Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Yarn Along and Contest!

Those rainbow colors you saw in last week’s Yarn Along post are now woven into the most amazing sock pattern that is doing them justice: Edwardian Boating Socks (Ravelry link).  I love how the slipped stitches are creating a woven-like fabric and interesting checker pattern. These sections charm me even more than the ones with the little Vs on them—those were the showstoppers when I originally chose the pattern.

I should add that I’m pleased with the lovely coincidence of the little Vs appearing in rainbow order.  How did that happen?  I love this pattern, which is much easier to execute than the results would make you think.  : )  I forgot to mention last week that the yarn is Knit Picks' Stroll Handpainted in colorway County Fair.

On the new-pattern-development front, here is a sneak peek of my latest original design:

And I’m not telling what it is.  Can you guess?

The first person to guess correctly will win a free PDF of the pattern on launch day!  So, what are you waiting for?  Leave a comment with your best guess -- contest entries will remain open until next week’s Yarn Along post, where I'll announce the contest winner. 

Don’t want to enter the contest because you’re not sure what this pattern is for?  Afraid you won't want some blobby cotton thing with X's and O'x on it?  Don’t worry—I’m pretty sure you’ll like it.  : )  I swear it'll be much cooler-looking when it's finished.  Thanks for playing along!

On the reading front, I’m rereading An Irish Country Doctor because I still haven’t had time to go to the library.  This was one of the first books I went out and bought after Nathan was born, so it has fond memories attached to it.  The story is good, the characters are great (likable characters really do it for me) and I’m Irish, so I really enjoy the culture and the lingo.

Nathan is still loving Good Dog, Carl, and it’s the only thing keeping him still on the changing table these days.  Thank God for Carl!  I plan on getting other books from the Carl series, one by one to keep him occupied.  : )  The illustrations are mesmorizing for both of us, and it's a fun book to "read" together.

Thank you, everyone, for your encouraging comments on my knitting week after week.  As always, I'm linking up to Ginny's Yarn Along on Small Things on Wednesday.


  1. A new market bag design? Maybe X Marks The Spot or some clever name. :)

  2. How nice that your V's are showing up in rainbow order! Very convenient. :)

    I'm going to guess that the pattern is for a "hugs and kisses" hat.

  3. such lovely socks, i'm always surprised how the colors develop too.

    is it a sleep sack? it's cute with the x & o.

  4. These socks are so edwardian! I like this old style look, something "new" and unusual in our modern world.

  5. Love the socks, that pattern works so well with that yarn, and how cool that it's rainbow order!

  6. Love the rainbow effect on the socks. I know others have said but it is x & o hugs and kisses on socks. Can't wait to see the end product

  7. Beautiful rainbow socks! I love the colorway! And I'm going to guess that your new pattern is a bag. I love the X/O design so far -- can't wait to see the finished project!

  8. Hugs and kisses. Sweet!!!


  9. Those are very cool socks! Is the Mystery Project a stash bag?

  10. Hugs and Kisses socks?

    In any event, I love the way your socks are panning out.

  11. Your rainbow socks are just lovely! I can't wait to see your pattern in progress :)

  12. I'm guessing a baby kicking sack.
    I love the sock with the little V's, very cool.xx

  13. Not real sure but you do beautiful knitting...


    A Knitters Notebook

  14. I love when the yarn comes out in rainbow order on its own.
    Your socks are very fun!

  15. Love the socks - do the colors on the yarn create that pattern or does the knitting pattern create the color pattern? Does that make sense? (I'm referring to the 'mosaic' part of the sock between the columns of x's).

    Is it baby sack?

  16. fun socks! I'm guessing mittens??? after all fall is on it's way.

  17. What a beautiful sock pattern. I am in awe of sock knitters, being too afraid to learn how myself, at the moment.

  18. Those socks are amazing, I need to learn to use dpns! Book looks good too, thanks for sharing :)

  19. love those soxs and the pattern is amazing! Hmmm...could your new pattern be mittens? Love the x and o 's!!!

  20. have no idea what the new pattern is...i will throw out a guess that it is a gift bag...since that one hasn't been thrown out yet! lol


  21. I would guess a hat, first, but I don't think that is right, lol...

    The socks are so neat! I wish I had the patience for socks. With so many in my household it would be a good skill!

    I am also going to check out that book!

  22. Lindos tejidos.

    Greetings from Chile.

  23. The socks are a great combination of color and pattern. Wow!

    I enjoyed the Irish Country Doctor also-- a pleasant read.

    Is your new project a library bag? --looks like it could carry some books.

  24. I'm thinking a kick/sleep sack?

    Love those socks! The pattern looks great! And country fair is such a fitting name!

  25. Love the socks and the new mystery project. My first guess was a bag (like everyone else apparently), but I was also thinking maybe a hat. Can't wait to find out though.

  26. Hi!
    Love your color of yarn for the sock. It's very pretty. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  27. I'm guessing "I love winter" mittens - x's and o's.

    LOVE the socks - the yarn is yummy! I added the pattern to my favorites on Ravelry.

    P.S. - thanks for the birds in flight pattern that I won from Natural Suburbia - yahoo!!


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