New Pattern Alert!

Loretto has been released into the world…

After several people told me this stitch pattern reminds them of a spiral staircase, I decided to name it, Loretto, in honour of the famous Loretto Staircase found in the Loretto Chapel in New Mexico, USA.

Loretto is a surprisingly fast, fun knit that’s worked cuff-down and is just simple enough to work on in front of the TV, or in a social setting. This sock features an Eye-of-Partridge heel flap and half handkerchief heel. The stitch pattern starts at the top of the outer leg and continues along the top of the outer foot, ending at the toe. The stitch pattern mirrors itself on the opposite sock.

Instructions are included for 5 circumferences and the foot length is customizable. The stitch pattern is both written and charted, and the instructions are needle-neutral so you can use your preferred method for working in the round.

You can download Loretto with a 20% discount until Monday August 26th, 2019 (no coupon code required).

In honour of 2019 being the 7th (!) anniversary of my first published pattern, I'm hosting monthly pattern sales for the rest of the year.  The August Anniversary Sale is now live. 11 patterns (including 1 ebook) that are celebrating anniversaries this month are 20% off (no coupon code required).  You can find the bundle of August Anniversary Sale Patterns here.

My Self-Striping Situation

Disclaimer: I purchased this yarn with my own money. None of these yarns 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.

Self-striping and self-patterning yarns are my weakness. It’s difficult for me to resist a lovely stripe. A cuff-down, plain sock in self-striping yarn is my ultimate comfort knit.

Here are a few of my favourite self-striping yarns:

Patons Kroy

Patons Kroy is my favourite workhorse yarn. I have socks that I knit with Kroy that are 5 years old. This yarn lasts, people. They have a good selection of colours, the yarn is affordable and widely available at retailers including Michaels, as well as online.

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Knit Picks Felici

Knit Picks Felici is a beautiful, soft, and affordable option for self-striping yarns. This is also a work horse yarn. I have socks made with Felici that are 4 years old. The colour options are trendy and gorgeous, but often with limited availability. In the past few years, Felici has been offered on a limited basis where colours are retired, sometimes offered in a limited amount, and for a while i seem to recall it disappeared all together. It’s a good idea to follow Knit Picks on social media if you like to collect Felici, because they always post when there is a sale, new colour way, or other Felici-related offering.

Biscotte Bis-Sock

Biscotte Bis-Sock is one of the softest sock yarns I have ever had the pleasure to squish. Seriously. It’s soooo soft. I don’t know what kind of fibre-magic or yarn-trickery they use to make it so soft, but it’s awesome. They have so many colours to choose from that it takes a really long time to narrow down the options. If you have a favourite sports team, they probably have a yarn for it. They also have a good selection of food-inspired and fandom-inspired colourways. This is a luxury yarn, so it’s less affordable, and it’s available exclusively from them (as far as I know, please correct me if I’m wrong). They’re also bilingual, so if French is your preferred language, the offer all communication and patterns in both French and English.

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Turtle Purl Yarns

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photo credit: Turtle Purl yarns

Turtle Purl is my first love in self-striped yarns. I have an on-going love affair with this yarn. In fact, 2 colours are on their way to me as I write this. The yarn is gorgeous, the colours fun and often inspired by pop-culture. I have a lot of pairs of socks knit with this yarn. I also really like the min-skein option: for a few dollars extra, the dyer includes a mini-skein of complimentary yarn for the cuffs and toes of your sock. This yarn comes pre-divided into 2 identical skeins so your socks will be identical twins without you having to re-wind the yarn for the 2nd sock, or figure out where you need to start the 2nd sock so that it will match the first one. This is a really valuable feature that I really appreciate. This is a luxury yarn, and is available directly from the dyer, as well as some yarn stores.

Do you have a favourite self-striping or self-patterning yarn that you think should be on the list? Let us know about it in the comments.

A Few Of My Favourite Things: July Edition

Disclaimer: I haven’t purchased the sweater pattern or embroidery-hoop jewelry mentioned in this post, so I can’t give an opinion on whether I feel the pattern is well-written or attest to the quality of the jewelry. If you have this pattern, or this jewelry, let us know what you think in the comments. The straws 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.

Sometimes on my travels throughout the world wide web I come across something so cool that I stop scrolling and stare for a few minutes.  The most recent thing that stopped me in my online tracks is this sweater, Ocean Waves by Hilde Sørum:

Ocean Waves photo credit: Hilde Sørum

Ocean Waves photo credit: Hilde Sørum

Is this gorgeous, or what? It’s in my queue. It’s available in English and Norwegian, so if Norwegian patterns are easier for you to read, you’re in luck!

A couple of weeks ago I came across a new-to-me-maker who makes awesome knitting jewelry with mini embroidery hoops! 

photo credit: MikiElliottDesigns

photo credit: MikiElliottDesigns

How cute are these?  MikiElliottDesigns makes them and I think they would be an amazing gift for knitters. It’s taking all my willpower not to order all the mini embroidery hoops on Amazon and spend my days using leftover sock yarn to make these. They can be brooches, earrings, necklaces, bookmarks, keychains...the possibilities are endless.  

Lastly, my family jumped on the no-more-plastic-straws bandwagon last year and earlier this year we finally found our new favourite metal straws

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They’re inexpensive, they come both straight and bent, and they include washing brushes. We’ve been using them for about 6 months. I’ve only lost 1 so far (that’s really good for me). So, if you’re still looking for straw-alternatives, highly recommend them.

Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to know what you think!

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…

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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 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!

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.

A Fun Knitting Game

I posted this knitting game on social media earlier this week and it was so much fun! Give yourself 1 point for each thing you have NOT done. I’ll post a photo of my results below the photo of the game!

Give yourself 1 point for each thing you have   NOT   done.

Give yourself 1 point for each thing you have NOT done.

I got 4 points. Here are the 4 things I have not done:


What was your score?

Hand Care For Knitters

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*Disclaimer - I am not a healthcare professional.  This post is not intended to replace medical advice.  This is my own personal experience and experiences that have been shared with me by others.  If you have a knitting related injury/strain/pain you should seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.

Now that Giftmas is less than 2 months away, and so many of us are racing against a gift knitting deadline, this is your annual reminder to take care of your hands this Giftmas knitting season!  For many of us, this is our busy season as we knit as much as possible finish all the gifts as before the clock strikes midnight on the 24th.  

Here are some strategies to help you make sure that you and your hands survive December.  There's also a cool infographic at the bottom of this post that demonstrates some helpful stretching techniques:  

  • Take a break: Knitting is meditative, I get it!  When I’m in the zone I can contentedly knit along for hours on end, which usually results in a sore hand and wrist the next day.  Remember to mindfully take breaks, walk away and find something else to do.  Sometimes I knit by the inch (as in I will knit a certain number of inches then take a break), sometimes I knit with a time limit (as in I will change tasks in one hour, or after this episode or podcast).

  • Stretch:  Stretching helps.  I find stretching to be especially effective when I do it in the evening or at bedtime since everything seems to seize up while I sleep.  

  • Warm water: Having a shower, a bath or even just washing some dishes in warm water seems to to help the pain and stiffness quite a bit.  

  • Wear a Brace: I hate this one, but it helps.  I have a brace for my right hand that restricts the range of motion and essentially forces me to rest.  It's a bitch to knit in, so I don't knit when I wear it, but that's probably the point.

  • Medication: I occasionally take anti-inflammatory medication to help with the discomfort.  Not very often though as I do not want to become dependent on them.  

Here are some things that other knitters have told me work for them:

  • Change your knitting style: I'm not bi-stitchual.  I only knit one way - I call it modified English style - the yarn is in my right hand, but instead of throwing it over the needle, I flick it with my index finger.  I have tried to switch to continental, but it doesn't work for me.  I'm set in my ways.  I envy knitters who can alternate easily between English and Continental.  If you try this, be careful about doing it in the middle of a project as your tension may change and so might your gauge.  

  • Change Crafts:  If you are multi-craftual, you can give your hands and wrists a break by focusing on your other crafts for a while.  Crocheting, sewing, writing, drawing, needlepoint, cross-stitch, spinning, dyeing...the fibre community is full of so many talented, multi-craftual people - we really are an amazing bunch of creative talents!

  • Avoidance: If there is a specific part of knitting that triggers your pain, avoid it.  Certain needles antagonize my pain.  I love to knit socks on 9 inch circular needles, but will have wrist pain for days afterwards.  If you have a trigger, try to avoid it.  

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your hands pain-free while you knit?  Let us know! 

New Pattern Alert!

Lenity has been released into the world...

I love words; I’m a logophile. One of my favourite words (I have many) is lenity. Lenity is derived from latin. It’s a noun and is defined as ‘gentleness; kindness’. I love that it’s a noun; instead of describing something or someone as expressing gentleness or kindness, it is gentleness and kindness. It somehow sounds more permanent and tangible when it’s a noun. 

I also love knitting fabric that is on a bias, like this stitch pattern. It plays well with solid, tonal, variegated, and patterned yarns. The stitch pattern is much easier than it looks. There is a little bit of trickery in Round 16, but it’s literally just moving a marker and yet it makes the entire stitch pattern flow seamlessly along as you knit. 

Lenity is worked from the cuff down and cable pattern on the bias on the front & back of the leg, and top of the foot. This sock features an afterthought star heel with optional gussets, and a star toe. 

Lenity is available with a $1 discount until Monday August 13th, 2018 (no coupon code required).  You can find it here.  

New Pattern Alert! Meraki Edition

Meraki has been released into the world...

Meraki is one of my favourite words (is it weird to have favourite words?). Meraki is Greek, originally derived from the Turkish word merak and means “to do something with passion, with absolute devotion, with undivided attention; to put something of yourself into whatever you’re doing."  I think this is one of the most beautiful words in the world and perfectly describes the joy I feel when I create something from nothing like this new sock design. 

The goal is to hang onto that feeling of meraki and carry it with us throughout the rest of our day as we we go about our every day business of tasks and errands.  Meraki is contagious and if we can insert a little bit of that feeling in everything we do, we can infect the world with joy.  The world can use more joy.  I hope you knit this sock with meraki and feel joy with every stitch, joy that you can hang on to for the rest of your day. 

Meraki is worked from the toe up and features a delicate cable pattern on the top of the foot.  After a Fleegle-style heel, the stitch pattern continues on the front of the leg to the ribbed cuff.  Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and the foot length is customizable.  The pattern stitch is both written and charted, and the pattern includes a schematic. 

You can download Meraki with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday July 30th.  You can find the pattern here.