finished object

fo : slide socks

Slide was a treat to knit. The non-identical but symmetrical pattern was knit using dpns, which offered a nice change of pace from my usual TAAT magic loop method. The easy flow from section to section in Cookie A’s pattern kept second sock syndrome at bay.

pattern : Slide by Cookie A
yarn : Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 in an OOAK colorway
needle : US 1 [2.25mm]

size : M, 10”

These long lines were what drew me in. I was curious about what made Cookie A such a popular knitwear designer, especially for socks. The pattern was concise, with a clear and lovely layout. As a very visual person, layout is most of a pattern PDF’s value.

Little things like the inclusion of special stitch descriptions in the pattern were much appreciated for moments where I needed to remember how the hell to pull off a m1pR. Thanks to cookie’s conscientious design, I suffered no confusion or discomfort…except of course for that time that my needle just snapped in half and i had to move projects…but that’s not her fault!

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I enjoyed using the zen garden yarn, it’s an impossibly soft wool nylon blend. The subtle variegation of this yarn challenged this sock’s long lines but without bossing them around too much. It felt like an even push-pull of visual busy-ness.

If only this wasn’t so plushy and soft! I would wear these around much more often if I wasn’t so sure that these would just felt after just a dozen wears and washes.

fo : ease pullover

I took the path of least resistance on this one. I decided to just accept that my third hand-knit sweater's gonna be one of my more loose, comfy ones. The color's gorgeous (not one I'd expect I'd like so much,) and the pattern was easy enough to follow. 


I'm also happy to report that a friend reached out to me, letting me know that my WIP inspired her. She started an Ease sweater of her own, with Knit Picks Hawthorne!

Knitting-evangelism +1.

pattern : Ease by Alicia Plummer
yarn : Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Superwash in Mineral Heather
needle : US 6,10 [4mm, 6mm]

size : Large

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Alicia Plummer’s thoughtful design elements in this pattern were much appreciated here. The use of a purl ridge to encourage a crease on the stockinette knit fabric was a nice touch and made a pretty effect.

I used Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind-off method for the end of the body and the sleeves—Highly recommended.

After the first wash this garment bloomed…a lot. I’m reserving this sweater for days like this one in Lithia Park where bundling up and keeping warm is more important than doing my silhouette any favors.

fo : seahawk and rogue nilla socks

This pair of socks took a year to get off the needles because I was eyeballs deep in my projects at work. I still put the couple hundred odd stitches here and there to decompress when things were especially stressful, but it definitely did not progress as quickly as I had wanted.

pattern : Improvised
yarn : Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Fondo del Mar
needle : US 1 [2.25mm]
size : 10"

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pattern : Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
yarn : SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Rogue
needle : US 1 [2.25mm]
size : 10"

My rogue nillas marched at a much faster pace but I was still pretty impatient about it. I cast these on while moving across the rogue river valley. I just had to start something, sitting shotgun on a road trip would otherwise have felt like a waste of valuable knitting time.

Recalling the experience of knitting these two pairs is almost embarrassing. It’s like I’ve become this results driven careerist about something that was initially supposed to be an ongoing process to feed my soul. When did my yarn stash and project queue become such a to-do list?

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While caring for and photographing these projects, I got to take in details I didn’t really notice as much when I was in the process of rushing to the finish line.

I had a chance to appreciate the little lightning bolts that took shape against the blue and lime green backdrop, like some storm on a little alien landscape.

The army-green and gem-violet spiraling up from toe to cuff remind me of sedimentary rock, taking ages to fall in line but always seeming to know the right place to sit—just like each one of these little colored stitches.

The simple texture of these knitting patterns allowed the variegated yarns to take center stage. Plain socks and multicolored yarns go together like milk and honey. No matter what you do, it pays off—it’s beautiful as a hank, and the result when knit up is inimitable.

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I also was very giddy about finishing with a rounded toe tin the Magic Loop style. Anyone close to me while I was wrapping up the toe became a captive audience to my lecture about how I’m basically knitting two little hats for my toes with this method. Sorry, friends. I owe you something for that.

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What if I honored these details while in the process of crafting them?
It probably wouldn’t have hurt to observe more while making them instead of rushing to mark something as done. I guess I knew that at one point in the process of crafting and documenting, I’d have that nudge again to be a little more present while turning fiber into wearables.

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A little bit of yarn is left over from these socks, and instead of being an angry completionist about it (I should have made the cuffs longer!) I might store them for a scrap blanket project of some kind to be able to cherish this lesson of mindfulness one more time.
That blanket project idea is a little further off in the future since I’ll need some more sock yarn in my stash to begin, but I’m open to learning about some pattern favorites. For now, Severien’s beautiful work in progress definitely comes to mind.

fo : clarke, rhubarb show-offs

2017 has been a year focused on a lot of other things, like the surprising turn my career took, the first apartment I moved to (with a partner I never thought I would meet and grow with). I lost a lot of good knitting time this year being swept up with a lot of that but still managed to get a few things off the needles.

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The problem (?) with taking so long to blog about something you've knit is that it's likely that you've already spent some time incorporating them into your life and putting them into use.

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pattern : Clarke Pullover by Jane Richmond

yarn : Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Cobblestone Heather and Garnet Heather

needle : US 6, 7 [4-4.5mm]

size : 40

My Clarke sweater's already a little rough around the edges. I haven't really felt the push to block the garment to make this look as attractive as possible for the blog, I hardly even wove the ends in! As soon as it was bound off I wore it and continued to whenever the weather deemed it appropriate to. It can't be that heretical to admit that, right? I don't block that often at all!

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The first pullover I knit was a Jane Richmond pattern. It was such a simple and enjoyable process that I sank my teeth into the Clarke pattern expecting the same straightforward, highly customisable design. I was not disappointed and might make another sometime in the future. So far the Swish Worsted has been soft and very comfortable--no scratchiness at all. One issue I see is that it pills quite a bit. The pilling makes me wonder whether this batch of skeins I bought from knitpicks would suffer the same unfortunate fulling effect post-wash that I read complaints about on ravelry. It would suck to see such a fate from a sweater I love this much.

pattern : Show-Off Stranded Socks by Anne Campbell

yarn : Regia Hand-Dye Effect in Rhubarb

needle : US 1 [2.5mm]

size : medium, 10"

This whole sock project was a nightmare, and it was entirely because of the yarn. I had this in the time-out pile since 2014 and didn't pick it back up until 2016. I was determined to finish it. Ignoring the general convention of knitting both socks with the same types of needle to ensure gauge is the same, I just picked some aluminum dpns and sped through the last sock.

With the frustration of the yarn behind me, I can enjoy these gorgeous colors and how the Anne Campbell's pattern has let them shine. To give the pattern a good faith effort once more with less annoying yarn, I casted on once more with a Zauberball skein instead. Anne Campbell kicked ass with this design.

fo : manta

This has been finished for quite some time, but I hadn't photographed it until very recently--after some attempts to make it a part of my wardrobe this year I decided this belonged to one of my more fashionable friends for Christmas this year.

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pattern : Stingray by Evan Plevinski

yarn : Lion Brand Heartland in Great Smoky Mountains

needle : US 8 [5mm]

size : a little too large

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I don't really remember what my experience was like knitting it. I didn't encounter any glaring difficulties in the pattern itself, but I did get a little careless at one point and worked to many repeats of a few of the sections. It gave me a larger, prettier fabric but wasn't faithful to the intent of the original design.

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While it's not lacework, I'm happy to say that I've made something that I didn't think I would--a shawl. Thankfully this doesn't need the intense sort of blocking a super lacy, feminine shawl would have needed, I probably wouldn't have made it in the first place if that were the case.

I hope the recipient likes this gift! She and I agree on wardrobe color palettes for the most part, and I look forward to how she makes this a part of her already nice wardrobe.

fo : zwerger nillas

FO Zwerger Nillas This has been a long-overdue post but here are my Zwerger Nillas all finished. I mostly worked through this pair while on the holiday road-trip to Washington with Nick and it's been a relaxing, if at times boring project to have had at hand.

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pattern : Zwerger Nillas by Susan B. Anderson
yarn : Zwerger Garn Opal Ladies & Gentlemen in Significant
needle : US 1 [2.25mm]
size : 9.5

I revisited Susan B. Anderson's very trusty (and free!) cuff-down sock pattern for this one. I think I'll memorise the pattern after just one more future sock project. As always it is an absolute pleasure to allow a self-striping yarn express itself in such a minimal sock pattern. I believe in hand-knit socks relating to each other as siblings rather than twins, and the look of this sock yarn all knit up holds up really well as evidence for my conviction.

The yarn is Zwerger's Opal (hence the very creative name), an unfortunately discontinued yarn I bought as a souvenir from the cozy Ippikin in Much Wenlock. Holding these socks take me back to my walk in the rain to that little shop and how much warmth was felt through their lively conversation and helpfulness. Thanks again, Lesley for being such a fantastic host!

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To finally have these finished is to be able to fully commit to seeing these naughty Rhubarb socks see their end on my needles. Expect a post soon announcing their long-awaited status as an FO.

fo: lassie

 
So Lassie is finally finished! It was actually finished months ago, but I took my sweet time to get around to posting about it. This pair needed some time to be off the needles, but it turned out alright.

pattern : Lassie by Jennifer Beever
yarn : Patons North America Kroy Socks in Flax
needle : US 1 [2.25mm]
size : 9.5


Solids were definitely the right choice for a project with a pattern that's this busy. I'm glad I went for the Kroy SockFX in Flax. 
It took a sock project to be a little more certain of it but, yeah. I'm probably not a lace knitter. Cables though? That's a kind of work that feels like it really pays off in the end, and with notably less fuss when it comes to blocking (I'm not even speaking as someone who had to deal with something like a wedding shawl either, just a mostly-stockinette sock)!

A NaKniSweMo project is underway currently, I'll post a little about it soon.

fo: bapsi's first pullover

This has been such an indecisive project for me toward the end. Picking the pattern and yarn was a breeze. getting the knitting done? that hardly took a month to (mostly-will explain later) complete. But photographing it? Declaring it truly done? That’s been a completely different story.


pattern : Ladies Classic Raglan Pullover
yarn : Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool in Nature’s Brown
needle : US 7, 8 [4.5 mm, 5.0 mm]
size : 44"
I finished this sweater in late 2013. Yep. Twenty. THIRTEEN. In November. I hadn’t taken any FO photos, so Jason and I decided to just have a small forest hike/photoshoot while I was over in England. We did hike, yes. We saw miles of forest. We were just a 20 minute walk (if that) away from the woods on any given day. I stayed there for 6 whole months. Still no photoshoot, still no post about this being finished.
The reason for that is tiny, but a nagging one—

I couldn’t decide how long I really wanted these sleeves, so I left that bit of yarn hanging..just in case. Over a year and about 12,000 miles of travel later, I decided to just relax and finally make the decision. The sleeves are absolutely fine, and I’ll just let them be.
World, Bapsi’s first pullover. Bapsi’s first pullover, world.

BFP was a joy to knit if I remember it well. I felt very proud to have such a large WIP in my lap for those three or so weeks. I did have to redo the very beginning bit several times before getting it just right, but it was to be expected since I’d never made a sweater before. The rest was absolutely simple—just one big stockinette tube after another, with very gentle shaping around the waist and sleeves.

It lead me to learn about just how not-a-big-deal sweaters and larger garments really are at their core. It’s the same concept we do with hats and socks and the like. You increase sometimes, you decrease sometimes, you pick up stitches every now and then. The only difference between this and a hat is that you’re working with a much larger stitch count. And maybe you’re seaming a lot more than you might be used to (this particular pullover was seamless—thanks Jane Richmond!), but the core of it's really simple.
If you’ve never knit anything like this before, I highly recommend Jane Richmond’s pullover pattern. The way she’s handled sizing is super approachable and easy to read. I even printed copies of the worksheet well in advance because I’m confident I will knit from this pattern again and again in the future.

As for the Lassie sock, it's practically knitting itself! There are some parts that I completely ruin the pretty lace pattern but I'm just gonna accept those little mess-ups and move on. It's amazing enough for me to see a sock happening in my hands. I can't wait to see these done and in action. Already thinking about which yarn to knit with next.

fo: jason's domino socks


yarn : Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball in Domino
needle : US 1[2.25 mm] 
size : 10
I've got just one word to sum up this project--FINALLY.
The gradation is just beautiful. I hope these fit him. For the time I spent frogging and re-doing, I really really hope these fit him considering the distance this pair of socks will have to travel to get to him.


Have I mentioned the gradation is just gorgeous? I'm glad I didn't fuss over making sure they match for identical socks. These socks individuall work great as brothers, rather than not-quite-perfect twins.This second picture offers colors that are a little bit more true-to-life.


I also made another addition to the personal stash. This is Patons Kroy Socks in the Flax colorway. I knew they were my shade the moment I saw them. I'm thinking of something with a simple and reliable look, like the Mr. Pitt's Socks by Kaitlyn Wong. I may have been down due to the nerve injury, but I'm certainly not out. I'm going to get my full drawer of hand-knit socks sooner or later.

What about you? Got any goals for sock-knitting? Knitting in general?

two coasters (& pattern)

Recently Jason's felt a little uncomfortable with resting his mug right on the dark finish of our new desks. But with my back to back personal sock projects and the Bapsicrafts pieces always on the needles, he's been reluctant to make a request. Now that my Chai Latte Socks are finished, and my traveling Bapsicrafts stash here is dwindling at a morale-boosting rate, I've had the kind of lull in my knitting that must have given him the strength to ask(I was happy to oblige!) I found some leftover wool from this past winter's projects, cast on until the width felt just right, and went to improvising a coaster.

And then--I made one for me, just to match. Like our lens mugs?

The coasters love each others' company! I'd hate to tear them away from each other when I go back to California in just under two weeks' time, so they'll stay to cushion Jason's mugs here in England. I'll look forward to our visits when I have enough saved up to come back. :]

For anyone interested, here's the simple pattern to make your own. It uses less than 25 yards of any leftover worsted weight yarn you have lying around. I worked this with 4.5mm needles.

Cast on 22 stitches.
Work 30 rounds of Seed Stitch.
If you'd like a neat slip stitch edge, slip the first stitch of each row purlwise, and knit the last stitch of each row.
Bind off, and weave in.

fo: chai latte socks

And they're done! I actually finished these about a week sooner than planned. It typically takes about a week and a half to make one fingering weight sock, but the I surprised myself by knitting the first in only 9 days! When I heard about Must Stash holding a Month of Socks KAL contest for knitterly prizes on May 24th, I was determined to try upping my chances to win by finishing and photographing all of my WIPs by the end of the month. This meant casting on and binding off the second Chai Latte sock in only one day, when you consider my time working on the Wellies. I caught up watching Elementary, my hands were on fire, and the sock was finished and woven in one day with just enough time to collapse and wake up in time for photos with Jason's help.

yarn : Four Seasons Gründl Hot Socks Country in Shade 33
needle : US 6[4 mm] 
size : 9.5
I didn't win, but the fun in posing outside in socks (and admiring the photographer) made the experience worth it. Also, new socks!

The fit is absolutely perfect! Like, an exact fit. I was a little worried about the dryness of the yarn, but after the first soapy dip, they softened up nicely. And I couldn't have been more impressed with the way this yarn striped up. The pattern is gorgeous.


As mentioned before, I opted for a k2 p2 cuff, and worked the Eye of Partridge heel, which was a lot of fun and very satisfying to see in this color scheme. I also went for a simple Wedge Toe. The other option was a star toe, which would have been a great new thing to learn how to do, if I wasn't so repelled by the look of it! I'm sure there's a pattern out there somewhere that the Star Toe helped make shine, but I don't think this one is it.

All in all, I loved the project. I highly recommend it to beginner and advanced knitters alike. Perfect for a softly stripey or semi-solid sock yarn in your stash. These Chai Latte Socks really flew off the needles for me, and became a welcome addition to my growing pile of hand-knit socks.

fo: wellie socks for two!

These two are finally finished--I didn't want to wear mine until Jason's socks were done, so now that the last sock's finally been bound off..


pattern : Irish Wellington Socks by Aileen Cahill
yarn : Garnstudio DROPS Big Fabel in Forest
needle : US 6[4 mm]
size : 9.5
Jason was kind enough to be the photographer for this pair! I think he's done an excellent job. :] I felt it only fitting that I model these socks around the village; it was Highley's mood and color scheme that inspired my choice of colorway for this project. Even on dark or overcast days, the leaves practically glow green--not the most familiar sight to someone born and raised in arid and red socal.
These socks are perfectly warm and comfortable. I'm excited to have this at hand(..foot) later this year, when I'm a little chilly back home. It'll remind me of my taste of real cold in England just a few months ago. Just having a lovingly made project to remember my wonderful time exploring with Jason is enough of a reason to love hand knitting.
While shooting, Jason experimented with sequential mode. I had a little fun in Photoshop with the resulting photos--
I asked Jason to stand on this ancient and interestingly textured wooden floor as a contrast. The idea is to fill his clothes drawers with comfy socks to wear on this unforgiving flooring. I believe he's well armed now. :]
The knitting wasn't actually as excruciating as I expected! I think the worsted weight yarn and plain stockinette body contributed greatly to that. I worked the ribbed cuffs with the elastic thread, but am not yet sure if they will really make a difference when worn over time. There's a small amount of the thread left over, so I'll try sewing them in the next dark sock project instead of knitting it beside the wool to see if the technique makes much difference. The only change I made from the original pattern was working the leg in 4.0mm instead of 4.5mm needles.

pattern : Irish Wellington Socks by Aileen Cahill
yarn : Garnstudio DROPS Big Fabel in Black
needle : US 6[4 mm], US 7 [4.5mm]
size : 10.5
The idea is to keep the socks snug around his ankles, so they don't sag down as he walks and sleeps. I like when socks bunch up above my feet, but him? Not so much. He comments on its comfort and softness of the yarn, and hasn't stopped wearing it around the house. I haven't seen many holes wearing in (yet), so I have confidence in the strength of this sock yarn. Thanks for your recommendations! With this finished project I've cemented my knowledge of his shoe size and sock-type preference. This will mean handmade socks arriving at his door more frequently than before. :]

Some other bloggers have been kicking ass on the sock-knitting front!

Kaiya of Winterlime Knits is currently working on a beautiful plant-life inspired pair right now too.

Susan's sock drawer is growing big and strong as ever, and shared a pattern for Men's vanilla socks.
 
And Kathy uncovered a gorgeous stitch pattern that's perfect for the variegated sock yarn you've got patiently waiting in your stash.

fo: entwined bed socks

This project didn't last long at all! After I finished the last pair and a shop knit, I went digging in my suitcase for yarn I brought from home (Yep, a strict 50lb suitcase limit to travel overseas, and some of it was yarn..). A lone skein of Patons Wool was lying their waiting to be attended to, so I casted on and knit away.


pattern : Entwined House Socks for Ladies by Margaret MacInnis
yarn : Patons North America Classic Wool Worsted in Grey Mix
needle : US 6[4 mm]
size : 9.5
Entwined was the calming cabled sock pattern I was looking for after I completed my Angler's Loop Socks late last year. I'm happy to have come across it (and it's free too!). It's basically a vanilla ankle sock pattern but with a little more involvement at the very beginning--so these just flew right off the needles while I was watching Stargate SG-1 this weekend, with a little bit of yarn to spare for reinforcing the heel using the tutorial Severien suggested. Thanks, pretty sure it'll help the heels! Personally I found the reinforcement process to be suuper fiddly and tedious, but if you spent ages working on your socks and want them to last that much more, it's worth the time investment. This pair in particular won't cause a tragedy if they get mixed in with the wrong washing load, but they're still all the better for it.
My favorite detail next to the gorgeous cabled cuff would be the way she designed the wide ribbing to balance nicely on the top of the foot. It takes a little extra work when you're setting up the heel in the beginning, but worth the satisfaction when you wear it completed. :] I'm also in love with the plain toe over carrying the ribbing all the way through, like in my last project. There's something about a plain toe that balances whatever drama you have along the rest of the sock. It's the resting point this pattern needed, and Margaret made a good call on making it this way. :]

With one less skein in the suitcase, I felt the weight of guilt lift from my shoulders and made a yarn purchase yesterday. The yarns are a nice 75% wool, 25% nylon blend that I'll use for...you guessed it, more socks. I'm hoping to be able to make just a few more socks for Jason before I head back home mid-June(and have to deal with the horrors of international shipping), so the race is on.

P.S. : I will be participating in this, starting tomorrow!

fo: ribbed for bapsi

This little pair of socks is finally finished, and I can't stop wearing them!
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yarn : James C. Brett Woodlander Double Knitting in L5
needle : US 3[3.25 mm]
size : 9.5 
I really really needed this project. It was a really nice transition from the monotony of my last few sock projects to my next-in-line, and also became a much-needed addition to the sock drawer. And it's so squishy!
The pattern called for about 275 yards of yarn but the plan was for size 10 feet, fortunately, mine are a bit smaller. I'm pretty glad to have this small amount of yarn left over for future repairs, or maybe even a fantastic scrap yarn project in the future. Or, more realistically, a ton of repairs in the much nearer future. Acrylic doesn't seem to be the best yarn for socks (Jason can attest for sure), but I have too much fun stashing the cute variegated yarn I find in LYS's! I'll make my next sock-stash addition a nylon-blend..or whatever it is that's most hard-wearing and easy-care around. Spring is really kicking into gear here, so it's green green green wherever we walk, as opposed to the shades of grey we had just a few months ago. I'm enjoying the fresh-air for sure, even if it's pollen-city whenever I leave the house (not the most fun). It's ridiculous how wet the weather is here compared to socal. It rains once, and every plant is a foot taller. Here's to temperate climates and precipitation!

shop update: The Synapse

I announced this a little while ago already on facebook, but there’s something about blogging that makes me anxious. It is the relatively formal format? Maybe. It is my inability to explain something that I feel more comfortable designing visually or discussing one-on-one? Pretty much entirely exactly absolutely. But I’ll feel the fear and try anyway.

I call this new design Synapse (from synaptein "to clasp," from syn- "together" and haptein "to fasten”.)
I remember (admittedly only vaguely) studying about this in high school. I responded a little emotionally to the importance of this part of your nervous system.

It takes a large amount of effort for a signal to make it for the first time from one brain cell to another. but having made that connection for the first time it eventually gets easier to do. With time, that message or signal can take next to no effort at all to get across. The bond’s been strengthened.

Now, I have it totally wrong about this bit of neuroscience here (my class notebooks were more sketchbooks than anything else oops), but it wasn’t hard to immediately connect my understanding of the concept to the initial difficulty of making that first connection to another person and to begin a relationship.
The thought of your first “hello” becomes this massive ravine that gets wider and wider the more you think about it, but after you manage to cross it, things get a little easier don’t they?
Over time that metaphorical line you bravely threw across the ravine becomes a solid bridge, and now you have a good friend you can share just anything with. It’s almost like not sharing is the unnatural thing to do. That space between you and everyone you connect with is always a very important thing.
The gap helps remind you that even if you’re connected to someone else you still are your own whole thing. That little separation makes sure that there’s always news to receive and to give and always a discovery to make. But the gap also makes it easy to lost touch if and when that bridge collapses from neglect. I can go on about that but my focus here is on the magic of that connection as it happens. :D

I made this design synapse because I’m just so enamored with that little space between you/me and the world that I think is a necessary and beautiful thing.

I wrangled with garter ribbing to give the impression of spaces getting gradually smaller as you reach the brim (or gradually larger if that’s your perspective). My long-time readers will know that I love ribbed knitting—it’s stretchy and plushy, and offers a sleek line along the length of your head when its worn.
The Synapse in 100% Fisherman’s Wool is currently available in the shop, and this lovely design will also soon be available in my wool-acrylic blend once I get to editing the photos I took back home. (Some wool-blend synapses are already out and about, as I’ve sort of secretly debuted them in last year’s craft shows. :D)

I had a lot of fun seeing this come together on paper and the needles. Every new knit design I make further cements my love for knitting and sharing handmade, and I’m excited to see Synapse and other Bapsicrafts designs become a part of someone’s slow-fashion closet/lifestyle.

time for a WIP and FO dump

Now miiight be a good time to make a round-up post of what’s been on(and freshly off!) the needles lately. A hell of a lot's happened in my knitting world!
One bit of bad news is that a friend with good intentions put some of our knits in the dryer and shrunk them. Not fun stuff. Thankfully my wool-blend socks weren’t ruined. In fact, I felt a little better about putting those blended socks in the dryer now that I see how well they hold up, so it’s not all bad. My mourning time was short and replacement knitting time had to happen immediately, what with freezing winter cold on the horizon for Jason and me. So..an FO first!


pattern : Hunter Socks by Freshisle Fibers 
yarn : Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted in Oxford Grey and Mustard
needle : US 3[3.25 mm]
size : 10
(I have a feeling the Hunter Socks pattern is becoming a favorite, do you?)
This pair of socks was a much needed gift for Jason--my plan was to create some easy-care socks that he can keep in rotation for the everyday. Given the accident with the dryer it was awesome that I finished these when I did!
I'm sure you other knitters understand the difficulty of knitting for the more color-reserved types. I didn't think he'd be convinced when I said I was going to make him something yellow, but my little strategy of working color into the toe and high up on the cuff-edge worked out. Grey works beautifully with simple color accents and I'm so in love with this FO that I might just make it a part of a series of 'rainbow' socks.

That is, right after I repair these. It's clear he loves them just as much, so I know any new additions to the series will be much appreciated.

This WIP is part of my brand new effort to replace what shrunk in the dryer before. I'm planning to make two or three pairs from this MASSIVE skein of Hayfield Bonus Aran ordered from Wool Warehouse. The pattern used is, you guessed it, Fresh-Isle Fibers' Hunter socks. It's been a really therapeutic thing to work on while reading or watching shows, so I'll just go ahead and embrace the Hunters as a staple-pattern instead of feeling my knee-jerk embarassment for crowding the project section of this pattern's ravelry page. haha.

By the way! It's been a real wild ride figuring out yarn weight equivalents and coping with yarn price differences (*sob*, no knitpicks here..)! I'm giving myself one hard pat on the back for making it this far without accidentally ordering a fingering weight when I want bulky or something worse! Huge thanks to Ravelry and people like Megan Goodacre for making it simpler for me!

This next one's kind of a surprise, but I don't think the recipient reads my blog so why the hell not, here it is. It's a Pebble pullover for a special little baby girl who's due any day now! I still can't wrap my mind around how something so small and precious is going to fit on a real life human being. How weird. If I play my cards right with international postage, this juuuust might arrive at the new family's house in time for, oh, a day of it fitting their rapidly growing baby. If it fits for a week, I'll be satisfied, really.

I’ve also just finished some sock designing recently~ These were made using a toe-up method similar to Rachel Roue's TDTU Socks, with a simple flap heel along the back as well.  There’s still a lot of ironing out left for the pattern itself but I’m hoping to release it soon. The world of pattern-writing seems really daunting but I’m taking the challenge on a little at a time.

Ha! Now that I've caught up with you all, do share what you've been up to! I'd love to hear any tips or advice you have in way of knitwear design and pattern-writing if you've got any.