Now that testing has been completed, I have launched the pattern Bon Voyage Socks. These socks have the usual sizes of 7.5, 8.5 and 9.5″ foot circumference, made with a fingering weight yarn and are a toe up pattern. I have designed them to have a swirl design that goes in the opposite direction for the right and left socks. It gives it a feel of a whirl wind or dust devil swirling up both legs. While I have labelled them as left and right, you can obviously choose which way you would prefer your swirls to go (towards each other or away from each other).
The nice thing about these socks is that they would be a good beginner sock pattern. They have a pattern, but it’s created with knits and purls which means you don’t have to worry about learning new stitches for the body of the sock. I do recommend marking off when a round is complete in the pattern though, because you can lose your place on these ones quite easily. I didn’t find these socks to be good for knitting while watching tv, but once I got better at marking my rows it went much smoother.
The idea for these socks came from the yarn from Mariposa Dye Works that I used. It was called Let it Go Already, and of course made me think of winter storms. 😀 I highly recommend checking them out on Etsy. They have some great yarn.
I hope you love these ones. I had a lot of fun making them.
I had a very busy January. I did a lot of work and managed to get 3 hats and a blanket finished. Two of the hats have now been released, with the third hat going up shortly. Every January, my hockey knitting group does a Hat Trick January. That means three finished hats during the month. I tend to do at least one of those as my own pattern, but this year I did all three as my own design.
Hat number 1 is my Memento Mori hat. Memento Mori is the practice of remembering your death. It’s not as morbid as it sounds, but is more about keeping your focus on what really matters. For Christians that will mean focusing on doing what you need to get to heaven. This is traditionally displayed as a skull and bones, but I chose to just do the skull for this hat. Even though it was my intention for it to be related to Memento Mori, you can obviously just alter the coloring and make it more of your style. Whether that be something more like Day of the Dead or Halloween, or just a great skull hat. 😀 Since this hat was more for Lent, I went with the skull color of purple.
Hat number 2 is a fun bobble hat. This is my Bubble Gum Hat. The bobbles add a fun playful design to the hat. They were designed to bring a smile to peoples faces. 😀
In the near future you’ll see a color work hat being listed and a log cabin style blanket. I also have a few other projects in the works, but I am still knitting those samples. Stay tuned!!
Every year at this time there is a large sale called the Gift A Long. This year over 240 designers have signed up to participate. That means that we are all offering you 25% off select patterns through Ravelry until the 11:59pm EST November 30, 2021. There is a Ravelry group where you can get access to all the discounted patterns (with code giftalong2021) and be able to join in all the chatting and excitement. There is currently a large bundle listed with all the discounted patterns. In the coming days a bundle will be listed with all the designs from all the designers. This will include full price patterns, but all purchased patterns whether discounted or full price will be eligible for prizes being offered in the group. In addition to the sale, there is a Knit A Long/ Crochet A Long (KAL/CAL) going on in this same group. This will go until the end of December, 2021. There are games and prizes and a lot of fun! Come on over and join us. 😀
Well, it has taken the first three and a half months of this year to finally be better, but here I am. I had a horrible allergic reaction at the end of December, and am just getting to a point now where I can eat somewhat normally, and my voice is returning. I can never have nuts again, but I’m alive and feeling much better now. 😀 That means I’m back to work! Yay! I have been working on a few projects. I managed to knit a hat sample for a design back in January, but just last week managed to have enough brain power to write up the pattern. It is now in editing, so hopefully you’ll see that come across as a test knit in a week or two. 😀
This is my Diamond hat. It’s made with an aran weight yarn, so it’s nice and fluffy. The diamond pattern consists of slipped stitches, decreases and small cables. It’s actually a great introduction to cables if you were looking to carry on past my How To blog post about them. The cables involve two stitches at a time, and is a great way to practice cabling without a cable needle if you are feeling adventurous. (Honestly it sounds scarier than it really is.) Also, the decreases for the crown all happen in between the cables, so you can keep the pattern going to create a star effect on the top of the hat. It makes it a great hat for a pom pom. 😀
Next up is a scarf I am working on. This is made using the acorn stitch and is called “Oak Island Scarf”. If anyone has watched the show The Curse of Oak Island, you will have heard the fans being called Acorns. I find the show quite interesting, but I am from Nova Scotia originally and have always been fascinated with the Oak Island mystery and what the story really is. So, this is an homage to the story and the fans.
And the last project on the go right now is a pair of socks. These socks look complicated, but the pattern is very easily memorized. It will make them great for tv viewing! They are cuff down which make them a great beginner sock. I know how hard those toe up cast ons can be, and I have a lot of toe up socks, so I wanted to make another pair of cuff down, so as to include a variety of skill levels. They look very lacy, but honestly the pattern repeat only ever has knit stitches, a decrease and one yarn over. Again, these are another great way to get into the adventure of lace knitting, and you’ll get a comfy pair of socks out of them. 😀 Unfortunately, while these can be knit two at a time for the small and medium size, the large size is going to have a few rows that have yarn overs at the beginning or end of the row, which is going to make them a bit tricky.
I am hoping to get the scarf and socks knit in the next few weeks to then get them through editing. Thankfully the scarf is short and simple and shouldn’t take much time by the editor. That will mean a much faster turn around. 🙂 I am also going to start working on my last batch of edits for the few remaining un-edited patterns. That should be heading out in a few weeks, and then everything I have in my store will be tech edited. That will really free up my mind, because I constantly worry that there is a mistake in those patterns that I or testers never found. I’m too much of a perfectionist to let mistakes slide, so I want to make sure everything has had yet another set of eyes on it, and that everything looks as good as we can possible get it.
Thanks for coming along for the ride!!
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