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Pinky didn’t have school today. We did stuff

Did you know melty beads (Perler beads) came in mini?

Mini melty beads

Punky is making a chain mail piece for an elf costume for the Medieval Fair. Didn’t know there were elves during medieval times did you?

Punky's chain maille leg piece

I also did some drawing. 

Today's sketch

It’s generally been a great day.

As for the socks? I’m working on it. Really!

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So it’s been a while. Stuff has happened. I went back to work, and that took my focus for a while. I had hoped to return to the blog last year, but as with many folks, last year was terrible for me. There were too many other things to get through, focus on and manage to hope to find the energy for blog posts. But, most of that is done, Spring is coming, so it seemed like a good time to start again. I’m still knitting and making stuff, that never goes away! I’ve been working on a new design yesterday and today, which is part of what inspired me to chat with you all again. Here’s where it all started yesterday.

Scrap socks

Scrap socks, oh yeah, nothing ever changes does it? Sadly, after some knitting, some ripping, some more knitting, I came to the conclusion that the colours I had were not working out. Not enough contrast. So I set it aside – always a good rule to follow when things are not going to plan. I had a little think about colours, had a little dig through the stash and today I’m starting over with this.

New sock pattern to be

I think it will work. I’m also going to fuss with my chart a bit as I wasn’t 100% happy with the way the pattern was going yesterday, so might as well start over completely.

So, what have you been up to?

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As promised, new sock pattern! Introducing Bubblesquish!

Bubblesquish socks

These socks looks kind of round and bubbly when they’re just lying around, but transform into a surprisingly square basket weave kind of texture when you put them on. Observe!

Bubblesquish socks


Bubblesquish socks

Bubblesquish is knit top down, with a heel flap and standard toe. There is a chart, and written instructions, so hopefully everyone is happy! There are three sizes – 60, 66 and 72 st cast on – roughly ladies sm, ladies med/mens small and ladies large/mens med.

Bubblesquish socks

The super pretty purpley yarn I used is Indigodragonfly Merino Nylon Sock, and the orange used for the stripes is Sanguine Gryphon Eidos. You only need about 15 grams of yarn for the stripes, so raid that leftovers bin!

Of course, the pattern is now available on Ravelry. Since socks are perfect summer knitting and it’s hot today I’ve put this pattern AND all of my other sock patterns on sale! 50% off for the next week only (sale ends July 29 2014). No coupon coder required, just go get ’em!

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Accessoregatta Socks

Originally uploaded by heatheratjoeyshouse

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Every year my LYS, Shall We Knit does something for Knit in Public Day (info for this year’s gala HERE). It’s always fun, there is always a fundraiser and there are quite frequently surprises.

This year they are raising money to help favourite dyers Indigodragonfly build a new dye studio.


This year Joey’s House is one of the surprises. (MWAHAHAHAH!!!)

Kim, of Indigodragonfly has a bit of a thing with squirrels. So when I went in to Shall We Knit about a month ago and said “What’s up for WWKIP Day?” I was not too surprised by Karen’s request.

“We need squirrels.”

Of course you do.

However, they couldn’t be just any squirrels.

Obviously we need a Cute and Cuddly Courier Squirrel, and a Mutant Zombie Squirrel. Of Doom.

Cute and cuddly Courier Squirrel and Mutant Zombie Squirrel

How cute is this one with his little courier bag and wee skein of yarn?

Courier Squirrel

Ok, so Zombie Squirrel isn’t as cute, but he sure is fun to zombify. And he’ll guard your vegetable garden if you ask nicely.

Zombie Squirrel

Of course, the yarn is from Indigodragonfly – the Squirrels were knit in her MCN Sock in the colour People Are Particularly Stupid Today. I Cannot Speak To Any More of Them.

Which is why you need a Squirrel – so you don’t end up just muttering to yourself in a corner. Folks might get the wrong idea.

Zombie Squirrel’s red eye is from Closure Fine Fastenings, a wee little button shop located inside Shall We Knit. I promise, Lynn won’t look at you strangely if you ask for Zombie eye buttons.

For anyone able to make it to Shall We Knit they will be selling kits complete with the pattern, foam stuffing and eyes, andyou’ll be able to visit with not only the Squirrels tomorrow, but me too! Come by and say hi!

If you’re not in the area no worries!

The pattern is available now on Ravelry.

Happy squirrelling!

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Today’s knitting

Sock WIP

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Coming soon!

Coming soon!

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Are you ready to meet the newest member of Joey’s house?

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Bunny Cubes!

Time for a new toy pattern!  From the slightly odd minds at joey’s house, let me introduce you to


Bunny Cubes!

Bitty little bunnies who like to hang around in your sugar bowl and have afternoon tea.  And hey!  They’re calorie free!  In fact they’re almost yarn free – you don’t even need 10 grams to whip up one of these little guys. Strangely addictive they will soon be all over your house – the ones that guests don’t try to take home that is.

Available now for the low, low price of FREE!  Just click: bunny cubes colour to download the pattern for yourself.  Prefer to store it in your Ravelry library?  No problem it;s available there too; just CLICK!  Also available through Ravelry is a super plain version, for those of you who don’t want to use up all your pretty printer ink – same clicky as above.

But wait, there’s more!

To celebrate Bunny Cubes, we’re having a sale in the Ravelry Store! From now until end of day Sunday it’s BUY ONE GET ONE FREE on all paid patterns!  Just use the code HopToBeSquare at the checkout!  Thanks!  You’re bunny-riffic!

Bunny cube, foam stuffing

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I like hearing stories about how creative people get their ideas. Many seem to have a place or time where the creative juices flow, the synapses spark and the muses whisper. The shower seems to be a popular spot. Also while driving. One designer works out details while vacuuming or doing other mindless house work. For me it’s most often at night. Pattern issues resolve themselves just as I’m drifting off. Colour choices come in dreams. And the muses like to visit at about 3:17 a.m. with a smash over the head and a big shake, shouting “Wake up, smartass, have we got an idea for you!” This was the birth of the idea for these socks. 3:17, visions of bright pink socks with textese letters running down the legs are dancing in my head. The next day I emailed Kim, one of my favourite yarn pushers with the idea. “YES! I have the perfect yarn!” came the reply. I started charting, and, after obtaining new eye protection to keep the glare of this pink out of my eyes I started knitting. And ripping. And knitting. And charting. And re-charting. The letter O is particularly tricky to knit – mine kept coming out looking either like squares or eyeballs. Finally though, there are these:

OMG socks

WTF - why text it when you can wear it?

Socks to express what most of us are thinking many,many times during the day. Make them for your favourite text-happy teen. Or make them for yourself and wear them into the office on an appropriate day. I the right colour, I think there are many suitable applications.

The details:
Knit top down, with a funky ribbed cuff and matching toe. The letters are created just with knits and purls, read from simple charts. Heel is a standard flap style. As written the pattern will fit ladies M to men’s small, but it would be really easy to add in a few more sts around the chart and knit to the length you need once the chart is completed. Shown in Indigodragonfly’s Merino Nylon Sock yarn in the perfectly named OMGWTFPINK! Now available for sale on Ravlery. The regular price is $5.00, but for a limited time use the code OMGCHEAP at the checkout to get it for only $3.50.

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