My current work in progress:

1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

In the Spring

In the Spring a knitter’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of small projects. (With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson for butchering one of his lines.) Small projects, you say? How about footwear?

I was sent this new book for review:

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This is Happy Feet by Cathy Carron, which has a publication date of April 1, 2014 — yesterday.

This is not just a book of sock patterns. Well, sock patterns it has, but it has all sorts of knitted items for your feet.

How about some legwarmers?

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Or “yoga socks?”

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Or slippers?

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There are also plenty of socks in this book. They range from plain:

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To crazy:

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To amazing!

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You can check out all 33 fun patterns on the book’s Ravelry page, here.

There is also a lot of great information on sock construction and step by step illustrated directions for techniques you need for some of the projects in the book. All in all a great book, with a little something for everyone.

The publisher, Sixth & Spring Books, has generously offered me a second copy to give away in a blog contest. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am eastern time on Sunday, April 6, 2014. We will select a winner via the Random Number Generator at that time.

Loki Sez

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“Mo-o-o-o-o-o-om . . . aren’t you finished on the computer yet?

Rainy Sunday

The rain is really coming down here today but I’m just happy that it isn’t snow. A dreary day like today is a good day to do one’s taxes, so that’s what I did.

Loki helped by lurking nearby in case I needed him.

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Next up on the agenda, knitting.

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I am going to take some time away from this project because I need to knit a T. Rex. icon smile Rainy Sunday I went into the stash room and chose this for the T. Rex:

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Some vintage Socks That Rock in a colorway called Lucky. I will be using this pattern.

And now it’s time for a Loki-break!

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A Couple of Answers

There were a couple of questions in the comments recently, so I shall attempt to post coherent answers here.

Catspaw asked: “Do you knit with a color in each hand? Which color is in which hand?”

A long time ago I did learn to work two-color stranded patterns by holding a color in each hand. But I find it easier and faster to knit with both colors held in my left hand. (I am left-handed, by the way, but knit for the most part right-handed.) I keep the background color on top. I want the foreground color to “pop” and to get that effect, I need to keep it consistently on the bottom.

Everyone is different and knits slightly differently, so you need to find a technique that works well and is comfortable for you. One of the most difficult things about color knitting, I think, is maintaining an even tension so you don’t have annoying lumps and ripples in your colorwork project. By using the two-colors-in-one-hand technique I can maintain a pretty good, even tension in my colorwork. Here’s a close-up of my work, unblocked:

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All I need to do to block it is give it a light steaming with my steam iron.

Techknitter had a really good series on color knitting techniques:

Second question from the comments was if I intend to publish the pattern for my current work in progress, the Nordic Scarf. I do and I will, when I finally complete it. It is taking a fair amount of time to knit because it is a big project — fingering weight wool knit in the round to make a double-sided scarf that is pretty wide (like 13″, so that’s 26″ around) and pretty long — I estimate the finished length will be close to 80″. Another factor is lack of knitting time. I rarely pull out knitting at lunchtime anymore (too busy with “real” work at the day job), and never knit on my commute (too crowded for comfort) so my only knitting time is during weeknight evenings (when I also have a million other things to do) and on weekends, when I get most of my knitting done.

This does not concern me overly much as I have no deadline for this piece. The only downside is that it makes for boring blog posts. Look! another 3″ of the same pattern is done!

But here to entertain you is Loki, who has just decapitated his little bird toy. Doesn’t he look proud?

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More of the Same

Not too much to see here. I am knitting along on my Nordic Scarf:

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I am past the halfway point on this, and not quite two-thirds done. The scarf is measuring around 51″ at this point.

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Loki is waiting not too patiently for me to step away from the computer and play with him, so I am doing just that!

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It’s Been a Long Day

And we are too tired to blog!

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