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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜€ 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! Diamond Socks

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I have finally released my Diamond Socks. I started these months and months ago, but they were a bit of a handful. lol So, after a few different versions of this pattern, I finally decided on this final product. The diamond pattern is not only on the top of the foot and leg, but also the bottom of the foot. Carrying the yarn across the foot seemed pretty ridiculous, so I decided that there is no reason for the bottom of the foot to not be pretty, too. I mean, if you have your feet up on an ottoman, then why shouldn’t everyone get too look at your pretty socks. πŸ˜€ The design is made by always carrying your two yarns together in a stranded colorwork design. I chose to make the main color with a solid color toe, gusset, heel and cuff. However, there is an alteration available if you would like, where you continue the checker pattern across the gusset. This is great if you don’t want to have to carry your yarn across all those gusset stitches. There is about 10-12 stitches that you would be carrying across at the end. I personally love how it looks to have the solid color gusset, so I went for it. It’s not that bad, but I did have to lock my yarn in a couple times as I worked across. However, since this is one of the few places where this comes up, it wasn’t a big deal. πŸ˜€ But, you have options. πŸ˜€

As always, my sock pattern comes in 3 sizes. Small, Medium and Large, which is 7.5″, 8.5″ and 9.5″ measured across the widest part of your foot. Because of the colorwork, these socks are not going to have a to of stretch. So, if you are a bit over one size, you will might want to go up a size. Doing a gauge swatch will let you know if you are going to be close or not.

I hope you love these as much as I do!

New Release! Port George Socks

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These socks are the next installment of my Hometown series. They are named after the beach down by the Bay of Fundy, where we would go to have a camp fire to roast hot dogs and make s’mores on those hot summer evenings. There are rocks to walk across, which is what made me go with this design. The yarn overs create a look that mimics finding your way over all the rocks. The lace also makes for an airy sock that is much lighter to wear on a warm summer day.

The pattern is one that will require more attention, so it’s not exactly a TV knit, but it’s not so intricate that you need to have your eyes glued to the pattern at all times. It makes for a knit that stays interesting.