Dressing Humphrey Bogart

The Sanguine Gryphon Fall 2011 pattern collection was released this week on their website. This season’s collection is presented with a Film Noir theme!

Named after some of the famous faces of the screen, the collection of patterns show off the dark seductive intrigue that is Film Noir.

I am honored that one of my sock designs was included in this wonderful collection. The socks are called Humphrey Bogart, the Hard-Boiled. Knitted in my signature two-needle sock design, these socks are perfect for those wanting to add a bit more flair to their man’s wardrobe.  If Humphrey Bogart was still alive, I’m sure he would approve of the design.

Humphrey Bogart Sock

 
A big “Thank You” to Jamie and the rest of the Sanguine Gryphon clan for al the work you put into making this collection.
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I Submitted to Knitty

Well, I finally did it! At 2:00 am this morning, I submitted a design to Knitty for consideration in their Winter 2011 issue. It took a lot of guts- and a good pattern- for me to actually submit a design.

I checked over the application process about twenty times and reviewed my work over and over again. The hardest part was to actually will myself to press the ‘send’ button. Prayers were made, good vibes sent out to the universe, faux rabbit foot rubbed and anything else I could think of was done before I could bring myself to sending off my design. (I also considered dancing around a fire and offering up a sacrifice to the gods, but my father-in-law would have been very upset if I started the grill at two in the morning and burnt one of his good steaks).

Why such the big fuss over this submission? Well, its Knitty! I mean, so many designers got their start on Knitty. They have helped to launch numerous careers with almost overnight success for some people.

After my twitchy finger over ruled my fear and the ‘send’ button was pressed, it was both a relief as well as a new fear- Rejection. Yes, there is that chance that my design, like many others, will be rejected by Knitty. So, I came up with a plan B for myself in case that happens. I will of course, use my reject as a great excuse to have a drink and then since I have pictures and a pattern all ready to go, I’ll just convert everything to PDF and post the pattern for sale on Ravelry.

I must say, it was very calming to receive that sweet autoreply message from Amy, (head honcho of Knitty), after submitting my design.

Don’t know Knitty? You can check outthe online magazine here: http://www.knitty.com

 

Sock Design Sunday: Absinthe

Absinthe, also known as the ‘green fairy’, is an alcoholic drink famously portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug. It is also the name of a really cool sock design by Sara Morris.

Make sure to click on th picture below to go to the pattern for this sock.

Absinthe Sock By Sara Morris

April Is National Donate Life Month

 

As the title says, April is NAtional Donate Life Month.

This month is dedicated to honoring those who have chosen to be organ donors and the lives they have saved.

Donate Life is an organization that helps to dispel myths surrounding organ transplants and educate the public about the importance of becoming an organ donor. You can find out more about them at http://www.donatelife.net

I want to share a little story with you-

Cory was a loving brother, devoted father and proud grandfather. Cory loved to go fishing and was always the joker. On August 8, 2008, Cory , at the age of 44, died of a brain aneurysm.

A few states away lay a young woman in the hospital. She was 30 years old, a wife and mother. She was also dying. An acute liver failure had put her in a week-long coma, unaware that her life was slowly slipping away. The doctors had only hours left to find a suitable liver that could save her life. Two previously offered livers were not a good match. With only a handful of hours left before the high toxin levels in her body would render her brain dead, a liver was found. The transplant was a success!

That liver donor was Cory and the young woman’s life he saved was mine.

To honor my organ donor, Cory, I have made a pair of socks for him.

For the entire month of April all profits made from the sale of the sock pattern will go to Donate Life. If it was not for Cory’s decision to be an organ donor, I would not be here today. Everyday, I am thankful for the selfless act of Cory and all those who have chosen to be organ donors. Thank you!

Cory's Socks

If you would like to purchase the pattern you can click on the link here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/corys-socks

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011: You Got Skills!

All this week my postings are a part of the 2nd Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week. To learn more about it, just click here.

My Very First Two Needle Sock

Looking back on where I was this time last year, I am just amazed at just how much I’ve grown in regards to my knitting.

If you had told me last year that by this time I would have a pattern available on Ravelry, I would have laughed in your face. What started off as just me taking on another knitting challenge to conquer by knitting my first pair of socks, has now turned into a passion of wanting to make and promote two needle sock knitting. 

I can still remember being frustrated at how I was all thumbs trying to knit a sock on double-pointed needles. And how jealous I was watching Cookie A working on her latest sock at the local knitting group. She could make almost any sock yarn her bitch and I wanted to be able to do that.

I watched every YouTube video I could find on how to knit socks using various methods. I tried toe up and top down, sideways, knitting loom and even crochet. It was some random obscure pattern that I ran across online that finally made it all come together for me. Child socks knitted on two needles with a seam down the back and on the sides. Pure magic! 

After knitting my first sock with this pattern everything just started to make sense for me. I studied other sock patterns, learning about sock history and sock construction. Soon I was able to read a top down sock pattern and be able to convert it into a two needle pattern. Now, I have sketch books  full of ideas and thoughts of publishing my own book of two needle sock designs!

A Recent Sock Design

I have learned and grown a lot. But I am nowhere near considering myself an expert by any means.  I am not ashamed to confess that there are still things I have yet to learn in knitting. My lace knitting is a true testament to resisting the urge to frog. I still have never done a cable pattern. My  I-cords look more like I-won’ts. And no matter how hard I try, I suck at Faire Isle.

The wonderful thing about the needle arts is that you are encouraged to always keep growing and learning and just when you think you’ve learned it all, there is always something new just waiting around the bin.

So, what new skills / techniques have you learned this past year?

Sock Inspiration Sunday

Lotta Whimsy Sock Pattern

These socks were designed by Becka of Whimsical Knitting designs. You can find the pattern and learn more about Becka at:

http://whimsicalknittingdesigns.blogspot.com/2008/11/lotta-whimsy-socks-pattern-aka-touch-of.html

Sock Knitting Sunday

Magic Mirror Socks

These socks are made by Jeannie of the blog Sewing, Knitting and Beyond. http://jeanniefanihi.blogspot.com/

The pattern is avalible here: http://jeanniefanihi.blogspot.com/2008/06/magic-mirror-socks.html

I hope this pattern inspires you to pick up your needles and knit more socks!

My First Submission

I just submitted one of my sock designs for the first time ever! There was a call out for submissions from Tangled- an online knitting & crochet magazine. Since they will be at Sock Summit this year, they are dedicating their Summer issue to sock knitting. I found out about this on Thursday morning and the deadline for submissions is Monday. So, of course I was a mad duck running around trying to get everything I needed to submit my proposal and get it out in the mail on time. I sent the package priority mail just to make sure it gets there on time.

And now, we wait.

Am I excited about submitting one of my designs? of course. Am I scared about getting rejected? Hell yes!  But even if they decided not to use my design, then their loss will be Ravelry’s gain as I will just post the pattern there for all to enjoy.

I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything.

Happy MLK Day

Happy Martin Luther King Day everyone!

So, what knitting project am I up to today?

Well, at your request, I’m currently working on writing the pattern for the Purple Haze socks. The pattern is actually pretty simple and quick to knit up. But I will be interested to see what you all think of knitting socks on two needles. Hopefully I will have the pattern up for you this week.

On the needles at this moment I am working on another pair of socks, (of course). I’m knitting them using Patons Kroy Socks yarn in Denim Jacquard. I’m knitting with US size 3 needles. I’ve never knitted on size 3 needles before. I couldn’t find straight needles so I had to buy a pack of double pointed needles. I used needles point protectors to cover the ends of two of the needles and are using those to knit the socks.

The yarn is suppose to knit up in a pattern which they show a picture of on the yarn label. However, I rather like the other pattern that seems to be emerging as I knit. (Okay, I hear you. Yes, I will post some pictures this week. Just let me get some more rows knitted up.)

My Secret Love Affair

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I have a confession to make. I am in love with another. All this year I have been having an affair behind my husband’s back. I have managed to keep it a secret until now. I feel that in order to be forgiven for my sins I must confess my wrong doings. So, here it is, the truth- I’m I love with hand knitted socks!

I can tell you exactly when this affair started. It was at the second meeting of the knitting group I attended. At the meeting I was introduced to Cookie, as in Cookie A., the sock goddess! (Yes, the knitting angels allowed me to knit in the presence of sock knitting royalty.) At the time I didn’t know who she was but from her conversation at the table I figured out she made money designing socks for us knitters. The idea of making money by knitting is still a strange concept for even a crafty chick like me. So I did what most curious girls with access to a computer would do- I Googled knittined socks. Oh, the eye candy that appeared on my screen was enough to make my knitting needles a bit horney.

Well after about an hour or so of sock knitting porn, I found a pattern for knitted socks on two straight needles and I’ve had an affair with them ever since. I recently joined a sock swap on Ravelry where I got my first pair of knitted socks all the way from Australia. I tell you, slipping those socks on my feet was something close to erotic. I loved the pattern, the feel of the yarn, the way they enveloped my feet in pure warmth. Honey, I’m telling you its enough to make you want to throw away every cheap sock you ever bought from Walmart.

So, there is my confession. I’ve been honest enough to air out my dirty laundry with you. Now it’s your turn. What knitting love affair are you in or have had in the past?