Friday’s rain brought, predictably, mud, and a lot of shoes and boots left outside the door. Thankfully the sun’s back out here, so soon the never-ending battle for clean floors will turn in our favor.
But we take time out from cleaning to do what we love – namely, knitting! I pulled out my DPNs and started a pair of socks in Saki Silk, the superwash wool/nylon/silk blend that’s part of our Wisdom Yarns line. The nylon provides extra durability, and silk gives it a luxurious sheen.
I decided to go with the earth tones of our 303 Peach Cobbler colorway, but looking around on Ravelry, I noticed these gorgeous socks by SuzyZim that had me drooling.
Suzy chose colorway 302 Mystery Mars. They look fantastic! She’s following Susan B. Anderson’s top-down formula, which calls for a 64 stitch count for the leg and foot – the same as I’m using. The moral, of course, is always check your gauge. SuzyZim’s look just perfect on size 1 needles, while I’m getting gauge on size 0’s.
I love how my socks are turning out, but next time, I think I’ll take inspiration from Suzy’s socks and go for that extra burst of color. Colorful feet look great coming out of muddy boots.
It’s Free Pattern Friday!
If last week we were snowed in, this week Mother Nature has decided to showcase everything else. Sunny and 70 degrees yesterday, strong gusts of wind last night, and now a real gullywasher of a rainstorm.
Fortunately, we’re crafters. We know what to do when we’re stuck inside. Today we’re thumbing our nose at the nasty weather with the Umbrella Dress in Classic Shades.
The dress is knit in panels – four for the front, four for the back, and two for each sleeve. The collar is knit separately in the round. It’s all stitched together and voila! A colorful dress to chase away the rainy day blues.
For today’s Sunday Swatch, I couldn’t resist showing off our beautiful snow before it all melted to slush. The cold weather certainly inspired this week’s choice – Poems 100% wool. Colorway 592 Embers made me think warm thoughts.
This chevron section is an easy two-row repeat, worked on a multiple of 14+2:
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K1 *KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, KFB; rep from * to last stitch, K1
This example is worked over 30 stitches on US size 8 (5mm) needles and comes out to 5½ – 6″ wide. One ball of Poems would make this swatch 24″ long, making this pattern well-suited for a little two ball scarf in Poems.
I can think of many uses for this chevron pattern. What about a chevron strip stitched at the side to another strip knitted in the opposite direction? Put a few together and you’ve got a cute throw. A similar strips-sewn-together technique was used in the vibrant Spectrum Throw from Poems Book 2: Colors in Design.
What would you do?
We’re snowed in here at Universal Yarn.
Well – we’re not snowed in at Universal Yarn. Once the statewide winter storm warning was issued, we were all sensibly sent home. It’s been a day of playing in the snow, then coming inside to warm up under a cozy blanket with crafty projects.
Watching my teenager play in the snow has been a treat. Today, all the cares of school have been stripped away. Worries about grades, about not measuring up to her peers, about whether she’s meeting the expectations that are placed on young women, they all vanish into the basic joy of dodging snowballs.
I wish that this wild child could find her way to the surface more often and remind herself that she is beautiful and strong and smart.
We all have someone in our lives whom we love. Someone who makes us laugh. Someone who makes us shake our head with how wonderful they are. Someone who sometimes doesn’t see in themselves the wonderful things that we see. They might be a child or a relative or a trusted friend. But they make our lives better.
Today I am making a little gift for my daughter. A small Valentine’s Day pouch in Uptown DK, sized just right for a compact mirror. And with it, I’ll include a rhyme:
If I had one wish
Just for you
You’d see yourself
The way I do.
We’re making the pattern and chart available for free (click here) in case you want to try something similar on this snowy day – or any day.
Universal has a project in the works that has the knitters in the office wanting to brush up our skills a little, so today seemed like a good day to practice Fair Isle.
Today’s Sunday Swatch is in Merino XF Superwash on US Size 7 (4.5mm) needles. Amy Gunderson whipped up a little heart chart for Valentine’s Day and we just couldn’t resist giving it a try. Cute!
It’s Free Pattern Friday, and we have a new design in Poems!
The Cross the Night Sky Vest by Sandy Huff is worked in one piece from side to side, with stitches picked up for the arms, hem, and neck. The garter stitch tie that threads neatly through the crossed stitches is a nice accent.
Side to side construction creates flattering vertical stripes in self-shading Poems 100% wool – a great use of variegated yarn.
Yarn: Poems Chunky 100% wool
Needles: 10½ (6.5mm)