Hey! Are you still there? Well, so am I. Do you still knit? What do you know? Me too! My first year of medical school took me away from this space too much; I hope things will be different this next year. Nevertheless, would you believe I knitted 12 sweaters, 5 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of mittens, 2 hats, 3 lace stoles, and a blanket since we last spoke? I just haven’t had much time to post about them. All in time, of course.

I thought my first post back should reflect how I’ve spent my time lately, so I’d like to share a sock pattern I worked up while studying.

Named for the calf muscle, Soleus is the first in a series of patterns with an anatomical theme. The pattern is available for free on Ravelry.

In addition to playing around with a new naming scheme, I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate with two fabulous designers on a collection coming out this fall. Amy Herzog and Kirsten Kapur, and I have joined forces as the BHK Cooperative. Our first project, the Charles Collection, will be appearing in a few weeks. Inspired by and set in the knitterly city of Boston, the collection features flattering sweaters and accessories in classic styles, all photographed by the talented Caro Sheridan. Here is a little preview!

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18 comments so far

  1. Cyndi on

    You are truly amazing Elinor! Not only did you manage to knit 12 sweater, 5 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of mittens, 2 hats, 3 lace stoles and a blanket during your first year of medical–you designed and knit a pair of socks while on a study break. Oh an then somehow you manage to collaborate on a knitting project with 2 other knitters! PHEW!!! Do you ever sleep? ;-)

  2. quinn on rav on

    Congratulations on getting through your first year of med school! Whew! It’s a good thing you have a hobby to take your mind off knitting now and then ;)

    Thank you for the lovely pattern. Off to check it out now…

  3. susan on

    I. do. not. know. how. you. do. it. Really, I don’t. I think you must be some sort of uber-genius or something! Anyway, the socks are lovely. Good luck with year 2!

  4. nina on

    Wow, what a lovely sock pattern! Just love the colours youve used. Going to add it to my faves. Best of luck to you at school – looking forward to seeing your publication!

  5. Heather on

    Too bad you haven’t been doing anything while you were away!!!! Love the socks. Good luck with year 2.

  6. Lies on

    Gorgeous socks! And very much looking forward to the Charles collection. I’m only a tiny bit jealous of how you manage to do all that ;-)

  7. torirot on

    I did a lot of knitting during med. school, too (many years ago…) – but not as clever as you. Looking forwards to seeing your other projects!

  8. Maureen on

    Oh…my…God…you’re amazing! Please share your secret…NOW! Congratulations on med school…and congrats again on your new book! As a native Bostonian, I can’t wait for the Charles Collection! I can’t even begin to imagine how you’ve accomplished all you have in the past year…and you’re a mother of young children…a full time job all by itself!

  9. April on

    Beautiful socks. I love the colorwork.

  10. Amy J on

    I agree with the others….how do you do it ? Glad med school went well, glad you have new designs, and glad you had a chance to post :) And VERY excited about the upcoming book…such a great trio of designers!!

  11. Suzanne Wilsey on

    So glad you are back! I have been checking the site every few weeks all along and have memorised the mitten photo :-). But then I read about the upcoming collection and thought, “Well, I must continue to check the blog, because if Elinor is designing, she is surely knitting, and eventually we’ll get to see the results.” And so we have…at least a teaser’s worth. So glad to know there will be more blogging in the future, and so glad your first year in med school is over.

  12. Wanda on

    I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been able to knit and design while keeping up with the rest of your life! Looking forward to seeing your designs. Hope things continue going well in the next year.

  13. vknitorious on

    Nice to see you! So looking forward to The Charles Collection — so many of my favorite people in one place.

  14. Maryse on

    Wow! You study and knitted 12 sweaters! You’re my idol! Your little new socks are really cute! And I look forward to see more of all the things that you’ve knitted!

  15. Anne on

    you remind me of the movie “limitless,” where the main character works at his maximum potential unlike the rest of us humans.

    we are trying, though.

    in fact, because of your study/knit inspiration, i have recently taught myself to read novels while knitting. workin’ on it!

  16. Kate on

    Nice to have you back! You’ve been missed!! I’m intrigued…. you, Amy and Kristen… now, that’s a look book I NEED to see!

  17. Deirdre on

    Yay! Glad to see you back here, and that your first year of med school went well. I am so impressed with how much you got done–including designing patterns! I can’t wait to see all the new stuff you come up with. :)

  18. Kathy on

    hurray! you’re back! I’m not surprised at all – my cousin barely spoke to his mother his first year of residency. Love the simple colorwork pattern. Thank you. Can’t wait to see and hear what the 1st year inspired.

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