Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spotted in the Wild: The Overdue Edition

Last night I rolled back into Chicago just in time for rush hour - what a treat!  I had a great time at TNNA - but after being bombarded with so much yarny goodness, I need a few days to decompress and get back to my normal routine.  I'm also woefully behind in showcasing fellow Ravelers' FOs, so without further ado, here is the latest crop:

You may remember Purselover from the last episode of SITW - and it's even possible that you recall she was pondering knitting a mondo version of the Kitchy Pleated Bag using Malabrigo Rasta.  Well, she walks to the walk (I had to resist the urge to say something dorky, but you can use your own imagination if you'd prefer a more knitting-appropriate yet eye-roll-inducing expression).  She used 4 skeins of Oxido and size 19 needles to create her 'extra-bulbous' version of this design! 

Another creative use of my whale chart has popped up on Ravelry, this time in the form of an adorable hat.  I think this is my favorite aspect of releasing a (free) colorwork chart:  letting people use my work as part of their own in creative ways.  Yarnstormer used several types of sock yarn to knit up this cute little baby beanie on size 2 needles.  The main color is Madeline Tosh Sock in Golden Hickory, and the
contrasting colors are Zitron Trekking Pro Natura in White and The Loopy Eye Solid Series in Strawberry and Smoke. 

One of my first sock patterns ever published was recently knit by Rav user JessicaRose to be a model for the Lorna's Laces booth at this past weekend's TNNA show.  Somehow, this managed to escape my notice after the fact, but every time I walked by that booth, it was jumpin'!  Consequently, I didn't get to see all the new things they had on display, including my Side Swipe Socks knit out of their newest (and most technologically advanced!) yarn, Sole Mate.  While I was still working there, I knit myself a pair of socks with some Sole Mate, as we were testing it out and seeing how we liked it.  Those are actually some of my favorite socks, and they really do regulate temperature as advertised.   I'm not sure what color this is, but I'm guessing it's something new they debuted at the show, and I trust that once all the dust settles, there will probably be a blog post to fill us in on all the details.  Looks like they're naming this newest crop of new colors after Chicago landmarks!

Speaking of socks, looks like Rav user Meezercat is the first person to complete a pair of my Quick Draw Socks from Malabrigo Book 3.  She just so happened to knit them in my favorite color, too, using Malabrigo Sock in Lettuce.  Check out the super-cute sheep sock blockers! 

I'm also excited to see the completed pair of Heliotrope Stockings, as knit by one of The Sanguine Gryphon's own elves, Cacie.  She's been posting her progress on twitter and reportedly this is her first-ever sock-knitting experience!  Is there any better flattery in the world?  Even more notable (and impressive), she was able to successfully knit this pattern whilst partaking in the whiskey.  That's a bold move, but I've heard rumors that the Elven-kind are not affected by the earthly spirits in addition to having their magical powers. 

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