Sneak Peek!

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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. 😀

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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.

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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.

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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!!

New Release! Ice Queen Wrap

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I have thankfully been able to work a bit more lately. It’s been a rough couple months over here at chez TLCrafts. Unfortunately, I have an issue with my SI joints, which means constant back pain, leg pain, and difficulty sitting upright. So, as you can imagine, blogging and even knitting and most everything else is difficult. This wrap was finished before that happened, and went through the tech editing phase while I was laid up. Then it sat for weeks. I finally did the last tiny edit, and have released it! It sucked that it had to sit, because I absolutely love this wrap. It’s light and airy, and the yarn is so nice! I love the white to blue gradation in it. It fit perfectly with the Ice theme, and the snowflake motif. I also made it so that I could use as much of that yarn as possible. You just keep repeating the pattern until you have what you think is enough to work the last 1/2″ of the border and bind off. It makes the pattern very flexible for using different yarns. You can make it longer, shorter, or even more narrow if you want to remove some repeats. It’s so easy to modify to meet your personal tastes. 😀

I hope you love it!!

New Release – Heat Wave Socks

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Hello! I have finally released my Heat Wave Socks pattern. This little guy was not cooperating with me for the longest time. But, it pulled itself together and has now finished Tech Editing and Testing! It passed both with flying colors. 😀 Now it can be yours. These socks are great for any kind of weather, but especially for warmer weather. The great thing about hand knit socks is that you really can wear them year round. The lace detail in these socks gives some lovely air holes for breezes and AC to travel through to cool those feet down. I have to wear socks all the time thanks to foot issues, but if I have to wear them all the time, they may as well be cute, right? The pattern on these socks was designed to mimic the heat waves that come off pavement in the hot weather. You know the ones that seem to shimmer off the road like a mirage? The pattern zig zags up the leg to give a lot of interest. They also have a bit of a relaxed fit because of the lace, but are not droopy on the legs. If you have (as one of my testers put it) “fluffy” calves, then these will fit great! This pattern is worked cuff down, with a heel flap and gusset.

I hope you love them!!

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New Release! Always the Weekend Socks

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These socks were created during the heart of the quarantine when I no longer knew what day of the week it was. It felt like a perpetual weekend. I had grown frustrated with everything, and needed to really take the time to refocus myself. These socks were born of that extra attention to my craft. I wanted something with interest to keep someone engaged in the knit, but also simple enough to not make it be laborious. I mean, it’s not like many of us want something supremely difficult right now. When we get frustrated with life, we really want to drown ourselves in something soothing. Hopefully this pattern will tick those boxes!