Monday, July 30, 2007

Delicious Socks

A few weeks ago I posted about a local meetup of knitting bloggers in the Portland area and mentioned that I had the thrill of seeing one of those folks knitting socks with my yarn. To start today's Monday project feature, I have a photo of those very socks, knit by Melissa. The socks are knit with FF Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Deepest Forest colorway. (UPDATE: Thanks to Lynne who pointed out that Melissa's socks are the "Gentlemen's Shooting Socks" pattern from Nancy Bush's Vintage Socks.)

Didn't Melissa do a smashing job?! To learn more about Melissa's adventures in knitting and spinning, pop on over to her blog.

Next up is another fabulous pair of socks. These are knit by Suzann using Nancy Bush's Evening Stockings pattern from Vintage Knit Socks. She used FF Classic Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Antique Rose colorway.

Suzann reports that the yarn is wonderful to work with and she doesn't mind that it's hand wash. I mention this because I've expressed the same sentiment myself in the past. Although the "Classic" Merino Sock Yarn I carry is indeed handwash, I personally just love the stuff! I often hand wash even my superwash merino socks and I really don't mind it. There's something about this yarn that makes it worth it to me. It's wonderfully soft and just a tad heavier weight than my superwash (the superwash runs at 550 yards per 4-ounce skein and the Classic runs at 410 yards per 4-ounce skein). The stitch definition is excellent and all in all, it's just a wonderful yarn. (Now don't shake your head and think I'm "bragging" since this is a yarn in my own line. I mean, I'm not the sheep's mother and I can't take credit for the lovely fiber!)

Here's another shot of the glorious detail in Suzann's socks:

A big thank you to Melissa and Suzann for sharing photos of their work!

Atlhough I know most of us never tire of seeing sock projects (I know I don't!), you can all look forward to a couple of wonderful lace shawl projects coming in future Monday project features. If you'd like to share a project you completed with FF yarn, just send me an e-mail with your photos or link to photos.

Everyone have a wonderful start to your week!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

One Project Down

I'm in work-avoidance mode on this beautiful Saturday afternoon. As usual, I got up early and headed straight to my workshop for a rousing round of yarn dyeing that lasted through midday. I took a brief break for lunch, planning to head right back on task afterward, but something stopped me. Perhaps it was the beautiful, sunny day? Or maybe I just need the break after many back-to-back days of dyeing? Or perhaps I'm just feeling lazy?

Whatever it is, I've decided to give in to it and spend the last few hours of the afternoon doing as little as possible. Perhaps I'll knit a bit, but perhaps I'll just sit in my favorite arm chair and let myself slowly slip away into a blissful afternoon, summer nap. I can't remember the last time I had a nap! It sounds utterly glorious right now.

Then I thought of you, my faithful blog visitors and decided to at least give you a quick new post in case you happen to be browsing the internet this weekend, perhaps on your own path of avoidance of some duty or another.

I have just a bit of this and a bit of that to share today. I do have a few photos of the lace scarf that I had blocking last time I posted. It's been freed from its pin-prison and is shown here languishing in that favorite arm chair of mine:

I couldn't have it taking up the chair I planned for my nap, so I tossed it on another chair. It complained heartily about this though. What self-respecting lace scarf wants to hang over the back of a chair when there's a beautiful sunny day outside? I gave in to its complaints and took it outside for a breath of fresh air. (The true color of this scarf - "Rubicund" - falls somewhere between the pink look of the indoor shot and the orangey look of the sunshine shot.)

My faithful friend who serves as a test knitter for me from time to time is almost done testing out the pattern I wrote for this, so perhaps I'll have the pattern added to my shop before long. In the meantime, I do have one new pattern added a couple of days ago. I knit these eyelet rib knee socks ages and ages ago in my Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in Deepest Forest.

The wonderful Tess Mattos of Polar Bear Patterns loved the simplicity of the pattern and so I handed over a few rough notes to her and told her to have at it and put her magical design and pattern-writing skills on the task. Some of you may recall that Tess wrote a pattern for these socks, aptly named "Simply Elegant." Here is her version in the Marrakesh colorway.

I've now added Tess' pattern to my shop. You can find it in the Pattern Section.

With that I shall leave you with best wishes for a wonderful weekend for all. Right now, I hear an arm chair calling my name!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Alive and Knitting

Yes folks, despite the fact that I have been a bit remiss on updating my blog as frequently as I would like these past couple of weeks, I am alive and well! I've even gotten some knitting done lately.

Remember the geometric lace scarf I started a few weeks ago? The knitting is now done and the scarf is blocking.

I really need to start blocking on a white sheet or large bath towel instead of two towels next to one another, each in a different color to boot. Doesn't make for the best blocking photos, that's for sure!

Here's another one with some close up detail:

Now that this scarf is just about done, I'm ready to start another small project soon, although I have no decision yet on what that will be.

In the meantime, I'm making slow but steady progress on the zipper-front sweater-jacket from the old Vogue Knitting magazine. I've moved from the bottom rib into the pattern stitch now:

Here's a super close-up so you can see the stitch pattern (which I love, by the way!). It uses a K2TOG where the stitches are left on the needle after knitting together and then a new stitch is formed by knitting again into the first of the two stitches that were knit together. This creates an interesting crossover stitch that's also thick and firm, which is perfect for a sweater jacket.

I have high hopes for this sweater, but only time will tell how it all turns out in the end.

The only other knitting related news today is my frequent mailbox checking. All the way back in June ... or was it even May? ... I ordered a couple of knitting books (on your recommendations!). Well, they still have not arrived! Some of you warned me about Amazon and recommended that I try Overstock next time. After this ridiculous waiting period I will definitely do that!

One of the books should arrive any day now, so that's something to look forward to. The other one, however, won't be here until late September to early October according to the most recent update from the wonderful folks over at Amazon. Sigh. Patience is a virtue or so they say.

Now it's time for me to pop off and get back to putting labels on ridiculous mountains of yarn that I haven't gotten to for a few days. They are beginning to get restless, anxious to have a chance of finding new homes. I must go label them and quiet them down!

Monday, July 23, 2007

A Burst of Color!

I can't believe it's Monday again already! Time has just been flying by so quickly. The good news is that Monday means more customer project photos! This week, I've got two pair of socks in popping colors to get you energized on this Monday morning.

The parade of Monkey Socks continues today with these beauties from Alli.

Alli made these socks with FF Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Exuberant colorway. Aren't they terrific? So cheerful and such fun! Great job, Alli!

To read more about Alli's adventures in knitting, pop on over to her blog.

Next up are these little gems from Emily. She used The Smokin' Sock Pattern by Anne Hanson of KnitSpot and FF Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Kildare colorway.

This is the first time I've seen the Smokin' Socks in a different color than the "Smoke" colorway and I must say that I think I like them even more in the lighter and brighter shade. Although the pattern certainly doesn't remind one of smoke in this brilliant shade of green, you can really see the lovely stitch detail. Emily certainly did a wonderful job on the knitting!

Thank you again to Alli and Emily for sharing their lovely work!

Great week to all!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ding Dong the Demon's Dead

At long last, the summer top I've been making with the demon yarn is done! The yarn is an Anny Blatt cotton/viscose blend that I mixed together with a handpainted bamboo yarn. Once again I'll mention that there's nothing in the world wrong with this yarn and I mean no disrespect to the fabulous AB yarns! It has only been named the "demon yarn" because it tormented and tortured me by calling out to be knit and yet refusing to tell me what it wanted to be.

In the end I settled for a simple summer top that's really not particularly to my taste, but turned out not too badly when all was said and done.

The important thing is: It's Done! That means no more cries in the night coming from the storage bins: I'm here! Knit with me! No more prison breaks where the yarn escapes from its storage bin, makes it way downstairs and sits smugly in my favorite chair daring me to knit with it.

The finished piece is actually a little too large around the body, but the material has a nice drape so it's not such a bad fit. It's rather odd that it turned out large since I repeatedly removed it from the needles in the early stages, measuring it again and again because I was convinced it would be too small. I suppose it's just another demon trick!

In addition to quieting the demon cries in the night, the best part of finishing this project is that I am now free to focus on other things. I'm working on another sweater in an Anny Blatt yarn (merinos), but this is one I really love and want to knit.

I've finished the stretch of ribbing at the bottom and am ready to dive into the pattern stitch next.

Progress has also been made on my latest scarf, but since there's nothing much new to see there except more length I'll leave a picture for another day.

I must admit that I've been rather ignoring the ripple stitch afghan in favor of finishing the demon sweater and getting started on these new projects, but I'll get back to that soon. In fact, I'm enjoying knitting the zipper-front sweater so much that I need to keep the pace slow, savoring it like a good book.

That's all the news today. Thank you again to all of you who signed up for the Seven Deadly Sins Sock Club! If you missed out, just pop me an e-mail and ask to be added to my mailing list so that you'll be sure to have early news when the next sock club begins.

Great day to all!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sock Yarn Club is Now Full

Just a quick post to let you all know that the Fearless Fibers Seven Deadly Sins Sock Yarn Club is now full. Thank you very much to all of you who purchased a membership!

The slots filled in just a few days, so if you missed out this time and want to learn of future Sock Yarn Clubs or other Fearless Fibers news, just send me an e-mail and ask to be added to my mailing list.

More knitting content to come tomorrow . . .

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Sock Parade Continues

For today’s Monday customer projects, I have two more pair of socks to show you. They’re not just socks though. They’re great socks!

First up are these “Genevieve” socks by Liz. She knit these socks with FF Classic Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Spring Breeze colorway.

Isn’t the detail lovely? Look at these cute little heels, with the cables up the back!

You can find the pattern on Liz’s blog. Just search around for the June 22nd post and you’ll find it. Fabulous job, Liz! And thank you for posting the pattern on your blog. Very nice!!

Next up are these little gems by Alison. They are “Monkey Socks” knit in FF Classic Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Desert Flower colorway.

I shared another photo of Monkey Socks knit by Tina in FF Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn back on July 2nd. It’s such fun to see the difference in the same pattern knit with a rainbow dyed yarn (that is, mixed and mingled colors) and a handpainted yarn. Both versions of the Monkey Socks are just lovely, yet so very different.

Thank you again to Liz and Alison for sharing their photos. Lovely work!

Everyone keep the photos coming. Just send them to me by e-mail and I’ll put them in the queue for a future Monday posting.

Now go knit! And don't forget the Seven Deadly Sins Sock Yarn Club that I announced on Friday (see prior post). Less than 20 spots remain available!

Friday, July 13, 2007

SYC = Sock Yarn Club!

That’s right! It’s time for the first ever Fearless Fibers Sock Yarn Club!

I’m sure many of you figured out that my hot news with the hint “SYC” was a sock yarn club, but I don’t think anyone could possibly have guessed the second clue: SDS. So what does SDS stand for? It stands for the Seven Deadly Sins! That’s the theme of this sock yarn club.

Here are all the details:

Sign-ups begin: TODAY, July 13th! Memberships will remain open until August 5th or until 50 people have signed up, whichever comes first. The club will be limited to 50 memberships.

Where to purchase your membership: Fearless Fibers' Etsy Shop (The memberships are listed in the "Sock Yarn" section of the shop. You may need to scroll through the listings a bit to find the listing, since newly sock yarns may push the club listing further down the page.)

What you’ll receive: Seven skeins of Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in brand new colorways inspired by the seven deadly sins (Wrath, Gluttony, Sloth, Pride, Envy, Lust, and Greed) plus one new sin-inspired sock pattern by the incomparable Anne Hanson of KnitSpot.

Package schedule: The first shipment of two skeins will be sent on or about August 21st. A second shipment of two skeins will be shipped on or about September 21st and a third shipment of two skeins on or about October 21st. The seventh and final skein, together with the original KnitSpot pattern, will be shipped on or about November 21st.

Full details are also available in the my shop item listing for the sock club. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail!

Let the sinful fun begin!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

From Zero to Sixty

It seems that I've gone from very little knitting done recently to a sudden flurry of activity and productivity. I guess the new project I told you about last week did the trick to get me motivated again.

Before I dive into knitting talk, I first want to remind everyone that I have hot news coming later this week. I'll post about it here Friday afternoon or evening.

Okay, okay! I'll give you a little hint: SYC. Hmmm. Perhaps that's too much of a hint. You're all sure to guess that. Here's another one that I dare you to try to figure out: SDS. Ha! You won't figure that part out! You'll just have to wait for Friday for the full scoop.

On the knitting front, I finally finished the never-ending spiral rib socks in my FF Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Royalty colorway. This picture's a bit difficult to see, but at least it proves that there are indeed two finished socks!

Here's a better photo for you, but I could only get one sock in the picture, since that's my own foot that I'm holding stretched out in front of me and suspended in mid-air while I take this picture:

Although these socks seemed to take forever to finish, I must say that I rather like them. The spiral rib does just what it should and creates a nice, snug fit.

I actually finished these socks on Saturday, which was rather unfortunate timing because I had a knitting gathering to attend on Sunday. There's a newly formed Yahoo group for knitting bloggers here in the Portland area and they had a meetup at a yarn shop in downtown Portland. Much to my own surprise, I actually made it to the meetup! I'm so busy these days that it's not often I can take time off for a little diversion such as this, but the opportunity to meet other knitting bloggers in the area was too good to pass up.

Being a very bad blogger, I didn't even think about taking my camera! If anyone is yearning to see photos, MonicaPDX took quite a number of them and has them posted on her blog, along with a much better summary of the gathering than I could possibly recall.

It was certainly a nice opportunity to meet folks (there were more than 20 knitting bloggers there and three were actually customers of mine, which was particularly cool!), but I have to admit that large groups are really not in my comfort zone. I felt even more out of my element because I didn't have any real knitting with me. Crazy, huh? I just didn't realize until right before I left the house that with my socks just finished , I had no small project on the stitcks to bring with me. I could have brought the demon-sweater, but I was at the point of shaping armholes and neckline and it didn't seem wise to try to do that while chit-chatting amidst a group of other knitters. That could have been a disaster in the making! And, of course, the ripple stitch afghan is way too large to tote around town.

I ended up grabbing a skein of Laceweight Merino in the Rubicund colorway, along with a few pairs of needles.

About all I did during the meetup was knit a few rows of this and tear it out, knit a few rows of that and tear it out. It did, however, yield some positive results. Just playing around with the yarn got me to thinking about the direction for another lace scarf project. If you recall, I planned on knitting quite a few this summer. I've done two so far and with the socks now finished, a third lace scarf will be a perfect small project to replace that.

By the time I got home, I had a pretty clear picture in mind of what I wanted to do and set about swatching and charting, charting and swatching. The pattern is now solidifed and I'm underway.

I went with a much more stark and geometrical pattern this time, against a garter ground. Although stockinet is certainly prettier than garter, I rather like a garter ground for a scarf since it creates a right side and wrong side that are virtually indistinguishable from one another to the casual eye. Since scarves tend to flip about when worn, it's rather nice to have very little difference between front and back.

The demon-sweater is also well on its way to the home stretch now. I finished up the back piece and now have the front and back blocking. (It's too curled in on itself to seam it properly without blocking first.) Once that's done, I can seam it and finish the neckline and sleeve caps and call it a done.

Finishing the spiral socks and making good progress toward finishing the demon-sweater meant that I allowed myself to cast-on for my new project: the zipper-front sweater jacket in the Anny Blatt Merinos yarn.

To get the required gauge, I ended up having to go two needle sizes below what the pattern specified! Do I knit that loosely or are designers having a good laugh at my expense?

Alrighty then. That's about all for today. Tune in Friday for the big unveiling of the SYC. (Yeah, yeah, I know you know what that is. But how about SDS? Huh? Figured out that one yet, smartypants?)

Great day to all!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Purple Monday

For this morning's customer project feature, I have two pairs of socks to show you in two very different shades of purple.

First up are these lovely socks by Lynne, knit with FF Classic Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Wisteria colorway.

Lynne used Ann Budd's "On Your Toes" pattern from the current Summer 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. They feature an Eastern toe cast on, a modified short-row heel with no wraps, and a sewn bindoff.

Lovely work as always from Lynne!

On the other end of the purple spectrum, Sallie knit these fantastic socks in FF Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Midnight Passion colorway. She used the Oblique Openwork pattern from Charlene Schurch's Senstational Knitted Socks.

Beautiful job by Sallie! For a closer look at the details of these socks, as well as lots of other great projects, pop on over to Sallie's blog.

That's all for today. Be sure to tune in later this week because ... drumroll please ... I have news hot off the press coming soon!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

I Found My Motivation

In my last post, I told of my woes knitting two of my three current projects: the summer sweater with the demon yarn and the never-ending pair of spiral rib socks. I vowed to finish the socks and make good progress on the sweater before allowing myself to cast on anything new. The problem with this plan is that it's awfully difficult to get motivated to knit more than a few rows here and there when I'm not enjoying the knitting as much I usually do. I think I found the solution to this little dilemma yesterday! And here it is:

Now I know you must be wonderfing how that little skein of Anny Blatt Merinos yarn can provide the motivation to move forward on my current projects. Perhaps this will explain it:

Yep. That's a mountain of 18 skeins of this luscious yarn in the Tomette color! (I have no idea why they chose to call it Tomette. It sounds like "Tomato" and that seems wrong. The color is a dark, rusty shade of burnt orange. It's most definitely not red or a shade that resembles any tomato I've ever seen.)

I was at my favorite LYS yesterday for the Friday morning knit group that I try to attend whenever I can, and I found myself wandering around the shop perusing books and magazines in search of inspiration for my next big project. I knew that I wanted to find the pattern first and then pick the yarn, rather than the other way around which always seems to lead me into trouble.

My favorite LYS is a wonderful haven chock-full of glorious yarn, but the one area that it lacks a bit is in the selection of books and pattern leaflets. There's a pretty good variety to choose from, but other than new magazines that arrive, there's not a whole lot of change in the selection from one visit to the next and I've already seen most of what's there.

After ten minutes or so of flipping through books I'd looked at previously, I suddenly remembered a sweater I'd seen and loved quite some time back in an issue of Vogue Knitting. The gals in the knitting group suggested I ask Sandy, the owner, about it. They were dead sure that I could describe the sweater to Sandy and that she would know which one I meant. Indeed they were right! All that I had to tell Sandy was that it was a sweater jacket in some shade of blue, with a zipper in the front, using an Anny Blatt yarn. Within minutes she emerged from the back area with the 2004/05 Winter edition of Vogue Knitting open to the very page with the sweater I had in mind. Amazing woman, that Sandy!

Since I can't find any photo of this sweater anywhere online, here's an attempt to get a picture of the photo in the magazine. It's a design by Shirley Paden.

I decided that for this project, I need to take the safe route and buy the exact yarn that the pattern calls for. I could probably get away with substitution my sportweight superwash merino, which is also a 4-ply superwash like the Anny Blatt, but I don't want to risk it. With a big project that's going to take a good amount of time and energy, I definitely don't want to end up with some slight variation in gauge or miscalculated adjustment causing me grief down the road. There are plenty of other ways that I'm sure I'll find along the way to make this project harder on myself than it needs to be! Heh!

And so, this is my new motivation. I will not cast on for this new project until the socks in progress are done and I'm nearing the end of the demon sweater. It was just yesterday that I bought the yarn for this new project and already I've zipped through about half of the back of the summer sweater, as well as a couple of inches on the foot of sock number two of the endless pair. All of this just in the late afternoon and early evening yesterday.

Ah yes! The end is in sight. I just needed the right motivation!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Exorcising the Demon

It's been a little while since I've shown you photos of my current projects in progress, so today I'll provide you with an update on all three.

The first project I photographed for this post was the salmon pink summer sweater that I'm making with the Anny Blatt viscose/cotton blend, mixed together with a variegated bamboo yarn. As those of you who visit here regularly know from my prior post, this yarn has tormented me for some time now and I'm less than thrilled with the project that I finally settled on. When my husband saw me photographing the sweater, he was perplexed. He asked why I would want to "show off" the project when he had heard me repeatedly call it ugly names and express my general distaste for it.

Of course, the answer is simple. I am not posting this project - nor any other for that matter - to "show it off." I have no illusions about my knitting skills. A quick perusal of just a small sampling of knitting blogs would quickly show that I am outshined at every turn. No, no. It's not about a prideful display of my grand achievements in knitting. I share these photos in the same way that I would share a project in progress with the Friday Knitting Cupcakes at my favorite LYS. We are knitters, after all. We share the good, the bad and the ugly. If I only posted the projects that I felt worthy of "showing off" you likely wouldn't hear from me often!

With that said, here is the completed front of the summer top. The color is a bit off, as I'm afraid it is in all of my photos today. I waited too late in the day to capture the best light for photographs, but you'll get the idea.

It will take some blocking to get it to lay flat and, of course, it still looks rather odd without a neck or finished armhole/sleeve caps.

Overall, I really do rather despise this project. I won't go into the details of why yet again, but I will share with you the answer I gave to my husband's next question, which may very well be weighing on your mind as well. That is, if I don't like this project, why continue with it? The answer again is simple: To exorcise the demon!

This yarn was torturing me. It refused to speak to me about its destiny. Every time I searched for a needle or other knitting-related item, this yarn popped out of its resting place and plunked itself right down in front of me. It spontaneously broke free from its Ziploc bag and spilled out onto the floor. It taunted me. It haunted me. I had no choice. I had to exorcise the demon and lay it to rest once and for all. Once the Demon Sweater is complete, I will be able to move on to something fresh and new, unfettered by the curse of the salmon pink demon yarn.

The next project on the sticks is much more pleasing to the eye, but no more enjoyable for me. It is the neverending spiral rib socks in my FF Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Royalty colorway. The socks themselves look OK and I have no real complaints about them, but for some reason, I can't seem to finish them. I'm getting closer now though, at long last! This is sock number two, with the heel completed and the home stretch in sight.

I don't think I've ever taken so long to knit a pair of socks. Whewsh!

Finally, the last project I have in progress is the ripple stitch afghan that I started a couple of months ago and plan to knit slowly throughout the summer. This project seemed a bit dull when I began, but it is now my knitting sanctuary. It lacks the happy little milestones that make knitting such fun (Time to start shaping the armhole! Or ... Finished turning the heel! ... etc), but it most definitely has its perks.

I'm using my FF Sportweight Superwash Merino and I must say that I really do like knitting with this yarn, particularly when weighed against the demon yarn. The demon yarn is bumpy and doesn't glide smoothly on the needles. The bamboo yarn also tends to split, which just adds to the general roughness of the knitting experience. To switch over to the ripple stitch afghan and feel the glorious rhythm of yarn gliding effortlessly from needle to needle really is a much-needed respite. Even with the 20-row repeat of this particular ripple stitch requiring a fair amount of attention, and even with the lacey detail complete with lots of YO's, K2TOG, PSSO and such, this project gives me a relaxed and comfortable knitting break from the recalcitrant demon yarn.

I try to knit at least one stripe of color each day. It's difficult to tell from the photo, but it's probably about three feet long now.

If I keep up with this pace, I should comfortably finish this small afghan/throw by the end of the summer as planned.

That's all I have to show you today. Wish me luck in finishing up the spiral socks soon and making some more progress on exorcising the demon. Then and only then will I give myself permission to begin something new. Something new. Sigh. Ah yes. Something new!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Feet Come in All Sizes

For today's Monday project photos, I've put together a group of sock photos in a range of feet from the cutest little feet imaginable to a pair of large man-feet. I'm taking a risk here folks by sharing three projects in one day. I still have a couple more photos in my queue for future Mondays, but I'm counting on all of you to come through with more project photos to keep this Monday feature going. Just e-mail those photos to me, along with any information you'd like to share about your project.

Now on to today's array of feet!

First up are socks for the feet we all know. Women's feet. Mid-sized feet. The feet most of us see when we look down.

The socks were knit by Tina. They are the infamous Monkey Socks from Knitty. Tina used FF Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Midnight Passion colorway. You can see more of the monkey-sock goodness and a better look at the color in this closeup.

Wonderful job, Tina! To learn more about Tina's knitting endeavors, pop on over to her blog.

Next up is a darling pair of booties, to fit the cutest little feet imaginable. April knit these booties with FF Alpaca/Wool DK Yarn in the Duck Season colorway.

In April's blog, she says that these are "so ridiculously adorable it makes your ovaries cramp." Haha! Ain't that the truth? More of April's knitting and engaging chat is just a click away on her blog.

Last up is my personal favorite. Now, now . . . don't shake your heads and think that I'm not giving due credit to Tina and April for their wonderful work! It's not that at all. It's not the knitting itself (although the knitting is wonderful!) that I'm giving a special "favorite" status, but rather the photo. Is this not the cutest thing you ever saw?

These socks were knit by Sarah for her husband and her daughter. She used FF Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the Deepest Forest colorway. The pattern is the Sock Pattern to End All Sock Patterns by the ever-fabulous Anne of KnitSpot. If you haven't seen this pattern yet, pop over to the catalogue on the KnitSpot site and check it out. It's a standard sock pattern, but it's written to accommodate the yarn of your choosing. A little worksheet is included to enter gauge details and foot size. You then follow a few simple calculations and have a custom-fit sock pattern all ready to go. You can stick with a straightforward sock or add your own stitch and pattern details. You can now also purchase this pattern in the new pattern section of my Etsy shop.

Here's another photo of these darling dad and daughter feet!

A big Thank You to Tina, April and Sarah for sharing your photos! Everyone have a fabulous start to your week!