helen sock

anne wrote this in the wee hours:

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now socks are a gift that you must be careful about giving—it’s pretty easy for recipients to become addicted to them and you may not want to spend most of your knitting life enslaved to a mile-long gift list.

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that said, socks are one of those things that lots of knitters just keep making in the background, using commuting or waiting time to create a nice pile on the gift shelf through spring, summer, and fall—knowing that come december, they will become the pet gift of some lucky (and special) recipients.

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the helen sock is perfect for the knitter on the go—just involved enough to be completely entertaining for hours, but simple enough to knit without charts or other accoutrement to keep track of—you just grab the yarn and needles to go.

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socks like this are a magic bullet during the holiday rush for  variety of reasons—let me count the ways:

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1. totally relaxing to knit; soothes frazzled nerves and centers oneself in just a few rounds (and who doesn’t need that just about now?)

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2. knits up speedily—so much so that you can dispense with a pair in a week of evenings or less and still wish you were knitting them when they are done. some knitters will finish a pair in oddments of time they find through the day between other tasks

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3. warm and cozy texture that is universally appealing, very stretchy, and molds to a variety of shapes; in other words, you can knit them for a very important recipient who has yet to make themselves known but will almost certainly materialize at the last moment. mark my words.

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4. has built in depth and stitch definition that works with a really wide range of yarn types—you almost certainly have something right in the house that will work for this design (but we hope you’ll consider using our breakfast blend fingering yarn as shown in the dark pair here)

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5. unisex design with multiple sizing so that if you enjoy them, you can knit several pair for anyone from children to teens to that big guy in your life.

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6. truly entertaining to work—trust me, you won’t want  put them down. they are the perfect project to get snowed in with, providing a complete experience on their own or as an accompaniment for a movie marathon. and if you are a commuter knitter, these are your go-to project.

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shown above, the helen sock in size medium with the pattern extending all the way to the top cuff, knit in breakfast blend fingering yarn, color espresso (to order the kit, click here). these are soft, dense, and cushy, with great cling, but not too tight.

and below, the medium size topped by a ribbed cuff (pattern contains instructions for both versions) in natural dye studio angelus, a luxury blend for indulging oneself or someone else.

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to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here or here for helen sock kit, to visit the knitspot pattern shop. or purchase the pattern in our ravelry pattern shop.

big thanks to carol, who knit the espresso sock sample for us; she is a speedy one and always so generous with her skills; thank you carol! and helen knit the second sample in angelus yarn, but even more importantly, helen was craving slouchy socks and asked me to design some, so we owe this pattern to her, really. thank you helen for the inspiration and photos!

so if you are a sock knitter, i hope you will enjoy this design; it’s my favorite kind of sock . . .

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good thing we have knitting

anne wrote this mid-afternoon:

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ugh, it’s one of those all-too-frequent dreary december days, when it feels like evening from first light through dusk (i can’t even say sundown because there is no sun, period).

if it wasn’t a beehive of activity around here, it would be rather glum indeed; i’d be wishing it was LAST thursday once again, when we had a fresh snowfall turning our world into a winter wonderland.

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with spectacular atmosphere as a backdrop for a warm and wonderful holiday.

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i was texting photos all day to our family in las vegas, who will be visiting for christmas and for whom “lots of snow” is written in the top spot on their wish list. sadly, it’s all gone now, but hopefully we’ll get more before they arrive.

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thanksgiving was wonderful here; besides the pretty snow, we also had a day off; rare for us! david slept in while i went to join in the—very, VERY chilly—perry township turkey trot.

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just 18 degrees at the starting line and snowy, but i have to say, it didn’t feel that cold. excitement and spirits were high and it was a fun race. last year’s race was my very first running competition and i was pleasantly surprised at how noticeably improved i was. yay. races are a lot more scarce this time of year around here, but i’m definitely signed up to run on new year’s day again; that was really fun last year.

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after the race, i had nothing much planned except to get a really hot shower, work on knitting projects, and do some organizing around the house. i wanted to spend some time going through my drawers to weed out clothes i don’t wear; they were too full of unused items (i have to do my closet too, but it’ll have to wait til another day).

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that accomplished, i wound up some yarn to settle in with an audiobook to start a few christmas knitting projects. some of them are secret, but there are a few i can share that i’m excited to show you.

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first—and most importantly—the patterns for the red scarf red scarf projects are written and test knits are on the needles, yay! barb, never one to turn down a chance to knit with red, offered to knit up the scarf and after just a few days, she’s done already! she was over last night for class and was working on the final hem pattern. jeesh.

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barb’s been working with the other red that jill sent us, called red scarf a new color which is more of a rich, brick red (soon to be available; just stalk jill’s etsy shop for an update or choose one of her other delectable reds). the pattern is all set to go; we just need to get some photos. we plan to do those early next week, as soon as we have them edited, we can release it and kick off our red scarf december fundraiser!

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meanwhile, i am writing up patterns like mad and working on the smaller components with this bright red springy sport from studio june yarn, aptly named here comes trouble. i’ve cast on for a cowl to coordinate with the scarf and will most likely knit a headband or slouchy hat to coordinate.

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jill sent along an alternate color so we could show these accessories in something less seasonally specific. this is midnight teal and it’s the most beautiful evening blue. our friend anne marie will knit a cowl and fingerless mitts or hat.

and barb was looking around last night for something else to knit, so she took home a skein of our kent DK to make a second scarf sample for our trunk show; we thought the cabled fabric would look great in a natural shade.

i only did a little computer work on thanksgiving. my main goal was to spend time on the house because—YES!—we had full use of our kitchen and cooked our first meal in it to celebrate the holiday. it was very simple—salmon and vegetables—but delicious. i didn’t take pictures, but we enjoyed every morsel, cozy in our warm kitchen and dining room, haha.

after dinner we started unpacking boxes and spent several hours organizing cabinets. it’s going to take a few more sessions to be finished but mister knitspot has agreed to write up a post about the renovation and reveal.

i may have mentioned in the last few weeks that we have a couple or three christmas surprise kits that we’ll be making available. i’ve been swatching and planning for a while to get these designs written up and underway.

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this is NOT THE COLOR of the christmas surprise; just some leftover briar rose stella from our october club package that i’ve swatched with. the actual color is a real jewel, soon to be revealed. karolyn is actually doing the test knit of this design so you’ll have to bug her for details—if you can get her to talk, that is . . .

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at the same time, i’m working on the other surprise we’re cooking up—in this luscious, luxury blend of BFL, cashmere, and silk from yarn hollow, called superior. we had a batch dyed in an exclusive colorway called lime rickey  which is nothing short of astonishing. seriously, everyone who sees it just stops for a beat before saying “i WANT that; put me on the wait list”. i’ve cast on for a little shawl-y accessory piece that i just love. it’s bold and modern and victorian in the very best way.

do you want to see the swatch?? nah . . .

oh, ok, here you go:

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see what i mean; the luster is drop-dead gorgeous, right? i love these stitch pattens together; they really show off the yarn’s best assets.

we’ll offer kits (in very limited numbers) and KALs for both these items in the coming weeks; keep your eyes peeled . . .

okay, one last item and then i must stop for today—this will make you chuckle. i got a letter from the bank the other day about a change in services and the banker who signed it?

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uh, yeah, doesn’t exactly boost my confidence, you know? haha, nicole and i wondered if he ever tried making it as an accountant . . .

and with that, i’m all done now.
david and i are heading out on a secret fiber mission tomorrow morning and we won’t be back at our desks til monday (everyone else is here to man the fort though). i’m going to post the next offering in our pre holiday pattern parade late tonight and i believe erica has a post for sunday.

you have a great weekend; see you next week!

 

hazard

anne wrote this late at night:

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are you thinking you have one last chance to knit a larger item for that special someone on your holiday gift list? we may have just what you’re looking for here with the hazard rectangle. it’s the very last treat we’re squeezing in for our cyber monday celebration.

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it’s a wrap (in two sizes!), it’s a baby square, it’s a lap robe, and best of all, it’s a blanket (also in two sizes). best of all, it’s an easy-going, relaxing knit—just choose your endurance level and go.

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AND you can knit it in two yarn weights—light and airy for a springtime baby or cushy and deeply textured for that newlywed couple who like to cuddle. have we covered all the bases, or what?

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oops—actually there is one more way we’ve made it easy for you; david, nicole and sarah have put together some kits pairing the pattern with our breakfast blend yarns. all eligible for our cyber monday free shipping deal—run!

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this is the project you’ll look forward to seeing at the end of the day—all softness and luxury. just put your feet up, sit back, and watch those diamonds rattle off the needles.

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shown here, sarah is wearing the petite hazard wrap, knit in breakfast blend fingering yarn, color bakery rye. she’s got that on over the top of her bloch ness cardigan, knit in kent DK

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we’ll update you with more photos as we get some samples knit in other sizes and yarn weights (i really want to knit one myself from confection, but it’s going to have to wait til after the holidays . . . no impulse knitting for me this month, phooey.).

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to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please
click here to visit the knitspot pattern shop. or purchase the pattern in our ravelry pattern shop.

many thanks to our dear friend jessica, who knit the wrap you see pictured here—she’s a terrific knitter and we’re so lucky to know her!

and of course a big thank you to david and sarah as well—we’re so glad sarah is back from vacation!

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Cyber Monday

majordomo wrote this in the wee hours:

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What a great Thanksgiving holiday weekend! We kicked it off with watching the Turkey Trot, followed by America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

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Thankfully we were invited to watch the parade indoors at a friend’s place, because it was freezing! We spent the the rest of the days with family attending a couple holiday parties and just relaxing. It felt so good.

I don’t know about many of you, but I woke up yesterday in a state of shock/panic/excitement realizing it was December 1st. Holy cow! How did that happen!? I did get something off the needles recently,

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Woodcutter’s Toque for Baby Knitspot in Confection (more on that in a later post),

but it’s really time to kick it in to high gear and get some winter accessories cast on. Christmas is around the corner! In the spirit of “it’s time to get something new on the needles,” we are having a site-wide sale. Hooray!

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All patterns,

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yarn,

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and swag

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receive FREE SHIPPING as long as a minimum of $50 is in your shopping cart! Even the KITS receive shipping!

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You can absolutely get this Comfort Me kit in the mail this week and knit a small throw for yourself or a loved one by the 25th. It’s a very quick knit with an easy memorizable pattern.

Also, signups for Bare Naked Knitspot 2014 are open. We’ve added a feature enabling you to gift a subscription, just in time for the holidays. This makes a great holiday treat, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving because the shipments last an entire year! Natural artisan yarns paired with exclusive Anne Hanson designs – how can you beat it!?

Ooh! Before I forget, David will be loading more limited edition kits throughout the day…so check the shop often. I won’t keep you any longer. ENJOY YOUR SHOPPING SPREE!