My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

More Information

A bunch of you asked for more information about my upcoming book, Toe-Up Socks for Every Body.

Part One of the book contains basic information for sock knitters, including tools you need, knitting socks to fit, and essential information about the patterns in the book, tips on reading charts, ans some information about creating your own socks designs.

In Part Two, there are twenty-one sock patterns, divided into 3 sections: lace, cables, colorwork. Each of these sections includes step-by-step instructions for techniques used for its patterns. There  is a section about adapting patterns to knit knee-socks, and a couple of the patterns are written for multiple options for length. With a couple of exceptions, there is a wide range of sizes for the patterns. There are designs exclusively for men, women, and children, plus a number that are uni-sex and . . . um . . . uni-age.

And there is an appendix that contains step-by-step instructions for toe-up techniques.

No, there are no photos of Lucy in the book. Sorry. But wait til you see the models — they are gorgeous. The little girl who models the children’s socks is absolutely adorable.

SallyA asked how it is different from the first sock book. Well, for starters, twenty-one new patterns. And instructions for techniques that aren’t covered in the first book (lace stitches, cabling without a cable needle, and colorwork techniques). And it contains an all-new set of my tips and tricks.

The patterns are, to my mind, more sophisticated. They range from pretty easy to knit to challenging. I look at the first book as a more basic “how-to knit toe-up socks” with fairly easy patterns.

So there you have it. My take on the new book. I am very very happy with it and I hope those of you who buy it will be too.

Because I read it cover to cover last night (twice), I did not do much knitting. But I did make a little progress on Aestlight.

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And hopefully it will be close to finished the next time you see it!

Lucy appears to be ready for the weekend.

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Me too.

Highlighter Tape

How ’bout that?

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A bunch of you indicated in the comments that you didn’t know about highlighter tape. And here I thought I was the last person on earth who was in the dark about the glory that is highlighter tape.

I got a few emails asking where to buy it. Well, as I mentioned in my last post, Karen at Needlework Unlimited gave me mine, so if you are in or near Minneapolis, hie thee over there asap. Everyone else? Google it. icon wink Highlighter Tape

You can indeed lift and reposition this tape multiple times and it retains its stickiness. In the comments, Colleen shared an excellent tip to aid in placement:

I found it very hard to pry up the ends, quickly, so I learned to put a fold (hem) on each end, so that I can just grab the flap and unstick it to move it up.

So brilliant, and yet so simple!

So, the lace knitting continues.

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The answer to the many many questions I have been getting is: No, I am not writing a lace book. See, I can’t work full-time, promote my sock book part-time, and write a new book all at the same time. Just thinking about it makes me wanna take a nap.

Lucy sez:

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“This does nothing for me.”