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Socks, Socks, Socks

One of these things is not like the other!  :o)

There are two things I want you to guess from this collage. (For purposes of this contest, let’s pretend that skein of yarn is a picture of the sock that it is being knit into.)

1 – MOST of these socks have something in common.  What is it?

2 – ALL of these socks have something ELSE in common.  What is it?

First person who guesses BOTH things and leaves a comment by Friday, January 28th at midnight will win a goody bag from me.  😉


Vogue Knitting Live 2011

Yesterday, I had the pleasure and great opportunity to attend the first Vogue Knitting Live.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any classes because when I tried to sign up for some they were all sold out!  The only ones I wanted to take were Franklin Habit‘s.  I’ve never taken a knitting class in my life but I love Franklin and I knew it would be worth it because he’s hilarious!

I decided to go to the marketplace with my friend Keisha at the very last minute.  I’m glad I did.  I didn’t do much shopping.  Here are all of my purchases (with the exception of the 6 skeins of peach cotton you see there which are a gift from Keisha).

I knew that I wanted to get some Blackthorn needles since I recently heard of these.  They are made of carbon fiber.  They are hard like steel and won’t snap, but they feel like bamboo.  They are seriously awesome.  I switched out my Signature DPNs from the sock I was carrying around for the Blackthorns and I was actually able to knit more smoothly than the Signatures.  The Signatures poke the palm of my hand sometimes and those suckers are SHARP!  While the Blackthorns are also somewhat sharp, they’re not as sharp as the others.

I passed by the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth and browsed while Keisha looked around.  There I fell in love with a Rare Gem Socks That Rock Mediumweight skein.  I bought it.  Couldn’t put it down.

Sometime later, I was passing by another booth that had an awesome rack of Claudia Handpainted Yarns.  Fell in love with another colorway, Scout’s Honor, and grabbed that.

I dragged Keisha over to the Windy Valley Muskox booth to check out the Qiviut.  Keisha about had a heart attack when she saw the prices.  LOL!  But they have some nice blends so we each bought a skein of the Majestic (15% Qiviut, 80% Extrafine Merino, 5% silk).  Feels very nice in the skein and it was only $23.

I passed by the Knitty City booth and realized they were hosting book signings.  Keisha stopped to buy a gift for someone and I saw a friend of mine there who mentioned that Meg Swansen would be at the booth later signing books.  They had a bag for sale that has an Elizabeth Zimmerman quote on it: “Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises.”  I thought it was a nice tote to have Meg sign for me.  Which she did.  She even posed for a picture with me!  I’d never had the pleasure of meeting her.  She’s very sweet.

Later on, I ran into Shameka.  Her hair is all natural like mine now and it’s absolutely gorgeous.  Isn’t she HAWT???

By 4:30 pm, Keisha and I were sooo pooped.  We sat down by a stage, not caring what was coming up next.  Turns out it was a panel discussion on designing knitwear for the industry.  I felt it was kind of meant to be that I was sooo tired at that moment that we just HAD to sit there and listen.  The four panelists were Stacy Charles, Melanie Falick, Brett Bara and Debbie Bliss (pictured here in that order).  The discussion was led by Trisha Malcolm of Vogue Knitting Magazine (in back).

I learned many things, including how to submit proposals to yarn companies, magazines and book publishers.  What kind of professionalism they expect from designers.  Their likes and dislikes on submissions.  That designers should be aware of fashion trends and try to stay a step ahead.  How long it takes for books or designs to actually get published or accepted.  It was a great hour and quite inspiring.

I saw Anne Hanson and Cookie A standing nearby so I took the opportunity to say “Hi” to my old friend Anne and to meet Cookie A, whom I’d never met.

But.  The highest point of the day was meeting Franklin Habit.  He’d warned me on Facebook that if he didn’t meet me during this trip to NY, he’d kick my ass.  I was completely amazed that he even knew who I was but soooo excited that he wanted to meet me (and a little scared he’d hunt me down and kick my ass).

The place was closing down and Keisha and I were standing outside the doors while I texted Tano.  Keisha knew I’d been dying to meet Franklin and that I was sad and disappointed that I hadn’t been able to hook up with him.  And WHO comes walking out?  The man himself.  I said, “Oh, Mr. Habit….”  He turned around and came over and gave me a hug and we chatted for a bit, took a picture, laughed and he signed my book.  He told me that he loves my comments and that they have stood out for him as not many do (I don’t comment on many blogs and I don’t even always comment on HIS blog either so this was cool to hear).  He also told me that I need to put my designs OUT there more.  He promised to come back to NYC so we can hang out.  I was totally fan-girl with him, which those who know me will be shocked to hear.  I don’t think I have ever been fan-girl before.  Not even when I went to that Menudo concert in the 80s.  But Franklin is the bomb diggety of bloggers to me and the funniest dude I know.  I’ll stop with the praising now before you guys think I’m ready to run away with him.  I’ll leave you with what I saw in my book when I opened it up later.  I felt all speshul snowflake and even Tano said that he understands why when he saw it:

Ain’t it the most awesomest thing ever???  Go ahead.  Be jealous.

Rosi in Staten Island

Sometimes I wonder where these designers come up with these names.  Audrey in Unst.  I had to Google Unst because at first I thought it was an emotion (you know, like Jackie in Pain or something).  Apparently, Unst is an island.

Anyway, I finally took pictures of my simple black cardi I made for work.  It’s the Audrey in Unst pattern (SURPRISE!) from the Fall 2009 Twist Collective.  In this case, it’s me in Staten Island (HEY!  It’s an island!!!).

I used one of my fave yarns to work with, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Black.  But guess what?  The shit ain’t BLACK black.  It’s more of a washed out, dull black.  Annoying as all get out when you try to wear it with BLACK BLACK pants.  I mean, black is supposed to go with everything, but, guess what??  Washed out black doesn’t go as well with BLACK BLACK.

I might’ve knit it about an inch longer than called for in the pattern.  I can’t remember at the moment.  Let’s pretend I did.  I definitely know that I opted to lengthen the sleeves somewhat.   I didn’t want elbow length.  I went for 3/4 – could’ve gone longer but I was bored and had Holiday knitting to do!   Also, I went with plain ol’ k1, p1 ribbing everywhere it called for twisted rib because the non-blackness was just washing out the twisted ribbing – pun TOTALLY intended.

I love the little detail at the neckline, just enough lace.  For the buttons, I went to what Cristi calls the Button District here in NYC.  It’s not really a BUTTON district.  It’s just the Fashion District’s button shops of which there happen to be more than many.  In this instance, I visited the shop where the dude helped me pick out buttons for my first Tempest, Lou Lou Buttons.  Lou did such a good job on that selection and I needed help picking out buttons again.  He didn’t disappoint me as I knew he wouldn’t.  He picked out some very nice black buttons that have some sparkle to them and stand out just the right amount without being flashy or BLACK BLACK (sigh….).

All in all, I’m pretty happy with this cardi.  It’s quite warm, light and comfy which is what I wanted in a work cardi.  The pattern is well written, too, so no complaints there.

Cristi and I are in the middle of planning a 2011 KAL.  We hope you’ll join us.  More details to come soon!

Audrey in Unst

  • Source: Twist Collective Fall 2009
  • Size: 48.5″ bust
  • Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (6.8 skeins = 1305.6 yards)
  • Color: Black
  • Needles: US 3, 4, and 5
  • Cost: Yarn – 6.8 skeins @ $6.43 per skein = $42.72
    Buttons from Lou Lou Buttons on 38th street and 6th avenue in NYC – 11 buttons @ $1.19 each = $13.09
    TOTAL COST: $55.81
  • Started: September 15, 2010
  • Finished: November 11, 2010
  • Mods: I did not do any twisted ribbing. I did plain k1, p1 ribbing throughout.  Sleeve mods:  I wanted a longer sleeve so I repeated the decrease round every 9th round 4 additional times to what the pattern instructed. Then I knit 6 more rounds in stockinette and 24 rounds in k1, p1, binding off in pattern on the 24th row. This got the sleeves mid point between the elbow and wrist. I could’ve probably gone a bit longer as I had enough yarn but I decided to stop there.