Monday, January 26, 2015

Riverwalk Socks
Designer Daniela Nii released a pattern yesterday called "Riverwalk". This sock pattern features sweet faux baby cables (made using a slip stitch) and is knit out of Dyeabolical® Tenacious Sock blend in the Riverwalk colorway. It would also work in the Sturdy, Bounce, or Super Ego bases.

If you are new to toe-up socks, Daniela has helpfully included tutorials on a toe-up stockinette cast on and how to work a short-row heel. Plus, she includes a handy guide for customizing sock length.
This pattern works great with semi-solid & tonal yarns. I think this is simple enough that it would also look good in many variegated yarns. There are several in-stock yarns that would be perfect for this pattern and that are ready to ship. Or, I would be happy to dye any of my available colorways for you. 

Daniela is offering 10% off her pattern through next week if you want your own pair of Riverwalk socks.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ICYMI - Shop Update

In case you missed it yesterday, I updated the shop with new ready-to-ship yarns, fibers & row counters. Want to save 10% off your order? Sign up for the newsletter using the form in the sidebar. Current newsletter subscribers, check your email for your coupon!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Trying something new

I'm finding myself in front of my phone a lot more often then I'm finding myself in front of the computer. Given how good camera phones are now, and the fact that most phones have a microphone for easy transcription, I thought I would try make a blog post exclusively using my phone.

Here is what I've been working on -

Pattern: Tailspin by Josh Ryks (First drawback to posting from the phone - how do I make a hotlink to the Ravelry page?) Here is the full url:
This is what the finished project should look like, different colors of course. 

Yarn: I am using my Yakety Yak base in almost all of the colors I dye on that base, plus undyed (the light gray) and brown. There was much agonizing and consulting of knitting friends, but here is the color order I decided on. Value-wise, the undyed gray and red are the lightest and darkest, so I am using those as my main colors. I figured that out by taking a black and white photo and arranging the colors from light to dark. The purple, teal, and green are so close that it was a bit of a judgement call. 
What are you working on? 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 FO Round Up

It was a year for small projects and big yarn this year. The only fingering weight projects I finished were the ornaments, gloves, and the crocheted scarf. Everything else I finished was sport weight or above, most worsted or bigger. Hurray for chunky yarns!
14 Ornaments
2 stockings
2 pairs of fingerless mitts
2 hats
2 cowls
2 blankets
1 pair of gloves
1 scarf
1 wrap
1 pair of socks
1 bib
1 washcloth
1 pair of boot toppers
1 sweater

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Diamond Cut Fingerless Mitts Collection

The knit designer Kelene Kinnersly contacted me to request yarn support a few months ago for her new ebook collection. I waffled a little because I had already provided a lot of yarn support this year, but I am so glad I said yes. Kelene just released her Diamond Cut Fingerless Mitts Collection (available as e-book or individual patterns) and I couldn't be more pleased with what she did with my yarns. They are amazing mitts!
The samples are the medium size and knit with 1 hank of Superwash Worsted. The smaller size takes a DK weight, the medium takes a worsted weight, and the larger takes a heavy worsted or aran weight.

Since the Highlighter colors are only available in fingering weight, sport weight, and worsted weight, I recommend doubling up on the Alter Ego fingering weight base for the smaller size and use Superwash Worsted for the medium or large size. Alternatively, select another color that comes in a dk, worsted, and aran weight. I think these patterns would also look great in any of these colors:
Kissing Booth, Poisoned Cherry, Big Cheddar, Don't Feed The BearsHighlighter Yellow, King Of the Pond, Riverwalk, Moonlight KissesCelestial, Everyone Likes Pie, Je Ne Sais, Quoi, Nehi to a GrasshopperQuarter Sawn, Polar Vortex, Grayson, Raja
If you do choose to purchase Highlighter colors, be sure to use the coupon code "HIGHLIGHTER" for 10% off your order. Bonus savings: Kelene's new collection is currently half off through December 15!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Scrappy Christmas Baubles

 I just released a new pattern! I love Christmas baubles, and I love options. This pattern is infinitely customizable and takes very little time and yarn to knit. 

Start with a belly button/i-cord cast on to begin knitting in the round (instructions included). Drop your own design in the middle, use one of the sample charts provided, or use a variegated yarn for the whole ornament. Add a Styrofoam ball to fill it out, and voilĂ ! Ornaments for everyone.

This pattern provides instructions for knitting 3 different sizes of ornaments – 2”, 2.5”, and 3” diameter. I prefer using Smoothfoam styrofoam balls to fill my ornaments. They tend to be a little sturdier and easier to work with. The pattern calls for fingering weight or a light sport weight.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Giving Tree & My Apples Are Gone

Like these patterns? Want them for free? Keep reading...

Hey cabled sock lovers! The very talented Heidi Nick has designed 2 new socks using Dyeabolical® Super Ego sock yarn. Mmm, thick wooly cabled goodness!  These socks are top-down, written for 2 circular needls (but easy enough to switch to convert to magic loop or DPNs). She doesn't use a traditional heel flap or gusset, but instead uses a method of increasing for the gusset first and then turning the heel. I haven't knit these myself yet, but they are definitely on the agenda once I work through a bit of obligation knitting.
The Giving Tree in Moonlight Kisses

My Apples Are Gone in Kissing Booth

Do you want a free copy of The Giving Tree and My Apples Are Gone?  
Heidi has generously offered to provide a free Ravelry download of both patterns with the purchase of Dyeabolical® yarn. Please let me know when you order that you would like a coupon code and I would be happy to pass it along. The offer is good through the end of this year. This pattern requires 1 hank of Super Ego yarn or 2 hanks of any of my other fingering weight yarns (Sturdy Sock, Tenacious Sock, Alter Ego, or Bounce). 

One hank will make a pair of these socks. To order, go to the made-to-order yarn section, click the color you would like, then choose the yarn base you would like. Here are some of the colors that I think would work great for this pattern. Happy knitting!