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Almost ready for Kilimanjaro

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

I’ve barely taken any photos since we landed in the Maldives 3 weeks ago. It looks just like every photo you see on the internet, absolutely no need to Photoshop.


Unfortunately it’s been ridiculously humid, so knitting had been minimal. I did start a pair of socks as part of the catch up kal on Ravelry, but have barely made it past the cuff (a little farther than in the photo). I’m using the fabulous Plucky Knitter Plucky Feet yarn from the 2014 club and the Reykjavik pattern.


I forced Mr. A to take some scuba diving courses and we’ve spent the past 2 weeks on a boat diving multiple times every day. It was amazing! Lots of Manta rays, eels, sharks (seriously tons, but the super cute ones not the scary ones I swear), octopi, stingrays, coral and tiny amazing creatures of the sea like nudibranches which I’m getting better at spotting. The crew on the boat was amazing, including our Maldivian Rastafarian dive master Jahvid.


Now we are back on land but Mr. A swears the ground keeps rocking. I finished a hat on the plane ride over weeks ago but just seamed in the ends in time to leave for Kilimanjaro tomorrow. I hope it makes it to the summit!


I’m hoping to make progress on the socks and finish then in time to wear on the summit. Tomorrow we have a very long layover in Dubai and are planning to head to the Burj Khalifa.

Knit along with us!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve updated and the past year has been a whirlwind! I’m headed off on a very long trip in 2016, but while I’m gone Barbara and Yavanna have signed up to lead a Knit A Long on Ravelry featuring club patterns from previous years. Prizes have been lined up, and the group is open to anyone. The first KAL will feature patterns and yarns from any past February club shipment which includes these beauties.

Haleakala from the first club in 2011:

haleakala versions 2

Newton from the 2013 club:

X Side 1

Bjork from the 2014 club:

bjork 1

Pai Mei from the 2015 club:

B top

To learn more details, check out the thread on Ravelry.

I hope your 2016 is full of wonderful knitting, socks and wool!

New Studio!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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

Wednesday, 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.



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


Have you done any gift knitting lately?

Back from New York

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Two weekends ago I was in New York – right in Times Square, in fact – for Vogue Knitting Live. Here’s my view from the hotel.

View from hotel

Classes were good as always. I get a kick out of seeing everyone’s socks. Suzanne was wearing Hamantaschen in the Green Mountain Spinnery yarn from the October sock club. Great knitting!

Suzanne shows off her hamantaschen socks from the sock club.

In the Marketplace, I stopped by to see Sarah at The Plucky Knitter booth. Check out all those colors!

Gorgeous colors at the plucky knitter booth at vklive.

And here’s a closeup of Sarah’s colorful Fagus splendour cowl.


I may have had to take some of her beautiful colors home with me… my friends keep telling me I need a new hat.

Ysolda and I visited Habu textiles, where there is always intriguing yarn. I ended up buying some fabric to make a super cool scarf.



New York was great but COLD. It’s good to be home.


Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

2012 was a busy year. As I look forward to 2013, here are a few highlights from the past year.

In April I took a trip to Iceland, where there was beautiful scenery,


Wonderful knitters, and of course lots and lots (and LOTS!) of wool.

Grey bales

The summer’s work culminated in the publication of Shapes + Form

Cookie A Knitwear Volume 1: Shapes + Form

And sweater knitters took themselves in new directions.

Gus Conic back

I visited Chicago twice to teach socks with the Windy City Knitting Guild and Vogue Knitting Live (and eat Italian beef, of course).

Toe-up socks

Al's Italian Beef

Knit. Sock. Love. was reprinted both in Finnish and in German.

sukkia. rakkaudella. KSL German edition


Sock club knitters kept busy knitting up socks and baking cookies. Reykjavik was one of the most popular patterns this year.

Reykjavik socks

But Jedi Mind Tricks might have been the most fun!

Jedi Mind Trick

Anne Hanson came to visit in November and we spent a lovely weekend visiting friends at A Verb for Keeping Warm and enjoying the scenery in Marin County.



2013 is shaping up to be an interesting year, too. Between teaching and a vacation to somewhere a little exotic (can you guess?) I’m going to be traveling a little bit more.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Merry Christmas! I hope you and yours are having a happy holiday season.

Just for fun, I instigated a White Elephant gift exchange at knitting last week. The main rule was that everyone’s gift had to come from inside their house – nobody was allowed to go shopping beforehand. We had a hilarious time at the coffee shop and I’m pretty sure some of the other customers thought we were crazy. We all piled our presents on the big table…

White Elephant exchange gifts

White Elephant exchange gifts

Then we drew numbers to determine the order of choosing gifts…

Drawing numbers

Drawing numbers

Inside one of the big boxes was… oh yes, a leg!

The leg!

The leg!

Which was promptly stolen.

The leg is stolen

The leg is stolen

Participants could bring anything, provided they didn’t have to go out and buy it. We were warned not to squish this bag to determine what was inside.

What's in the bag?

What’s in the bag?

Yum, robot cupcakes!

Robot cupcakes!

Robot cupcakes!

There were also light-up knitting needles, a trivet, singing and dancing stuffed hamster toys, a vintage My Little Pony figurine, and some very chocolaty bath products. I think some people even got some frantic last-minute gift knitting done.

If you still need a gift for that special someone (perhaps yourself!) there are still memberships available in next year’s sock club. I’d love for you to join us for another year of sock knitting and cookie baking!

What I did on my summer vacation

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

In between working on Shapes + Form, the sock club, and all sorts of other knitting-related fun … I’ve been doing a little traveling.

I went hiking at the beautiful Mount Rainier where I saw a grizzly bear!

Later I went to Toronto and met up with my friend Alice Yu. (You can see me in her phone!)

It was my first time meeting Amandine who is super cute.

We headed to Lettuce Knit and ogled some yarn.

I went to the top of the CN Tower… here’s the view from the glass floor, looking down 1,122 feet to the ground.

The funky photo styling is courtesy of Instagram. I’m on there as cookieaknitwear.

Finally I went to Reno to visit my friend Kristi. We may have taken a side trip to Jimmy Beans Wool. They may have let us into the back. There may have been a LOT of yarn there.

Did you go anywhere fun this summer?

The Knitter Loves Shapes + Form

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Issue 49 of UK based The Knitter magazine hits news stands today, and Shapes + Form is highlighted in their “The Knitter Loves” series on page 8!

Cookie A designs take shape

US designer Cookie A is one of a new breed of superstar knitters, with thousands of projects on knitting community website made from her incredibly intricate sock patterns. Now Cookie has branched out into garment design, launching Shape and Form, a complete collection of eight garments and five accessories based on mathematical concepts.

She said: “Socks are different from garments, in that there is not much room to change the form of a sock. Garments are less restrictive in form. Instead of fitting a texture onto a rigid form, I experimented with taking shapes and using them in unusual ways to create forms that could still be worn as garments.” We’re struggling to decide which pattern to start knitting first!

Buy the patterns via

Shapes + Form available on Ravelry

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Shapes + Form is now available through Ravelry! You can buy the whole collection for $18 or purchase patterns individually.

Cookie A Knitwear Volume 1: Shapes + Form

Here’s the introduction which I think sums it up pretty well:

This is my first foray into publishing sized garment patterns, though I’m certainly not new to sweater knitting. Those who are familiar with my sock patterns may be surprised by this collection at first glance. The majority of my knitwear design so far has been socks, and the design features usually focus on texture. On closer inspection, the same principles that I enjoy applying to socks are also applicable to sweaters: Taking pieces and fitting them together like a puzzle to form a functional whole.

Socks are different from garments in that there is not much room to change the form of a sock—at the end of the day, the sock still has to fit on a foot. Garments on the other hand are less restrictive in form. As long as there are holes for the arms and the piece can drape around the body, there is actually a great deal of leeway in what constitutes a pullover or cardigan. Instead of fitting a texture onto a rigid form, I experimented with taking shapes and using them in unusual ways to create forms that could still be worn as garments.

Being mathematically inclined, I borrowed concepts from geometry, algebra and topology. Some are fairly straightforward in their meaning. Parallelogram is a scarf or shawl pattern with a parallelogram shape, Rectangle is a rectangle with two holes to form a draped and textured vest., and Conic has cone shaped sleeves-. Cylinder and Quotient both borrow from topology and the concept of “glueing” flat pieces into 3-dimensional ones in much the same way that Möbius strips and Klein bottles are formed.

There are 13 patterns in the booklet—8 garments and 5 accessories patterns. Some of the accessories patterns use the same textures and yarn as garment patterns found elsewhere in the collection and were originally intended as leftover yarn projects. Some of the yarns used for the garments come in very generously sized skeins, and you may find yourself with a decent amount leftover.

Here’s a look at some of the patterns and Laura Kicey’s awesome photography. This is Parallelogram (Ravelry link) which is… a parallelogram. There are two sizes: a narrower scarf version and the shawl shown. It’s knitted from tip to tip using a welted knit / purl diamond pattern.

This is one of my favorite photos. Slant (Ravelry link) is a great leftover yarn project worked in Miss Babs Yowza:

And Conic seems to be a runaway favorite so far. I am going to admit something too… The smallest size is shown and it barely used just over 2 skeins of Malabrigo Sock yarn, weighing in at 203g. Of course, I added extra yardage to the pattern Just In Case, but I thought you should know that if you are that size, you could probably get a whole pair of socks too. Or maybe shorten the sleeves just a smidge to get it out of two skeins.

I’m hoping to round up some friends this week to take photos of the sweaters on “real people” to show how the fit varies with body shape, since I know that’s always a concern. Yay, sweaters!