Friday, April 29, 2016

March, April and May Knit-From-Stash socks

I was soo busy last month, I don't think I posted an update for the Knit-From-Stash 2016 Botanic Socks collection.

MARCH  April was Calathea Socks.

Shown in Phydeaucx Designs "spiced peaches" colourway. Photo from Winter TNNA San Diego.
Calathea Individual Pattern:  

Calathea is a plant with striped foliage. It is called Peacock plant, Zebra plant, Snake plant or even Prayer plant depending on who is writing up the labels. It likes humid climates and no direct sunlight. You can not neglect this plant, which is why I don't grow them!

Our Calathea socks have twisty stripey leaves. You will want to block these out when you are done, as the fabric bias wants to spiral.

APRIL was actually Laurier socks! Some how I missed posting March and Calathea!

Laurier or Laurel leaves cover the leg of this sock. The pattern has both Charted and Written instructions. Cuff down, and also available in 4 sizes S- 6”, M-7.5”, L-9”, XL-10” (foot circumference).

April's leaves brings May's....Bark layer?
Rhytidome is the external later that we consider "bark" to be.

Rhytidome socks have texture, knots in the  "wood" and are both a Cuff Down and a Toe Up sock.
These socks have twisted stitches and are on a purl background. "Someone" Is testing them on a knit background....we shall see how that goes. :)

Rhytidome Individual Pattern:

2016 Books update

Early 2016 list:
Natural History of Dinosaurs by Marie Brennan
Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson
A Year with No Sugar by Eve Schaub
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Malice: The Faithful and the Fallen by John Gwynne
The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan
Beauty by Robyn McKinley
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings ( Tolkien,  Lewis, Barfield, Williams) by Philip and Carol Zaleski

Pride and Prejudice read by Rosamund Pike
A Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

To this list can now be added (knitting books not included):
The sound of a wild snail eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Originals by Adam Grant
A perfect red by Amy Butler Greenfield 
Snow by Tracy Lynn
Drunken botanist by Amy Stewart 
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley 
Perfect ruin by  Lauren DeStefano 

Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw 
Dragonvein by Brian Anderson 
On our own in Jerusalem's old city by Vicki Andree 
David Copperfield by Dickens, narrated by Richard Armitage 
Rewinder by Brett Battles

Sunday, April 24, 2016

3 skeins or less: Modern Baby Knits

Another wonderful book by the talented Tanis Gray. This book mixes the comfortable baby friendly garments with wonderful color choices making it a must have for microfashion knitting.
I want this bunny!!!!

This Polka Dot sweater reminds me of honeycomb and bees. What makes it a sweater I will actually knit is that it is straight forward, fun so it will keep my attention but not overly fussy so that it would become just another unfinished project.  This is what makes this book a must have for knitting mothers with little ones, adorable knits that are completable.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Highlander Knits

F&W / Interweave have released a new collection of wooly, Scottish knits inspired by the Outlander series.
There are a variety of patterns enclosed from quick knits (perfect for knitting while watching tv), to Cables and lace. "Rustic yet undeniably feminine beauty" of chunky, tweedy knits make this a book you will want to pick up.
I am especially fond of the warm, knee high socks, Standing Stone Stockings.

Highland Knits pattern collection by the Interweave Editors –also has a freemium from Highland Knits on amazon. Get the free pattern at this link:
There is another special on in the interweave store for 20% off withcoupon code  OUTLANDER20

Monday, April 11, 2016

Bleeping Sock Games 2016

The 7th year of Bleeping Socks has begun!
All of the socks are based off of video, arcade or computer and gaming system games. Every 10 days a new sock pattern will be released.

Group info:

The 2nd sock is from Janine Le Cras aka Guernseygal.

Inspired by assassin's creed, the Assassin 's Creed Syndicate socks are beautifully decorated with a button cuff and leg.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Refined Knits

When I received Jennifer Woodhouse's new book, Refined Knits, in the mail before I could even thumb through it my 13 yr old daughter was already stash diving (in my stash, of course). Zemy immediately cast on the Camellia sweater.

It is a bit of a challenge for a 13 yr old. We made 2 modifications. One was the 11 row chart for the button band. A 12th row was added ( knit the knits, purl the purls) so that she didn't have to work the more complicated sts from the wrong side. The second was to adjust length for her height.

Note: errata for casting on Camelia's sleeve sts- the 2nd sleeve numbers for all of the sizes were not transposed, use the numbers for the first sleeve.

My neighbor who is going through breast cancer treatment is also a knitter.
She was looking for a new project to keep her mind calm. After looking at my copy of Refined Knits she bought a copy....and so did each of the members of her knitting group. They cast on and are knitting together the Victoria sweater.

This is a beautiful book filled with many sweaters that we are looking forward to making. I highly recommend this book.

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