Playing Favorites, Part 2

We talked a little while ago about the sock yarns for the upcoming book, but that book won’t all be sock-y goodness.  There are lots of other delightful projects too, and that means more yarn.  I’ve just now gotten the last of the yarns in, so that meant it was time to bring them all together for a group shot.

yarnsI really am rather madly in love with all of these, and I bet there are a few here that will be new to you.

Starting up at the top left, the pink one there is Manos Fino in Rosewater (otherwise known as ‘trust me I am just as surprised as you to see a baby pink in my stash but I really do rather love this).  The purple is Alchemy Lust in Amethyst (I’ve never seen another base quite like this, we’ll have to talk about it soon).  Then we’ve got the delightful Phydeaux Creme in Seaglass (found this at TNNA and remain totally smitten).  The light gray on the bottom right is Vice Carnal in a custom color Lizzy has not yet named (I’ll harass her soon).  Next to it is a darker gray, that’s SweetGeorgia Trinity Worsted in Silver (we all know I love SweetGeorgia).  Up on top of that is Anzula Oasis in Seaside (another base we need to chat about, splendid stuff).  The bit of yellow sunshine is Elemental Affects Civility in Limoncello (this is a shiny new yarn and I cannot wait for you to all meet it and fall madly in love with it too).  And finally, the delightful Frog Tree Pediboo Sport in 1464 (admittedly not the most fetching color name, but a very lovely yarn indeed).

Can I just say I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a book?  I mean I’ve loved them all, but this one just has me doing a bit of a boogie up and down the hallway every time I think about it.  I can’t wait to show it off!

Not a Sock in Sight

We talked the other day about sock yarns for the book after next, but as usual, the book is more than just socks.  Some of the non-sock yarns have also started to arrive, and they’re delightful.

mannerlyUp at the top there, in all of its lovely pinkness, is Manos Fino in Rosewater.  That’s going to become an absolutely delicious shawl.  Moving clockwise around the circle, the next one is Anzula Oasis in Seaside.  This is also destined for some sort of wrap (it’s a silk/camel blend, and I anticipate greatness).  Then we’ve got Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted in Silver.  I’m anticipating a hat, but I’m not 100% decided.  And finally, the lovely Phydeaux Creme in Seaglass.  This has actually already leapt onto the needles and is absolutely a hat.

There are more to come (four you’ve not seen, two of which are coming in the mail any minute now).  But this should give you a sense of what I’m up to these days.  I am starting to get the sock itch though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a pair of socks started making appearances some time soon.


I have a process.  I have a very specific process.  First I get yarn, then I swatch, then I write up a shockingly structured page of notes, then I type up the pattern.  The swatch and the page of notes and the label are all stapled together (with my nifty staple-free stapler…no actual staples needed, it makes a hole to tie the swatch through, so clever it hurts).  The result looks something like this.

swatches and notesThat is the process.  There is no changing the process.  There is no questioning the process.  It works beautifully.  I have everything I could need in one lovely pile.  It’s easy to keep track of and easy to refer to.  It’s a good system.

Unless, that is, you have a kitten.  A kitten with very bad habits when it comes to yarn (later events made it quite clear that the yarn fiend in question is Barry, but the details of those events will be left to the reader’s imagination).  If you have such a kitten, you may face a nibbling issue.

nibbled swatchIn which case the tail you intentionally left nice and long to tie to your page of notes may get chomped right off.  Now this is clearly not an insurmountable obstacle, and I can think of several solutions.  But it is an excellent reason to glower at Barry and question his decision making skills.  And possibly a reminder to put my notes away on a higher shelf.

Playing Favorites

I’m in the middle of the best part of book making.  The part where I’ve chatted with some of my very favorite people in the yarn industry, they’ve graciously agreed to let me experiment with their beautiful yarns, they’ve mailed them to me, and I get to play with them.  This tray of yarn is sitting on my desk right now.

sock yarnsThese will be the socks for the book after next, and I love each and every one of them.  Starting at the top left, there’s Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Buckingham Fountain, and right under it is Mrs. Crosby Train Case in Boston Fern.  At the top right is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Mermaid Tears (the winner of today’s round of best yarn name of the day).   On the bottom, working left to right, there’s Bare Naked Wools Ghillie Sport DK in Cream, The Uncommon Thread Lush Twist in Tea Smoked, Quince & Co Finch in Iceland, and Shibui Staccato in Caffeine.

You can see I’ve already broken in to many of them to get started swatching (um, I may possibly have three of the sock patterns for these written already), and I’m having a delightful time.  This book is going to be ridiculously fun.


Further proof that I am knitting (lest you be concerned).

crumpleAlas, the things I am knitting are all fodder for the book after next.  (On a side note, penultimate means the one before the last.  Is there a word for the one after the next?  I feel there should be, but I’m at a loss as to what it might be.  If anyone knows I’ll be very grateful.)  So that means I can show you crumpled bits like this, and I can talk about the yarn (Frog Tree Yarns Pediboo Sport Tonal, and yummy stuff it is too), but I won’t be showing you finished things.

Terribly unreasonable of me.  Clearly I need to get some non-book stuff on the needles to remedy this.



I’ve spoken before about how, when I first started knitting, I thought “suitable needles” meant needles that look pretty with the yarn, rather than needles that give appropriate gauge.  It made for some rather memorable early projects.  But every now and then, just by chance, the needles that look lovely with the yarn will happen to give perfect gauge.

suitable needlesThat, plus a healthy stretch of stockinette, makes for the most meditative knitting imaginable.  The yarn is Creme in Seaglass by Phydeaux Designs.  It’s delicious.  And so is this project, though you can’t see any more of it for a long time to come (first on the needles for the book after next…and holy smokes is it nifty).


I’m worried a few of you may be laboring under a terrible misconception.  One or two of you may have gotten the sense that there’s not been much knitting around here.  After all, the last thing I showed you I knit was the Trey cuff back in early June (which was itself my attempt to remind myself that I do indeed like knitting).  But just because I haven’t been showing you much knitting doesn’t mean I’ve not been stabbing yarn with needles on a regular basis.

Quite the contrary.  It’s just that I’ve not been showing you what I’m knitting.  For you see, the yarn for a new book has started to arrive, and I’ve been knitting like a fiend (even if it is mostly swatches).

new book yarnsNow just to clear, these aren’t the next book’s yarns.  Those are over here and are a good bit brighter.  This is the start of the book after that (the one coming in the fall of 2015).  These are some of the sock yarns I’ll be using (yes, they are a bit more subdued than the yarns for KCC3, what can I say, I’m fickle).

Starting from the top middle and working clockwise, we’ve got Mrs. Crosby Train Case in Boston Fern, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Buckingham Fountain, Shibui Staccato in Caffeine and The Uncommon Thread Lush Twist in Tea Smoked.  I adore how they all play together and have had entirely too much fun finding the perfect delicate shades after the brights of the last few projects.  There is more yarn coming, and much more swatching to be done, but I promise, there is knitting being done!