3/14/2016

all about stripes.

Last week was the most dreary week. Raining, cold and very very stormy at times.
Right now as I look out the window above my desk, the sky is very blue and the sun is shining.
Such a beautiful day and what a change from last week. I spent all my spare time last week 
knitting socks and curled up on the couch reading. Today I just want to go for a long walk outside and enjoy the warmth. Its supposed to warm up quite a bit.
Everything is really green and a hint of the wildflower season has begun. Spring is right around the corner and I am really looking forward to it. I spotted bluebonnets all over the city this past weekend. 
I really love flowers. Just in case any of you reading my blog are interested I did release my Wildflowers & Honeycomb sock pattern. My first little foray into designing. I don't have any plans to do any more designing but just a couple more sock ideas. There are plenty of sock patterns to choose from on Ravelry, whats few more, right?! I do have much greater appreciation for knitwear designers though, seeing it from the other side opened my eyes to just how much work goes into designing and all I did was a basic sock pattern! A big thank you to my lovely knitterly friends who test knit too!
Speaking of knitting socks, I've been knitting up all the stripes. Really addicted to self striping at the moment. You can't just stop with one, you have to keep going and going and going...
Recently Susan B Anderson completed a pair of socks where she alternated colors between two different self striping skeins, which is awesome! I think I might try that with knit picks felici ,which is in my stash. In my sock knitting adventures, I have discovered that I do not like Chiagoos or Karbonz. The way I hold my needles might have something to do with that though, I find my hands hurt after using them. I really love my new Majestics dpns, they're very smooth. 
KnitPro Zings dpns, which I bought off of Etsy because they are not available here in the US. The tips are a little more blunt but feel great in my hands. HiyaHiya Sharps circulars, which I bought from my LYS and yes they are sharp so you have to get used to them but they feel good to knit with. I prefer to knit cuff down but I am not opposed to toe up and have been trying out several different cast on methods which is always fun and I'll share on a later post. 
Stripes have also made into my shawls as of late, I recently finished the three color shawl by Joji and I am test knitting her latest shawl design which also has stripes. I went with a very vibrant bright fuschia pink and grey of course!  The yarns are Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Sock and Tusken Knits
I may have ordered some more self striping yarn, from here and here.. oops, that darn buy it now button is always getting in the way!








9 comments :

  1. Your photos are so lovely, just seeing those blue bonnets brings a smile to my face. Flowers totally make people happy! And you rsocks are coming along great, love both striping colourways. A clever future idea to maybe knit socks with alternating striping colourways!

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  2. Oh I miss blue bonnets!!! I always remember seeing those and the wild daffodils when we visited my Grandmother in east Texas. So beautiful. Your post is very inspiring and I love the first photo .... gorgeous socks !

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  3. Beautiful sock pattern!! Love your stripey socks! I love pictures of flowers, they always make me smile! Happy Knitting!

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  4. I love the striped socks. Very fun!!

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  5. I love the striped socks. Very fun!!

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  6. I have never tried self striping yarn but it facinates me. I would love to try it. Perhaps I will have to indulge in a little yarn purchasing this evening. And I totally agree with you regarding the hiyahiyas. Sharp but effective! Beautiful photos as always.

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  7. These flower photos are so dreamy!

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  8. I'm so excited to knit your sock pattern!

    Aaaaand I love the the mug in the one photo! AMAZING! *ACCIO MUG*

    damn that didn't work!

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  9. I just bought your sock pattern!!! Can't wait to cast on!!!
    Xoxo

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