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I know. Its not September. But. Its a holiday weekend here in the states and I figured, who wouldn’t want some time to do some final stash digging and take their stuff with them if they are getting some last minute vacation time in!

Pattern #4 – September!

Anastasia Socks by MintyFresh (Rav link, Non-Rav link)

Bonus Pattern

Phineas by Rosemary Waits (Rav link, Non-Rav link)

I hope you all enjoy this month’s patterns! Can’t wait to see everyone’s progress!

Good luck!


I hope everyone is enjoying their August socks! Awesome WIPs going on in the Rav group for sure. We have some severe knitting olympics going on right now in Rav. Pop on over and join us!


This is a (drum roll please)…


Yarn: The official pattern for the month is knit in Koigu KPPPM.

Needles: Needle size US 2.5mm, or size to get appropriate gauge of 8 stitches to 1 inch.

Yarn substitutions: Other people have used TOFUtsies, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi, Claudia Handpainted Fingering, ShibuiKnits Sock, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Lightweight, Colinette Jitterbug, Knit Picks Memories, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino, Crystal Palace Panda Cotton.


Yarn: The bonus pattern for the month is knit in Schaefer Yarn Anne.

Needles: Needle size US 2mm (OMGoodness!), or size to get appropriate gauge of 8 stitches to 1 inch.

Yarn substitutions: Other people have used Scarlet Fleece, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino, TOFUtsies, Knit Picks Essentials, Louet Gems Fingering, Zitron Trekking (XXL).

Happy hunting for next month’s yarn!! And heads up ladies and gents, we are moving forward so we will be learning “new stuff” just about every month! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow! I can’t believe it is August! We have had such a blast knitting our socks and they are looking fabulous. Some of us are even embarking on whole new adventures and loving every second of it!

Month #3 Pattern

Shannon Robalino’s Flutter-by!!  (Rav link)

This is a pretty little pattern, and I hope everyone enjoys knitting it! Can’t wait to see everyone’s progress!

Lets get knitting!

I hope everyone is enjoying their July socks! Awesome WIPs going on in the Rav group for sure.


Yarn: Fingering weight sock yarn (366 yards)

Needles: US 1 1/2 / 2.5 mm

Gauge: 34 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Yarn substitutions: Other people have used TOFUtsies, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi, Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM), Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino, Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock, ShibuiKnits Sock, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Lightweight, Colinette Jitterbug.

Happy hunting for next month’s yarn!!

We have some pretty awesome socks from last month!  Great job, everyone! I am loving getting to know everyone and seeing all the different socks.

Ok ok, here is the pattern.  I’ll hush 😉

Month #2 pattern

Bobby Ziegler’s Thuja (Rav link, non-Rav link)

Our official “man’s” sock of the KAL.  I am making these for myself (Hubby can make his own, and will!), and I have some pretty “girlie” colors ready to go.

I finished my June socks JUST in the knick of time.  I grafted the toe last night.  And then I fell asleep wearing my new socks.

Happy knitting everyone! Can’t wait to see progress pictures and hear from everyone as they start knitting!  We have some pretty awesome stash flashing going on and people have some really great colors picked out for this month’s socks on Rav.  Come on over and join in if you haven’t joined us yet! Its a great group!!

Let’s get knitting!

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Here are some of our socks! I grabbed pictures from those who gave me permission, and here they are!! Check out the Ravelry Group for more pictures from other group members! Feel free to post links in the comments if you aren’t listed and want to show off your socks. What a great first month!

New pattern tomorrow!

Wow! I can’t believe its mid-way through June!  We have some beautiful socks being knit up, and I am loving seeing them all in Ravelry.  Anyone not on Rav wanna show off their socks?  Post us a comment!  We want to hear from you too!!


Yarn: ArtYarns Supermerino, 3 skeins (312 yards)

Needles: US 6 / 4.0 mm

Gauge: 22 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Yarn substitutions: Other people have used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Heavyweight, Patons Classic Wool Merino, Cascade 220, Moda Dea Sassy Stripes, Lorna’s Laces Worsted Multi, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Louet Gems Worsted.

Note:  This is the only pattern that will be done in a “worsted” type yarn.  So worry not, those who have gone on yarn binges recently (ah hem….not that I might have been one ;)), we will have PLENTY of patterns to use that up with.

Also, for you local knitters who want to fondle (oh and hey, they ship too, so anyone can really use this tip) Holly Spring Homespun (my LYS!) has July’s yarn in stock!  Those ladies are wonderfully helpful, so feel free to pop on over and check the store out!

Ok, I’m off to work on my JUNE socks so that I can get ready for the July socks 🙂

Double Pointed Needles:

There are two ways that I do this. The “easy” way is to cast on all of your stitches and then slip them to the other needles (as if to purl!). Then there is the way I do it most times. I can never make things easy 😉 BTW…I cast on using the long tail cast on for almost all of my projects.

Cast on my stitches to the first needle.

Grab my second needle and cast on to it, pulling it snug. I hold on to the other needle with the rest of my fingers, kind of hanging down to the side. A picture, so that you can see what the heck I’m saying.

Then I do that with the rest of the needles. (Looks crazy, no?)

Then I lay them out like this, so that I know that I haven’t twisted anything. As long as that little “line” is on the bottom of all of your needles, facing toward the inside of the square, you are good to go!

Then I just join…(pull real snug for this first stitch)

and off I go!

For those who care…The yarn is Lorna’s Laces “Devin” colorway. It is amazingly beautiful knitted up. The needles are my Knit Picks Harmony DPNs, which I love. I don’t knit with any other DPNs anymore. They are fabulously slick to move the yarn around on, but they aren’t crazy so that you can easily drop a stitch. At least not for me.

In my next post, I will show how to cast on to two circulars!

Well, I thought it would never arrive, yet here we are, June 1st!!! So without further ado…..

Month #1 pattern

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s Basic Sock Recipe (Rav link, non-Rav link)

The great thing about the basic sock recipe is that it is a great introduction for socks if you are new, a great no-brainer sock if you are experienced, and completely adaptable to however long/short you want to make the cuff! I have started everyone out on this pattern who has never knit socks before and they have been instantly addicted. I can’t wait to see what all the different socks look like!

Year long patterns

Slippery Socks (Rav link, non-Rav link)

I love this sock pattern and have been dying to knit it. I am sure it will take me forever, so what an appropriate year long pattern! I included this particular pattern because some people might not really want knee high socks, so I felt like two options would be the way to go.

Winding Cable Knee Socks (Rav link, non-Rav link (PDF))

This sock pattern is done in Lorna’s Laces, and I am completely hooked on their yarn. I have a bunch of it in my stash, but oh woe is me, I do not have three skeins so that means oh darn, I will have to yarn shop. I am so heartbroken (HA!!!!!)

For the first month’s pattern, I will be doing a tutorial type of deal, so my first post will deal with casting on for all of the different types of knitting socks in the round. I am sure almost everyone has knit socks before, but its always nice to see a step by step, and hopefully it will encourage someone who is a die hard DPN knitter to try magic loop or two circs, etc.

Happy knitting everyone! Can’t wait to see progress pictures and hear from everyone as they start knitting! What yarn is everyone using? How long have you had it wound? Are you keeping them for yourself or are you giving them away to someone special?

Lets get knittin’!!

The target!

Project: Rusted Root

Size: Medium

Needles: Size 6 for body, size 4 for ribbing

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, 3 skeins

Color: Lilac

Cast on: 4/26/08; Cast off: 05/18/08

My version:


Overall: I love this pattern!!!! It was super easy, and it knit up very quickly once you got past all the increases for the sleeves. I stopped and put the ribbing on the neck and sleeves before I went on so that I wouldn’t have that looming over me once I got to the end. When I am at what I think should be the “end” of a project, I want to be DONE, not have other little things to fiddle with. Thus why I still have ends to weave in I suppose. 😉

Yarn: I didn’t mind this yarn much, but its not as soft and squishy as the yarn that I used for the Summertime Tunic. It has a lot of the cotton characteristics that I don’t like while I am knitting. It was just a tad hard on my hands, and I found that my wrists got a little bit tired after working on it for a while. But really, I have more in my stash and won’t hesitate to use it, so its not all that bad. Certainly not a deal breaker for sure.

Construction: I loved the fact that this was knit in the round! The sleeves are super cute, and the lace panel down the front makes it a little more interesting than just plain stockinette.

Sizing: I found that this pattern ran completely true to size and that made me so happy. I couldn’t ask for it to fit any better than it does.

What I would do differently: The ONLY thing that I would do differently were I to knit this again, would be to go ahead and do the ribbing at the neck at the start rather than picking up stitches. It just rolls a little bit, and I hope that will fix itself with blocking. Other than that, it is a perfectly written pattern that is clear and a pleasure to knit.

I am so in love with this sweater and I would absolutely knit it again. It only took me three weeks to knit, and I could have done it in two but life got in the way.

Next target…. Sizzle!