Flipside Goldfoil Socks

You may recall that I knit a hat (Fleesensee) from Verena Cohrs of The Wool Club last week. Unvaryingly, these Goldfoil socks are a pattern from the same designer. Clearly I am a fan of her work! This lovely cool-toned yarn with warm accents is called Flipside and is a product of the very talented…

How I Roll: Rose City Rollers, Havirland Style

The Rose City Rollers sock pattern is (or certainly ought to be) a staple of every sock knitter’s library. Mara Catherine Bryner (@orangeknits) released this sensational free pattern back in 2015. Soon after we began to see examples of her blending technique, where she fades colors from one to the next as she knits the…

A Jump on Summer: My Self-Striping Smooth Operator Socks

These cheerful, self-striping socks were such fun to knit that it felt like summer, hence my naming the project Jump on Summer. The juicy yarn is from Nomadic Yarns and is called “Wanderlust.” This shop, whose talented owner/dyer is Ashley Aguilar, offers a vast selection of self-striping sock yarn, as well as other yarns and…

Magnetic North Mash Potato Socks

A lot of yarns do not photograph well or consistently due to their color and/or texture. This yarn from the fantastic Indie dyer Lauren of Old Rusted Chair is one of them, despite being among the most beautiful colorways I have ever seen. This magical, speckled, blue/purple tonal colorway is called “Magnetic North,” and I…

Pixel Rise Christmas Frankensocks

The Pixel Rise socks pattern, written by Kemper Wray, makes fine use of fair isle as one pixelated stripe graduates to the next. The pattern begins with a Turkish cast-on, which I worked two-at-a-time, and even now I can’t tell you how I pulled it off. I will definitely be using this excellent cast-on method many times more,…

I Joined that KAL on Instagram…Again

It seems like so many–too many–of my knitting projects cut line and disrupt my neat little plans, and almost all of these interrupters arise from Instagram KAL’s. I am a visual person (hence my addiction to Instagram), so the copious numbers of beautiful knitting projects on Instragram often inspire–no, seduce–me into starting more projects than my…

Perle Cottage Socks

Last month Mara Catherine Bryner released yet another fabulous pattern called Perle Cottage Socks. In fact this summer she has released a whopping total of three sock patterns (and that’s not even counting Rose City Rollers Littles, a children’s edition of her 2015 pattern Rose City Rollers)! Having knit all of Mara’s previous patterns, I was…

Watermelon Socks

When I saw Havirland’s “Sour Watermelon Sharks” self-striping yarn in her Etsy shop, I pretty much dumped it in my cart and checked out immediately. I love watermelon, but my daughter especially loves watermelon, and the shades in this particular watermelon colorway spoke to me. I HAD to knit a pair of Watermelon socks for my…

Mom’s Blue Rollers

As a second knit gift for my mom’s birthday I made her these Rose City Rollers in one color with no stripes or funkiness–which is just how she likes it. The yarn is Black Trillium Fibres Lilt Sock in the colorway “Sivia.” It’s a real stunner! This Rose City Rollers pattern is by Mara Catherine…

Blue Felted Slippers

The year of feet continues! My mom recently requested a second pair of felted slippers, so I decided to make some for her birthday. I had knit her a pair of Options Flats two years ago (view that project here), but they didn’t hold up well. (For the soles I had chosen to paint on Latex,…