Monday, November 05, 2007

Knitting Circle Baby Shower

They are throwing me a "surprise" baby shower this Wednesday, Nov. 7th during knitting circle from 6-8pm. I know Kate emailed some people, but I figured this was a perfect opportunity to use the Knitting Circle Blog, since it's things like this that I created it for in the first place. No gifts necessary just come and eat cake! I assume they are getting me cake?...

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Hey everyone, the Socksational Sock Race is coming to a close. And Sherry has kicked all of our butts. I failed miserably and have reconciled myself to the fact that while I love buying sock yarn I do not love knitting socks apparently. Tomorrow at knitting circle (live) we shall shower Sherry in her winning socky gifts. Pictures will be posted. Also, Krista C. wherever you are we have a prize for you for daring to wear your handknit socks in 85 degree weather. I hope you all enjoyed the socky fun, and all the free patterns and stuff. Soon, hopefully, any day now we will have revamped the RYC Sock Boutique to have some of our new sock yarns on it since so much new stuff is coming in. In the meantime, get your sock fix this weekend at Rosie's Sidewalk Sale! We'll have lotsa stuff on sale, really good prices! Saturday 9-5, be there or be spending more money on yarn somewhere else.

Monday, July 30, 2007


My sock race socks are done, just in time.



Friday, July 27, 2007

Did someone say Black Bunny?

Hello all and welcome to the final installment of Socksational July. We are going out in style this time, our yarn of the week and free pattern are courtesy of Carol from Black Bunny Fibers! Whoo-hoo! Check here to order the yarn (there is only one skein of each color so get it while it lasts!) and click on the image below to download pattern.

Monday, July 23, 2007

On to the cuffs

I have the two cuffs to finish in a week!
(mopping the floor may be further delayed).

Friday, July 20, 2007

Socksational Sock week.

Seriously, I am so behind! Don't kill me! I promise that I will have a new pattern and everything up ASAP, but probably not until Monday. ACK!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

I thought I'd post a sock race update. I changed my mind on the Tofusies and switched to some orange Koigu. I'm pretty sure I saw some of this color still at Rosie's last week if you like it. It's slightly more 'Caution Cone' in person, and I have to keep myself from buying more of it.

Some sunshine right there on my feet to chase away those future Winter Blahs.

I normally work on US1 needles for socks, but I really don't like working with this yarn that tight. This means I'm off gauge and will have to think a minute about the rib when I get to the cuff.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Socksational Sock of the Week

We have another lovely FREE sock pattern for your enjoyment. I have finally finished the pattern for these suckers, and it's proof that I do in fact knit two socks, sometimes. Especially when the gauge is 5.25 sts/1".

Click on the picture for a pdf of the pattern. In the future you can go to to purchase the pattern for $6. Let me know via my blog or in the comments here what you think! And if you need yarn, and who doesn't?, go here to purchase the yarn!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Sock Race Start Over

I frogged a couple inches on my sock. The rib pattern just wasn't showing up enough to make it worth the effort. After a brief conference with My knittin' buds, I decided this Tofusies colorway is just going to be a plain sock.

I have some subtle variegated tangerine Koigu I'm going to replace it with. Now it will be a challenge since I have to start over-I'm the slowest sock knitter known to man. However, maybe with the Koigu I can use a US2 needle...

Friday, July 06, 2007

New Free Pattern of the Week!!!

This week we bring you the second installment of the Socksational July sock pattern of the week. "Ode to Eames Mosaic Socks", the first of (hopefully) many patterns from Zeitgeist Yarns Knitting Patterns.

Click on the photo below for a link to the .pdf. Enjoy!!!

Monday, July 02, 2007

My entry

Hello! As some of you have seen I'm making The undulating rib pattern from Favorite socks.

It's in Tofutsies and I'm changing it to toe-up and a short row heel.

I adore the rib pattern so far, but sadly the yarn is less striped and more variegated (at least at my gauge). I don't think it's going to show a lot. It does add texture and knitting interest, so I think I'm going to press on. I may want to make it again in something like a semi-solid.

Sock fun

I'm sorry I missed Sunday at the shop - but I am at the shore and brought along lots of sock yarn, so I am working along with you! Right now I am working on my second pair of helix hiker socks - I brainstormed how to eliminate the jog between rows (which resulted in either 6 knit or 6 purl stitches instead of the usual 3 knit 3 purl -- I did my one inch of 3x3 rib on 72 stitches, then the first row of the helix pattern, I took the first six stitches and reduced them to 3 by purling 3 together - the 69 stitches result in an uneven number, so that the jog is gone! I am so proud of my clever self.


My sock race dreams

I am going to attempt to actually begin and end TWO socks instead of the one or 1/2 a sock that I usually manage to finish. Kate's mosaic socks (coming soon as a free socksational sock pattern) need test knitting and they are freakin' awesome (to use Kate language) so I have agreed to check the sizing for a size 7. And, damnit, I will finish them!!
Sunday was great by the way! Thanks to all who came!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Socksational Sock of the Week

This is the first installment of the Socksational Sock of the Week. Each week we will host a free sock pattern that you can download from the blog with a link to purchase it as a kit from Rosie's Yarn Cellar. I know it isn't quite July yet, but I'd thought it'd be nice to have it up for the weekend. And, this weekend all the sock yarn in Rosie's Sock Boutique is 20% off! Nifty, eh?

And don't forget, Sunday is the Socksational July Kick-off Party at Rosie's, 2017 Locust Street. All sock yarn is on mega sale and there are snacks and stuff.

So, without futher ado, click on the picture below for the pattern. And go here for details on the kit.
PS, the pattern doesn't have gauge listed because I am somewhat absent-minded (see here for details). But the gauge should be 7 sts/1" over pattern stitch. Happy sock knitting!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Socksational July!

(Stacy is painting the window, we haven't trapped her in a strange glass cage. Promise.)

July is all about sock knitting at Rosie's Yarn Cellar. Socks are perfect summer knitting: they aren't heavy, they pack easily, and they’re a breeze to whip out on a plane, on the beach or while waiting for the kids to get on the Super-Dooper-Looper. So here are the special events we’ve planned to help you fall in step:

July 1st, 12-5 Socksational July Kick-off Party!
All sock yarn and patterns are on sale. How much on sale? You tell us: the percentage off is double your shoe size. Wear an 8? Get 16% off your sock purchases. Find your largest-footed friend and drop in for refreshments, sales and prizes. Everyone wearing handknit socks will be entered into a drawing for a basket of sock-making goodies, including a gift certificate for a pedicure.

July Project of the Month:
Each week there will be a free sock pattern on Rosie's Knitting Circle Blog. Shipping is free on the sock projects and the free patterns will only be available during the month of July so download them while you can!

Yarn of the Week:
Each week a new sock yarn will be marked 25% off with free shipping. Check the website every Friday to see what's new!

Rosie's Sock Race:
Go to to join the Rosie's Sock Race anytime during the month (although the earlier the better). Join the blog, grab a button, and post your sock-knitting goal for the month. Some ideas: Create a team and race each other to finish the same project. Bet yourself that you can actually finish both socks. Cast on for one of those "Oh, one day I would love to make those" patterns that you never thought you'd have the time for. Everyone who reaches their goal by July 31st is entered to win a fabulous socky prize!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Doing some good in the world

The world can be a big bad place. It's nice to see that everyone is doing their part to help out a fellow creature in need. Even when that need is completely bizarre.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Cecilia's Koigu Rambling Rows

Cecilia had the dark blue Koigu and she and Stacy picked out a variety of mill ends for the other colors. It really turned out great! Lucky baby.

Friday, May 18, 2007

My boyfriend is so clever!

Max made this baby James Dean hat out of Koigu but you'll have to tilt your head to the left. I am not as clever, apparently. One skein makes a hat and he just followed the instructions for the regular James Dean and used a size 3 needle. Clever guy.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I don't even know what to title this...

But some people collect coins or stamps and others...well, you'll see.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Where in the world is Ed?

I miss him.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

New Tools

Carly needed her needles back to start the left front before she'd finished the right front, so she improvised a stitch holder.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

ben is handsome and his sweater is all linen.

yes, you can make a linen sweater! it's harder on the hands than wool but not that bad. in fact it might just be the kind of hard that makes you get stronger rather than the kind that destroys you.

without rosie's yarn cellar's expertise ben would still be wearing his disgusting workout shirt that looked like a used swiffer, just because i thought the seams on it made him look sexy. now, he has a beautiful linen sweater that looks better every time we wash it. he loves the feel of this sweater and so do i. he said that the first time he wore it to the office, people were genuflecting, but i think he was kidding. we call it his "lion in winter" sweater or sometimes "brother cadfael" or "friar tuck".

the hat and moebius yarn came from rosie's too but it was years ago so i don't know what they are. i don't know what the linen is either. maybe euroflax.

linen sweaters are completely worth the effort.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Koigu Acquistion Days and More!

Here are some pics or Pam and Claire's projects we snagged on a recent "Koigu Acquisition Day" (hereon referred to as "KAD").
They come in every now and then to get their fix and we are always happy to oblige.
Pam's got a lovely Koigu Rambling Rows baby blanket going on and Claire's Noni Bag is to die for!! Okay, so it's not Koigu but WOW! An excellent knitter, felter, and seamstress!
Simply amazing, ladies.

Flipping through our photos from the past couple of weeks I came across these amazing Alpacita gauntlets! Whose hands are these? Wendy? In any case I love the way the colors are spiraling around the arm, absolutely gorgeous and incredibly warm!

Lisa J, did you make these?

The pattern is interpreted from "Fetching" in the Summer 06 issue of Knitty.

And here is Mary doing an amazing amount of hairpin lace!