FO Friday and a peek at some new stuff!

It’s been a busy week here in Casa de ninja. I have been a chart making fool. The funny thing is, I sort of hate making charts (I do love knitting from them, though). Well, I thought I hated charts until I discovered colorwork. I have fallen in love with colorwork and therefore love colorwork charts. It’s so fun to plot where to put which color and envisioning what something might look like.  This all leads into my FO for this week (actually, I have two).  The companion to my Pigwidgeon sweater, Pigwidgeon Hat.

Now, this is a bit of a tangent, but, normally, I edit my pictures in Photoshop. However, I was not on the desktop, so I hopped over to Picmonkey and messed around with it a bit. I had no idea they had fun Halloween stuff out. It can all get a bit cheesy, but fun to mess around with.  Anyways, this is my quick and dirty pic of my latest finished object and a design that will be released (in 3 sizes) sometime soon! I’m also working on some mittens, too. So, keep an eye out for those, as well.

The second finished object that I have for you is a little girl’s sweater. I will only flash a teaser pic of this on the blog today, but if you really want to see the project, you can head here. It is, as of yet, un-named.

Doesn’t that look fun? Trust me, it is! I loved creating it. It is knit up in Sunshine Yarns Merino Sport, which is absolutely fabulous and post blocking is incredibly soft. Yet, it’s superwash, which is always handy.

Well that’s pretty much all I have this week. Just a reminder, there is only 3 DAYS left to use the coupon code STOCKPILE2012 at checkout on any of the single patterns (just not the ebook) in my Ravelry store for 20% off.

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FO Friday and Tiny Treads Review!

Hello!

I don’t think I’ve ever done a Finished Object Friday post. I don’t think I’ve reviewed a book officially either. I am here today to do both. First, a bit of a back story. About a year and a half ago, I was looking for comprehensive sock patterns for babies and toddlers. I like knitting socks. I really like knitting them for little ones. They seem to go so fast. I thought I’d have no problems finding what I liked on Ravelry. That was completely not the case. I was looking for gender neutral, baby/toddler patterns and I found one or two “plain” patterns. Most of the patterns I had found were either in books I would have to get on Amazon or some book seller, too cutesy, too girly, or not the right size range. I started making my son plain socks and trying to mod them myself. The problem is, if I am doing knitting for “fun”, I don’t want to think about things that much. I just want a pattern to tell me what to do. Fast forward to this last week. I hear on Twitter about the new book from Cooperative Press called, “Tiny Treads” by Joeli Caparco. I was immediately interested! I checked it out and bought it and then was offered a spot to review the book.

The Book and It’s Patterns

Image copyright Joeli Caparco

The book starts out with a colorful array of socks on it’s cover. This book is available as an ebook or an ebook+print option. I love ebooks and I have limited storage space for books so I really like being able to get an ebook right away. I like that instant gratification!

The next thing I notice is a fantastic introduction page. This includes a paragraph on why to knit socks for kids, help picking a size, where to measure foot length and a comprehensive list of US/UK and European shoe sizes and how they correspond to foot length. This chart is really helpful!

There are twelve fantastic patterns. My three favorites include:

Goosey Goosey

Image copyright Joeli Caparco

Sandman

Image copyright Joeli Caparco

Full of Rye


image copyright Joeli Caparco

 

Now, while those are my three favorites, the others are fabulous as well. You can see them all on Ravelry here or on Cooperative Press here.  One of my very favorite things about all the patterns is that they are completely gender neutral. I know I will be knitting many of these! In fact, I’ve already been working on my Goosey Goosey socks. I took out a half a skein of Skinny Bugga (Differential Grasshopper) and cast them on immediately last week. One of them is done, hence me calling it my finished object. These are my “spare time” project at the moment and well…I don’t have a lot of spare time, but the one is finished and the second is just past it’s heel! They work up so quickly which is one of the reasons I love knitting socks for the little ones. I have big feet, socks seem to take forever for me!

Working through these socks, I can tell you that the pattern is very comprehensive and easy to follow.  The only mod I made was to graft the toe closed. I love grafting I am a glutton for punishment, I know. There is no need to graft it if you don’t want to.  I plan to cast on a pair of Sandman as soon as these are finished!

In my opinion, this book really covers what I thought was really lacking in the knitting pattern market. A full book of socks for kids with sizes ranging from 6-12 months to 11. There are basic sock recipes, top down and toe up! There is also a pair of slippers and a pair of legwarmers. This is a great value at $16.95 for the ebook and $22.95+shipping for the print and ebook option.  So, please check it out!

And the KAL begins!

Just a quick post today. I have so much to do today, but I wanted to remind you that October 1st is the first day of our KAL in the Tofu Shack! Come on by and knit any of my patterns in any yarn! There will be prizes of random yarn giveaways and you even get a 50% off  code at the end of the month for just participating! This is a low stress, easy going, fun KAL. Check out the thread and check out my designs here. Still 20% single patterns until October 15th!

Hope to see you there! Also, be sure to check back this week, I will be posting about a lovely book that I got to review!