I am knitting again. I’m making socks for me. The yarn is special; from Miss Babs. It is the colorway that she developed for the FIRST Sock Summit and I don’t know the name of it. I’ve obviously had it for a while. I’m so glad yarn doesn’t spoil. Or clabber as my grandmother might say.
The pattern is also special. It’s the Breaking Hearts pattern by Cristi Brockaway aka Turtlegirl76. I’ve also had it for a while. Great lesson from knitting this project is that if you knit other designers, you learn stuff. The pattern is beautifully written and I am determined not to alter it. (For me, that’s a struggle) The yarn has about 3-4 inch color patterns. It is so easy to make yarn like this just knit up dull. Cristi has mixed some garter st and a slip st pattern that mixes these colors well, doesn’t let them pool or muddy up. If you have some yarn with a short color pattern like this, this is your pattern.
The cuff is a lovely pattern, a 6 row repeat, that is simple enough to learn quickly, but is interesting enough to keep your interest. She does a couple of new things—at least new to me. When I started the heel flap, she had me increase one st on each side of the flap to be the slip stitch selvage. This prevented the pattern being interrupted and yet set up the easy to pick up edge. She just gets rid of these extra stitches as the gusset is reduced.
The gusset reduction takes place on the bottom of the heel which results in a very nice fit. Next socks I do, I will try this heel in conjunction with my arch wrap that we love so much here.
So I’m knitting, but that’s not all—-
I’m sewing stuff. I have seen folks wearing cuffs as bracelets for a long time now and have wondered why. Okay, I really thought it was dumb. (I need help.) I made a cuff. I put it on and wore it. I loved it. It is lightweight, doesn’t clang against things, and actually has a warming effect. Obviously, I made more. Some are quilted, or beaded, or just stitched, or embellished with beads and buttons. Some wrap around once, some twice, one three times. Some are snapped, some buttoned. Even better————–they have all been made from my stash. My yarn stash, my fabric stash and my bead stash. (See, I really need help.)
I’ve also been doing art study. I like doodling with pen and ink, sort of Zentangle thing. Now I’m doing it on fabric to make my own print fabric. Just takes permanent markers and solid color cloth. It is a great way to make your own appliques. Fusing cloth together is really empowering.
I’m also just making all kinds of crafts I’ve seen on the web. Stationery supplies, tea towels, napkins, travel bags. It is great fun, even the mistakes. It’s fast and useful. It can be done while listening to Books on CD. With dogs in your lap.
Don’t get no better than this.
I will start back teaching in January. Anyone have any ideas about what classes I should offer? I’m open to new ideas.
Keep the holiday sane; hide in the bathroom and knit. Just a suggestion.