Secret Projects do not make friends

Or good blogging. (See contest below!)

Man. I have been totally absent lately. There are two big reasons for this. The first is that I’m working on lots of secret stuff. And I can’t do progress shots for various reasons. I’ve got a graduation gift for the sister, a blog reader, in the works. Another present for a friend who also reads this blog. (Actually, both of these can be viewed on Ravelry for those interested). Gifting. Reason number one for boring blog death.

Reason number two? Designing.

First… I’ve got this super, awesome fantastic sock pattern that I’m designing for the Three Irish Girls new and exciting sock club. It’s a really, really great design that I’m super proud of – inspired by some of Cat Bordhi’s ideas… with a twist, of course. Hahaha. That’s funny. Anyway, so that’s a secret for a few more weeks.

And then I’ve got 2 other designs mostly worked up. One is a great anthropologie inspired scarf, and another is a non-sock pattern requiring two skeins of sock yarn (because we all have tons of that around).

Being Silly

Reason number 3 for blog death? Lack of photos. I hate blogging without photographic content. I feel it’s boring. Here’s an arbitrary photo of silliness just to add some visual interest.

And then… Of course, there’s this big project that my knitting group and I are starting to think about… and of course that has to be a secret until we get all the kinks worked out! Oh. And lets not forget that I’m going to be test knitting for both Huan-Hua and Kalani! So many secrets!


I had to get your interest somehow. Photos work. That’s like design 101.

So what can I blog about? Well… I guess two things… and we’ll make it a contest just for fun. Winner gets a custom dyed sock blank in the colors you specify (if you so wish – I can also surprise you) and a copy of my BASKE mitten pattern and maybe a few other exciting things. How can you enter this contest? In the comments below, do one of the two options (or both, in two separate comments for double the chances)!

  1. I’ve got to make some dishcloths for a wedding shower present. There is no dishcloth like the Ballband pattern and so that’s going to be the pattern I use (unless you can convince me otherwise). I have no idea about colors though. I feel like I did the rainbow thing really well last year… Name a few color combinations that would work well together.
  2. I think it’s about time for a free pattern. But what should it be? Pick one of the following options and explain why you want that one: A). A sock pattern. B). An argyle hat pattern. or C). a quilting inspired scarf pattern. In any case, I’ll document for ya’ll step by step what the design process is so that you can follow along and maybe learn a few things (keep in mind I’m no designing expert – but I do think I’m getting better).

Ps. How cool is this?

Pps.  I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner on my favorite day of the year.


40 Responses to “Secret Projects do not make friends”

  1. 1 nephele June 26, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I’m like the idea of an argyle hat. Might be really cute as a beret…

  2. 2 Hazy June 26, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I don’t normally enter contests, but hey – I want to make friends so I’ll join in!

    1. Have you asked the bride the colours they are using in their wedding? That might be a nice touch. Other wise – pastel pink and blue, yellow and green, or red, white and blue (is that possible on that pattern?)

    2. I’m starting my winter knitting now, so I like the sound of a quilting inspired scarf.

    (p.s. I’m lucky that those I am gift knitting for this year don’t know my blog! I feel your pain though)

  3. 3 debbi June 26, 2008 at 11:25 am

    For the dishclothes, the colors of the newlyweds kitchen is an idea, or the hot new color combo of dark choc and pink is good, love a crisp white with navy, black and white is always good, one each way (white bumps, black outline, black bumps, white outline) Or you could use a varigated for the solid and a neutral beige for the outline.

  4. 4 debbi June 26, 2008 at 11:25 am

    I think an argyle hat would be fun.

  5. 5 Sarah Lyon June 26, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Washcloth colors:
    I am really liking choclate brown and robins egg blue. I think they are great, modern colors and would lend themselves well to the patter.

  6. 6 Sarah Lyon June 26, 2008 at 11:45 am


    I am torn between the sock (since I am deep in a sock obsession currently) or the quilt inspire scarf. Hmm . . . The scarf!

  7. 7 rivercitystl June 26, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I love this dishcloth (Squidge dishcloth) Here is a link to mine in Ravelry. The colors and the pattern are just delightful!

    I would love to see a pattern with a quilt theme! Since I don’t need another hobby, I can’t allow myself to even think about getting into quilting…but I love them! So a quilted inspired scarf would be awesome!

  8. 8 Kalani June 26, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    1. I, too, am a big fan of chocolate brown with aqua or pale blue, if you can’t get hold of their wedding colors.
    2. Socks! (what did you think I’d say?)

  9. 9 Sara June 26, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I love ice-cream colors: cream, pink, and brown. though i must admit i’ve never seen dishcloth cotton in brown. they should really get on that.

    i’m torn between the argyle hat and the quilt inspired scarf. i love argyle. have you seen this beret?
    but i also love quilts.

  10. 10 Punkin June 26, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I like the idea of a quilting inspired scarf. I like how ideas cross the lines of crafting. Years ago, I was inspired to put quilt designs into stained glass windows, and now it seems like a great idea to knit designs inspired by quilting.

  11. 11 ann-marie mackay June 26, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    1) Colours: Pink and Brown, Blue and Orange, Yellow and Green

  12. 12 ann-marie mackay June 26, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    2) I also like the idea of a quilt inspired scarf–that sounds fun!!!

  13. 13 Emilee June 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    My wedding colors were cornflower blue and and spring green (it was in April) so I vote for those colors, OR the colors of the happy couple.

    I’m fascinated by the thought of a quilt-inspired scarf.

    I love that picture of you in hiding. And boy, do I hear you on lack of content, I’ve been struggling with that myself. And I resorted to the same ploy to keep people’s attention 😉

  14. 14 Pensguys June 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I vote for yellows, blues, and whites. Those are really good kitchen colors. Like maybe butter yellow (a soft yellow).

  15. 15 Pensguys June 26, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    An argyle hat pattern sounds good….to get ready for fall/winter. 😉

  16. 16 Dave June 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Ok, this is easy. I vote for a sock pattern, because you can never have too many sock patterns, and it will be very interesting to watch your design process.

  17. 17 Sharon June 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    How about red and a muted turquoise? It’s different without being too out there.

    Looking forward to seeing your patterns!

  18. 18 ashpags June 26, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    1) I too think that if you could find out the colors of the couple’s kitchen, that would be awesome. Otherwise, I’d vote for blues, greens, and yellows as good summery colors.

    2) Sock, please! I’d love to follow that design process! =)

  19. 19 chemgrrl June 26, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I love that weird sculpture thingy in front of the art museum. Doesn’t it make you feel like if you ran at it really fast you could go all the way around in a big loop-de-loop? I’m often been tempted to try it.

    My opinion on dishcloths is that you should make them in the most obnoxiously loud and garish colors as possible. I think my favorite one I’ve ever made was lime green and red and hot pink. I named it “gonorrhea.”

    I meant to call you guys tonight during your knitting time, but dammit if I forgot. Maybe next week. I want to be in on this project thing.

    Oh, pattern! Argyle hat, please. That would be peachy.

  20. 20 Heidi June 27, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Southwest colors would be nice – brown, turquoise and coral. Or, something really bright, like Kermit the Frog green and hot pink!!!

  21. 21 Heidi June 27, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Socks, socks, socks!!! Need you even ask? LOL!!;-)

  22. 22 Kim June 27, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Argyle Hat…puleeze! Argyle is back and a hat would be a manageable knit.

  23. 23 Kim June 27, 2008 at 9:02 am

    …and for the blanket?

    Chocolate brown and robin egg blue


    spring green, plum-ish purple, natural/tan, pale pink

  24. 24 Nicole (ikkinlala) June 27, 2008 at 10:43 am

    For the dishcloths, do you have any idea what colour their kitchen will be? I also like the wedding colours idea.

    If neither of those would be suitable for ideas, then I think blue and green, brown or natural and green, or blue and black would look nice.

  25. 25 Nicole (ikkinlala) June 27, 2008 at 10:46 am

    For a pattern, I’d pick socks because I love your 9 to 5 socks.

  26. 26 Nicole June 27, 2008 at 11:19 am

    #1. I think it would be neat if you did washclothes in the wedding colors. I also like bright colors (turquoise, hot pink, lime green) with white bands.

  27. 27 Nicole June 27, 2008 at 11:26 am

    #2. I would really like to see a quilt inspired scarf pattern!

  28. 28 Paulette June 27, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    I would try to find out the colors of the bride’s kitchen, but you can also make them washclothes for their bathroom. I make tons of them, because they feel so good when you wash your face. A lot softer than regular washclothes. The pattern I use mostly is the Modular Dishcloth, and I add a icord edge which makes it really sturdy and nice.

    Any free pattern would be great!

  29. 29 Jennifer June 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I think some of the following could be fun:

    pale blue & salmon
    cranberry & forest green
    white & anything (but you did those already)
    black & white
    black & the white holiday cotton with the silver thread around it
    black & a bright variegated
    red & orange
    black & any fluorescent

    I’m on my 4th-in-a-row Ballband Dishcloth. Luckily it was fast to memorize!

  30. 30 Jennifer June 27, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I vote definately for a quilt-inspired scarf. I think it sounds really cool. There are a lot of sock patterns out there, and I don’t wear hats…(well, I would if I looked good in them), so I think the scarf could be something special. Plus, you can always do a quilted-scarf-inspired quilted-hat to match!

  31. 31 Linda June 28, 2008 at 7:09 am

    2) I am a quilter (before I became a knitter) and I like the idea of a quilt inspired sock!

  32. 32 angelanoel June 28, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Regarding washcloths: I love pink and brown together. One of those classic (albeit overused by sorority girls) combinations.

  33. 33 KSee June 29, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Oh, I want another of your sock patterns. I’ve done 9 to 5 twice and Chain Melody.

  34. 34 Trine June 30, 2008 at 6:42 am

    1. I really like orange and blue. Deep, vibrant blue with a not-as-vibrant orange. Especially when they’re woven together, like tartan patterns. They’re not school colours or anything (we don’t really have that in Denmark) but they just appeal to me.
    Green and pink (also vibrant) look great together. I’ve been meaning to start a sweater with those two colours. 🙂

  35. 35 Trine June 30, 2008 at 6:43 am

    2. I like sock patterns. I LOVE sock patterns. I like socks. I LOVE knitting socks. 😀 So yeah, I’m voting for a sock pattern.

    (though, should it not be a sock pattern, a scarf pattern would be okay too. The quilted idea sounds very interesting!!)

  36. 36 laura July 1, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    1. yellow. because.
    2. I’ve never done an argyle hat before, so, of course, that.
    stashmuffin, who just found you on ravelry

  37. 37 Michael Tim February 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I love your site!

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