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Phosphenes has been released into the world...
Phosphenes is the grown up name of those cool shapes and colours that happen when you close your eyes tightly and rub them with your hands. When I was a kid, I loved rubbing my eyes, oohing and aahing over the kaleidoscope effect it created and then trying to open my eyes quickly enough to see all the colours, shapes and sparkles before they disappear. (I was really good at entertaining myself with this type of thing - we had no internet back then).
This gorgeous yarn by Yarn Over New York has a hint of sparkle that reminds me of phosphenes and the stitch pattern was chosen to particularly play up the quick pops of colour that happen as you knit with it. The yarn is called "I❤ NY" and it's on her Broadway base.
Phosphenes is worked cuff down starting with a tubular cast on (instructions are included and if you tend to cast on tightly, consider using larger needles for the cast on), a patterned heel flap and gussets and ends with a short row toe that is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch. The pattern is graded for 5 circumferences and the foot length is customizable.
You can download Phosphenes with a 20% discount- no coupon code required - until Monday October 16th, 2017
Convergence has been released into the world...
Convergence: the act of moving toward union or uniformity
The theory of convergence says that as societies develop they begin to converge and adopt or develop certain traits or characteristics of other developed societies. I find this theory fascinating. We live in interesting times; in my lifetime I've watched the world get smaller and smaller in so many ways (the fact that I carry the entire internet around in my purse, on my iPhone blows my mind). We're able to connect with more people more quickly than ever before, yet in so many ways we've never been more disconnected from each other and in some ways we are more divergent than ever. This design is inspired by the ebb and flow of convergence and divergence - hopefully we are moving toward union
This pattern starts with 2 cable panels that are side by side at the top of the back of the leg of the sock. The cable panels then separate and converge again on the front of the log just before the top of the foot. Strategically placed increases and decreases help the cable panels to travel from the back to the front of the sock.
The sample is knit using Simply Ewe Fiberworks River Street Sock in 'Golden Honey' and the name is absolutely perfect for this soft, mellow, golden yellow. (She's taking names right now to dye up a special batch, so if you'd like a skein, your should head on over)
Convergence is graded for 5 circumferences and the foot length is customizable.
You can download Convergence with a 20% discount until Monday October 2nd - with no coupon code required!
Plot Twist has been released into the world...
I had decided on a pattern for this yarn before it arrived on my doorstep. I sketched it, charted it and I knew exactly what this sock was going to look like. Then something happened. There was a Plot Twist; the yarn had other ideas.
I wound it, cast on to swatch, and it didn't share my vision for what it was to become - it had it's own plan. I make it a point never to argue with yarn (especially when there is cashmere involved) so I listened to the yarn and we worked together. Several swatches later, what resulted is a different sock than I had envisioned, but a sock that makes both the yarn and I happy. Hopefully, it will make you happy, too!
Worked from the top down, Plot Twist features a cable panel on the inside front leg of the sock and foot. The front and back of the leg are ribbed, with the ribbing continuing on the top of the short row heel and onto the toe. The pattern is graded for 4 circumferences and the foot length is customizable.
The very gorgeous green yarn is called 'Jungle Green' and it was dyed by the very talented, Jeanne at Destination Yarn. It's the First Class MCN base and I highly recommend it - the yarn is squishy soft and the colours are super rich!
You can download Plot Twist with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday September 18th, 2017!
Defunk has been released into the world...
Defunk (v): to change or improve a negative attitude, mindset or behaviour
Sometimes to change things up a bit (or hide a bad hair day...or keep my head warm) I like to put on a hat. Something about a good hat makes me feel uplifted (literally: for whatever reason, hats make me feel taller so I think I stand a little straighter) and a little more confident. I’ve been wanting a newsboy-style-hat for ages, and I finally have one - and you can, too!
This cap is worked starting with the brim. The brim is shaped using short rows and a piece of flimsy plastic is inserted part way through the process to stiffen the brim. (I used a placemat from my local dollar store) The hat is then worked from the brim to the crown with some shaping to give it a traditional newsboy-cap shape and fit. Another piece of plastic is used to craft a small button for the very top of the hat. This hat is way easier than it looks and people are super impressed that it’s hand knit! I hope you feel awesome when you wear it.
Abundance has been released into the world...
Can you believe summer is almost over? In my part of the world, anyway. I know my southern hemisphere friends are gearing up for spring, but where I live the days are starting to get shorter and the night air is a bit crisper - a portent of the new season to come.
Fall is my favourite season and to celebrate it's imminent arrival and to help you bulk up your sock drawer for the cooler days ahead, I've teamed up with the amazing people at Knotions to release Abundance!
I'm humbled to be in the company of some very talented designers in this issue, and I hope you'll find knitting inspiration from all the lovely designs they've contributed.
This sock was actually designed late last year while I was reflecting, soul searching and contemplating on the feelings and experiences I want to manifest in the new year that was about to start.
I considered choosing a word of the year, but I couldn’t narrow it down to just one word. So I’ve decided to focus on a word each month.
The word for this month is abundance. I want to approach life from an abundance mindset. I want to focus on the abundance in my life and not the lack, I want to find opportunity when faced with an obstacle, and I want to share my abundant love, joy and happiness.
I hope you channel an abundance mindset while you knit this sock.
Aperture has been released into the world...
Aperture: /ˈapərˌCHər,ˈapərˌCHo͝or/ noun: a space through which light passes
These socks let in some light. And some air. These socks are perfect for summer nights when you need to keep your feet warm, but not too warm. They also make for a fun, quick knit! The pattern is worked from the top down with a patterned heel flap and gradually disappearing pattern on the top of the foot. The entire sock is then finished up nicely with a toe that is Kitchener stitched closed.
The yarn for this project was beautiful to work with! the colours are gorgeous and there was just enough variegation in the yarn to keep it interesting but not compete with the stitch pattern. Green and blue have always been one of my favourite colour combos. This yarn is by Machete Shoppe in their Simple Sock base in the colourway 'Curacao'.
...and in case you haven't heard, I'll be hosting a KnitAlong in my Facebook group starting this Monday August 14th. We'll be knitting Throw Kindness Around Like It's Confetti and there are lots of awesome, amazing prizes to be given away that have been donated by several talented and generous designers and makers. If you like KnitAlongs and fun and prizes, head over to the Facebook group by clicking here and join us!
The answer is LOTS of cables! Say Hello to Lerwick, the cabli-est sock I've ever designed.
Even the gussets are cabled!
Lerwick is inspired by the beautiful scenery of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. (Disclaimer: I haven't actually been to the Shetland Islands, but I fell in love with the scenery while watching 'Shetland' on Netflix. If you love beautiful scenery, people wearing handknits and British/Scottish murder mysteries, I highly recommend it!)
Lerwick is a fully cabled sock that features an argyle inspired cable panel starting at the top of the leg and continuing down to the toe of the sock.
The back of the leg features cabled ribbing. The heel is uniquely constructed; the heel flap and gussets are worked simultaneously which allows for the cable pattern to continue on the heel flap and the gussets.
The sock finishes with a rounded toe that is grafted closed using Kitchener stitch
Mahalo has been released into the world!
Mahao is the Hawaiin word for 'thank you'. My word of the month for the May (the month I wrote this pattern) was 'thankful'. I'm thankful for my family and our healthy minds and bodies. I'm thankful for amazing friends and for our home. I'm thankful that we have enough to eat, access to health care and opportunities for education and self actualization. I'm thankful to be part of the phenomenal fibre community and to be able to practice my joy everyday and call it my job. I'm thankful for you!
This yarn came to me from Hawaii and I was inspired to make this sock as soon as I unwrapped it and squished it in my hands! Daien, the very talented dyer at Beloved yarn will be retiring this gorgeous colourway at the end of this month. She has offered to take orders until the 24th, and do a last batch for us, so if you'd like a skein you should click here.
Mahalo features ribbing down the back of the leg and onto the heel flap and an easy to memorize lace pattern on the front of the leg and top of the foot. The heel flap, gussets and instep are worked simultaneously (no gusset sts to pick up!) and the gussets feature reverse stockinette. The toe is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
In honour of Canada's sesquicentennial birthday this year, I've released Canada Deh! , possibly the most Canadian sock ever made!
Stephanie from Knitley Road and have been on a mission to make a very Canadian sock to commemorate Canada ’s 150th birthday. The fibre is sourced from Canadian sheep and processed in a Canadian Mill. It ’s then dyed by a Canadian Dyer (Stephanie at Knitley Road) and she mails it to me, a Canadian knitwear designer and knitter.
Canada Deh! Is worked from the top down and features a charted maple leaf that can be worked using either intarsia in the round or fair isle. The sock features a short row heel and traditional wedge toe.
Perfect Stitch Fibre Co Deluxe Chief yarn in 'Shocking Seas' and 'Berry Blizzard', this sock worked from the top down. The cable/lace design starts at the very top of the sock and continues onto the top of the foot. The back of the leg features ribbing until the short row heel which is worked in a contrasting yarn. The toe is also worked in a contrasting colour and is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
Throw Kindness Around Like It's Confetti with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday June 19th, 2017. Click here to download it.
Sometimes in knitting you need a sock that tests all of your skills and levels you up as a knitter and other times you need a beautifully simple and meditative sock that lets you enjoy the process and see where the yarn takes you; this is that sock.
So relax, enjoy, and Go With The Flow.
Go With The Flow with a 20% discount until Monday June 5th, 2017 - no coupon code required! Click here to download it now!
I hope that you build and manifest Momentum in your life as you work this pattern.
Momentum is a cuff-down pattern that features a cable design on the front of the leg and top of the foot of the sock. Momentum features a heel flap and gussets and ends with a rounded toe that is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
Dyeabolical Yarns Tenacious Tencel Sock Yarn in the 'Ever After' Colour way.
Red Cross Manchester Emergency Fund.
Rachel at Dyeabolical yarn is offering the Ever After colourway with a 15% discount using the coupon code EVERAFTER, or, If you pay full price she will donate 15% of all full price proceeds to the Red Cross Manchester Emergency Fund.
Happy Mother's Day, whether you're a biological mother or not, Mother's Day is an opportunity to recognize all the women in our lives who nurture, support and love us - regardless of their title.
This is Westney:
And this is Meandering:
Worked from the toe up, this design features delicate flowers speckled along the top of the foot and front and back of the leg. This sock features a heel flap with gussets.
You can download Flowers and Sunshine with a 20% discount using the coupon code 'spring' OR if you pay full price, I'll donate 20% of all full price proceeds to www.DoctorsWithoutBorders.org until midnight (EST) Monday April 24, 2017
Also, are you a Whovian? In honour of the return of Doctor Who (Yay!!) I have combined my 4 best selling, Doctor Who inspired patterns into an ebook, DALEKtable (see what I did there?) You can find it here.
After the success of the donation component of my Heroes release last month, I have decided to include a donation option with all of my pattern releases going forward.
20% of all full price proceeds will be donated to www.kiva.org until midnight (EST) Monday March 27, 2017 OR you can download the pattern with a 20% discount using the coupon code, ‘Karma’ until March 27th. You can download Good Karma here.
Karma is the Sanskrit word for action and is the spiritual equivalent of Newton’s Law of Motion, “For every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.” In other words, when we emit a positive force in thought, word, or action, that positive energy will come back to us. I feel like the world needs some good karma right now, and I’m manifesting it through my preferred creative outlet, knitting. May you manifest good karma with every stitch!
Good Karma is worked from the top down and uses increases and decreases to create a bias fabric. The lace panel starts at the back of the leg and travels around the sock to the outside of the foot. The ribbing is replaced by stockinette stitch as the sock evolves.
Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and the foot length is customizable.
Heroes is available with a 20% discount using the coupon code 'Heroes' until March 8th in my Ravelry store.