Wednesday, February 02, 2011

KnitPicks Booty

I FINALLY got to shop at Knit Picks! To my great joy! I was on the prowl for some handpainted sock yarn in oranges and black. I was hoping against hope that Knit Picks would be the one place on the planet that had it. I was becoming discouraged....and then I found their Stroll handpainted sock yarn. Hallelujah, brothers and sisters....I found it! The color is called "Tiger".

Why orange and black you ask? Because my nephew noticed my handpainted socks in red at Christmas and said "boy I would sure like some knee socks like that in orange and black for wrestling".... Figuring that I would never be able to find orange and black together, I told him I didn't think I'd be able to do them. Well, lo and behold...here we are...:)

Needless to say, I'm a little bit stoked to get started on these. I will be using a free pattern from Knitting Daily They have free e-books that you can download by signing up. They happen to have a 7 pattern sock book. There is a pair of 2x2 ribbing, toe up knee socks that I want to use for my nephew (daughter wants a pair too for powerlifting...of course). That way I don't have to try and shape the calf for him. This will be my first time making toe up socks, though. That makes me a little nervous. Any suggestions, pointers and/or tips that you have for toe up or knee high socks....please feel free to send them my way! :)

While shopping on KnitPicks, I opted to buy myself some of their very nicely priced (read: discounted) books. This book has some of the darn cutest sock patterns ever in it. There are some felted baby booties and adult slippers I'm just waiting to make until I get this latest pile of "orders" done.

AND, a garment book. I know what the heck was I thinking? But, it says top down with minimal seaming. I hate seaming more than anything so we shall see. Boy do I ever want to make the dress on the cover. It's just super cute.

1 comment:

Bailey said...

I love it when you can find just the right color. I found out they sell fingering yarn in colors OTHER than baby colors so I am going to put together an order to try out their yarn for my doll clothes. It gets tiring working only in baby pastels. I was thrilled to find out they actually make fingering yarn in vibrant colors!!! I had been grateful even to find the baby colors online as it is no longer available in stores. Even at the yarn speciality store the women looked at me as if I was asking for tomatoes.

Please post a picture of the socks. I would love to see them.