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Presenting another new pattern from Suzi’s Knits!  I’d been waiting all winter for a sunny day, and got several socks that were completed this fall and winter, while I was in a finishing mood.  These socks were not one of the long neglected UFO’s, but a new project that crept in despite a vow to finish before starting!  I had a lot of fun with them, and got to use a great representational design with the right color yarn this time.  Suzi’s knits fans will note that the side panel is actually the same stitch as Muscari.  That pattern was originally named Falling Leaves, because the stitch just looks like a leaf to me.  But in purple yarn…  well, Knitty renamed it to a more floral theme.  This time, in nice gray-green yarn, it shines out in the leafy glory it was meant for 😛

The lace on these is a bit tricky.  The vine sways from side to side with increases and decreases in the purl background.  The leaves also increase and decrease the stitch count, which helps them to really POP out of the knitting.  This makes knitting a bit more complicated for some, but should be manageable for an intermediate knitter, mostly because the pattern is visually simple and easy to read.  The stitch count in the whole sock stays relatively consistent as the two motifs are lined up so that when one is narrow, the other is wide and so forth.  The socks were worked toe up because I wanted the fine growing upwards, but would work cuff down too.  I gave instructions for pretty much all the needle types.  However, since I move stitches around at the heel, its probably not a great pattern for 2 at a time on circs.

After a long absence, largely catching up with projects that have long been unfinished, I have finally FINISHED several, and should have a series of new patterns to present over the next few weeks.  The first pattern I have to share with you is one of my favorites, and was sadly a Knitty reject.  They get so many awesome socks, I don’t envy them choosing between them.

These socks have briefly shown up on one of my lace lists as evidence that you CAN mix lace and colorful yarns, provided you pick the right lace!  Madeira Cascade consists of 3 very distinct sections – solid, biasing triangles, separated by a background of mesh lace pyramids, all of which is set apart by purl welts.  Each texture handles the colors of yarn very differently, so each stands out from the rest clearly and distinctly.  This lace pattern can handle almost any yarn (although I’ve yet to try it with stripes, the strong bias should make it lovely!), from light to dark, from wild to subtle, and still show off to good effect.  Anyhow, without further ado, I present to you my Maderia cascade Socks!

SF AIDS Marathon 2008

On August 3, myself and about 500 other runners will complete the San Francisco marathon in an effort to raise $1,000,000 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This is the culmination of nearly 2 years of lifestyle changes and weight loss for me, and a chance for me to use my new-found energy and fitness to give back to my community. I hope you will join me in this effort by reading and offering your support through my blog. If you are able, I also welcome your contribution to the cause! Thanks and keep on running!

Progress Bar:


Marathon time: 5:40:22
Total Raised: $2,815.70

My Sponsors

I'd like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their support of the SF AIDS Foundation!



Dianne Whitfield of the Bunny Hay Loft


Ulf Anvin
Rob Millner
Scott Lamb
Jeff Barlow
Erika Duplantis
Nick and Carol Esser
Kathryn Mercer
Nicole Pauls
Kathryn Coll
Timothy Berger
Susan Druding
Jenny Forman
Kathryn Mulgrew
Jamie Piperberg
Lucia Sanchez
Fran Taillon
Douglas Leeder
Barbara Kirsch
Ellen Atkinson
Valerie Esser
Peter McCourt
Carla Schroder
Sandra Spicher
Matthew Wilson
Valorie Zimmerman
Kathryn Kramer
Roxanne Seabright
Gayathri Swaminathan
Jason Spiro
Dianne Schoenberg

Thank you so very much for your support!

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