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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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Bubblesquish!

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!
Before:

Bubblesquish socks

After:

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.

And!

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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