Published May 24, 2013
Tags: knitting, socks, travel
So we drove to NYC on the weekend (more on that later) and I was looking for a good knitting project to take up the time. Tito had just received his first pair of socks and he was lovin’ em.
So, glumly, I went to the stash and stated poking around looking for something
boring masculine enough that he would wear it (not a likely event in my stash) when Tito said ‘You know, I feel like if socks are hand made, they should look a little funky’. Funky.
Well. These are the socks he’s getting. Yes, he chose the colour.
They were a perfect road trip project. Here they are demonstrating the proper use of our cup-holder.
I turned the heel by the border.
They saw lots of upstate New York.
I finished the first one on the road, he should have a pair by the weekend.
A man who loves funky, ankle length socks. How lucky am I?
Pattern is the ever-reliable (and now memorized) Sporty Striped Peds from Purl Soho.
Shodan doesn’t seem impressed. That’s ok.
Published April 23, 2013
Tags: knitting, Koigu, socks
I have wanted a reason to work with Koigu forever. Pattern: Sporty Striped Peds.
Remember this post, where I asked everyone what I should knit, got a majority vote, and then did something else?
Here is the finished Trillian, and I’ve got to say – I love it :)
Oh, and I also got new hair :) Shortest it’s ever been!
Ravelry Project Page here:
I was admiring my socks (and how they feel in Crocs… oh, the cushiness…) and I was thinking perhaps I had enjoyed them quite enough and they were due for a wash.
This got me thinking ‘what the hell was in that yarn anyway?’ which led sadly to ‘I haven’t a clue’.
I bought the yarn from a lovely shop in Victoria BC, hand-dyed by the owner themselves. The store was so fun, colourful and full of fibre goodness that I had to share a few pics.
The owner, winding up the mystery yarn I had just bought. I like how he makes winding yarn look like a cavalier and swashbuckling thing to do.
The socks will be hand washed with my other knitted items to be on the safe side, I can’t bear to lose them now!
They’re called ‘Knotty by Nature’ and they’re right in downtown Victoria. Definitely look them up if you’re in town, and while you’re at it, ask about my socks ;)
Published April 12, 2013
Knitting , Life
Tags: knitting, life, mom, socks
My mom and I are both 5 foot 2. She may actually be 5 foot nothin’, but the fact remains that we are both small.
One day she was chatting with Tito and I, and she dropped this gem: ‘Because short things come in important packages’. To get the full effect, imagine it being said in a sweet West-Indian accent.
Some officious douchbag (I think it was me) presumptuously tried to correct her: ‘Mom, it’s good things come in small packages‘.
She frowned at me for a moment, but then grinned her infectious grin and repeated with confidence (and finality); ‘Nope! It’s short things come in important packages’.
Well, I finally realized that she’s right. This entire post is about a hurdle I have finally crossed – my first socks. I’ve been anti sock all these years thinking ‘why waste time like that?’. They’re amazing. They’re comfy. They fit my tiny feet perfectly. They are extraordinarily important.
Because short things come in important packages. As usual, mom is right.
Everyone who knows me knows that turquoise, browns and blues are my colours. Every time I walk into a yarn store I am lamentably predictable. But then… then I picked up this lovely thing.
This is Iris, one of the new colours from Tanis Fiber Arts. I picked up a skein in her blue label sock yarn and I am in love. It’s beautiful and punchy, and more variegated than I typically go for, so the question now is, what to do with it?
I’ve considered Jane Richmond’s lovely Strathcona:
And Martina Behm’s Lintilla:
I have never knitted either of these patterns, though I have done patterns from both designers before and I know I love their work. Both these patterns are simple enough that the textural pieces will allow the variegated yarn to shine, and both are great summer pieces.
But I am totally open to suggestions too! Anyone know of a great pattern for 400 yards of sock yarn that will show off these colours they way they deserve? Of the 2 above, which one would you vote for?