Friday, December 31, 2010


Well folks. I have been busily developing a new pattern this past couple weeks. And am almost ready for the testing phase.

They resemble Japanese style Kimono Booties and are knitted in one peice. The "surplus" part is the extra layer on the top that results from the trifold construction.

I will be posting on Ravelry as soon as it is ready for testing and look forward to the input that I will inevitably receive. Keep an eye out, If you don't want to be a tester that's ok too.

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this pattern has required additional testing. We expect to have it available sometime after March 1st.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


in the midst of inspiration, torn between what I need to do and what I want to do, I am pleasantly suprised. As I sit at work today trying to find every excuse not to work I am drawn to shoe shopping, which due to my size 11 feet always presents a stimulating challenge. Then I have some of the seasonal goodies that inevitably show up at this time of year to tempt me. I then proceed to paruse the internet, looking for the next brilliant idea. Somthing I can use up the myriad of designer fabric scraps that I have amassed during the last year. So many scraps and no good solid ideas.

In my search I came across a wonderful blog. I love the fabrics she uses, and her vision. I also was particularly struck by her statement "I am very happy for small businesses to sell items made from my PDF Patterns." There are a lot of things that this statement tells me. The main one is that she loves what she does and she wants to share with others. I so rarely come accross other designers that are willing to share their ideas so that everyone may benefit from them. So
CLICK HERE to see it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Here I'll show you how to knit encroachment, which is the opposite of a purl encroachment.
Here's what your work will look like. Its likely you've already completed a purl encroachment and this is just about the same. You will start with some of your stitches on the left-hand needle, and some of your stitches on the right-hand needle.
Slip the first stitch from the left hand-needle knit-wise onto the right-hand needle

Use right-hand needle to lift the stitch from BELOW THE NEXT STITCH up ONTO the left hand-needle. Be careful not to let it get to close to the stitch that was already there.

Slip lifted stitch knit-wise from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle.

Knit the two stitches together through the back loops.


Required Materials:
400-420 yards Mybootee Handpainted Self Striping Sock Yarn, Size 2 DPNs or size 2 12 inch circ,
Tapestry needle

7 sts = 1 inch, 9 rows = 1 inch

CO-cast on
BO-bind off

Tweens love these arm warmers and the good thing about this pattern is that you can make them and they stretch enough that even adults can wear them. Can fit arms up to 8 inches in circumference and measure up to12 inches in length.

Note: This pattern has been tested with Mybootee Hand-painted sock yarn. Since gauge can be affected by different yarns, needle size, and how tightly you knit, it is important to make a swatch. If your swatch is smaller, then use a larger needle size, if your swatch is bigger, use a smaller needle size.

Cast on 60, join ends and begin knitting in the round.
Rows 1-20: K2 p2
K1 stitch after completing the 20th row and turn.

The next 20 rows will form the thumb hole. These rows will not be worked in the round, instead you will turn your work after each row is completed and you will work back the other way.
Row 21 (all odd rows): P1, (K2 P2) repeat unitil the 59th st is worked, P1 and turn.
Row 22 (all even rows): K2, (P2 K2) repeat until the 59th st is worked, K1 and turn.
*After completing the 40th row, DO NOT TURN. You will now begin working in the round again.

Row 41: K1, (P2 K2) repeat for 54 more stitches. This will be the starting point for each row hereafter.
Row 42-100: K2 P2 for entire row.

*If you are working with a 420 yard skein of Mybootee Handpainted Sock Yarn, you should now bind off, weave in loose ends, and begin the next arm warmer.
*If you are working with 210 yard skeins of Mybootee Handpainted Sock Yarn, you may continue to make the arm warmers as long as you wish or until the yarn runs out (which ever happens first). Make sure you leave at least a 1.5 yards to bind off.

BO using a Tubular Bind Off or Jenny's Suprisingly Stretchy Bind off and voila!