After winning a great pattern called On Stranger Tides by Lara Smoot from the Peacefully Knitting blog (I highly recommend both), I have been inspired to explore socks! I’ve knit a few pairs in the past, but there is something especially inviting about the size of this type of project in these hot summer months. I also thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get a head start on some Christmas presents – who wouldn’t enjoy a beautiful pair of hand knit socks?
I’ve already knit the two patterns below and vouch for the beauty of the socks and the quality of the instructions:
On Strangers Tides by Lara Smoot – keep an eye out for another great pattern she has in the works too!
Cadence Socks by verybusymonkey
Here is a round up of a few more patterns I’ve found on Ravelry that I plan to give a try:
Treetop Socks by Heidi M. Scheppmann
Magic Mirror by Jeannie Cartmel
Mermaid by BarGie
Do you have a favorite sock pattern? Feel free to share it in the comments!
After may interruptions, I have finally completed the update to the Herringbone Rib fingerless gloves. I did knit them again, but decided to stick to the original photography because the colors show the pattern better than the darker yarn I used this time around, though the finished products are very pretty and perfect for fall. I am excited to have included a full pattern chart for the glove body and gusset increases, which I think help visualize what is happening in a way that is easier to follow than just reading the pattern. I hope you enjoy!
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Bonus: here are some pictures of the new gloves I knit to test the pattern.
Just in time for summer, I’ve completed two new editions that revel in pure, sugary, pop colors. Fun? Carefree? Maybe. But after a dreary spring, it was all I could do to channel the sunny rays that were surely hiding just over the horizon.
The first edition is printed up in a combination of sea foam and radiant orange. The second features a rich magenta paired with a shimmering metallic yellow-gold.
Let us know how you like them. Both versions will be available in the shop shortly.
My freshman college roommate and I used to joke about seeing summer vacation creeping just over the horizon—inching closer and closer to us each and every day.
Well, this year it’s been a race against summer and all of the sticky, miserable humidity that comes with it. Yet I still managed to pull a pair of new prints that will be ready for the unofficial start to summer—Memorial Day—coming up this weekend. Get ready.
For months we had tickets to see The Breeders perform here in Atlanta. We eagerly awaited the date upon which said band would perform their “classic” album Last Splash in its entirety. It must be stated, though, that as kids of the 1990′s, we felt just little bit older knowing that this tour was booked in celebration of that album’s 20th anniversary. Has our cherished music become our generation’s “classic rock”? Maybe, probably, but that’s a discussion for another time. So the day finally came, and as you might expect from Kim Deal, the band played a fine, upbeat show of all the “classics”. But the best part—and the biggest surprise—was the last minute addition of Atlanta’s own Deerhunter to the bill.
For months the opening act was listed as the not uncommon, yet still frustratingly vague “special guests”. The ambiguous listing looked especially odd in print mere days before the now sold-out show date. Being a hometown band as well as 4AD label mates with The Breeders, I wondered (hoped?) for a moment if Deerhunter might make a surprise appearance. Though, to be honest, that seemed like a stretch. A double bill at the last minute? Not likely.
Well, as you might imagine by this point, it turns out I was correct. Within a day or two of the show, Deerhunter were added to the bill. The band even played the role of opening act, which seemed like a cute gesture given their status here in 2013. And they didn’t fail to deliver the goods either, playing loudly, crisply, and confidently while filling up the hall with ample moments of drone, reverb-laden guitars, and pop hooks. It also turns out that the band won’t be playing Atlanta for the foreseeable future as they jetted off for a string of European dates just two days after Wednesday night’s gig. Even better.
We love surprises like this. You know, when something pretty good miraculously gets even better right at the last second. This was one of those things.
Our unseasonably cool and gray spring made for a slow start in the workshop, but things have certainly warmed up quickly. In addition to multiple new editions currently in the works, I just wrapped production on a custom print commission that has made this unusually damp and dreary spring feel downright sunny and sublime.
The edition was hand-printed for a very cool purveyor of goods and fine art for the home that will be opening its first brick and mortar location this summer in a suitably beachy location. So break out the sunscreen and sand castles and get ready for details as they develop.
I finished this pattern this weekend after a long break. Not too much has changed, but I cleaned up the type, added some additional measurement information and included a chart for the crown decreases in addition to the written instructions. This hat is really simple, but looks great and works for a wide range of head sizes without modifications because it is so stretchy.
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This last weekend of April is a rainy one, but I have a quick round-up of my knitting progress for the month. My day job is still keeping me very busy, so knitting has been taking a back burner. I made the most progress on the Cuffed Zigzag Mitts revisions. The pattern was in good shape, so all I had to do was just add some charts and tweak the layout a bit. I also got to use my skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Mansfield Garden Party – a one-of-a-kind skein I picked up last year. It seemed like a good time to use it with all of the beautiful spring colors. It was so large that I was able to use it to make a final test pair of the gloves, a matching hat and another pair of gloves to send to my niece.
I also started working on the revision to the reversible rib hat pattern, but then got distracted by making a final piece to donate to the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art Yarn installation project. At the last free workshop there was a mountain of donated yarn to choose from. I found a huge hand-dyed skein that I couldn’t resist, so I am making a fan lace piece that works well with the nubby texture and shows off the color variations in an interesting way. It took me a few tries to land on the right pattern, but I’m pleased with how its turning out. I’m giving myself until the end of the week to get as far as I can and then I’ll bind it off and donate it even if I haven’t gotten through all the yarn. (It took me 2 hours to hand-wind a center-pull ball that felt like a bowling ball when I was done!)
I have also been enjoying a beautiful spring here. We’ve gotten a good amount of rain this year and it has yielded one of the more beautiful blooming seasons in recent memory. Here are a few pictures – the cherry tree is in my front yard and never lasts long enough!
The pattern for the cuffed ZigZag fingerless mitts was in pretty good shape since it is one of my later patterns, but I still tweaked it a bit by reducing the number of cuffs rows by a few and adding in pattern charts so you can easily see the difference between the two. I left the original photography because it turned out so well. Enjoy!
Pattern is now available as an immediate download on Etsy and Craftsy!
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Out from the bottom of the stacks comes another version of “Untitled (X)”. I completed a couple of these a year or two ago, but somehow just completely forgot about them.
I wanted to try this design on black with some opaque inks in coordinating neutrals. It turned out well enough, though it seems to lack a certain spark. At the very least it offers a stark contrast to the versions in pop colors on white. It certainly sets a different mood or atmosphere—even more so enveloped by the black frame.
Wow. It’s getting better by the second. Perhaps all X ever needed was a bit more consideration and context.