Cast On Monday: Dancing Fringe

See my pretty purple sock yarn?  It’s Mad Tosh Sock in “Flashdance” — yum!

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This week I cast on for a pair of Fringe Socks from California Revival Knits (Stephannie Tallent).

 

I’m using some ancient stash (Reynold’s Wash Day Wool in Cream) for the contrast color.  I’m about to do the the fringe bit — very cool!

FO Friday (err, Saturday): Zylphia Over Yonder and Sapphire Papilionoidea

In a special weekend edition of FO Friday, I bring you two projects I finished this summer….

2527 Zylphia (blocked)

Project: Zylphia Over Yonder

Pattern: Zylphia Cowl

Designer: Stephannie Tallent

Available: on Ravelry ($6)

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Blue Yonder

I tech edited this pattern, and absolutely could not resist casting on almost the moment I finished the editing work.  This cowl takes the stitch patterns from Stephannie’s “Zylphia Pilots Her Airship” sweater (published at the Sanguine Gryphon) and scales it down into a beautiful lacy cowl. Turned picot hems finish both ends; the cowl is knit entirely in the round.  I found the lace pattern interesting and easy to memorize.  It shows off tonal yarn beautifully.

 

 

2525 sapphire papilionoidea

 

Project: Sapphire Papilionoidea

Pattern: Papilionoidea

Designer: Caroline Wright

Available: on Ravelry (£2.00 GBP)

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Sapphire Heather

I was lucky enough to test knit this pattern for the designer. I had been trying to decide what socks to make for my Dad — he’d requested “fancy” socks in Sapphire Heather with his Christmas Knit4UxMe.  Then I saw these, and wow! It’s amazing how the butterfly emerges from the lacy pattern. This is another great pattern by an indy designer: well-written, clear, and definitely worth the purchase price.

2526 sapphire papilionoidea

 

Pictures from my dad, of the socks on his feet! 🙂

sapphire butterfly sock on my dad

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Ravelry Monday: Fig Leaf, Zylphia Cowl, and Heartland Road Trip Tote

First Pick: Fig Leaf, by Lykkefanten (FREE!)

This one cracks me up! This pattern is begging for some yarn-bombing — more than just tree cozies! Very funny.

Second Pick: Zylphia Cowl, by Stephannie Tallent ($6.00)

This very pretty lace cowl is irresistible.  I tech edited it for the designer, and then immediately cast on.

Third Pick: Heartland Road Trip Tote, by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence ($32.99 for kit, at Knit Picks)

Amazing intarsia! Almost enough to hook me back in … I swore off intarsia in the past, but I really want this bucolic scene!