Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review + Giveaway: Sockupied

Congratulations to our winner of the drawing - via the random number generator - KnitsWithSnicks!! 
Thanks, everyone, for entering, and stay tuned for the next giveaway :-)

Copyright F+W Media

Edited by Anne Merrow
Interweave/F+W; $24.99

I enjoy knitting socks; they are a great portable project; they provide a versatile canvas for all types of stitch patterns such as colorwork, cables, lace, or just plain “vanilla” socks that let a great yarn be the star. They make great gifts because everyone has feet, right?
I’ve tried both toe-up and top-down, and have tried several types of heels. So why would I want another sock book? Because it’s fun, that’s why!
I recently read the new book Sockupied, and enjoyed it very much. 

Sockupied is a groundbreaking eMag that began in 2010. Now available in book form, Sockupied includes a collection of 20 sock patterns selected from its first 10 issues.

First, it has great photography and an attractive layout that’s easy on the eyes.
Second it has a nice range of patterns, from plain to fancy.
Some of the features that I loved the most were:
      The section on various cast-ons and bind-offs, and when to use them.

-        The discussion on darning (repairing) socks when they develop holes – called "Save our Socks" (very valuable).

Some of the contributors include design stars such as: Kate Atherley, Eunny Jang, Cookie A, Ann Budd, and Cat Bordhi.These are some of my favorite sock patterns from the book:  

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publishers.

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New Design

Here's my latest design, the High Society Capelet or Poncho.
It's an easy knit, nearly all done in garter stitch.

It features a lush cable edging around the top edge to frame the face and an attached i-cord to neatly finish off the lower edge. A small button placket provides an opening for easy on-and-off. The piece can be worn with the buttons centered, or off to one side.
Garter stitch for the body gives it a cushy warm texture, and shows off a pretty yarn.
The capelet is worked flat with the 2 edges grafted together at the end. There is short-row shaping to widen the piece from the top to the bottom.

It has been tech edited and test knit.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Somerset Hat and Mitts - limited time coupon code!

I just released the lovely Somerset Hat and matching Mitts - until Sept 12, they are 40% off, with code SOMERSET.
This hat features a cute knotted tie which gives the benefit of an adjustable and perfect fit. Great for gifts!

The hat can be made in a slouchy style, by working more rounds before beginning decreases.

It's worked in DK weight yarn such as Springvale DK from Three Irish Girls, a gorgeous yarn, by the way.

Here are the matching Somerset Mitts.  


Both patterns have been professionally tech-edited, for a pleasant knitting experience.
I have listed them separately, but also created an eBook so that people can get the complete set at a reduced price.  

With the code, you get both designs for $3.60.

Have a look!