Archive for the ‘Sock Club’ Category

Now Available: Flight and Striation

Sunday, 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 features a not-too-complicated airy feather motif.
 $6.50 – PDF pattern

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

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Vamp and Circe – October 2013 Sock Club

Monday, 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

Now Available: Gyokuro and Jedi Mind Tricks

Friday, 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 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.


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.



Spock and Tiberius – June 2013 Sock Club

Thursday, 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:


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


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

Now Available: Reykjavik and Solfar

Saturday, 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 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.




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.



Tulip and Pirouette

Wednesday, 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.


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

Tulip side


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.

Now Available: Nanaimo and Turbulence

Monday, April 15th, 2013

The sock patterns from the April 2012 Cookie A Sock Club, Nanaimo and Turbulence, are now available for purchase! Inspired by the seashore, these two patterns reflect two opposing aspects of coastal life: simplicity and calm, versus the brewing current underneath the sea. Nanaimo and Turbulence are knit in Socktopus Sokkusu Original, a fine yarn with a great twist that really shows off  fancy stitch patterning.

The Nanaimo socks are simple and cozy, with the left and right socks mirroring one another. The knit and purl pattern is nice and calming and perfect for gift knitting for men and women who don’t like too much fuss.



The Turbulence socks are also mirrored and have lots of fancy stitchwork and patterning that somehow comes together in an orderly fashion. Twisted stitches, yarnovers, strange pass over eyelets, cables, you name it—many of the knitting creatures from under the sea are represented here. The stitches in the Turbulence socks intertwine and wrap around each other, creating a sort of order out of chaos.




Ernie and Newton

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The 2013 Cookie A Sock Club kicked off the new year with two new sock patterns, Ernie and Newton, knit in Indigodragonfly MCN Sock (as well as two delicious cookie recipes for fig bars and pecan sandies!) I’m enjoying seeing everyone’s finished socks and cookies in the Ravelry group.

Newton  features a broad lace leaf motif down the front and back, separated by cables down the sides.


Ernie features a vertical leaf and rib pattern.


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

Now Available: Makoto and Wayward

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The first two patterns from the 2012 Cookie A Sock Club, Makoto and Wayward, are now available on Ravelry.

Makoto pair

Makoto was inspired by fortune cookies.

While I suspected that fortune cookies are not really Chinese, I had no idea that the origin of the fortune cookie was a source of debate with several people claiming to have invented it. In fact, it was so hotly contested that the San Francisco Court of Historical Review gathered evidence and held a mock trial where they ruled that the fortune cookie was invented by Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese immigrant living in San Francisco. Even though the fortune cookie has precursors in Japanese culture, they became a mainstay in Chinese-American restaurants.

So all this rambling about fortune cookies, what’s that got to do with socks? Well you see, when I get an idea in my head, my stubborn mind can’t let it go. I wanted to make fortune cookies, and I even recalled a stitch pattern I had seen that resembled the shape of a fortune cookie. A ha! A brilliant thought for the club, thought I. I became obsessed.

The Makoto socks, named after the inventor of the fortune cookie (though the ruling appears to be disputed by a small contingent in Los Angeles), are a little crazy and unconventional just like the original fortune cookies must have been. A lace pattern forms the shapes of tiled fortune cookies spaced with large holes created by double yarnovers. With increasing and decreasing on every round, the pattern forms a bit of biasing which affects the elasticity of the fabric.

 Makoto – $6.50


Wayward side

Wayward features traveling sets of geometric cables over a twisted ribbing background. Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? But it’s not really that tough once you dig in.

The Richness of Martens yarn from Alisha Goes Around is luscious and has great stitch definition, perfect for showing off fancy stitchery. I love twisted stitch cables at least as much as the next sock knitter, so I chose a simple intertwining cable panel, mirrored it, mirrored the pair again, and started knitting without a definite plan in mind. They were to be my wayward socks. The twisted cabled stitches meandered, criss crossed, and wandered as wayward souls do. I kept some notes and kept going, making decisions on the fly, sometimes having to backtrack. Of course I petted the yarn at the end of every round. Mmm, cashmere and silk. I don’t often design this way because I learned early on that knitting without a plan can mean problems later down the road.

The Wayward socks are a fun knit and not that complicated when broken down into pieces, but the charts appear monstrous. There are a lot of them. Don’t let that fool you. You only have to print the charts you need for one size. One of the things I love about electronic patterns is that there’s no limit on size. The Wayward socks, at a whopping 20 pages, is the type of pattern that would never make it in print.

 Wayward – $6.50

December’s Sock Club Prize Winner

Friday, February 15th, 2013

As the new sock club begins, I’m wrapping up the last odds and ends from 2012’s club. We have another prize winner for completing a project from the December shipment!

Our winner is Joelle in Missouri, who won with her lovely pair of Striation socks.

Joelle's Striations

Our lucky winner will receive a copy of the elusive and out of print Tudor Roses by Alice Starmore PLUS enough yarn to make Elizabeth I in the prize winner’s choice of club yarns from 2011 and 2012. Joelle chose more of the Stricken Smitten yarn. Congratulations, Joelle!

December Prize