Saturday, February 27, 2016

Quick Sock & Teaching Update

Hi, Knitters,
I want to quickly let you know about a few teaching and book signing events I have coming very soon. Next week, Feb. 28-March 3, 2016, I am off to film a brand new Craftsy class! This class has been a long time coming and I am super excited to get back to Craftsy again. 

March 1, 2016 ~ Fancy Tiger Crafts 
I'll be heading over to Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver, Colorado, at 7pm! They are hosting me for a book signing and hangout (thank you!). I can't wait to see this shop as I've heard such great things about it for years. I hope to see you there!

March 18-20, 2016 ~ A Good Yarn 
I am so excited to be teaching all weekend at A Good Yarn in Sarasota, Florida! I am debuting a new sock class called, How I Make My Socks, which should be super fun. I am also teaching my Shawl Shapes workshop, a full day of the Build a Toy Workshop, and one of my all-time favorites, the Sock Bunny workshop. It looks to be a fun weekend ahead. 

I have also heard this shop is super fantastic so I can't wait to check it out and visit with all of the wonderful Florida knitters. And how perfect that I get to go to Florida in March when it will still be cold here in Madison. What a treat. I hope to see you in class! 

Photo of the shop is from the Fibre Space website.

May 19-21, 2016 ~ Fibre Space
Registration has opened for my weekend of five workshops at one of my favorite shops in the country, Fibre Space. I am so excited to be teaching for the third time at this beautiful Alexandria, Virginia location. Thank you, Danielle, for inviting me back! I hope to see you there.

Here are the classes with links:

Now for the sock update. I finished the first sock in the Wool Barn Soft Pink Tweed Sock yarn. It is so beautiful. I combined my How I Make My Socks pattern along with the Eyelet Mock Cable Rib stitch pattern used in Paula Emons-Fuessle's Ellison Bay Shawl. 

I have a good start on the second sock. There really is something sweet and wonderful about the combination of the stitch pattern, the yarn and the Golden Oak wooden needles I am using. Even the linked hearts stitch marker from Little Skein adds to the beauty. I think I will bring this with me on the plane for my trip to Denver next week. 

Yarn: Wool Barn Tweed Sock in the Soft Pink colorway
Needles: Dyakcraft double-pointed needles, US size 1/2.25mm in Golden Oak, 6-inch length
Wood Sock Blocker from 

Lastly, if you think this sock looks wider and longer than my usual socks you are correct. I am knitting a new pair for my baker son. His foot measures 11-inches in length, US men's shoe size 11, and I cast on 72 stitches instead of my usual 64 stitches for me.

I am combining two self-striping sock yarn balls from Lollipop Yarn. I am working the cuff, heel and toes in an Opal dark heather gray colorway. To work the sock striping yarn I am knitting through one full striping repeat in one yarn, cutting the yarn and then working the striping sequence from the second yarn. One of the colorways has 3 stripes and the other has four stripes, each stripe is about 6 rounds.

There were some ends to weave in but it took less than 15 minutes to get the job done. That's not too bad at all and it is totally worth it. I love the look of the finished sock and by combining two self-striping colorways of sock yarn you get a completely different striping pattern with more colors which is really fun. 

Yarn: Lollipop Yarn ~ combining two skeins
Sock blocker from

And I am very proud of that placemat in the photo above. I make a lot of quilted placemats for my family and for gifts. This one is different though because I used an idea from a new book called, Quilt as You Go Made Modern. This technique has you sew down strips of fabric directly to the batting and then you add the backing, quilt those together and then you add the binding. It was so much fun to make the off-kilter log cabin pattern. Free form quilting is so much more fun for me than super-precise quilting. I love this book! 

Wish me luck with my Craftsy filming next week. I have been working so hard to get ready for the new class. I can't say what the topic is yet but the new class will be released I think by the end of March so it will be soon enough. I think you will like it.

I'll be back soon with more. Have a great weekend.
xo ~ susan

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Kids' Knitting Workshop in Action!

Hi, Knitters,
I had the sweetest email with some great photos arrive in my inbox. I had to share it with you, with permission, of course. The sender of the email, Liz, has received permission from the parents of the kids to share the photos here on my blog. 

Anyway, I will let Liz tell you her story with knitting and kids and using my book, Kids' Knitting Workshop as a guide. Here's Liz!

So cute!

"I wrote you last week about using your new book to teach knitting to our home school, 9-11 years old, at our co-op. Our co-op meets on Thursdays for a day of classes for tots-high school. The first semester knitting class didn't go as well, but my son gave me your new book (star for him!!) for Christmas and I knew right away it would be great to use. The kids have really taken off! I started with 12 sets of circulars and cast on for the little hats. Along with that, I knit a row or two to get them going. Success! 

At lunchtime, I barely have time to eat anymore, as I have knitters bringing me their projects to look at, help with, or share smiles over. I've given them my text number, and have received many videos and photos with questions via the phone. We talk it out and review the photos then knit some more. By Thursday, they always have something great to show me. I have a wonderful assistant, Coleen, who has learned to knit also and we recruited another gal when we found out she could knit.

I did get permission from all the parents to give you the photos and you may use them. Oh my--the kids would be so excited!! 

As I tell them every week- Knit on!!

Liz Deluhery"

It's me again. I just love the look of pride in the faces of the kids in the photos. It's so exciting to see the book in action.  Thank you, Liz, for sharing this experience with me. I love your success story! You are an inspiration, Liz.

All of the photos of the kids have been provided by Liz Deluhery.


What a beautiful hat!

I love the photo above so much. What great colors in the yarn for the hat.

A little untangling going on there maybe? It takes patience to teach knitting for sure.

You can feel the focus.

Looking good!

I love to see those little fingers working the yarn and needles. Wonderful!

Such pride! It looks fantastic.

It's so good to see generations working together to pass on the knitting.

Finished with a pom-pom on top! It's perfection.

The knitting even continues on after the class, the perfect end to a busy day. 

Liz, you made my day. Please say hi to the kids from me and tell them how proud I am of their knitting. 

If anyone else has a success story, please let me know about it. I'd love to hear about how people are using Kids' Knitting Workshop out in the world. Also, if you are on Instagram please use #kidsknittingworkshop so we can all see the projects and fun you are having with kids and knitting and the book.

I'll be back soon with more. I hope you are all having a great week.
xo ~ susan

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Two More for the Drawer!

Thanks to TC for modeling!

Hi, Knitters,
I hope you are all doing well. I first want to quickly thank Greg of the Knitting Daddy blog (click here) for the book review. Greg has a great and informative blog and podcast so be sure to check it out!

I have just finished up a couple of pairs of socks that have been in the works for a long time. I have shared photos of the finished socks on Instagram but I want to be sure to share the details here on the blog as well.

The first finished pair has been in the works for a couple of years. I finished the first sock quickly and I started the second sock right away but I became distracted and let it sit. Recently Paula of the Knitting Pipeline talked about knitting socks in the same yarn and it reminded me that I needed to finish my socks, too. I'm so glad they are done.  I love them and I love the yarn!

Here is the information:

Yarn: Gale's Art Wonder Sock in the Graffiti & Asphalt colorway (Almost every stitch is a different color ~ I highly recommend this yarn!)

Needles: US size 1.5/2.5mm Signature Needle Arts double-pointed needles, 6 inch length

Pattern: Monkey Socks by Cookie A, a free pattern from
For my sock I did 10 rounds of the twisted rib. 6 repeats of the chart for the leg. I used the heel and toe instructions from my free pattern, How I Make My Socks. For the foot, I did 6 repeats of the chart on the instep and stockinette on the bottom of the foot. I knit three extra rounds after the last chart repeat and before starting the toe decreases. My shoe size is a women's US 7.5.  

The next longstanding pair I finished is the Regia Arne & Carlos Patchwork Socks! These were so much fun to knit and now they are going to be fun to wear. I combined the leftovers from four different colorways of the Arne & Carlos patterned sock yarn. I have knit full pairs of socks with each of these colors. For the sock I switched the yarn every 10 rounds or so. I worked these socks from the toe-up this time using a variety of techniques. 
~ I used Judy's Magic Cast-On to start the toe.
~ I used a short-row heel variation on page 34 from the book, Sock Architecture by Lara Neel. This short row heel uses increases and decreases only instead of wraps and turns. I like the way it turned out.
~ I used a Russian Bind-off at the top of the cuff for a stretchy bind-off technique.  

Yarn: Regia Arne & Carlos, all 4 colorways are from the first line (I think there are three lines now): 

For the toe, heel and cuff I stuck with one color instead of switching it out. Every time I switched yarns in the other sections of the sock I cut the yarn (leaving an end long enough to weave in later) and added in the new color. I like to tie a half-knot around the working strand, sliding the knot up tight to the needle, and then I start knitting with the new color. The tiny knot helps to secure the yarn better in my opinion. I never changed the colors on the front of the leg or foot, or the bottom of the foot. I did all of the color switches on the sides of the socks. Some people don't like to use knots at all but for this project I think it is effective. 

I stopped periodically, every few inches, while working to weave in the ends. This way I kept up as I was going and it wasn't all left for the end. This makes the weaving in part not so bad at all. 

Needles used for Patchwork Socks: US size 1/2.25mm Signature Needle Arts double-pointed needles, 6-inch length

Sock Blockers: From The Loopy Ewe

I hope you are having a great start to your week! I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Fairytale Winter Surprise!

Thank you to Miss Molly for modeling!

ETA on Feb. 24, 2016: The winner is AnIrishRose on Ravelry! Congratulations.
Hi Knitters,
Read to the end to find out what you could win!

The rights to the Fairytale Winter Hat have just reverted to me so I can put it up for purchase in my Ravelry Pattern Shop at this time. To celebrate I am offering the pattern at a super low price of $2.50 starting today and ending on Feb. 18th! After Feb. 18th the hat will be offered at the regular price of $4.00. No coupon code is necessary, the price is set at $2.50.

Here is some information you might like to know about the hat pattern:

Fairytale Winter


November 2015

Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?

5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch

US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm

220 yards (201 m)

Rib section: 20-inch circumference to fit an average head size with a 20-23-inch circumference.
This pattern is available for $2.50 USD
 buy it now or  visit pattern website
Grab that skein of worsted weight and dive into this fast and fun hat. The deep ribbed brim is simple and mindless. It could be made shorter if you are using a 100 gram skein.
The Fairytale Lace chart (adapted from a chart in Melissa Leapman’s Stitch Dictionary) is simple with yarn overs and simple increases and decreases. The chart includes written instructions.
The decrease section of the hat is fully-fashioned to continue in the modified pattern to the end. It's a super fun and fast knit!
Finished measurement:
Rib section: 20-inch circumference
To fit an average head size with a 20-23-inch circumference.
Yarn: Highland Handmades Green Ash Worsted (100% Superwash Merino; 220 yards/125 grams); 1 skein in the Kineo colorway.
Finished sample hat in worsted weight weighs in at 109 grams not including a pom-pom. 
Needles: 16-inch circular needles in US size 6/4mm and US 7/4.5mm, and a set of four US size 7/4.5mm double-pointed needles OR size to obtain gauge
5.5 stitches per inch on the smaller needle size in stockinette stitch
5 stitches per inch on the larger needle size in stockinette stitch
Stitch markers
Yarn needle
Ruler or tape measure
Optional: 2-inch pom-pom maker or a faux fur pom-pom. The white pom-pom is from Bernat and has a 10-inch circumference.
K knit
P purl
St(s) stitch(es)
Rnd(s) round(s)
SSK slip 2 stitches one at a time as if to knit, then knit the two slipped stitches together through the back loops.
K2tog knit two stitches together
P2tog purl two stitches together
YO bring the yarn to the front and over the right needle and to the back.
Tbl through the back loop 
The yarn is just beautiful. It is from Highland Handmades in the Green Ash Worsted in the Kineo colorway. I just fell in love with this yarn and color, it is so light and airy. Green Ash Worsted is 100% Superwash Merino wool.

Click here to find out more at the Highland Handmades shop!

 I loved knitting this hat so much! It was pure joy.

So I have this extra amazing skein of Highland Handmades Worsted in the Kineo colorway, the same as I used for the hat and a fantastic faux-fur pom-pom (I think the pom is from Lion Brand and it was used in a photo shoot for my last book so I don't have the packaging but it is brand-new!).

I am going to randomly select one lucky winner from the list of pattern purchasers. The winner will receive the beautiful skein of worsted weight yarn and the pom-pom as a prize. I will contact you via Ravelry pm if you win. 

If you purchase the pattern you will automatically be entered to win! Easy-peasy! 

The pattern is on sale now at the lowered price of $2.50, no coupon code is needed for your convenience.  The sale ends Feb. 18th, 2016. I will select the winner on Feb. 19, 2016.

Click here to find out more or to purchase Fairytale Winter Hat on Ravelry!

Thank you, as always, for the support if you purchase the pattern (or not!) and I'll be back soon with a winner and much more.
xo ~ susan

Friday, February 05, 2016

Super Sock Friday!

Hi, Knitters,
First things first, I have a couple of quick announcements. 

I was a guest on the Yarn Thing podcast this week. You can have a listen to the episode by clicking right here!

I have just added a book signing/meet and greet to my schedule at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver, Colorado! I will be there on March 1st, 2016, from 7 to 8pm! Click here for more information! I hope you can join me.

I have one spot in one class (Egg to Owl) left as of right now for the Yarnover event in Minneapolis in April! Click here to find out more! Meg Swansen is going to be the keynote speaker so I am super excited about that. I love her.

Now for the giveaway. I've randomly selected 12 winners to receive 100 grams, enough for a pair of socks, of the Arne & Carlos Regia sock yarn. Thank you to Regia for the fantastic and huge giveaway opportunity. And thank you to all of the people who entered, it was an amazingly huge and fun response!

Here are the 12 winners by Ravelry username: 

Congratulations to you all! Have fun with your sock yarn. I have contacted all of the winners via Ravelry pm with instructions on how to receive your prize yarn.

Now on to a few pairs of fun socks in the works. The photo above is a very sweet sock that I started yesterday. I'm really in love with this little sock so far. It is the perfect Valentine sock project to have started.
Here is the information:
Yarn: The Wool Barn's BFL Tweed Sock yarn in the Soft Pink colorway. (I LOVE this dyer!)
Needles: DyakCraft 6-inch double-pointed needles in Golden Oak, 2.25mm size
Pattern: How I Make My Socks with the added Eyelot Mock Rib Cable from the Ellison Bay shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle.
Stitch Marker from Little Skein.
The sweater I am wearing in the photo is Antrorse by Shannon Cook in Quince & Co. Osprey in the Peacoat colorway.

I've actually finished the pair in the photo above, in the Patons Kroy Socks yarn but I still need to take a photo of them. I'll post the finished pair photo next time, but in the meantime I did take a video of the finished pair that you can see by clicking right here! For almost daily updates of my knitting you can follow me on Instagram if you'd like. Click here for my Instagram.

I love these squishy socks and I got both socks to match perfectly stripe by stripe so that is kind of a treat. It takes effort to get those stripes to match, a lot of winding off and remembering where you started with the first sock. 
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks in the Meadow Stripes colorway (I'm not sure where to get ahold of this colorway right now, I've had this for awhile in my stash.)
Needles: US size 1.5 or 2.5mm double-pointed needles, 6-inch length, from Knit Picks
Pattern: How I Make My Socks but I cast on 60 stitches due to the heavier fingering weight
Sock blocker from 

I pulled out a sock project that I had started quite awhile ago. I love this sock and can't wait to get the second one finished! The yarn is uniquely dyed so there will not be any pooling or flashing of the colors. I like that a lot. the variety of colors and the quick color changes makes it really fun to knit, too.
Pattern: Monkey Socks free pattern
Sock Blocker from

I'm definitely a bit sock-obsessed right now. I am having the best time with my sock knitting. I am gifting some of my recent sock projects to others in the family, and I need to get some more socks on the needles for both of my sons. They both love their handknit socks and need more in their drawers.

Have a great weekend, friends! The days are getting a bit longer now and spring is coming right around the corner. There is so much to look forward to and it will all be here before you know it.
xo ~ susan