I don’t know about you, but I’m delighted to say good-bye to August. We may still have 6 weeks of summer weather ahead of us here in the Washington DC area, but to me, September means Autumn. And I do love Autumn! So bring it on, Mother Nature!
You may recall that I blogged about Cat Bordhi’s new book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One a few days ago. To recap briefly, in this book, Cat introduces us to a number of new sock architectures — new ways of shaping our socks. The book includes extremely detailed instructions for knitting these new architectures and employs the use of stitch markers with letters on them to mark out different sections of the knittings. According to the book, the Addi Turbo people will be creating lettered stitch markers.
But if you go on Etsy, to J.L. Yarnworks, you can get yourself some lovely lettered stitch markers now!
I love these little markers so much it seems somehow illicit.
Jackie’s got other beautiful stitch markers, too. See?
You might want to check out her hand-dyed yarn while you are there. It is entirely possible that a skein of a lovely heathered sock yarn jumped into may cart while I was there . . .
Speaking of Socks
There’s a new sock on the needles. Well, I finished the first sock last night, actually.
I don’t need to ask anyone for suggestions on what to name this sock, because I knew what it was to be while it was still just a tiny spark in my fevered brain.
These socks have a destiny — I am knitting them for my buddy L-B, for her birthday, as a non-surprise. In fact, her birthday is not ’til the end of October, but she will be getting these babies before then! There is some element of surprise, because she doesn’t know what they look like until she reads this blog entry.
May I present . . . the first L-Bee Sock.
The center panel is little bee wings, flanked on each side by a honeycomb pattern.
L-Bee Sock flat 090207
What yarn am I using?
Socks That Rock lightweight in the “Oregon Red Clover Honey” colorway. I mean, seriously, how could I not?
I’m knitting on a 2mm needle and getting my usual gauge for fingering weight socks — 8 stitches and 12 rows to the inch. I love this yarn in this colorway!
They are a somewhat slow knit because the lace stitches are painstaking to execute but I think the results are worth it. The trade-off here is that L-B has tiny little feet, so there is less total knitting to be done!
I’ve got tiny little feet too!