Pattern: Happy Birthday!

When I was packing for my trip I could decide what knitting to bring with me. Cotton didn’t sound fun, charts were too much effort, and my current projects were too big. Then a light bulb went off - Socks. These are all reasons that I knit socks. So, I started digging through my sock yarn for the perfect skein. Hello, Sex Kitten.

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Somehow, I managed to wait until I was in the car and headed to Savannah before I cast on for a perfectly bright pair of stockinette socks. I carried them with me everywhere - walking Tybee Island, strolling Savannah (and it’s various yarn shops), and just relaxing in front of the TV. They weren’t finished when we got back home - mainly, because I started reading Game of Thrones - but they’re a fun reminder of my trip all the same.

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Another reason I started a pair of socks was because I thought they’d be a fun birthday gift. Today is my birthday and I managed to finish them with a few days to spare. It had been awhile since I’d knit a pair of socks but I still remembered my old favorites: the wide toe, a column of gusset increases, and a reinforced heel flap. Along with the off the wall colors, these are an amazing pair of socks.

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Not only am I another year older but so is the blog at the ripe old age of two. To celebrate both our birthdays, I’m giving away the pattern for this fun pair of socks as a gift. Have fun!

Happy Birthday! Socks | download | ravelry |

Yarn: MacKintosh Yarns Chubby Sock - Sex Kitten

Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) Gauge: 7st/9 rows = 1”

Sizes: 7.5” and 8.5”

At Stitches South

Friday was a fun bit of adventure. I woke up early, got ready, and headed out the door. By 6:00 AM, I was on a bus headed for Atlanta and Stitches South. My purse had traveling knitting, cash, my camera, and a list of yarns to buy. I thought I was prepared. As it turned out, not so much.

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Once I figured out the lay of the land, I headed off to the Sanguine Griffin for 2 skeins of Bugga! Everything after that is a bit of blur. There was so much color, so much variety, and so many yarn fumes that everything just tangles up in my mind when I try to recall it. I can vaguely remember wandering the aisles, picking up yarn, sometimes sniffing yarn, and then buying yarn. If you sniff yarn, you have to buy said yarn, right? I think it’s an unwritten rule.

I do remember meeting a few really cool people in the midst of the yarn fumes. First off, I met Liz, the dyer behind MacKintosh Yarns. I’ve been using her yarn and reading her blog for years now. It was great to finally meet her in person.

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I also had the opportunity to meet Ysolda Teague at a book signing. This was pretty great too since I really admire her patterns. Book signings rock!

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Stormy weather cut the trip short and bus headed for home in the early afternoon. The ride turned into show and tell based on one question: “What was your favorite purchase?” I didn’t have to think about that one at all.

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One skein of MacKintosh Yarns Chubby Sock in the appropriately named color, Sex Kitten. A cluster of colors so outside of my normal palate that I can only wear it on my feet. Also, totally awesome. I’ve only wanted a skein since it first showed up ages ago on her site. This yarn is going to a great pair of socks.

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I’m definitely looking forward to Stitches South 2012. Maybe I’ll have knit up all the yarn I bought by then.