Diamonds at Sea

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This pattern has been released! If you are interested in knitting this pattern going forward, please be advised that yarn choice is crucial. Some of my testers used variegated yarns, and the cables really faded into the background. Chose a yarn that is either a more solid color, or perhaps a lighter color variegated. I think the yarn I used is probably as dark as I would go with this pattern, and even that is really pushing the bounds for the cables.

This particular yarn is Miss Babs Kilimanjaro, in the colorway Deadly Nightshade. It’s such nice yarn. I really love the Miss Babs yarns. They are some of my favorites. I did a lot of work on this pattern, while we were on vacation. This contributed to its naming. The socks require about 400 yards of a fingering weight yarn.

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BB-8 Beanie Hat

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First of all, this hat is adorable. It’s based on the BB-8 character from Star Wars, who is very cute in the movie as well. The designer is Level Up Nerd Apparel. The hat is crocheted and uses mostly basic techniques of double crochets, increases and decreases, and color changes. The designer does a great job in her pattern of describing the techniques and does give details on how to work color changes. You will need worsted weight yarn in white, black, orange and grey for this pattern. The hat took me only a couple days to work up. It would have been faster, but I made a mistake and had to tear it back. Thankfully, that is very fast to do with crochet.

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Winter Storm Jonas Socks

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My first sock pattern is finally complete! You can get it on Ravelry, on Craftsy and on Etsy. These ones took me a long time to complete. Being my first pattern I had to do a lot of extra work on them to get a usable pattern that was well worded. My test knitters were fantastic in giving feedback on how it knit up for others, which did lead to some changes. But, the changes were all for the better. I’m quite happy with how the pattern has turned out.

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These socks were inspired by the snow storm that blew through early in 2016. While the snow was coming down, and in between trips to clear the driveway and sidewalk, I had time to sit and contemplate a design. This was the result of this. That is why I chose this name. It was the name for the storm that was thrown around a lot, and one that people are familiar with, even though naming a blizzard is a bit silly. It took months for me to be able to sit down and actually start to work on the pattern, and then months more to get it to a place where I could send it for test knits. For my first pattern, this taught me a lot. Hopefully the next ones will go much smoother. In fact, sock pattern number two is already in the works. You can get a sneak peak of it here.

The yarn I used for the Winter Storm Jonas socks was Manos del Uraguay, Alegria. It’s a super soft yarn that worked great for showing the stitch definition. I did stray from convention just a smidge with this pattern, as well. I decided to start my rows with a purl stitch. It’s not a favorite for most people, but it gave me a line of definition up the side of the sock, and also added detail around the swirl pattern. I felt that the swirl needed something to frame it. Otherwise, it was just looking like a strange yarn over thing, and nothing special.

I hope you enjoy this pattern!

WIP’s

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I have been doing so many test knits lately, that I haven’t had a chance to do an update on where I stand on some of my WIP’s. This is of course not a full run down, because there are always WIP’s that go into hiding that I find months later. First up, I have a sweater that is going to be a Christmas gift. It’s the Herbst Rosina Jacket. This pattern is a bit of a challenge. I don’t know if it’s due to being translated, but some of the wording isn’t clear as I go through the pattern. Knowing how to knit a sweater helps a lot, as you know how things should be working. I would say this is a bit more of an intermediate pattern. There are increases, decreases, lace patterns and cables. Even though it may be a bit complicated at times, the sweater is gorgeous. It really is so pretty. I chose Miss Babs yarn. This is Yowza! What a Skein, in the Cloak colorway. It is amazing to work with. It’s not necessarily the softest yarn I have worked with, but my goodness is it squishy. It is absolutely perfect for any sweater that you want to just snuggle up into. It’s also sturdy enough to hold up to a pattern. Just perfect yarn.
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Next up with have my Afmaeli sweater. I have made this once before, but it met an…unfortunate end. It will get a new life as a pillow case. >.> This one is going to be a bright and cheerful variation. I think I finally managed to get a picture of the color that is pretty close to true. It’s such a beautiful vibrant purple for the body. The yarn is Periwinkle Sheep Merino in Aran weight. I have the colorways of Plum Crumble, H.R.H., and Stones Dancing in the Fog. It’s beautiful yarn. Like the Miss Babs it is very squishy, yet sturdy. I do love that this particular yarn is not a solid color. It has slight variations in it, which gives a great look to a stockinette sweater. Sometimes sweaters can look a bit plain in a solid color, but this yarn is fabulous for giving it some definition.

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This is a very new WIP. I started these only yesterday. They are Hermione’s Everyday Socks. I am using Camelot Dyeworks Percival, in the Midnight Express colorway. First off, this is the first time doing the Hermione’s socks. The pattern is so simple, and will give a great texture. However, it should not be used with such a bold variegated yarn as this. I can’t see the pattern what so ever. I will probably just keep going, but I haven’t decided. There is a good chance I will rip back to where the cuff ends and just do a vanilla sock. This yarn has so much detail already that a pattern just can not compete with it. The colorway is really pretty though.

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I also have Honey Badger socks on the go. These are the socks that just will not end. I don’t know why. I love the pattern. I think it’s probably the yarn. It is Schoppel-Wolle in the Kleckse colorway. But, I have to be honest. Even though this yarn is very pretty, it is so splitty! It just keeps giving me trouble as I knit it. So, I keep putting it aside.
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Last, but not least is a sock pattern that I am currently designing. I can’t give many details, other than this sneak peek.
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