We had quite a few visitors today.  Suzy has decided to get to work on that tunic featured in Interweave Knits last winter and chosen the Frog Tree Meriboo.  She swatched the pattern today and it looks awesome.  She is working at a smaller gauge because we sant to reduce the size of this piece ( a size small has a 43″ bust…Suzy would just swim in this ).  Patty Mac is just about done with her Brimmed Hat, she just has the crown to knit.  JoAnn came by and shared the current issue of Piecework — the Historical Knitting Issue AND IT IS MY FAVORITE ONE EVER!  Make sure you go get a copy.  The socks by Anna Zilboorg on the cover are so very pretty and a great design as well.  Chris and I have our heads together over the idea of knitting two socks at a time.  This Monday we will be focusing on 2 socks at a time with magic loop technique.

I have been working and revising the two at a time sock pattern where one sock is knit inside the other and some great ideas have emerged.  I did manage to find the article this morning.  It was in the Jan/Feb ’09 issue of Piecework.  The Tolstoy reference was actually to War and Peace.    Here is a photo of my socks-in-progress:

two socks, one knit inside the other using magic loop technique

Without giving too much away, I have a technique to knit both socks, and unlike the article, to knit them simultaneously from top to toe until it is time to graft!  I am just loving this and plan to knit my husband’s socks this way from now on.  If it has to be Vanilla, then at least it can more fun and interesting!  More on this in the future.

Here is a shout out to Gerri in the Netherlands — and Photos of the two Ratties who really do still exist almost a month later:

Quick Ratty is green and Red Ratty is the pattern published on 12/20.

Nikkers with his ratties last night at bedtime!

Tomorrow I will be open with extended hours:  10:15 to Noon, 1-5pm and 7-9pm.  Take care, stay cozy and as always,

XOX   Mary Ellen aka TheHumanLoom and Summit Yarn Studio