My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Ninja Socks!

I am knitting merrily along on a new sock project and I had come up with a name for the pattern at the very start:

Ninja Socks!

Why? Because I spent an embarrassing amount of time this weekend watching the Ninja Warrior marathon on G4. There’s nothing like a weekend of viewing six-pack abs and rippling muscles to make you feel really really out of shape (although I must say, it was serious eye-candy).

But my new sock design has six-pack abs and rippling muscles. See?

As I said yesterday, this sock is being knit from Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn in the Lunar Zazzle colorway. I’m using my ubiquitous 2.0mm needles.

This is a stay-at-home project because the pattern repeat is 33 stitches by 32 rows, so I have a commuter sock knitting project as well. But it is a secret, so it will not appear here.

Lucy is busy trying to select a toy to play with.

A Ravelry Survey

Following is a letter from one of my blog readers who would like our help with a survey she is conducting.

Dear Ravelers,

Have you ever wondered about how other people use Ravelry and why it has become so successful in such a short amount of time? Well, I have. And now I need your help answering these questions. I’m a student at the University of Trier, Germany and this semester I’m taking part in a seminar on innovation management and am writing a term paper on online communities. Since knitting has taken over my life, nothing seemed to make more sense than studying Ravelry and finding out why everybody seems to want to get in and use it, and how those already in actually do use it. If you’re interested in these questions as well and would like to help a fellow knitter (crocheters are also welcome, of course :), I would appreciate it if you could take 15-20 minutes to fill out the following online survey. It’s open until May 31st. As a little added incentive, I’m also giving away 4 skeins of Tausendschön handdyed sock yarn!

Thank you for your time and happy crafting!

Best wishes,

Sabrina knittingingrannyland AT gmail DOT com

Ravelry: SabrinaKnits


  1. HeatherB says:

    Love the new sock and thank goodness for that because I would have had to buy it anyway (assuming it will be for sale) because I too am a Ninja Warrior fan!

  2. yay! Another Ninja Warrior fan! I couldn’t imagine trying to knit that on my commute.. it’s amazing… like those ninja warrior and women…

    pennys last blog post..stealth creating

  3. Ninja Socks= 10 on the Wow factor scale!

  4. That pattern would look great in my DIC Smooshy Pansy golightly!
    At least eye candy isn’t fattening.

  5. My hubby LOVES Ninja Warrior. He makes me insane with it at times, but I have to admit it can be entertaining! And yes, serious eye candy abounds on that show. Except when the octopus dude shows up. And the ones that wear the little loincloth thingys.

    Teenuhs last blog post..Paris, Finally

  6. Mmmmmm. Lovin’ the new sock pattern and Lunar Zazzle is fun to say, too! You may have surpassed yourself on this one.

  7. This is a beautiful pattern, Looks challenging. I think I may need this one. Looking forward to the secret pattern, unless it is for something like TLE sock club or something!

  8. Ninja = STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS!!!!!!

    Karens last blog post..

  9. Another Ninja Warrior fan here! My favorite part is the great/crazy quotes from the announcer, though the rippling muscles don’t hurt. (It caused me to get off my butt and exercise today, actually.)

    I look forward to seeing the Ninja pattern!

    Alexs last blog post..“Perfect Storm”

  10. I am native from the country of Ninja but don’t have that warrior programs…but anyway, I LOVE that Ninja socks. Gorgeous!

  11. JoAnn-WI says:

    Great looking socks! How do you just create something? Do you have a design in mind and write it down as you go?, or do you write it down first and then knit it? The whole pattern developing process just boggles my mind and I envy you (and others) who do it so well. That side of my brain just doesn’t work!

    I was happy to participate in the survey.

  12. Interesting survey. I “use” ravelry but never write or use patterns lol. I just like to look at what other people are knitting. Almost all of my knitting is business knitting and I use my own patterns for that.

    Elizabeths last blog…ahhhh…that feels so good….

  13. Timmie B says:

    Being a major DIC fan, love the yarn and love the new pattern. Can’t wait till it’s published. It will definitely be an at-home sock for me too. Give Lucy an extra cuddle from me.

  14. Theresa in Italy says:

    Don’t know from ninja but that sock definitely has six-pack abs and rippling muscles!

  15. So, did you watch Sunday night too with the Americans? Yeah Ninja Warrior! (have to ask – do you watch AOTS also?)

    Amy O’s last blog post..Post-Vacation-Itis

  16. Ooh, the new socks look like a lot of fun! I just got “Hearts for Heidi” & “Costa Toe Up” socks. I’m stockpiling projects for Summer of Socks 2008. I will definitely do the survey, I love surveys! Poor Lucy. It is hard to decide. Of course she could use Calvin’s method — the yarn ball closest to his head….

    Jennifers last blog post..On the needles

  17. I think I’m missing out in that I don’t know what Ninja Warrior – perhaps an addition to my Netflix queue is in order – but I really love your new sock. It you ever put it up for sale…

    Beckys last blog post..Feeding my addiction

  18. Meribeth says:

    OH! You have made my day! Week! I did the same..sat on my butt and watched rippling muscles all day and night. I don’t care how many times we’ve watched NJ, it’s fun to see it again. mmm, Nagano…drool… Serious eye candy! All of them, including the Octopus man. ..but Makoto Nagano…..yep. I do find that it is mild excercise when I tense up and try to “help” them along, heehee. Good to see a lot of NJ fans.

    Needless to say I Want Those Socks! sa!

  19. I took the survey and forwrded the site to my mom who is also on Ravelry. My cats usually look at the toys near them and then go find one that is either not THEIR toy (Charlie loves to play with my mesh pot scrubbers) or one that has been lost for ages to play with 🙂 I have been thinking about a design I would like to knit into socks but am unsure where to start, do I draw it out first or just find my stitch pattern book and just start knitting and write it down as I go?
    The boys say hi and send face rubs to Miss Lucy 🙂

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..More Irises opened up and guess what…

  20. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who spent all weekend watching Ninja Warrior! That’s my favorite show, so I certainly wasn’t missing the marathon.

    I must say, having seen every episode, that Nagano gets hotter as he ages. I love that man!

    (Oh, and I love your socks, too!)

    Annas last blog post..Read in 2007 Recap: Part Four

  21. The sock is outstanding. Love the color.

  22. CraftyGryphon says:

    Hee! Ninja Socks! I’m working on a pair of Ninja Armwarmers right now, but they look very different (and are much less complicated – and more black) than your lovely socks. You do come up with the prettiest patterns!

  23. Deborah C. says:

    I really hope you offer that pattern for sale, because I must have it. I’ve never seen Ninja Warrior, but those socks have rippling muscles.

  24. I love Ninja Warriors. Do you also partake in the Great Banzuke or MXC? Now if only your ninja socks could make me sneaky like a ninja… 🙂

    LittleWits last blog post..Guess what?

  25. Nothing like thinking about 6pack abs! Yummy!

    I am so taken by the difference between yarn on a skein and yarn in a project! I am loving Lunar Zazzle.

    Kind of reminds me of Fraggle Rock =)

    Megan Ss last blog post..Learning Through Frog-osis

  26. I love that sock! If you ever need a pattern tester…count me in! When will that one go on sale, Wendy? Can’t wait…