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.

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.  

New eBook Alert!

The Juniper Collection has been released into the world...

Matching accessories have become kind a big thing for me. When I’m wrapped in the warmth of a comfy hand knit hat, a cozy hand knit cowl, and toasty hand knit mitts, I like them to match, or complement each other, either by sharing the same stitch pattern or being worked in the same yarn. When my knitted accessories complement each other it allows each piece to stand out without competing against the other accessories that I’m wearing. Matching accessories make me look more polished and put together, even on days when I might not feel very polished or put together. So, I’m on a mission to create sets of matching knitwear accessories in my favourite colours using my favourite yarns and stitch patterns.

The Juniper Collection includes socks, a cowl, a hat and mitts. I chose this specific yarn because it’s one of the softest, squishiest yarns that I’ve ever had the pleasure to knit with and it feels divine against my skin. Also this bluish/purple that Nicole (the dyer at Spinnacle) created, really reminds me of the juniper berries that were on the juniper bushes outside of our house when I was growing up.  


The Juniper Collection is being released in stages.  Juniper socks were released earlier this year, Juniper hat was released today (you can download it with a $1 discount by clicking here), Juniper Mitts will be released next Thursday August 23rd, 2018, and Juniper Cowl will be released on Thursday August 30th, 2018. 

If you purchase the collection today you pay $15 for all 4 patterns (each pattern will automagically be added to your library upon its release).  The price will increase with each new release.  If you've previously purchased Juniper Socks, the purchase price will be reduced accordingly.  You can find the Juniper Collection here. 

Bloom Where You're Planted

Bloom Where You're Planted has been released into the world...

The first time I saw this yarn I loved the delicate pink colour and the effect of the deeper flecks of pink speckled throughout the skein. My first thought was "this reminds me of cherry blossoms". When I contacted Emjay (the super talented dyer behind JOMA yarn) to tell her how gorgeous this yarn is, she told me that where she lives there isn't very much snow, but when the cherry trees release their blossoms and pink petals cascade through the air and gather in drifts on ground it's known as 'Pink Snow' which was the inspiration for this colourway. She captured it beautifully!

In addition to being good advice for life in general, "Bloom Where You're Planted" is inspired by cherry blossoms and growth so I wanted a pattern that would grow with the sock. 'Bloom Where You're Planted' is worked toe up and features a delicate, easy to memorize cable pattern that grows and 'blooms' as the sock grows and blooms. The sock features a sole flap and gussets and the stitch pattern continues on the front and back of the leg to the cuff. The pattern is graded for 5 circumferences and the foot length is customizable. 

You can download Bloom Where You're Planted with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday November 13th, 2017.  


In Other News...

I'm offering a new 5 day email challenge!  #SockGuru starts on Monday and will introduce you to new toe, heel, and cuff techniques for toe up socks! There will be fun and prizes and you can join the #SockStar Facebook group for fun and support (join the Facebook group anyway, we're an awesome bunch of sock knitters!)  You can sign up for the #SockGuru email challenge by clicking here.   This is my 4th email challenge, and might be my last for a while.  They are tons of fun, and super popular, but they are also lots of work and between design commitments, tech editing, and a book that I have in the works (yup, a book!),  I'll have to take a break from on-line teaching. 

Happy Knitting! 

A Pattern For Caffeinated Knitters

Caffeine has been  released into the world...

This sock design named itself; watching the stitch pattern form and the ease with which it knits up is totally addictive so it was named for my addiction of choice, caffeine. The name seems especially appropriate when working with this beautiful tonal blend of rich, gorgeous browns (which also reminds me of my morning cup of caffeine) by Mon Sheep Shop.

It also seemed fitting to give this design a name that is pronounced the same in both French and English since the pattern was designed by an English speaking designer (me!) and the yarn was dyed by a French dyer (Cindy!).

I hope you find this pattern as addictive as the test knitters and I do.

Caffeine is worked from the toe up starting with a rounded toe and features a simple to memorize stitch pattern that uses dipped stitches along the top of the foot. The heel flap, gussets, and instep are worked together with no pesky gusset stitches to pick up and the stitch pattern continues on the front and back of the leg to the ribbed cuff.

The pattern is graded for 4 circumferences and the foot length is customizable.  

You can download Caffeine with a 20% discount, no coupon code required, until Monday October 30, 2017.  

It's hard to believe that we're already in the final stretch of 2017!  I'm starting to plan my pattern releases and online course offerings for 2018 and I'd love your opinion.  Your opinion will help me to tailor the content that I provide so that it's relevant and interesting to you!  Would you please fill out my survey?  I promise it won't take very long and it's anonymous.  I want to keep offering designs and courses and content that you like.   You can find my survey here. 

Happy Knitting! 

Time For A Plot Twist

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!

Happy Knitting! 

Let's Throw Some Kindness Around Like It's Confetti

Throw Kindness Around Like It's Confetti has been released into the world.
This sock has 3 of my favourite things: cables, lace, and contrasting toes and heels. Designing it and knitting it made me happy. This yarn is beautiful and working with it makes me happy. Looking at the finished sock makes me happy and I hope when you knit them and wear them, they make you feel happy.
Worked in beautiful 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.
You can download 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.

Happy Knitting!