Inlay Knitalong

To celebrate Inlay, I’m having a little bit of a knitalong.  I’m doing it over in the Silk Road Socks group.  I realized I wanted to make these socks when I was doing the research for that book.  I saw all the gorgeous floors peeking out from under the rugs and filed away the idea of doing a pattern based on the fancy tile work.  Inlay was the result.  So I’m totally declaring it ok to host the knitalong in the same place.

Now, if you’re the sort who wants to make exactly the sock in the picture, I can help with that!

  • Laura at Handwerks has graciously offered a 20% off Sock plus 8 coupon for us.  Just mention “inlay” at checkout.  The gray socks are in her Sock Plus 8 in the color Smoke.
  • Suzan at Barking Dog Yarns wants to help too and has also offered us a 20% off coupon.  Just use the promo code “Knitty2011” at checkout.  The blue socks are in her Sirius in the color Iroquois Moon.
  • And while Claudia at Wollmeise is awesome, all of you Wollmeise fans know that just managing to get a hold of a skein can be a bit of a trick.   Alas, I have no discount to offer.  But for those of you who wish to try it, the orange socks are in her Twin in the color Campari.

So, if you’re planning to make them, come do it with the rest of us!

Book Yarn, Part II

Hey look, it’s our friend Percival again.  I am totally making him earn his keep.  Fair disclosure, I set him up on the front porch and clicked through all of the various yarns one after the other.  It was windy, some of the pictures feature yarn wandering off to one side or the other.  It was also getting dark.  So you might be able to line all the pictures up and figure out in what order I took them based on how dark it is.  But I’m guessing you’ve got better things to do with your time.

On the left is Handwerks So-Soft-DK in the color Lemongrass.  Now we all know I love Handwerks for socks, but this was my first exposure to their non-sock yarn.  Turns out, I love it too.  This is a 80/10/10 merino cashmere nylon blend.  I’m actually pretty convinced it would make yummy thick socks, but this particular skein is destined for something else entirely.

On the right is Handwerks Sock Plus 8 in the color Misty Morning.  Sock Plus 8 is quickly becoming one of my very favorite sock yarns.  It’s soft, seemingly indestructible, nicely proportioned, and comes in great colors.  I’m thrilled to be using it again.

The Master Plan

This book thing only works if you’re organized.  Well, it only works for me if I’m organized.  You may be as disorganized as you like.

This box is Book the Second.  You might think books live on the computer.  And large parts of this one certainly do.  But, by its very nature, a book like this has a certain physical component.  This box keeps that physical component safe and tidy.

A surprising number of you have asked about how the book is being managed, so I thought I’d share a bit. This is a giant plastic file box from some random office store.  It’s filled with a stack of folders.  And yes I did pay extra for the pretty folders.  I even tried to find a box whose lid color matched the folders.  Alas I could not manage it.  I’ve contented myself with sticking a few cupcake stickers on the side of the box and putting in the fortune cookie slip that seems to be guiding the whole process.  I am nothing if not easily amused.

Each folder has one of the projects in it.  The ten in front are socks, and the ten in back are…other things.  The contents of the folder vary depending on where each project is in the process.  Each starts out with a photo copy of the inspiration for the particular project. (That bit will make more sense when I get around to explaining just what the inspiration pieces are.  For now, make do with the knowledge that they are actual old things and should not be subjected to the vicissitudes of life in a plastic tub.)  When the yarn gets here, that’s added in too.  At some point, the swatches for the pattern gets tucked in there as well.  Once the pattern is finalized, the yarn itself (save for a bit held back for a mini skein for later pictures) goes out to a brave and valiant sample knitter.  The tag stays in the folder (because I would really hate to misidentify a yarn).

When the project comes back, it goes in there too. Like, say, these lacy purple things which just might be the prettiest socks I’ve ever seen.

In the Deep Dark Woods

Well not quite.  These are actually the kind of woods I like.  The kind with paved roads and air-conditioned cabins and screened-in porches and plumbing and beds.  Civilized woods.  Woods that have been carefully maintained to be convenient and comfortable.  I don’t have much use for the other sort of woods (the kind with wolves and tents and snakes and cliffs).

I’m off at Salt Fork State Park with The Boy and his extended family.  They’ve all been coming here every summer for decades, and it’s become a much-loved tradition.  (I just realized I’ve been coming off and on since 1998.  Old…I’m very very old.)  I’m alternating bits of book work with campfires and card games and the consumption of alarming quantities of grilled meat.

Every now and then I’ve managed to sneak in a bit of knitting.  I finished the first of these this morning.  They are a simple, quick, lacy little project perfect for working on when you’re busy doing other things.  They’re made with Handwerks’ Sock Plus 8 in London Fog (which I love).  Alas, I left the second ball of yarn at home, so I’ll have to wait till I get back to start the second one.