Upcoming Goodness

The pattern for Bines is finished, and I will be releasing it tomorrow.  Bines was knit with one of the yarns that Schaefer gave me in return for a pattern I designed for them.  When they saw Bines, they liked them, so this pattern will be getting added to their library as well.

To celebrate the pattern release I’m having a little give away.  The folks at Schaefer have graciously offered to provide a skein of their Heather yarn in the color Dian Fossey (the same color and yarn I used to make the original socks) to one of my readers.  I’ll provide a copy of the pattern (or any of my other patterns if you prefer) to go with it.   I’ll post the details here tomorrow when the sock pattern goes live.

Verdant

The first Bines sock is done.  The second was started, suffered a small mishap, and is now in time out for a few days while I work on something else.  I finished the first draft of the Bines pattern and have sent it out to a cadre of genius test knitters who are hard at work on it as I type.  I hope to have the pattern out in about a month.  In the mean time, I’ve got to finish the other sock, take better pictures, and put in the corrections I’m sure my testers will have for me.  Perhaps another picture will tide you over till I get all that done.

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The yarn is Heather by Schaefer Yarns in the color Dian Fossey.  The yarn is 30% silk, which gives it a lovely sheen, and 15% nylon, which makes me worry less about walking holes in them (I’m not bad at math, the other 55% is superwash merino).  This is one of the yarns I got in return for designing a sock for Schaefer earlier this year, and I’m very glad I got a chance to use it.  It’s definitely one I’ll be looking for in the future.

The socks are on sock blockers I got at Sock Summit.  They are basically a sock shaped wire frame with a hanger on the top.  They don’t have the cute factor of some of the wooden ones but they are awesome.  Socks dry almost instantly, and there are no rough edges or splinters to snag the fabric.  To top it off, they were only $16.00 for the pair.  I got them at the Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks booth, but I don’t think they made them and I don’t see them on their website.  If anybody knows who made them I’d love to know, and if anybody has a chance to buy blockers like this I highly recommend it.

Up next, the first of the yarn reports from Sock Summit.

 

Twist Twist Twist

bines_2Sorry for the disappearing act.  I was off playing in the woods with The Boy and his family.  I don’t, as a general rule, do woods.  The woods are traditionally in that space known as outside, and I am philosophically opposed to outside.  Outside is where the evil scorching sun lives, and his minions (itchy) plants and (creepy) bugs can cause all sorts of mayhem if you spend too much time out there.  It is much safer to stay inside with the books and the air conditioning and the refreshing beverages. The knitting is also generally found inside.

I was, however, able to finish up the first of the newest pair of socks, Bines.  They do, at least, look woodsy, despite my concerted effort to keep them out of any actual woods.  Green and twisty and leafy.  Pretty, see?  And yes, they are full to the brim of twisted stitches (even twisted decreases).  I love twisted stitches and am using them with great abandon.bines_3

Things may be a bit quiet over the next week as I’m getting ready for Sock Summit.  Fear not though, I have procured a wee tiny laptop for taking with me to Sock Summit, so I can natter on endlessly while I’m there.