavy form.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pattern Naming Contest

I have finally finished my second sock pattern. I love the way it turned out with the beautiful Destination Yarn. I used the America the Beautiful collection in colorway sea. Usually when I complete a pattern I know what it should be named. Not so much this time.

So I have decided to solicit your help. Leave a comment with suggestions for pattern names from today til Sunday Nov 8th. I will then pick my top 5 favorites and we will vote on a winner. The winner will receive a copy of the pattern and a skein of the gorgeous destination yarn (color tbd). So far I have one suggestion, I think it was from Annie in my knitting group, Bubble socks.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saartje's Bootees

I couldn't resist making these for a friend of mine who just had a baby. I keep seeing this pattern all over Ravelry and have favorited several finished projects. It took me about an hour to make each bootie and the end result was so worth it. I love the pink and brown color combo for baby girls. Just too cute!!!

Pattern: Saartje's Bootees (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Rowan All Seasons Cotton
Color: Soul (Pink) #2521 & Bark (Brown) #2526
Size: 6 months
Needles: US Size 1.5 (2.5mm)
Verdict: I love how they turned out.
Modifications: I wanted these to fit a 6 to 9 month old
baby so I used a heavier yarn than the original pattern
calls for. They turned out just the right size.

These are addictive. I usually make baby socks with my left over sock yarn but I think I may just have to use it to make another pair of these. ;o)

Sunday, September 20, 2009


I finally got around to getting pictures of everything that I wanted to put up for sale. So hear goes, my yarn is kept in book cases and cubes in a smoke free home. I do have a dog but he doesn't bother my yarn.

If you're interested in purchasing anything or have any questions please email me (email is in the side bar). I am accepting payments via paypal. Please make sure to include the email address where you would like me to send your paypal invoice, if it is different than the address that you are sending your email from.

Prices include shipping in US/Canada. Willing to ship international but may need to increase shipping costs.

Burly Spun - quantity 2
100% Wool
132 yards each
Pd: $30.50

Asking: $18.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Noro Iro - quantity 2
75% Wool, 25% Silk
131 yards each
Pd: $ 40.50

Asking: SOLD

Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes - quantity 3
50% Alpaca, 50% Merino
100 yards each
Pd: $ 53.97

Asking: $38.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Rowan Denim - quantity 4
100% Cotton
Color Memphis
101 yards each
Pd: $26.24

Asking: SOLD

Rowan RY Luxury Cotton DK - This yarn has been discontinued
quantity - 8 (3 balls have been wound)
50% cotton, 45% viscose, 5% silk
197 yards each
Pd: $62.55

Asking: $40.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Berroco Suede - quantity 6
There is 3 different dye lots, the bottom row in the picture above shows them.
100% nylon
120 yards each
Pd: $61.74

Asking $40.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Olympus Silk Bijou - quantity 5
125 yards each
Pd: $35.00

Asking $20.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Debbie Bliss SoHo - quantity 4
100% Wool
72 yards each
Pd: $27.80

Asking: SOLD

Allhemp6 - quantity 3
100% long fiber hemp
165 yards each
Pd: $31.50

Asking: $19.00 including shipping in US/Canada

South West Trading Co. - quantity 3
100% Bamboo
250 yards each
Pd: $39.00

Asking: $23.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Rowan Kidsilk Haze - quantity 2
70% Super Kid Mohair, 30% silk
229 yards each
Pd: $30.00

Asking: SOLD

Rowan Linen Print - quantity 9, also includes Rowan Linen print pattern book
Rayon & linen
60 yards each
Pd: $85.50 for yarn and $14.99 for book

Asking: $58.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Schoeller Stahl Merino Stretch - quantity 10
174 yards each
Pd: $99.50

Asking: $50.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Valeria di Roma Capri - quantity 8
Color - 9030 teal (make sure you specify colorway in your email)
54% acrylic, 46% viscose
159 yards each

Asking: SOLD

Valeria di Roma Capri - quantity 7
Color - 245 multi (make sure you specify colorway in your email)
54% acrylic, 46% viscose
159 yards each

Asking: $25.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Yarn Botanika Handpainted Spinning Fiber 3 oz.
Colorway - Santa Fe Nights
Pd: $18.75

Asking : SOLD

Noro Kureyon - 10 skeins of the 12 are left
100% wool
110 yards each
Color 90 - I believe this colorway has been discontinued
Pd: $107.88

Asking: SOLD

Jordana Paige bag - Color Copper
Condition: New it has never been used
Pd: $69.00

Asking SOLD

Lantern Moon Basket/Bag
Condition: This basket was used to hold yarn only
Pd: $38.50

Asking: $24.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Suss Bigneck Pullover kit (includes pattern) - Will make up to a size 44 sweater
Color: Toffee Choklad
Pd: $95.20

Asking: $50.00 including shipping in US/Canada

Cascade - quantity 7 (3 in hanks and 4 wound)
100% Peruvian Highland Wool
220 yards each
Color - 8834
Pd - $46.20

Asking: SOLD

Monday, September 14, 2009

The winner is....

Thanks for sharing all the great projects that you're working on. You gave me some great new ideas. I decided to give both prizes away so without further ado the winners are.....

Heather - Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky

Adrienne - Yukon sock yarn

Also, you will each receive a row counter courtesy of Pam from Prettyknittyjewelry.

Congratulations ladies. Please email me your address (my email is in the side bar). I will be picking your row counters up on Thursday and will be sending your package out on Friday.

Remember to stop back I'm going to be posting a de-stash this week. There will be bags, yarn and maybe even some roving.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Contest for 2nd Blogiversary

I can't believe that it's been 2 yrs already. 2 yrs that have brought me many new knitting friends not to mention many laughs. So to celebrate I think a contest is in order. I love to see all the projects my friends are knitting and would love to know what everyone has on their needles. So from now til Saturday September 12th at midnight leave a comment and tell me what you're working on.

You will have a choice of two prizes and Pam has offered to throw in one of her great knitting counters. Thanks Pam!!!

First up is three skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Super Chunky. There is enough to knit a hat and gloves. I made a pair of these great gloves with the same yarn for my grandmother.

If you don't like chunky yarn or don't live someplace that gets cold you can choose Pagewood Farms Yukon sock yarn. I had a hard time capturing the true colorway. It was dark and rainy today and the lightening just was not cooperating.

Don't forget in the comments to specify which prize you would like. I'm sure after I read all your comments my knitting queue will get much bigger. If this is your first time to my blog or your first time commenting WELCOME!!!

Good luck!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Process or Project.......

I have always been a process knitter. I've never really cared about whether or not I was going to actually wear the finished object. That seems to be changing lately. I think it's because I want to make the most of my knitting time because it is an investment of both my time and money. That being said if I don't really love a pattern I find it hard to knit whether it's for myself or a gift. I've also been craving some instant gratification knitting and is probably why I have been knitting so many socks. This makes fours pairs of socks for me now. They're almost too pretty to wear.

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy
Color: Funky Fushcia (less than 1 skein)
Size: 8.5
Needles: US Size 1 (2.25mm)
Verdict: I love this yarn and the Fushcia color is beautiful.

Monday I'll be posting a blog contest for my 2 year Blogiversary. Don't forget to stop back and enter. Now I have to think of something creative for the contest.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Color inspiration......

Today's blog post is brought to you by the colors teal and orange. These colors have been making there way into many of my knitting projects and knitting inspiration. First up are some basic stockinette socks.

Pattern: Made it up as I went.
Color: Copenhagen (less than 1 skein)
Size: Cast on 64 stitches
Needles: US Size 1 (2.25mm)
Basic Pattern: Cast on 64 stitches, K1, P1 ribbing for 12 rows.
I used the heel and toe from my Summer Lovin Sock pattern.
Verdict: I love this yarn and definitely need to get more to make a
baby hat and booties or a sweater.

Next up is my latest purchase from Hazel Knits. I was thinking about using the orange yarn (High ocTang) for my little pumpkin socks (Ravelry link) but it looks so great next to the teal (Beach Glass). I'm also working on a new design using these colors. Too bad they don't look good on me.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tutorial: Picking up a missed YO

Some of you have had problems forgetting a yarn over when knitting my Summer Lovin Sock pattern. Rather than rip back to fix the yarn over I thought I would post a tutorial on how to pick up a missed yarn over.

Just to give you some perspective this missed yarn over is on row 10 of the pattern chart.

Hope this helps. I know I hate ripping back to fix a mistake.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Knit Night

I always forget to bring my camera to our Thursday knit nights but not this time. This picture is a few weeks old and was taken behind one of our LYS (Birds of a Feather).

Starting at the top from left to right (clockwise): Annie, me (bad hair day), Pam, Tina, Michelle, Jeanne, Alison, Jenny and our photographer Andrea. We had a good time and the weather was beautiful. We usually alternate between Java Cafe and Birds. If you live in the Cleveland area or are visiting come and join us. We post where we will be meeting up on Ravelry in the Cleveland Knits West group.

Guess who turned 10? That's right the pup is 10 years old already. I can't believe it. I got him for my birthday from the DH when we bought our first house. He was the best present ever.

Yes I did bake him his very own pumpkin bread. He and the DH enjoyed some. He looks very sad to have to be waiting to get his picture taken. Once he got the OK the cake was gone with one big bite.

I'm going to be having a de-stash sale soon. I just need to get pictures taken of the yarn that will be up for sale and decide on prices. I have lots of gorgeous yarn and bags that I will probably not use and I definitely don't want it to go to waste.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

More socks......

I finished another pair of the Summer Lovin Socks (Ravelry link) for my grandmother. I used Pagewood Farms Yukon in the color Bird of Paradise. This is one of my favorite yarns that I use to have to order online until my LYS started carrying it. If you've never used it you have to give it a try.

I also ordered lots more sock yarn as you can see. The yarn below is Destination Yarn and has been dyed by my friend Jeanne. The green, blue and yellow are from her America the Beautiful collection. The multi is Copenhagen and is dyed to match a beautiful picture of Copenhagen Denmark. The next colors that I want to get are called Tuscany and Vienna.

Next, I ordered some yarn from Knitting Notions. My friend Andrea loves their yarn and has used it for several projects. The variegated rust, colored yarn in the back is Tuscan Grove but everything else is Knitting Notions.

Since, I've been knitting up my sock yarn stash I can justify buying more. LOL!!! Below is proof, these are some socks that I'm knitting up for my mom. Red is her favorite color. The yarn is Zauberball in color Reds 1963.

I didn't have a pattern so I cast on 72 stitches and K3, P1 for the cuff and the top of the foot, I used a different color for the heel because I wanted the color to blend down the top of the foot. I did a wedge toe. They are a little snug on me but they should fit my mom. I really like this yarn it was addicting to knit with. The texture of the yarn is simlar to the Noro sock yarn. It's suppose to be machine washable. Let's hope so because I'm sure my mom will throw them in the washer.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sock KAL

For those of you that are interested in knitting the Summer Lovin Socks join our Summer Lovin Sock KAL on Ravelry.

These are the socks that Pam test knit for me with her beautiful hand-dyed yarn. Can you believe that she used Easter egg dye.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summer Lovin Socks

Finally the pattern is ready for the Summer Lovin Socks. Thanks Andrea and Pam for test knitting. The pattern is available below or on Ravelry (link). I hope you enjoy.

Gauge: 8 stitches and 11 rounds = 1 inch

Materials: 1 hank Hazel Knits Artisan Sock (color Laguna)

US size 2 (2.25mm) double-pointed needles

Tapestry needle

Skill Level: Intermediate


K – knit K2tog – knit 2 together P- purl

P2tog – purl 2 together RS – right side

SSK – slip, slip, knit St(s) –stitch

WS – wrong side YO –yarn over


Cast on 64 stitches dividing them evenly onto 4 needles. (16 stitches on each needle)

Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. P1, K1 to the end of the round. Repeat for a total of 12 rows of ribbing.

Leg Pattern: (Chart A)

Begin knitting round 1 of Chart A.

Chart A:

Repeat each round of chart pattern 4 times per round.

Repeat round 1-20 of chart A 3 times for leg of sock.

Setup for Heel Flap:

Turn work so wrong side is facing you. You will be working the stitches that you just knit. Slip 1; purl next 31 stitches on to 1 needle. You should now have all stitches on three needles, 16 stitches on two needles and 32 stitches (heel) on one needle.

Heel Flap:

Row 1: (RS) Slip 1, K1, repeat to end.

Row 2: (WS) Slip 1, P1, repeat to end.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your heel flap measures 2 inches, ending with a WS row.

Turn Heel:

Row 1: (RS) Slip 1, knit 18, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 2: (WS) Slip 1 st, purl 7, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 3: Slip 1, knit 8, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 4: Slip 1, purl 9, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 5: Slip 1, knit 10, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 6: Slip 1, purl 11, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 7: Slip 1, knit 12, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 8: Slip 1, purl 13, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 9: Slip 1, knit 14, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 10: Slip 1, purl 15, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 11: Slip 1, knit 16, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 12: Slip 1, purl 17, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 13: Knit row. (20 stitches)


Needle #1 - Slip the last 10 stitches that you worked onto a separate needle. Using the same needle pick up and knit 18 stitches along the edge of the heel flap (28 stitches).

Needle #2 & #3 (instep stitches) Begin row 1 of Chart A.

Needle #4 - Using a new needle pick up and knit 18 stitches along the edge of the heel flap and knit the last 10 stitches of the heel. (28 stitches) This will now mark the end of your round.

You should now be back to 4 needles

Needle #1 – 28 stitches.

Needle #2 – 16 stitches.

Needle #3 – 16 stitches.

Needle #4 – 28 stitches.

Gusset Decreases:

Round 1:

Needle #1 – Knit across to last 3 stitches, k2tog, knit 1.

Needle #2 & #3 – Continue in pattern following Chart A.

Needle #4 – Knit 1, ssk, knit to end.

Round 2: Knit all stitches.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have 16 stitches on all four needles. (64 stitches)


Continue working in stockinette on needles 1 and 4 and in pattern on needles 2 and 3.

Knit until foot is 2 inches less than desired length. Be sure to end with an odd row on your instep or pattern stitches.

Toe Decreases:

Round 1:

Needle 1: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

Needle 2: K1, ssk, knit to end.

Needle 3: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

Needle 4: K1, ssk, knit to end.

Round 2 & 3: Knit.

Round 4: Repeat round 1.

Round 5 & 6: Knit.

Round 7: Repeat round 1.

Round 8: Knit

Round 9: Repeat round 1.

Round 10: Knit

Round 11: Repeat round 1.

Round 12: Knit.

Round 13: Repeat round 1.

Round 14: Knit.

Round 15: Repeat round 1.

Round 16: Knit.

Round 17: Repeat round 1.

Round 18: Knit

Round 19, 20 & 21: Repeat round 1.

(20 stitches)

Knit across needle #1 (5 stitches). Your yarn should now be at the side of the sock toe, on the right side. Using a yarn needle Kitchner stitch the sock toe closed. Hide your ends and block socks if desired.

Enjoy your Summer Lovin Socks!!!

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