OK, I'd normally wait to post this once the pattern is ready for sale, but in celebration of Sock Summit 2009 (SS09), I would like to share with you my newest project. Meet the Stained Glass Bubble Sock:
If you are in Portland this weekend (August 6--9) come to SS09 at the Oregon Convention Center to peruse and help support the many, many vendors from near and far who will be offering their fabulous wares at the biggest sock event of the year (nay, decade). Many thanks to Sally of Close Knit who will have the sock pictured above displayed at her SS09 booth, #214 (thanks, Sally!). Local stores Twisted, Knit Purl, Yarn Garden, Dublin Bay Knitting Co., The Knitting Bee, Woodland Woolworks, and Abundant Yarn will also be present, as will local businesses Lantern Moon, Queen Bee Creations, Travel Knitty, Gardiner Yarn Works, and Clogs-n-More, among others. Books and patterns, buttons, and more fiber than you can shake a stick at will be available in the SS09 Marketplace Friday, Saturday and Sunday, details here. Just based on their names alone, I am particularly looking forward to visiting the booths for Rainy Days & Wooly Dogs (#922) and Sweet Grass Wool (#322).
OK--back to the sock. Once the pattern is ready for sale I'll post more details, but for now, here's the intro to the pattern as it stands:
"These fun socks are worked toe up with short-row garter-stitch heels and toes. With the help of wrapped stitches, bubbles ripple across the top of the foot and encircle the leg. An example of slipped-stitch, or mosaic, knitting, this pattern combines the look of two-color knitting with the ease and speed of only ever knitting one color per round. And, of the six rounds of pattern for one row of bubbles, five rounds are plain knitting. You’ll have a pair of bubble socks in no time!"
Yarns used are Zitron Trekking XXL and Louet Gems Fingering wt., 1 skein of each. I'll post more details with the final pattern information. For now, many thanks to my good friend Leigh who is currently helping to test the pattern (her first bubble sock was knit while on trip to Ireland--lucky sock!). As soon as I have the pattern ready to go, I will let you know. For now, I have the sock logged in Ravelry on my projects page so people can favorite it if they like.
P.S. For those of you knitting the sock pattern, you might want to check out my post tutorial on the provisional crochet cast on here. 1.27.10