Now Available: Flight and Striation

December 15th, 2013

Flight and Striation were the final patterns from the 2012 Cookie A Sock Club and they are now available to the public!

Flight

Flight features a not-too-complicated airy feather motif.
 $6.50 – PDF pattern
Striation

Striation’s geometric lace pattern is mirrored from left to right.
 $6.50 – PDF pattern

The yarn is Sinful Sock from Stricken Smitten, a luxurious cashmere blend in a deep, rich violet that proved nearly impossible to photograph accurately – but was so lovely to work with!

 

The time is now to think about joining the 2014 Cookie A Sock Club! We’d love to have you join us for a year of new sock patterns, independently produced yarn, and delicious cookie recipes. For more information visit http://www.cookiea.com/club/.

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Vamp and Circe – October 2013 Sock Club

November 18th, 2013

October’s shipment featured a deep red yarn that recalls witches, vampires and other scary Halloween folklore. Dyed by Pagewood Farm in southern California, the Glacier Bay yarn has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it years ago. With a very tight twist and merino composition, it makes for sturdy socks. The generous yardage is great for slightly larger projects too. I’m surprised it’s not easier to find!

Vamp 2

Worked in deep blood red colored yarn, the Vamp socks feature diagonal twisted cable panels that join
in a V at the top of the foot. The V is both for Vampire and perhaps a vampire fang. The panels also form a diagonal frame with nested knit and purl diamonds.

Circe 1

The Circe socks feature a swirling leaf pattern which is created from the biasing of the lace pattern. Left and right socks are mirrored, and the asymmetrical gusset shaping is formed using decreases within the lace pattern and one decrease in the usual gusset area.

The Vamp and Circe patterns are exclusive to the Cookie A Sock Club until October 15, 2014.

Want to join in on the fun? The 2014 Sock Club is coming soon! Sign-ups will open on November 25, 2013. For more information, visit http://cookiea.com/club/.

Now Available: Gyokuro and Jedi Mind Tricks

August 16th, 2013

It’s mid-August and that means that more patterns from the 2012 Sock Club are now available.

August 2012 was all about green tea and… other things that are green. Like Yoda! The club knit on green-tea themed socks with green-tea themed yarn from Enchanted Knoll Farm, and baked Yoda cookies flavored with matcha. Green is one of my favorite colors, and I am a big tea lover, so this was definitely a fun month.

Gyokuro

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Gyokuro is named for a high grade Japanese green tea where the leaves are fully intact and grown in shade to give it a brighter color and smoother flavor.

The Gyokuro socks feature twisted stitches and fully intact leaves.

The pattern contains charted instructions.

  $6.50

Jedi Mind Tricks

Jedi Mind Trick

Jedi Mind Tricks features a unique and bold textured stitch pattern, created by binding off, casting on, and manipulating the stitches. “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

The pattern contains written directions and a photo tutorial.

$6.50

 

Spock and Tiberius – June 2013 Sock Club

August 8th, 2013

June 2013 was bright and bold with the saturated red-orange of SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Fine, spicy ginger molasses cookies, zingy marmalade jammy dodgers, and two sock patterns that are dedicated to my love of Star Trek – Spock and Tiberius.

Here’s Spock… angular, striking, and… logical, if I do say so myself:

Spock

And here’s Tiberius, named for the beloved Starfleet captain James Tiberius Kirk:

Tiberius

These patterns are exclusive to the Cookie A Sock Club until June 15, 2014.

Now Available: Reykjavik and Solfar

June 15th, 2013

June’s patterns from the 2012 Sock Club are now available for purchase. Inspired by my trips to Iceland, these socks feature the glacier blue Vintage Icebox shade of Primo Fingering from The Plucky Knitter.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik socks

 

The Reykjavik socks are modeled after an iconic Icelandic landmark, the Hallgrimskirkja cathedral, which is visible from all over Reykjavik and is quite an impressive sight with such elegant lines and simplicity. I designed the socks so that when looking down at your feet, you will catch a glimpse of Icelandic architecture down to your toes. The elegant lines and textures are translated into a twisted rib and wider angled lines.

The pattern contains charted directions.

  $6.50

 

Solfar

Solfar Socks

Sólfar is named after the iconic sculpture on Reykjavik’s waterfront designed by Jón Gunnar Árnason. Sólfar translates to “sun voyager” and is a modern sculpture of a “dreamboat”, and ode to Iceland’s rich history with the sea. The curves and symmetry of the sculpture translated well into the stitches of a sock, taking on an almost floral appearance.

The pattern contains both written and charted directions.

 $6.50

 

New Studio!

May 29th, 2013

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It was finally time to move out of my cramped, badly lit storage space and into a new studio. Now all my yarn and books are in one place, it will be easier to pack and ship the club, and … do I spy a leg?

New studio space

There’s even a bathroom! We are almost done unpacking everything. Club yarn has been arriving and it’s an exciting time. It will be interesting to see what we can use this new space for. Of course now this means a (short) commute.

New studio space

We also have some new neighbors! Lots of them seem to be very serious folks in lab coats with spaces packed full of machinery, making cool things like specialty miniature refrigerators and medical devices. Most of them are intrigued and surprised by the idea of a sock-of-the-month club when we explain it.

Glynis for Glynis

May 22nd, 2013

I just got such a lovely note from my mother-in-law! As you may know, all the sock patterns from Sock Innovation are named for family and friends. My mother-in-law, Glynis, has now been the lucky recipient of her namesake socks. I have to share her email and photos with you.

Glynis socks

She writes:

Hi Cookie

The famed ‘Glynis’ socks are here! Attached are photos of the knitter Dorothy G of Mad About Ewe, and the comfy and beautiful socks on my twinkle toes out on our deck at home. Lovely!

When Dorothy and I were out front of the store to take a few photos, no less than 4 ladies stopped to say what nice socks they were – 1 tried to buy them! No way!

I’m wearing them at the moment – ooh-la-la – so good.

Love,

Glynis

What a generous friend! Here is Dorothy outside of Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns in Nanaimo, BC, Canada.

Glynis

Have you done any gift knitting lately?

Tulip and Pirouette

May 15th, 2013

The second shipment of this year’s sock club was all about spring: beautiful flowers, tea-party treats, and light stitches to put a spring in your step. Dream in Color created a sweet lavender shade called Violet Hour on their Everlasting Sock yarn for us.

Tulip

The Tulip socks have a simple lace pattern that evoke the broad delicate leaves of tulips.

Tulip side

Pirouette

The Pirouette socks feature swirling panels that twine up the leg over a rib background.

Pirouette front

These patterns are exclusive to the Cookie A 2013 Sock Club until April 15, 2014.

Harbor Bar socks

May 8th, 2013

Here is my latest pattern, Harbor Bar, from the new Quince and Co. collection, Socks: Book One. The book contains two other sock patterns, by Michele Wang and Star Athena.

Harbor Bar

Harbor Bar features an unusual stranded colorwork pattern in three colors of Quince and Co. Finch. If you think you’re seeing some of the stranding on the outside of the sock… you’re right. Working the reversed stranding is simple – just flip the sock inside out! These socks feature an afterthought heel instead of my typical heel flap and turn, to show off the contrast heels and toes.

These socks were inspired by one of my husband’s stranded colorwork sweaters (he has surprisingly interesting knitwear for a man) which has a simple geometric pattern. I noticed that I liked the floats on the “wrong side” just as much as the right side of the work.

For Harbor Bar, I’ve combined using colorwork the usual way with “inside out” colorwork where the strands face outward. This gives the fabric a textural component you don’t often see with stranded colorwork. The pattern is a very simple diagonal stripe repeat that is worked the same for the right side and the inside out stripes.

Here’s to trying something a little different with your socks.

Dizzy and the Jazz Collection

May 1st, 2013

Introducing… the Dizzy sock pattern!

 Dizzy

This brand new pattern, named after Dizzy Gillespie, features large reverse stockinette and rib chevrons. There are 3 sizes, all charted, with mirrored left and right socks. By shifting stitches around, the horizontal waving bands of reverse stockinette blend in seamlessly without a jog. You’ll spin around, dizzy with delight! You can purchase Dizzy through the Cookie A Ravelry Store.

Sock Knitters Anonymous KAL

SKA Promo

We’re super excited that Cookie is a featured designer during the May for the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry. In honor of that, use the code SKA to receive 25% off all individual patterns in the Ravelry Store in the month of May. Join in on the fun at the SKA group on Ravelry.

The Jazz Collection

Also in honor of the Sock Knitters Anonymous knitalong, for a very limited time through the end of May only, all 6 jazz themed sock patterns will be available as a bundle for $20. This includes Dizzy and 5 previously published patterns that have been heavily updated since their original release: Thelonious, Ellington, Ornette, Mingus, and Calloway. You must be a member of Ravelry to purchase this bundle which is available in the Ravelry Store.

Jazz Cover

Ellington has been re-worked in the beautiful String Theory Caper sock. The charts have been completely re-done in a simplified and more streamlined manner.

Calloway, a past favorite with swerving lace panels and cabled medallions, has been re-formatted and re-worded.

Mingus has been re-charted, re-formatted with two sizes added, and re-worked in the beautiful Hazel Knits sock yarn.

Thelonious, originally released in 2007, was updated and included in the book Knit. Sock. Love. That updated version is included in this bundle.

Ornette has been updated with new streamlined charts and an additional size. New photographs show Ornette knitted in Wollmeise sock yarn. The updated pattern calls for a tighter gauge of 9 stitches per inch in stockinette to match the new yarn. It can be knit at the original gauge of 8 stitches per inch and down one size to achieve the same sizing.