What do I do with all of this?
Two years ago, I didn’t buy loads of sock yarn at the Sock Summit, because I already had a serious butt load of sock yarn… including a bunch of Drops Fabel and Regia Sock Yarns which have become my fast favorites because of their durability and dependability (I sound like a commercial from the 50′s). I do sometimes struggle with making socks. You can see the sweater most of the time… socks you’re the only one who knows you’re wearing a work of gorgeous Aran artistry and cablework. So I decided to use Ravelry and my websearching skills to compile a list of things I could possibly create with the multliple boxes of sock yarn I have stashed away. I’ll try to post more as I find them.
- Fingerless Mitts: Look quite warm and snuggly for your hands.
- Chihuahua Sweater (double stranded):(though I’d have to make a lot of these just to get rid of my KP Imagination.
- Vera (gorgeous shawl pattern that eats up to 2000 yards of sockyarn) - I’m linking to a photo fo the pattern here to entice you.
- Snowflake Christmas Ornaments: forgot about fabric stiffener. These look like great fun.
- Reusable Tampon (Oy, not for the faint of heart) – I probably will abstain from making these… unless, of course civilization comes barrelling down around me and I can’t buy what I need from a store.
- Eyeball with Nerve Endings: Make a bunch of these for your Halloween party. Then through them at your guests… then they can say they had the unique experience of being pelted with eyeballs.
- Monkey (OMG this monkey is so cute)
- Naalepuder (flower-shaped pincushions): Really cute especially with variegated or rainbow yarn. Original pattern in Danish.
This ferret looks smashing in what appears to be Noro Kureyon Sock
Pirate Mittens (Available on Ravelry as a free download):
The Beanis (warning may offend… what is it? It rhymes with ‘beanis’… you figure it out. No I’m not posting photo here.)
- Pirate Eye-Patch for your cat. I couldn’t post because the pattern/website no longer exists. But one could easily use their imagination to create one of their own.
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Yikes just when I thought my pocketbook was safe (I’m going to try to do my best not to over do it during the Sock Summit this week)… but Bob and Meghan of Datura Fibers have done it again. They’ve created a Kettle-dyed series of yarns that are to die for. The colors are perfect for the Fall, and they’ll be available during the Sock Summit over at the Naked Sheep Knitshop in No Po.
What’s even better about this yarn? It’s a bit overplied which increases the durability of the yarn in general. A good thing for fiber that’s worn on people’s feets and walked around in.
The deep indigo is my favorite color-way, but I noticed tonight at the shop that they have even more kettle dyed colors waiting to be skeined including rich teal, understated olive, a mauvish plum, and a shale grey. It’s just too much… I’ll never be able to decide which color I want.
Medley of Colors - The Deep Orange is Stunning
I about peed my pants when I saw the speaker/guest list for the 2009 Sock Summit. I feel so fortunate to live here in Portland, proud in fact that we’re hosting this event. Last night at knit night we were discussing how many yarn stores there were in PDX: Twenty four-last count. Eileen mentioned that we had the highest number of yarn stores per capita and the only other city that could compare was Minneapolis St. Paul. Someone else mentioned that folks who want to study and prep for opening a yarn shop often come to Portland to “do their homework.”
I attended a conference here in downtown Portland earlier this week and met one very excited knitter who was just dyeing (ooops….) dying to get into her rental car and start her yarn crawl. I sent her a Google map of all the yarn stores I could think of. Too bad, I didn’t know about Judy Becker’s Google Map.. And what’s the best thing about purchasing at Portland Yarn Stores? Shopping is TAX FREE! Needless to say, I think she and her friends have probably dropped a pretty coin into our local economy.
It’s funny but as we were talking I pulled out my crochet project to share, and I think a colleague of hers walked up to us as we were yammering about yarn and such, I think he was confused by the fact that I pulled out a piece of craft to share at a e-learning tech conference. Ah, the befuddlement of those who don’t ‘get’ our craft.
I’ve often thought that Portland and Oregon as a whole should sponsor some sort of “Craft Tourism.” I believe that Portlanders truly have that DIY spirit. I know so many people in this town who are devoted to their craft. I’ve met many people who tinker and are involved with producing their own products. They’re just not satisfied with the consumer fodder that’s put out before them. The love to customize, adapt, re-mix and re-work anything from sweater patterns to beer. Even though we have one of the fastest growing unemployement rates in the country, I have faith that many of the people of this town are resourceful and innovative enough to reinvent their purpose and livelihoods.
My Crocheted Koigu Scarf
STR Gypsum in Spiraling Socks
I don’t need to start another pair of socks… I think I have three on the needles right now and I’m planning another set of Socks that Rock (in Coriolis for the Naked Sheep Class I’m taking this weekend). I’m trying to finish up the Gypsum socks above. I’m to the bottom of the calves now and I really don’t like the pooling that’s going on with this colorway of yarn. The Instep and sole looks great though. I guess these will be boot socks.
To be fair… most of the socks I’m knitting for now on are for Christmas Gifts. I’ll try to chart the simple lace pattern for the anklets. I originally was making them for me… because I love wearing white lace socks with my Mary Janes.
Cascade Heritage Lace Anklets
And I just got more new sock yarn! Yikes! Most of which will again be converted to X-mas gifts. I do have time to cast on for these before the end of the year. It is indeed the Year of the Sock. I have decided not to participate in the Knitting Olympics because I set my own steep hurdles to jump over. Though I might be able to count my Coriolis sock ala Cat Bordhi as my challenging item.
Imagination Gingerbread House
Imagination Seven Dwarves