Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wavy cable socks

This interesting stitch pattern was done on a hand painted fingering yarn on #1 bamboo needles and 64 stitches. The wavy cables were made by knitting 4 st, 2x2 cable over 4 st, repeat around sock, for the first row, K 3 rows in stockinette, then 2x2 cable over 4 st, K4, repeat around sock, K3 rows in stockinette. Repeat these 8 rows for the pattern. I carried the cable pattern down the top of the foot until the start of the toe decreases. They are very pretty socks of a nice soft washable yarn. They are made for a woman's small foot. They are for sale on the website,

Amanda's first sock

This just in - Amanda from Wisconsin purchased our DVD, The Zen of Socks, and finished her first sock in less than a week! This from a graduate student and a mother of three! Very impressive. I see a long series of great socks from this person. Thanks for sharing your success.

Monday, May 26, 2008

This is not exactly related to socks or yarn, but I wanted to share with you a photo of my wonderful family. The photo was taken in Sisters, Oregon at a mushroom foray about a week ago. I was lucky to catch all three of my men in full beard plumage. Aren't they handsome? Daughter-in-law Sarah and girlfriend Veronica are very good sports. They have already learned how to knit socks, they are rapidly becoming mycophiles and mycophagophists, and they participate with good humor in family Mah Jongg games. What more could I ask for?

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Blue Socks

This pair of socks is slightly larger than I usually make. It will fit a woman's foot size 9-10. It is made from Opal yarn, 75% Superwash wool, 75% nylon, so can be machine washed. It was done on size 1 bamboo needles. The yarn is a sturdy fingering size, very soft and supple. They will be for sale on the Society Socks website in about a week. A nice find for someone who has a hard time finding larger handknit socks.

More hand dyed yarn

We spent the Memorial Day weekend dyeing 30 skeins of yarn. We had perfect weather for it, and had a great time. My guest dyer was my good friend Nancy Wright. Now she is totally addicted the process, along with the rest of us. She's not even a sock knitter! We got into naming the yarns. As you can see by the photo, one of my yarns is named Martha Washington after my geranium. The yarns should appear on the website,, in our yarn store by next weekend.

Susan's socks

A friend's sister has bought both our DVD and hand dyed yarn from us . She sends this photo from southern California. Susan is a skillful and careful knitter, and it is great to see her progress.She has made several pairs of socks, but this is the first pair with our yarn.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Tina's socks

Tina is a satisfied customer who bought our DVD, The Zen of Socks, and has just finished her first sock, and in pretty good time, too. She used the Regia silk blend yarn, 64 stitches and size 2 needles. She says her mother is already after her to knit her some socks.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A happy yarn customer

Shirley bought hand painted yarn from me a few weeks ago (see the blog entry below with her photo). She recently brought in her socks to show me and they are fabulous! She cast on 64 st and knit on #2 bamboo needles. She says she made no attempt to make the socks match, but they are clearly a pair. She really loves her socks, and I do, too. I am planning to do a lot of dyeing over the Memorial Day weekend, so look for new yarn early June.