Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Sock-aholic Solids!

I love pattern stitches on socks. We ALL love pattern stitches on socks! My dilemma, however, has been that my variegated yarn colorway offerings have been limiting my ability to design great socks with fun stitch patterns. So lately, I've been dreaming of new solid colors that will be awesome "show offs" for those stitches we love.

Introducing new Sock-aholic Solids in 9 new colors!

Greyhound: A perfect shade for any Dawg on your list! Deep, warm, charcoal greys with subtle silvery highlights make this a universally welcomed wardrobe staple. Woof!

Plum Wine: Deep and rich, this warm berry-purple will be a hit with your knitting circle! Naturally brewed-in highlights and warm accents give this color a life of its own.

Old Fashioned: Like a favorite pair of old denim jeans. Why go for new-fangled when Old Fashioned feels so comfortable? Yummy medium blue-grey with naturally occurring warm teal-ish highlights. Your old jeans are going to get jealous.

Grasshopper: Toes will want to jump for joy when covered in this rich, grassy green. This Brewery Favorite takes on natural warm highlights during the brewing process that give it exceptional depth and beauty.

Margarita with Salt: The favored cocktail of our house Brewmistress! Escape south of the border with this full-bodied color reminiscent of lime juice with natural golden tequila highlights. Ole!

Buttery Nipple: Just as deep and rich and creamy as its namesake, this yarn cocktail will warm everything it touches! Golden sunflower yellow with lighter highlights will tempt you to come calling.

Fuzzy Navel: Peach-tastically good enough to drink! This medium pinky-peachy tone will show your stitch patterns with beautiful depth and a fresh flair.

Cosmopolitan: And what will the Lady have? A Cosmo, of course! Who could resist this medium cranberry red with naturally occurring highlights that give the color true interest to even the most discerning metropolitan knitters.

The best part of this job is clearly naming the new yarns. I pull out all the drink mixing books and study them intensely. Of course this generally leads to some taste testing, too!


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Weekend Updations

Hello! This weekend has been wonderfully relaxing so far, and I've been able to work on some current projects, and pick up some WIP that I haven't touched in a while!

I haven't shared my progress with the Premiere Swing Top in a while. It seems like it is going so slowly, but gee... could that be the result of my lack of attention to it? :-) This CEY pattern is a flouncy little summer shell top, which I'm making from SWTC Therapi. I really should be wearing it right now instead of making it, but alas, I'm only working my way up the back. About 4 more inches to go, and then I'll shape the shoulders, and move on to the front.

The Mystery Sock KAL is going great! The gang is on Clue 6 of 7 which I have pictured here. The pattern is currently number 7 on the Ravelry Most Active and Popular list which thrills me to no end! It's so fun to browse through the pictures of the 100+ pairs of these in process right now - so many colors, and such pretty beads! The KAL group is just the best! I'm about to start the "Name the Sock" contest, and it will be fun to see what names people come up with!

I've collaborated with my good friend Khalila to work on a new Knitters Brewing project. She is a very clever designer, and we're finalizing preparations for the next company KAL which will feature my favorite (so far, anyway!) of her designs. It's an incredibly fun pattern that requires specific dying, so it's just a perfect fit for The Brewery. The announcement will come out in
early June - so stay tuned!

In our ongoing mission to spread the Sock-aholic word across the 50 states, we have now reached 36 states! Since my last update, we've added Georgia, Nebraska (Go Big Red!), and Wyoming - welcome! We've also added Washington, DC, but my map doesn't have a special place to post that. No, I didn't ship to Michelle Obama, but if I find out she knits, I will!

visited 36 states (72%)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Flock of My Own

For me, serious animal husbandry has always been limited to cats, and that hardly counts since our two furry feline family members live better than we do most of the time.

But now - I have my own flock! Just shipped in this week from Lantern Moon. How adorable are these retractable tape measures? I'm hesitating to put them into the store inventory, because it's going to be so hard to see them go. I'll so miss little Fluffy, Baaabara, Woolter, Lanny, ....

I should also introduce you to my other ovine friend, Shep. He came to me last Christmas from my friend Khalila who made his adorable little scarf. Shep is the keeper of my knitting "fun money", and he is finally full. I've got my eye on Cookie A's new book, so it's time for Shep to empty his pockets!

The Mystery Sock KAL is going along very well and is just SO much fun! Over 170 knitters jumped in, willing to knit a sock pattern without knowing what it looks like. Many are learning new skills along the way, and there have been some great mind-melding discussions on the Ravelry board about dpn techniques, toe-up cast ons, and yummy cocktail recipes! The WIP photos are beautiful - everyone is doing an amazing job. We just started Clue 3, so the knitters have started working with the beads now, and are narrowing in on the heel. In my next post I'll include a photo through Clue 3.