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Alphabet Markers & Koolaid Sock Yarn

Friday, September 28th, 2007

As you know, I have been happily knitting along on my socks from Cat Bordhi’s book, “New Pathways For Sock Knitters, Book One”. Did you know that there is a Knit-A-Long set up for this book? You can find this KAL here! I am sure there are a LOT of folks who would like to be a part of this KAL. There are many nice photos and posts there already from some very busy sock knitters.

I have been making sets of the alphabet markers to be used with the book. I am going to be selling them at some of our local yarn shops as soon as they get in some of the new books.

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I had quite a time trying to figure out how to display these. Any opinions on how you think they look? Leave me a comment if you have any suggestions. I’d be ever so grateful!!!

Here is my story about some UGLY sock yarn! If there could be such a thing, LOL! I purchased a very soft skein of pretty sock yarn at a shop about two months ago. After I got it home, I realized that the ball band was missing so I didn’t have any of the “particulars” of the yarn. So, the next time I went to that shop, I wrote down all the pertinent information and brought it home to be put with the yarn. I kind of like to know these things! Well, when I looked at the yarn again, I realized it was quite an odd color, to say the least. It was mostly cream with little splotches of dark brown and some peachy/coral stuff going on here and there. When I turned the skein over, the dyes hadn’t even gone all the way through. I couldn’t figure out why I had bought it. Maybe the lighting was bad in the store, or MAYBE the yarn fumes were getting to me!

Anyway, here I was with this very strange looking yarn (did I mention it was very soft?!?!?) that I knew I would never knit into ANYTHING! So, I was feeling rather adventurous and decided to dye it with some Kool-Aid! I mixed up two packages of Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade with one package of Arctic Green Apple in a bowl of water and plunked that into the microwave and cooked it for 2 minutes on high, turned it over and cooked it for 2 more minutes and then poured the water off and finished it up with 2 more minutes. Take a look at it now!!!

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Tah-Dah! A beautiful skein that has my very favorite color green as the background! I LOVE it!!! Who knew?!?!?!

Feather & Fan Socks

Monday, September 24th, 2007

I just finished the Feather & Fan socks that I started in MARCH!!! Quite a long time for a pair of socks, don’t you think?!?!? They sort of got set aside and then many other projects took their place and there they were, buried! I only had to do the second leg, so it really didn’t take too long once I got started back on them. They are a Christmas present, so shhhh!!!

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I used Wendy Johnson’s free pattern and Regia Stretch yarn with 2.5 mm Knit Picks dpn’s. I got 9 stitches per inch with these needles. This pattern is knitted with a short-row toe and heel.

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Here’s a close-up shot of the feather & fan pattern on the leg. It was really fun to do.

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I used my beaded row marker that I made to keep track of the four-row pattern. It worked quite well!

I am planning on making these socks again, although I would like to start the feather and fan pattern after the toe section and continue it up the foot and then the leg. I’d also like to use a little thicker yarn as this yarn was very thin. I guess I’d better get back to knitting as I still have five more pairs of socks waiting for me to finish them up!

Stitch Marker Parade

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Well, I have finally been able to get back to writing. Life surely intrudes doesn’t it with all the shopping and laundry and cooking and cleaning and banking and errands!!! Phew!!! Now for some fun stuff! I have been making stitch markers using various sizes and kinds of beads for about six months. It has been a journey of trial and error, but I’m finally figuring out what I want and how to get there. I still have some tweaking to do, but they are turning out quite well. My daughter, Meagan, has been having some fun helping me build them. She does the fun part of picking out the bead combinations and then I put them together. She has put together some very nice ones which have already sold. Here’s what the beading table looks like:

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Here are some of my stitch markers. Some of them have tiny, colored jingle bells that make your knitting even sound nice!

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I have to keep some of the markers (to use as models, right!?!). Some of them I just can’t bear to part with they are so pretty and they sparkle so!:-)

I sell them at the yarn shop where I work (Art Fibers in Chautauqua, NY) for $2.25 each. People seem to like them once they figure out how to use them. I like to call them “jewelry for your knitting”! All sizes and colors can be made for custom orders. Just email me with your request!