Galiano Socks

Tracy from the Grocery Girls has now designed 2 new patterns for socks.  They are both amazing, but here is her first design…Galiano Socks.  These socks were named for a retreat that she and Jody attended in British Columbia’s Galiano Island.  They had a magical time and Tracy designed these socks and named them for her trip and her inspiration.

My friend Jana, knit these up in quick order.  When I first saw the pattern, I passed.  I have SO many projects already started, that I didn’t think that I needed to cast on any cabled socks.  BUT, look at these socks.  In person…I couldn’t pass them up.  My pattern is printed, my needles are out, and my yarn is wound.  I just have to knit these amazing socks.

Jana used Julie Asselin’s Leizu yarn for her Galiano’s, and they are amazing!  Thank you Jana for allowing me to share~

 

Mariner Socks

Years ago when I first started America’s Knitting, I met a local gal (to me), that dyed yarn.  She did a yarn that had the colors of our local major league baseball team (Seattle Mariners) in it.  Every season the ball club had an event called Stitch ‘n Pitch.  I had decided that I would be a vendor and showcase our website and how it worked.

I had promoted, that I would be there at the game with a booth, and that I would have a drawing for a give away basket, during the 7th inning stretch.  Wendee with Hazel Knits contacted me and asked if I would like to have a skein of her special Mariner colorway that she called ‘Hometeam Baseball’ for my basket.  I thought that was very generous of her, and a great addition to my basket.  When it arrived in the mail, I was so surprised at how much I loved it.  That was my first introduction to her yarn.  She sells her yarn on-line, but she also sells her yarn at a some yarn shops, and also attends different events, and sometimes has pop up shops.  When I saw it, I had to have a skein for myself.  One of the vendors at that Stitch ‘n Pitch event carried the yarn, and after setting up my booth, I went directly and purchased a skein for myself.

I’ve always said that Hazel Knits would be my desert island yarn.  I promptly wound my yarn, and searched for the perfect pattern for a pair of hand knit socks.  Then, cast on and built a Ravelry page for my project.  I just finished my socks in time for this years stitch ‘n pitch.  When I took a final picture and went to update my Ravelry page, I was so surprised to see how many years had gone by…. 10 — WHAT?!?!?!

I worked on these socks off and on throughout the years, all the while being distracted by the ‘cutest’ hat, the current KAL, the occasional charity project, that baby gift, or holiday prezzie!  I know that happens to everyone, but WOW what a distraction.  In the time that it took me to knit these socks, I actually learned all about the various aspects of knitting socks.  When I cast on, I really didn’t know how to knit socks, but by the second sock, I had kitchenered the toe all by myself.  These two socks aren’t exactly the same, but they fit, and I like them and will wear them.  Now, I have many more socks on needles.  I’m sort of a project junkie, and have way too many projects going to get anything finished in a timely manner.  OH WELL, that is how I roll apparently, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

The pattern I used was a Knitty.com pattern called Thuja by Bobby Ziegler.  This free pattern was written for an aran weight yarn, but I just did a math conversion to accommodate a fingering weight sock yarn.  The yarn shop that I purchased this yarn from is now out of business, but there are other yarn shops selling this lovely yarn.

It’s easy to beat ourselves up, or plain laugh out load, at how long some projects take.  BUT, I finished these socks, and love my knitting!!

 

 

 

Midnight Craving

Diana, our Ravelry moderator, knit Midnight Craving by Jennifer Weissman.  Diana used Malabrigo Yarn Sock in colorway #857 light of Love purchased at Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington.  Doesn’t this picture just scream SPRING?? Midnight Craving is a paid pattern over on Ravelry.  I love it, and the shawl.  I’m so inspired, I have to go and knit now.  Thanks Diana!!

Tiny Lumberjack

Debbie, a member of our Ravelry group, and also somewhat local to us here at America’s Knitting, knit this adorable Tiny Lumberjack hat, designed by Fiona Alice!  the yarn that Debbie used is Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport.  It seems like we are always looking for hats for baby, and toddlers.  I also love how you are seeing people wearing more hats in general, not just when it’s freezing outside or when they go to the snow.  Debbie purchased her yarn at Cabled Fiber Studio LLC.  Thank you Debbie for letting us share your wee hat!  Tiny Lumberjack is a paid pattern over on Ravelry~

A Year of Fair Isle

In January, Carmel announced that she was going to knit a different fair isle hat every month for the whole year.  This was her first hat.  She chose the Basic Norwegian Star Hat by Cara Jo Miller.  Carmel named her hat the Hawaii Star because she was on vacation in Hawaii during January.  Honestly, I was impressed that she was knitting the whole time she was there.  Carmel used Cascade Yarns  220 Worsted for the gray section and then used Knit Picks Chroma for the star part.  I thought the pattern part transitioned beautifully.  I love this picture; we get some Hawaii in there too!  Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our Ravelry group for May’s Fair Isle KAL Hat pattern.  Thanks Carmel for sharing your project with us!

Blend on the Water

…makes me think of the song “Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple!  But this shawl is by Cally Monster (Monsterknits on Ravelry)!  Cally used 4 shades of Baah! Sonoma, a gorgeous dk weight yarn!  I am in love with these ‘fade’ type projects.  I have to admit that haven’t cast on for one yet, but it’s super on my mind.  If I did cast on for one, I would definitely purchase yarns specifically for fade knitting.  I think this is an awesome example of such yarn.  This is a paid pattern on Ravelry.  Cally is a member of the America’s Knitting Ravelry group — check us out!

Easy Goes It shawl

Sherri’s back with another shawl!  Sherri knits all kinds of things for her store.  Yep, she’s a crazy fast knitter and actually does a lot of knitting.  Every time I visit her store, Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington, her store is light, clean and organized.  She’s never knitting, knows where everything is at and always has a smile on her face, ready, willing and able to help.  BUT, Sherri’s a normal everyday knitter just like the rest of us.  On vacation with her family, she knits in the car (just like us), she knits at home in the evenings (just like us), she knits at the doctors office (just like us), and she visits yarn shops and goes to knitting events (just like us)!  All or most of the samples in her store (which change all the time btw) are knit by Sherri!  She’s a true wonder – LOVE HER!  Here is her Easy Goes It by Finicky Creations.  The yarn Sherri used for this shawl, is her own in-house line of yarn called Rainy Day Yarns Twisted Sock (oh yeah, and she dyes yarn).  You should totally think about joining her Color of the Month, she ships!!

Winter Olympics

Jackie, knit this years Winter Games 2018 Cowl by Tanis Gray!  I have this on needles too – BUT, mine didn’t get finished.  I swear I will finish it one day!!  Back to Jackie — she used Malabrigo Yarn Worsted in three colors.  Way to show your pride Jackie – GO TEAM USA!!  Jackie purchased the yarn for this project at Conversation Threads Fiber Arts Studio in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.  Thanks Jackie!

Lieselotte Shawl

Meet ‘merrysherri‘!  That is Sherri’s Ravelry name – and she owns Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington!  I love this store, and I love Sherri!!  Her store is chock full of yummy yarniness, including her own special hand dyed yarns that she sells in house.  But, here we have the Lieselotte Shawl by Beatrice Perron Dahlen.  Sherri used Skacel Concentrics  Hikoo yarn for this project, and I can see why – it’s GORGEOUS!!  The color is #1023 Shades of Gray – lovely!!  The Lieselotte is a free Ravelry download~