Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Yarn Along

Today I’m joining Ginny’s Yarn Along on Small Things.

I finally cast on my June socks last night—with just 10 days left in the month!  Gah!!  It’s doubtful I’ll finish them in time, but maybe I’ll come in close.  With so few days left in June, I decided to bag my own design inspired by my Indian Cigar Tree in summer and knit a pattern with leaves on it that would work with my yarn.  The pattern is Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the yarn is Knit Picks’ Stroll Tonal in colorway Canopy.

Let me tell you about the colors in this yarn. 

Overall, I’d say it’s emerald green, which is my favorite shade of green, but each of the seven tones in the ball is beautiful and striking on its own.  As my husband helped me wind the hank into a ball (he begrudgingly serves as a really good—and free—swift), I was transfixed by each color as it passed me on its way to the ball winder, shiny-pebble style.  WOW.  I could not wait to cast on.  I took these photos out on the front porch in hopes of accurately showing this yarn’s true colors.  The photo came close, but they're much better in person.

My market bag is coming along well, too, and I’m almost done designing and, by default, knitting it.  I came up with an interesting and useful way to make the handle so it’s not made of too-stretchy garter stitch but doesn’t have any roll to it—stay tuned!  I hope to release the pattern within the next week or so.

The bit I’m most excited about is today I submitted my Birds in Flight sock pattern to Knit Picks’ Independent Designer Partnership program.  If they accept my pattern, Knit Picks will sell it on their website and possibly in their catalog.  I have no clue how many catalogs they print for each run, but my pattern it would get in front of a lot of knitters’ eyes.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

I’m still reading EZ’s Knitting Without Tears, and I find myself reading it whenever I get a minute here or there, so I’m making better-than-usual progress.  I’m chuckling over some of her word choices—some of them completely unfamiliar to me—and I’m still savoring the experience.  I’m already dreaming up what Nathan’s winter sweater will be like—even though I haven’t even cast on his fall sweater yet.  It’ll definitely be a seamless raglan.  Now to figure out the colors and the details.  Intarsia?  Fair isle?  Cables?  This is the most fun part.

Good knitting,


  1. Love that emerald green too!
    Rach x

  2. Good luck with your submission!

  3. Beautiful green colour!! Going to be a great pair of socks.

  4. How exciting to have one of your pattern's published! Good luck.

  5. The greens are lovely! Good luck on your submission - how exciting that would be!

  6. oh that green is it!! And good luck on your pattern submission!!

  7. Oh I just love that green yarn! And good luck with your pattern submission. I haven't knitted that pattern (I have it, though - I'm just not ready to knit anything other than a straight stockinette sock yet!) but I loved how those socks turned out.

    I'm also loving your market bag & looking forward to seeing your pattern when you release it. I have some canvas to make up some more cloth bags but also wanted to knit some yarn ones... xo

  8. Thanks everyone for your good luck wishes!

    Meghann, just go for it! : ) (Thanks for buying the pattern, by the way.) You'll see how easy the bird motif is -- the market bag will be easy, too! Let me know if you have any questions or need help with the pattern. : )

  9. Can't wait to see how you did the bag handle. Good luck with your pattern submission! :)

  10. Oh, how I love multi-coloured yarn. It makes knitting just that more enjoyable as you observe how your project develops.
    Good luck with your pattern submission, the socks look lovely!

  11. Great sock yarn color. I love those shades of green, too.

    Best of luck with the pattern submission. I'll be keeping my fingers, toes and eyes crossed for you. ;-)

  12. Good luck on getting your pattern published, I have my fingers crossed for you. I love the colors in your photo. Very summery!

  13. I hope your pattern gets published! It looks great from here!


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