These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things...

Disclaimer: The sweater pattern, yarn, and toothbrushes were purchased by me with my own money. None of these products were given to me for the purposes of review.  All opinions in this article are mine and I have not received any form of payment or compensation.  The links in this article are not affiliate links, I don’t benefit in any way if you click them.  

I thought I’d share some of the knitterly things that have been making me happy lately!

Right now I ‘m in love with this sweater by Kate Oates.

Antilogy photo credit: Kate Oates

Antilogy photo credit: Kate Oates

Antilogy is really well-written, and it’s graded for lots of sizes. I think this will be a great wardrobe addition for those in-between days when it’s too chilly to dress for warm weather, but too warm to dress for chilly weather. It will be gorgeous over a tank top with jeans or capris.

I’m making mine in this fabulous yellow yarn by LakeKnitYarns. Which brings me to my next favourite thing…

photo credit: me

photo credit: me

I am loving this yellow yarn from my friend, Christa at Lake Knit Yarns. She dyed the yellow for my by special request. I’m on a mission to add a few colours to my wardrobe that I don’t usually wear, and yellow is one of those colours. This worsted weight yarn is dyed on her Shorleine Worsted base. This is an eco-processed yarn. It’s non-felting, but the process to make it non-felting is new and is less harmful to the environment than the traditional method of creating superwash yarn.

Also, it’s really nice to feel the instant gratification that comes from knitting with worsted weight yarn. I knit so many socks in fingering weight yarn, that I forget how quickly thicker yarns (especially with the lace pattern in Antiogy) knit up.

I also have a small sock crush on Emma Kerian’s new sock pattern, Not Your Average Cat Lady Socks. They’re absolutely adorable, and if you love cats and colourwork you should check them out. I haven’t seen the pattern, so I can’t tell you much about it, but the finished product is adorable! This colourwork pattern would make a great mitts and hat combo, too!

Not Your Average Cat Lady Socks photo credit: Emma Kerian

Not Your Average Cat Lady Socks photo credit: Emma Kerian

Lastly, while not kntting related, my family and i are loving our bamboo toothbrushes. We picked these up on Amazon and have just opened our 3rd box. Bamboo is kinder to the environment than plastic and won’t end up in our oceans. These toothbrushes also use less packaging, and are (surprisingly) less expensive than the plastic toothbrushes we were using. We are currently using these ones (the numbers are great for making sure we don’t mix them up) and we’ve also used these ones, and we’ve loved them both.

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Have you used any of the favourite things I mentioned? I’d love to hear your opinion if you have.

New Pattern Alert!

Rain-Streaked Windows has been released into the world…

This stitch pattern combined with the colour of this yarn reminds me of the long, diagonal streaks created by raindrops landing on the side windows of a car in motion.

Rain-Streaked Windows is worked cuff down and features a dip stitch pattern that is mirrored on the other sock. If you’ve never worked dip stitches before, the pattern includes a link to a video of me demonstrating the technique.

Rain-Streaked Windows features heel flap and gusset construction, with the stitch pattern continuing on the heel flap of the sock. The dip stitches continue on the top of the foot, and the sock ends with a rounded toe that is grafted closed.

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit. Instructions are included for 5 circumferences, and foot length is customizable. Instructions for the stitch pattern are both written and charted and are needle-neutral so you can use your preferred needle style and method of knitting in the round.

You can download Rain-Streaked Windows with a 20% discount until Monday May 27th, 2019. You can find the pattern here.  

In Other News…

The covers for my book, Footnotes have been revealed! I'm so excited to release this book into the world!  

You can find a lookbook with photos of all the socks in the book here.  If you'd like to sign up to be notified when the ebook and paperback are available for pre-order and release, you can sign up here. 

I'm in the final stages of checking proofs from various printers, making last minutes edits, and figuring out the logistics of getting wholesale orders to the LYSs around the world who want to stock them. 

Producing 1 pattern is a much different process than producing a book of 11 patterns. One thing I've learned is that shipping proof copies from anywhere outside Canada to anywhere inside Canada is a longer-than-expected process. For this reason, I've moved the release date from June 1st to June 13th.  I really want to ensure the best quality possible before it's released.   

New Pattern Release! Shortie Edition

Tailgate has been released into the world…

Tailgate is an experiment in sock construction. These shortie-socks are worked from the cuff down and feature unique heel and gusset construction designed to highlight self-striping yarn.

This unique construction results in very roomy gussets that may not accommodate all feet (if you have a high instep, you might love these socks). Instructions are included to modify the gussets to fit your feet.

This pattern includes optional arch shaping and a star-toe. The pattern has been tech edited and test knit. Instructions are included for 5 circumferences, and foot length is customizable. The instructions are written only and are needle-neutral so you can use your preferred needle style and method of working small circumference in the round.

You can download Tailgate with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday May 13th, 2019. You can find the pattern here.

Are You A Patternfish User?

Sadly, Patternfish has announced that they’ll be closing down at the end of May. If you have patterns in your Patternfish library, you should download them onto your computer or cloud storage service before the end of June. After that, they’ll be gone for good. If Patternfish was your preferred platform for purchasing patterns, you can still find hundreds of thousands of patterns (including mine!) on Ravelry and Loveknitting. I’m also in the process of making my patterns available in the Kindle store on Amazon, and I’ll let you know when that’s set up and ready to go!

Happy Knitting!

A Mother's Day Sale With A Bonus

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and in celebration of women who nurture (people, animals, or something else), Mitochondrial is 20% off until Sunday May 12th, 2019 (no coupon code required) with bonus, printable sock wrappers.

These sock wrappers aren’t just for socks, they’re great for wrapping any small knitted gift. Mitochondrial is worked cuff down and features a double helix DNA strand cable on the front of the leg and top of the foot of the sock. The ribbed cuff disappears in a ‘V’ shape on the back of the leg just before the heel flap. Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and foot length is customizable. The stitch pattern is both written and charted. The instructions are needle-neutral to accommodate your preferred needle style and method of working in the round.

New Pattern Alert: Chrysalis Edition

Chrysalis has been released into the world…

I love this stitch pattern because it's reminiscent of small cocoons, and cocoons are symbols of change, growth, rebirth, and springtime!  Hence the pattern name, Chrysalis.

This pattern is delicate, pretty, texturally interesting, and like most of my favourite stitch patterns, it's easier than it looks. 

It’s really just several rows of stockinette stitch with an occasional row of knitting trickery thrown in to keep it interesting. The pattern includes links to video tutorials demonstrating the pattern stitch, and the cast-on method used in the pattern.

Instructions are included for 5 circumferences and foot length is customizable.  The stitch pattern is both written and charted (and also has a link to a video tutorial), and the pattern is needle-neutral to accommodate your preferred style for working small circumference in the round. 

You can download Chrysalis with a 20% discount until Monday April 15th, 2019, no coupon code required. The discount will be automagically applied at checkout. You can find Chrysalis here. 

Spring has arrived, and Easter is just around the corner, so to celebrate Speckled Eggs is 20% off until Monday April 22, 2019 (no coupon code required) and I’ve added 3 spring/Easter-themed printable sock wrappers to the pattern. You don’t have to use them for socks, they’re also great for wrapping washcloths, mitts, slippers, and other small knitted gifts. You can find the pattern here.

New Pattern Alert: Hat & Cowl Set!

Instant Gratification Cowl & Hat have been released into the world…

Previously available exclusively in the book "Knits In A Day", Instant Gratification Cowl is now available for download together with Instant Gratification Hat. This is a quick, gratifying knit that makes a great last minute gift or a well-deserved indulgence for yourself. This thick, squishy fabric feels so soft and warm against the skin.

The cowl and hat each use 1 skein of bulky weight yarn. A simple two row repeat makes this a great beginner project, an ideal last minute knit or a quick stash buster for more experienced knitters. This is a very quick knit, the sample took me about an hour to make on 10mm (US 6) needles.  Since making the sample in 2016, I've made several of these as teacher gifts, holiday gifts, for myself and even to keep the dogs' ears warm on very cold days.

You can download Instant Gratification Cowl & Hat with a 50% discount until Monday March 4th, 2019, when you purchase any other pattern from my Ravelry store. Simply put both patterns in your cart and the discount will be applied automatically at checkout. You can find Instant Gratification Cowl & Hat here.

Do You Wear Your Heart On Your Feet? ❤️👣

Heart & Sole is 20% off until Thursday February 14th, 2019 (no coupon code required).

A knitterly alternative to wearing your heart on your sleeve, you can express your love for hand knit socks, yarn, and someone special with this cozy, fun sock pattern that uses mosaic knitting to create heart motifs along the front and back leg of the socks.

Slipped stitches are used to create the heart motifs, which means there is no stranded colour work and each row is knit using only one colour.

The heel is added after the rest of the sock is finished so the alternating stripe pattern is not interrupted. Instructions are included for 3 circumferences, and the foot length is customizable. You can find Heart & Sole here.

When you love a dog, you have a lot of very good days and one very bad day.
— W. Bruce Cameron

This past week has been a difficult one at chez Gervais, our sweet Maggie passed away on Saturday. I feel like I’ve lost a soul mate and the light in the world is a little bit dimmer right now. She was the best companion and an amazing friend. I felt the need to memorialize her on my website. Sleep well, Maggie. Rest in peace.

New Pattern Release: Advanced Edition!

Equanimity has been released into the world…

Equanimity is the ability to remain calm and composed while under stress.

Manifesting this design from a picture in my head to a finished pair of socks with a pattern has tested my equanimity more than any other sock I’ve designed.

Equanimity was originally written as a stranded colour work pattern, but the test knitters and myself really weren't enjoying catching floats on the purl rows and the sample knitter became so frustrated that she packed up and delivered a ½ finished sock to my doorstep late on a cold November night. As one test knitter gently said, "This pattern is not for the faint of heart." It was widely agreed that the design was great and a pattern needed to exist for it, but it wasn't working as written.  

So, since Equanimity was not achieving my goals which are to always create designs and write patterns that you love, allow you to express your creativity, help you to relax with a hobby that soothes your soul, and results in a beautiful, finished pair of socks, I halted the test knit and went back to the drawing board (in this case the drawing board is graph paper). I re-worked the pattern to use mosaic knitting because more slipped stitches means fewer long floats (and the frustration they can cause) on purl rows, and working with one colour on each round is more relaxing than working with 2 colours on each round, and the pattern still results in a beautiful finished pair of socks. 

You can download Equanimity with a 20% discount until Monday January 28th, 2019 - no coupon code required. You can find the pattern here.

In Other News…

If you're a fan of the Outlander (the books, the seires, or both), then you'll love this blog post by The Loopy Ewe that features Outlander inspired knits.  I'm proud and honoured that Sassenach was chosen as one of the featured patterns.  The patterns are lovely, and Sassenach is in great company.  

My friend and fellow designer, Lindsay, featured an interview with me on her blog recently.  Lindsay is the super talented, environmentally conscious knitwear designer behind the Knit Eco Chic brand and I'm thrilled to make an appearance on her website.  If you'd like to learn more about me and see some photos of my pets, you can find the blog post here. Those 2 troublemakers kitties in the above photo are our cats, Sammy and Dean.