My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. 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.

Uncle

I get a lot of requests asking me to provide a “formula” for resizing my basic sock patterns. Well, I don’t know how to express the sizing changes in a formula. In fact, I did a whole blog post on how math-challenged I am.

But I did work up a document that has tables that show you the numbers you need for each point of the pattern (i.e., cast-on number, total number of stitches around, number for gusset increases, etc) for three of my “generic” sock patterns: the toe-up slipstitch heel sock, the toe-up gusset heel sock, and the top-down “Temptation” sock. (I did not do this for my generic short-row heel pattern, because you ought to be able to easily figure this out from the version in “excruciating detail.”)

Anyway, the document is here, in pdf format. It is also linked to from my free patterns page, under the “Help” section. Don’t say I never gave you nuthin’.

You ought to be able to figure out further adjustments (in both directions) by looking at the numbers I’ve given. I can, and if I can, anyone can.

Disclaimer: I’m not guaranteeing the numbers here are error-free. I carefully checked for accuracy, but you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. Be forewarned.

Anyhow.

Here is the state of the pink blob:

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And here is a close-up, which shows nicely, I think, the shoulder shaping which makes the shawl sit obediently upon the shoulder.

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Lucy sez

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“I don’t know what the big deal is with heat and humidty. It’s perfectly comfy here in my world!”

Pick and Choose

Erica asked in the comments yesterday:

Could you explain a little about how you chose the lace motifs you’re using? I’ve only knit lace from patterns, but would love guidelines on how to pick and combine my own.

Ah, that is the $64,000 question.

What motifs “go” together? I am of the opinion that this is something that is really subjective. I am very very very picky about patterns and what motifs and/or separate elements I think go together. Note that I said “I think.”

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I used to knit a lot of Aran sweaters, but I was very choosy about the patterns I’d knit. Very often I’d see a sweater pattern I liked — except for one element that did not seem to “go” with the rest.  It would stick out like a sore thumb and would ruin the design for me. Sometimes I’d change that one motif or element to something more pleasing to my eye, sometimes I’d just reject the pattern as a whole and move on.

I see this a lot in lace and sock patterns — I’m very picky about what I knit lacewise and sockwise as well because I have the same experience as I do with Arans. And many times I know it’s just me, because I’ll see lots of people happily knitting and loving a design that to me looks like a hodge-podge of mis-matched “stuff.”

This leads me to wonder — am I just weird or does everyone have similar experiences? Does what looks like a harmonious flowing design to me look like a pile o’ crap to others?

A lot of the time I think it’s just me. There’s at least one design out there (I can think of one right now) that many many people have knit happily, some multiple times, that I just don’t “get.”

This does not really answer Erica’s question, does it? I guess the answer is — put stuff together and see if it looks right to you. icon smile Pick and Choose

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On the Road Again

I’m looking forward to this Friday and Saturday when I’ll be at Stitches With Style in Newark Delaware for book signing, fun, and classes. I’ve updated my travel page, by the way, removing events that have occurred and adding a couple of new ones. Almost all my events for the rest of 2009 are now scheduled and listed there (with one exception that has not been set in stone yet). As you can see, I’ve been invited back to Oklahoma in October! icon biggrin Pick and Choose

Sock Bags and Sachets, Oh My!

Remember the beginning of last week when I showed a photo of a box bag and sachets that my friend Aimee made for me? This photo, to be exact:

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Well, Aimee is now selling her little box bags and sachets on Etsy. Just sayin’. icon wink Pick and Choose

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Then let us tell you a story . . .

Lucy Sez

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That’s just silly!