Monday, June 27, 2011

Toe-Up Socks Done!

I started these socks last week as I was teaching a Toe-Up Socks class at The Tangled Web. I love toe-up socks. And this yarn (Indulgence by KFI) is smoochy - very enjoyable experience. Here's the pattern: Easy Toe-Up Socks.

And now, some thoughts on how matchy-matchy these are. Whenever I used self-striping yarn in the past, I seemed to be able to just start the 2nd sock at wherever the yarn from the first sock left off. I (silently and gently) tsk-tsked students of mine who insisted on making the stripes line up. But of course as always happens when you mock someone or something, you end up doing exactly that thing. My last few pairs of self-striping socks are identical twins. I wind off yarn at the beginning of the 2nd sock so I'm starting at the same place. Like a crazy person!!

And then, look what happened to these socks. I had them all lined up and as I was nearing the end of the 2nd sock, there was a knot! The color pattern was broken up and so the cuffs of these socks are, GASP, different!!! Let it go, Diana!!

I've started a 2nd pair in this yarn and I shall grit my teeth and make the 2nd sock a fraternal twin. I shall not wind off until I come to the same starting point. It will be good for me.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Summer Shell Patterns on Sale!

Whoa, where did I go?! Sorry everyone, local community baseball (my husband's a coach, my son's a player) completely overwhelmed me for the last month. BUT, baseball's done, and now it's back to knitting!

I'm usually gearing up for the TNNA (National Needle Arts) Show this time of year, but we're staying home this year because my son has an important graduation ceremony (from Lower to Middle School - gulp!) that we don't want to miss. BUT as a nod to TNNA, I'm putting all three of my Easy Summer Shell patterns on sale (20% off) for the month of June. Click on the titles to go straight to the website to buy yours now!




These are the definition of easy summer knitting - knit in the round up to the armholes, easy edging, simple shaping. These shell patterns are written for worsted or dk weight, have a choice of seed stitch or ribbed edging, and have optional waist shaping instructions. And they're all 20% off for the month of June. Go here (they're at the bottom of the page.)