Monday, March 12, 2007

Socks, Socks Club and Book

Fleece Artist Pinata socks. I love Fleece Artist from Nova Scotia, not only because it's Canadian, but the actual feel and colour of the yarn is so appealing and all in all provides a very pleasant knitting experience. I mailed the socks today to a friend who, due to ill health, is begining a long a difficult journey.

The BMF Rockin Sock Club for 2007 arrived on Saturday. A wonderful three ring binder, button, sticker, pattern, key ring emergency sock yarn, and the actual yarn in a colourway strickly for this years club. The theme is the Ocean, this colourway is Monsoon. If you have never felt this yarn you really don't know what your missing - it's a dream.

One of my favorite pattern writers is Jo Sharp, I own several of her pattern books and I am never disappointed. She is clear, concise and what you knit is what you get, so to speak. I enjoy her yarn but will usually tranfer Queensland (which is a little cheaper) for it. This is the second book in her new series, I have been eyeing it on some of the online Australian sites but resisted the temptation as the shipping costs more than the pattern book. Last month it popped up in the new Patternworks Spring Catalogue and I had to add it to the others. In fact this week I think Book 3 appears in Australia, which will be fun to look at until it appears over here in the autumn. As we are on opposing seasons this is the Spring/Summer edition, Book 3 is Fall/Winter.

The book is full of cotton knits, including a great table runner, hand towel, face cloth, and bath bag as well as the usual wearable knits, including a pair of cotton socks. If you want to try an easy to read, well explained, simple design pattern then Jo's the girl for you.


Barbara said...

You knit so many socks! Do you find people are wanting knitted socks over there? These latest are a beautiful colour. Your posts takes me back to my many visits to Nova Scotia when I was at sea with my husband.
Come over and visit me if you would like to take the lovely walk I did yesterday.

Sonya said...

I love that color name - Monsoon - I get my sock yarn fix from reading your blog Isobel!

Beyla said...

Great work.