Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Flyover of New Knitting Books - For the Home and More

Come fly with me, come fly, come fly away! Let's do a flyover of recent knitting books.

Sue Culligan
Want to knit robots, gizmos, video games, cassettes, cosmic, or atomic energy? Check out this fun book with a variety of projects designed for your inner geek. My favorite: this cute rocket baby mobile, perfect for your future physicist. 

You know how you flip through the latest Pottery Barn catalog and think, "Jeez - that's beautiful. I could make that." Well, this book gives you sophisticated, modern accessories for your abode. My favorite: this cable-covered ottoman. Gorgeous.

Take your knitting to the great outdoors - or bring the great outdoors to your knitting! This book offers lots of cute little craftsy projects, knitting and otherwise. My favorite: the Flying Fox which keeps drafts from sneaking under your door.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Sweater Chest

Welcome to my treasure chest. I may not have gold and jewels, but I do have sweaters. Lots of them and I made every one. My heart sings just looking at this picture. Goodness, how I love to knit.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Socks that Fit KAL begins!

We want to make socks that fit - really fit. So we’re starting the Socks that Fit KAL (or CAL, whatever you want to do). We’re focusing on difficult-to-fit feet, ankles, and calves, but anyone who wants to knit socks is welcome to join us.

Here are the rules:
  1. There are no rules.
  2. Make any sock pattern you want.
  3. Use any yarn you want.
  4. Knit, crochet, whatever - it’s up to you.
  5. Share your experience, strength, and hope with the rest of us.
  6. Have fun.
  7. We begin on June 1, 2014, but please come and go as you please.
I'm not sure what I'm going to make yet, but I'm certain the pattern will come from Big Foot Knits by Andi Smith. This great book REALLY explains how to make socks for large feet.

I wear a 9.5 shoe with a C width. My friend Dottie measured my feet and declared I had thinner ankles that usual, but I sometimes have issues with the calf width on commercially made socks - socks without ribbing aren't wide enough for me. And since second grade I have hated knee socks. I never owned even a single pair of knee socks that stayed remotely close to my knees.

I'm going to be moving to a new apartment in July and have been cleaning out my stash in preparation. This weekend, I found three skeins of sock yarn I didn't even know I had! I also bought two skeins of Malabrigo Sock for this KAL. We'll see which yarn wins out in the end.

If you're interested in making socks that fit, or are a sock expert who wouldn't mind sharing tips and tricks, please come join the Socks the Fit KAL. We'd love to have you.