On Sunday, I taught a Magic Loop sock class at Dog House Yarns & More. I wanted a wee sock that even a novice knitter could cobble together in the span of one afternoon class, so I reached out to a friend who had written up her own mini sock ornament pattern, and received her permission to turn it into an anklet and re-write the pattern specifically for Magic Loop. We’ll be releasing the pattern soon… we need a cute name for our joint designing efforts.
The variegated model is the one I whipped through Saturday, just to be sure the concept would work. I knitted it in 20 minutes, not including the times I stopped to let the dogs in or out or back in, nor the time it took to edit the pattern from dpn ( double pointed needles) language to ML (Magic Loop). I even kitchenered the toe closed (a very specific grafting method that is well-suited for socks knitted from cuff to toe), but decided I like a mini sock with a rounder toe, the kind produced when you just break the yarn and “sew” the toe closed with a needle.
The foot of the blue one is a little short, because I started toe decreases when the students were ready, even though I hadn’t done enough rounds. I also crocheted the little loop on the back of the blue one, so it could be a little ornament if I’m so inclined.
They’re quite tiny. I should have dropped a quarter or something in there for reference, but Gretchen could wear them if we didn’t have a deal that she doesn’t EVER have to put anything on her feet again.
While we’re talking about Dog House Yarns, are you going to the Lawre’s Laine trunk show on Saturday? (11-6) Lawre’s added magnetic closures to her fabulous bags, so come with your own fabric or just an idea of what you want in your dream bag, and you can place a custom order, or walk away with one of the pre-made samples… if you’re lucky. Follow the link to Lawre’s website to see samples and styles.
Oh – and I’ve almost finished Sabriel. I need to assure I can download the rest of the trilogy on my Nook ASAP. I very well could finish it tonight. Pardon me… I need to go look into that right now. Otherwise, after I vote, I might have to go to town and buy paperbacks!
Please don’t forget to vote if you live in the US and haven’t done so already. A lot of women truly suffered greatly to assure us that right, so don’t take it lightly! Be an informed voter if you do go to the polls…