Monday, August 18, 2014


This sock is soooooooooooooo bright...
...and sooooooooo happy!!

The burst pattern on the cuff is complete and 
we're moving down the leg of the indiegogo sock.

Elongated stitch motifs make awesome pops of color and play well with
variegated yarns; and importantly - are simple to do!!

This sock makes me smile whenever I pick it up.
I think I'll name it 'sorriso'...Italian for smile.

If someone is too tired to give you a smile, 
leave one of your own, 
because no one needs a smile as much 
as those who have none to give.

pattern by me in  Knitted Wit.'indiegogo to the studio'  yarn

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

of a cat and yarn

First, the yarn...
You know what that little ball of yarn means, right?
Of course you do!!

And now for the cat... little helper.
Of all the umpteen shots I took, this was far and away my favorite, of course!
How could I not choose the image with his little paw in it.

The socks are finished.
There was actually much more yarn remaining than this (~15g), so don't fear
running out of yarn if knitting an average sized pair of socks (~85g), prob'ly even a largish pair.
Sometimes, when I'm using a new-to-me yarn,
I divide the skein into two balls and knit toe-up to prevent surprises.

And now I have 4 pairs of socks in the queue waiting for official glamour shots.
Sigh. Hope springs eternal that I'll get it done.

Look at who's at the other end of that sweet paw...Mr. Skittles, our neighbor's cat!
This is a rare moment when he held still long enough
for me to focus AND take the shot.
He's always on the move!!

Time spent with cats is never wasted. 
~ May Sarton 

pattern by me in Hedgehog Fibres 'verdigris'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014


I pulled some Hedgehog Fibre yarn out from my stash while organizing on Sunday.
I finished a pair of socks, so it's time to cast-on for a new pair.

I'm going a bit retro with these socks.
Yarn from the not too distant past...
...and a pattern, too. 

It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
Lewis Carroll

Thursday, July 31, 2014

a day in the park

A walk in the park should always begin with a good breakfast,
don't you agree?!

I finished these socks last evening.
I love all the pops of color provided by the twisted stitches.
I think it's a pretty good match of pattern and yarn.

It has been horribly hot in the Pacific NW. 
Just being by the river cools me off.
What about you...what do you do to cool off?

We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
~ Helen Keller 

pattern by me in Hedgehog Fibres 'verdigris'

Monday, July 21, 2014


Check out this new skein of yarn!
Isn't it delish?

It's 'indiegogo to the studio' from Knitted Wit.
It's a special colorway.

The pattern is designed by me.
I haven't come up with a name yet...any ideas?

Bees do have a smell, you know, 
and if they don't they should, 
for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.
~ Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Once we believe in ourselves, 
we can risk curiosity,
spontaneous delight,
or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
~ E. E. Cummings 

And in an unprecedented and 'spontaneous' move,
we had a smoothie from greenleaf in the Pearl.
Yummy. Very Yummy.
But a little $$$ for a regular habit.
Back to coffee and looking for latte art.

Progress is being made on the 'back on track' socks.
This is a good thing, as I don't want to rename them!
I love Hedgehog Fibres yarn...the color change in the yarn 
plays well with the subtle stitch pattern.

That's it for now!
I hope you're having a great week!!

pattern by me in Hedgehog Fibres 'verdigris'
greenleaf smoothie: classic with chia seed and coconut oil

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


The Toasty Twist sock modified with the linen stitch heel is one of my favorite knits!
But, you knew that already!

The linen stitch first appeared on my radar when I knit this sock.
If you have this book, it is also described here.
I've also replaced the heel of Monkey socks with this heel stitch.

Most any heel on any sock can be replaced with the linen stitch pattern or anything else you'd like.
For linen stitch, just use larger needles and fewer stitches, 
I use 3.25mm and 26 sts when knitting with BMFA STR.  

You're the boss of your knitting.
Try something different on  your next sock. I think you'll like it.

Happy knitting!

We all have different desires and needs,
but if we don't discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, 
we will live passively and unfulfilled.
Bill Watterson

Toasty Twist in STR 'overcast'