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Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

Back around the end of September, I finished a pair of Trellis & Cable Socks (my own pattern) using yarn gifted to me by a yarn shop friend prior to moving to NH more than 6 years ago.

T&C2 Socks

In November, I finished up a design for a knitted dog leash (yes, a knitted dog leash). It’s currently only available from Patternworks as a kit in 4 color choices (kit includes the pattern, 1 skein of Peruvia Quick, and a swivel hook).


Photo by Evelyn Lamprey.

Also in November, I knitted Craig a new Batman hat to match his new Batman sweatshirt with the modern bat logo. “But the greys don’t match,” he said. Tough.


And just today, I whipped up two mini-cup cozies to fit the teeny 8-oz. cappuccino to-go cups at the local coffee shop. (The standard cardboard coffee cup sleeves are too big!) These tiny cups are approximately 6.75″ circumference at the bottom.

Instructions for the one on the left:

Using #6 (4.00mm) needles and leftover bits of worsted-weight yarn… CO 32, join in round.
Knit 1 rnd.
Rnd 1: K2tog, (yo twice, ssk, k2tog) rep ( ) to last 2 sts, yo twice, ssk.
Rnd 2: Knit around, working double yo’s as knit in first yo, knit in back loop of second yo.
Rep Rnds 1 & 2 to desired height, ending with Rnd 2. Knit 1 rnd. Bind off loosely.
(Yes, pattern biases a bit.)

Instructions for the one on the right:

Using #6 (4.00mm) needles and leftover bits of worsted-weight yarn… CO 32, join in round.
Rnd 1: K1, (p2, k2) rep ( ) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Rep Rnd 1 until work measures 1” from CO.
Inc Rnd: K1, (pfb, p1, k2, p2, k2) rep ( ) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Next Rnd: K1, (p3, k2, p2, k2) rep ( ) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Rep last Rnd to desired height.
BO in ribbing.

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A few FOs

In addition to several baby hats and a few pairs of baby socks I can’t show yet (since they’re for a future installment of the Patternworks Essential Accessories Club), I’ve finished a few pairs of socks for myself recently.


Garter Rib Socks

  • Garter Rib Socks with short row heel
  • Yarn: Berroco Sox
  • Needle: U.S. 1 (2.25mm) 40″ long circular (magic loop)
  • Started 1/2/15, finished 3/1/15

These were started as plane knitting for the winter 2015 TNNA trade show.


Hoar Frost

  • Hoar Frost by Louise Tilbrook
  • Yarn: Shibui Knits Sock (discontinued)
  • Needle: U.S. 1 (2.25mm) 40″ circular (magic loop)
  • Started 3/1/15, finished 3/15/15

I knit these two at a time on magic loop as part of the NH Knits podcast sock-along. This was my first time knitting one of Louise’s patterns, and I really enjoyed it. I love that she included both toe-up and cuff-down instructions in the pattern (though it’s easy enough for me to switch a cuff-down pattern to toe-up on my own). I also did some deep stash-diving for this – I bought the yarn way back in fall of 2008, before we even moved to NH!


Hermione’s Goth Valentine

I love this stitch pattern – so simple and easy, and it just flies off the needles. I modified these to 56 stitches around instead of 64, knit them toe-up with the gusset on the bottom of the foot, slip-stitch heel, and 2×2 ribbed cuff.

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Three of the toe-up sock patterns I designed for the Patternworks Toe-Up Sock of the Month Club are now available for PDF download on Ravelry!

900394_ToeUpSOM_square_medium2First up, Confetti Rib Socks! One pair requires one skein of Done Roving Frolicking Feet DK yarn, or 350 yards of the sport-weight yarn of your choice. The slip-stitch pattern is a great match for hand-painted or variegated yarns. Click here to purchase on Ravelry.

ToeUpSOM-4_medium2Next, Trellis and Cable Socks! One pair requires one skein of Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints yarn, or 437 yards of the fingering-weight yarn of your choice. The cables on the back of the sock begin at the bottom of the slip-stitch heel flap. Click here to purchase on Ravelry.

900394_ToeUpSOM5_medium2And finally, Indecision Socks! One pair requires two skeins of HiKoo CoBaSi yarn, or 440 yards of the fingering-weight yarn of your choice. However, a yarn containing elastic is highly recommended to closely match the behavior of the original yarn used. After working the foot and short-row heel, you’ll turn the sock inside-out to work the leg from the wrong side. Click here to purchase on Ravelry.

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Sweater selfie

I wore my Pathways pullover to work for the second time today, and managed to grab a quick mirror shot this morning before leaving the house.


Pattern: Pathways by Hélène Rush

Yarn: DungarEase by Knit One, Crochet Too (Sagebrush colorway)

It’s very wearable as is, but if I had it to do over again, I’d make the neckline narrower. Probably by working 4 more stitches before starting neckline shaping on each side, and leaving 8 stitches on hold at the center neckline. I have narrow shoulders though, so for many people the neckline may be just fine as written.

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The fifth installment of the Patternworks Toe-Up Sock of the Month Club just began shipping this month! The latest kit includes my Indecision Socks pattern and two skeins of HiKoo CoBaSi yarn by Skacel. (If you just recently joined the club, you’ll be receiving this one later, in the fifth month of your membership.)

The socks begin ordinarily enough for a toe-up sock: casting on, increases for the toe, some ribbing on the top of the foot, and a short-row heel. But then it gets a little different! Because there’s quite a lot of reverse stockinette between motifs on the leg of the sock, the leg is knit with the sock inside-out, working on the wrong side. Another neat feature is the design on the leg – half of the front and back sports a lace pattern, and there are columns of twisted stitches and bobbles on the other half. The socks mirror each other, so you can wear them with the lace pattern toward the outside of both legs, or toward the inside to show off the twisted-stitch pattern on the outside of the leg instead.

These were really fun to design and knit, and I enjoyed working with a new-to-me yarn. CoBaSi is 55% Cotton, 21% nylon, 16% Bamboo and 8% Silk (check out those boldface letters and you can see where it gets its name).


Indecision Socks

This pattern is now available for purchase on Ravelry!

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We’re being treated to another little heat wave here in New Hampshire after being spoiled by several cool, almost fall-like days last week. Sometime during high school (like 30 years ago, shhh!) I realized that fall is my favorite time of year. September and October especially are my favorite months. The daylight hours are growing shorter each day, and as the temps begin to fall, we’ll begin pulling those hats out of closets and drawers to keep our heads warm.

But there are adults and children undergoing chemotherapy who need those hats all year long, not just in the fall and winter months (but especially in the fall and winter months). Please consider giving a little of your crafting time to knitting or crocheting (or sewing!) a hat for your favorite charity that distributes hats to chemo patients.


Chemo cap recommendations:

  • Hats should be made from very soft yarns (or fabrics). Some excellent yarn choices are Jeannee Worsted, Pacific, Wooly Worsted, and Berroco Vintage. Choosing machine-washable yarn is strongly recommended, as patients may not be used to caring for handknits.
  • Check the hat charity’s sizing requirements; generally, hats should be no less than 16″ and no more than 22″ in circumference. Some charities collect hats for all ages, some for only babies, some for only adults.
  • If the yarn used contains any wool, please attach a note to the hat stating this, since many patients have extremely sensitive skin.
  • Don’t think of the hat as just a “chemo cap” – think of it as a hat the recipient will wear and enjoy long after their treatment has ended.

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Fresh off the spinning wheel! Let’s just call them “rustic”, shall we?

 CreamFiber72Cream-colored Wool (breed unknown)
86 grams – 122.5 yards – about bulky weight on average
Irregularly spun while learning how to use the wheel. Navajo plied.
Spinning: about 4 hours  Plying: about 1 hour

Brown-GreyFiber72Brown-Grey Wool (breed unknown)
44 grams – 87.5 yards – about aran weight on average
This one came out a bit more even. Navajo plied.
Spinning: about 2.5-3 hours  Plying: about 30 minutes

Not sure what I’m going to do with these yet, but they could very well end up becoming something for the cat to lay on.

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