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Monday, July 21, 2008

Moderne Sock Pattern

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Moderne Socks

Materials Needed

100G fingering weight yarn. Solid or semi-solid colorways will work best. (I used Kraemer Sterling Silk and Silver in Black for the prototype shown here.)

US size 2 needles for large, US size 1 for medium. This pattern is written for magic loop or two circulars, it will not work well on DPNs due to the nature of the fountain lace pattern.

Stitch Marker if desired for marking beginning of round

Row counter

Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends

A note on gauge: Your gauge will depend on what size needle you’re using. My size large on size two needles is 7 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch. A size medium on size one needles is 9 stitches to the inch in stockinette.


Pattern costs $5.00 US.




(When you get to the paypal site, make sure you put a note in the box with your correct email address and which sock pattern you want, and I will email you the pattern within 24 hours. If for any reason you don't get the pattern, email me (link in sidebar)with your payment information and I'll resend it.)
You can also purchase the pattern via Ravelry if you're on there.

I know, the pictures aren't that great. I will get some better photos up eventually, when I can get outside with some help. Part of the problem is I keep cropping my scars out and then there's not much sock left. I need a model!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Melt all my heart away with a smile

I know, I'm way overdue and haven't updated in forever. Life's been kind of hectic. I'm fighting a recurrence of my vestibular disorder. My doctor diagnosed me with an ear infection last Monday and frankly, I'm not sure she's right. I was okay until this morning when I woke up dizzy and very close to full-on vertigo. I've managed to keep it together but I'm very off-center this morning and feel like I could slide into dizzy at any moment.

I finished the Moderne socks. They're gorgeous. I need to take pictures. Also started on socks for my uncle and for my office daughter. I'm doing Garter Rib in a Opal Hundertwasser for him and my Entrelac design in the Kureyon sock for her. I'm still spinning up the last roving I got from Leticia at Autumn Oak and will have probably 1000 yards of chunky two ply from the pound of roving. It's very soft. It's pretty dark brown with different colors here and there, not exactly tweedy but very interesting.

I did attempt some photos on the 4th at the fireworks. Some were OK.
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For the most part, though, never again without a tripod. It was too frustrating.

We have two toads that live on our porch. Here's the one that hangs out in Bob's shoe.
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Back to knitting, I'm working on a top-down raglan tee out of some lovely Interlacements Kansas yarn. It's a linen/rayon blend and a joy to knit.
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Not much to see yet, unfortunately. It's just a raglan with a seed-stitch panel in the front. Boooring. Also finished the Oriel Lace socks, and again, I need to take pictures. There just aren't enough hours in the day.
EDIT-Pictures.
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They really are the ultimate girly socks.
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Bob and I went on a mini-golf date last night. It was fun, though when it was over I was ready to fall over dead. Three rounds of miniature golf in 80 degree humid weather when I'm not really used to being on my feet that much is a lot of exertion and my foot and leg and knee were dead weight when I got home.

Must be off, we have friends coming over for dinner. I'll try to get some photos up tomorrow, I need them for my Ravelry notebook anyway and I don't have anything on the agenda tomorrow besides chillin and knittin.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams

The Luna Moth Shawl is done!

I finished it off last night and it's currently pinned out and drying. I did not block it "hard" at all, just pulled the points out and made the top straight. It's Gorgeous. Here's some pictures.

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The colors are great. The details look okay to me, one advantage is it's so damn big that any flaws are hard to find unless you're looking for them.

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I think this one is my favorite detail shot.
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I started this project in April when I came home from the Nursing home. I didn't knit much on it the last month or so, the weather's been too warm. The yarn is Jojoland Rhythm, non-superwash. The pattern can be found here.

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Here's the pre-blocking look...
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Ignore the dirty kitchen.
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And the poor thing soaking in soapy water.
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I'm excited about this project, it's my first attempt at non-sock lace and it's pretty good. I threw it over my shoulders last night and it was plenty big enough, which was a worry of mine. I'll definitely be wearing this out and about in the Fall.

If only there were a county fair somewhere I could enter it. :)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Ooh, you make me live now, honey

I want to take a moment to spread the word about some of my very favorite vendors, fiber folks, and artisans. In addition to the links in the sidebar, these are people I wholeheartedly recommend as craftspersons.

I love fiber and spinning and yarns. When I got my first wheel, I opted for a Babe wheel, because I wasn't sure I'd be committed enough to it long-term to justify spending $600-800 on a piece of equipment that I might not end up using for more than a year. I did research. I ended up with the Babe Production Double Treadle wheel and after spinning on it for two years now, I can say I love it. I have come to a place in my spinning where it would be nice to get a better wheel, but it isn't really necessary right now because my Babe works just fine. Here's where to find Babe wheels, and Nils' customer service is second to none.
My wheel is the white double-treadle model. Not so elegant, but oh-so functional.
http://www.babesfibergarden.com/production.html

One of my first and still favorite fiber vendors is Bill Mutchler from Copper Moose in Vermont. He's wonderful, gives out free advice, and ships so fast it's practically there before you order it. He has everything from four ounce sample sizes to multiple pounds of fiber, equipment, and much more.

http://www.coppermoose.com/

Follow the link to his ebay store to see everything.

Another great bulk fiber vendor is Carol at the Sheep Shed Studio. When you need a LOT of fiber, Carol's your woman.

http://www.thesheepshedstudio.com/

She is so nice, too.

I try to support local fiber artists when possible, and when I feel like treating myself to something special, I like to visit Feistywoman Designs. Her sock batts and sock fiber are wonderful. In fact, that's where the wonderful fiber for the Cucumber Falls socks originated. She keeps a blog here...

http://feistywomandesigns.blogspot.com/

and an Etsy shop here.

http://www.feistywomandesigns.etsy.com

One of my local friends has a great talent for making jewelry. Her etsy shop is here, and let me tell you, I covet many things there. I've offered to make socks in exchange for a particular piece, but I'm not telling you which one.

Intentional Stones

She also keeps a blog here.

http://intentional-stones.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Some more Etsy yarn vendors that I've become very fond of over the past year...
http://crazymonkey.etsy.com

Here's another favorite, a soapmaker who also sometimes has wonderful fiber and usually has yarns for sale as well.
http://www.autumnoak.etsy.com

Her soaps are SO NICE. I am not kidding. I love them, and I'm a soapaholic.

And finally, a great pottery artist, who did the olive oil bottle that I got for my mom for mother's day.

http://www.LomaPrietaPottery.etsy.com

I hope you'll consider sharing the love for these vendors and artisans that I've come to love.