That just about sums it up, buttonholes have boiled up around here recently and I have no more excuses putting off their research for the TKGA Master Knitting Program. My assignment is to knit them ‘unobstrusively’ in single rib, double rib and seed stitch. I’m to knit one vertical, one horizontal and one of my own choice.
Reading along with Ginny’s peeps on a Yarn Along? Well, still no fiction here for me, just many knitting reference books; however,I will share a favorite out of that stack. This little book is just perfect for tucking inside a knitting bag whilst traveling, The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe. It is filled with solutions to every problem you will face, has answers to every question you might ask and has hundreds of clear illustrations.
As far as finished knitting goes, the Dublin Monkey Socks have been blocked and worn already. I’m calling them my ‘Dublin’ Monkeys because I used souvenir yarn from a shop in Dublin called This is Knit. Every time I wear these I will think of that fabulous shop, the conversations I had with its employees and the marvelous day I had exploring Dublin.
The Monkey Sock pattern was popular on Knitty.com many years ago and spurred me on to host several international sock swaps which proved to be wildly successful – long before the days of Ravelry. I assigned a ‘monkey pal’ to each participant for whom they: knit a pair of Monkey Socks , sent a Cookie A. sock pattern and three ‘monkey’ gifts. It was great fun for a great sock design by Cookie A.
Currently on my needles is a Chrissy Gardiner sock design from Sock Knitting Master Class called Slip-n-Slide. Ms. Gardiner likes to use unusual stitch patterns and that showcase the yarn in unique ways. I’m using a shockingly pink solid yarn for this pattern so the slipped motifs will stand out more than on a variegated yarn.
What about you? Have you read anything fun recently that might be a little more relaxing than researching buttonholes?