Monday, September 12, 2011

Double Happiness

Two summer projects are off the needles and the hoop ...

Almondine Socks_1
Pattern: Almondine, by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Cascade Heritage, color #5631, charcoal
Needles: US 1 - 2.25mm dpns

Almondine is one of 18 patterns in Interweave's new Sock Knitting Master Class, edited by Ann Budd. The book definitely lives up to the "master class" part of the title. It offers a wide range of construction options and sock styles, and provides the technical information you need to modify the designs or create your own.

Almondine Socks_3

These were a travel project to take along on my August vacation, and they worked out just fine for that. The stitch pattern is easy to work; after you've gotten through the chart once, it becomes pretty intuitive.

Almondine Socks_2

This is the second pair of socks I've made with Cascade Heritage. I give it five stars on Ravelry--it's got excellent stitch definition, isn't splitty at all, and washes and wears well.

Special thanks to Snickers for supervising the photo shoot:
Snickers Supervising Sock Photo Shoot

And here's my completed sampler from Rebecca Ringquist's Stitch Dictionary embroidery class, which I took at Squam Art Workshops in June:

Stitch Dictionary Sampler_Finished

The ribbon on the right has special meaning: it was wrapped around the blank journal that was tucked into my Squam tote bag. I'm still using the journal to reflect on insights and intentions that took root while I was at Squam. Just holding it takes me back to that serene place.

Stitch Dictionary Sampler_detail2

I was really pleased that I was able to pull the whole thing together without buying anything. All of the fabrics and trims I already had on hand, left over from potholders, bags, and other gifts.

Stitch Dictionary Sampler_detail1

Stitch Dictionary Sampler_back

I backed it with cotton batting and used cotton twill to make tabs for hanging. I might think about other ways to hang it, but will probably leave that problem for the next one--yesterday I started work on Rebecca's 2010 Stitch Dictionary sampler.


adrienne *+*(^_^) +*+ said...

both your socks and embroidery are beautiful.

Erin said...

What beauties!

KPiep said...

I absolutely love what you did with the sampler! I have been trying to decide what to do with the piece i am working on when I finish...and I think this is the sort of thing i need ot consider (especially since I cut the fabric too short on the bottom).

KPiep said...

And By the way...I missed a link to etsy when I've looked at the embroidery artist's website. Guess what I'm buying today! Thanks!

KnitNana said...

Beautiful, beautiful! (double double!)

stringplay said...

Your sampler looks great! I love the way you finished it AND with materials on hand. Thanks for comments on the sock yarn. I've been wanting to try it. Your socks turned out lovely in it. I haven't read blogs in days so I'm also just now seeing Pomegrante and love it in that deep color. Nice to glimpse Snickers, too, of course.

Tierney Barden said...

Snickers hard at work : )
Your Almondine socks are lovely, and of course, your stitch sampler is gorgeous! I love how you finished the borders with various scraps, especially that meaningful ribbon. It's perfect!

Monica said...

absolutely love this embroidery!