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.