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New Vanilla Sock Patterns


I’ve been powering through some pattern layouts, and I have a collection of vanilla sock patterns that have just been released.

Double Vanilla is a pair of plain sock patterns – one toe-up and one cuff down – in three sizes with several heel and toe options.
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The Fluevog Effect is the pattern I designed for an event at the Portland Fluevog store, and features Three Fates Yarns half skeins in colors designed for the event.

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October Rust is a toe-up striped sock knit with approximately 50g of the main color and 4 10g miniskeins. It would also be a great way to use up sock leftovers!

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And, if you want all three, they can be purchased on Ravelry as a group for $9. This applies to previous purchases as well – if you already bought one the discount will apply to the other patterns if purchased in the future.

Diamondy Re-Release!


I’ve been thinking for a while that my Diamondy pattern, which was my first, was due for an update. And now it’s ready!

Dani from Sunshine Yarns was kind enough to provide me with a current yarn base to re-knit the sample, as the yarn used for the original socks has been discontinued.
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Combine that with new photos by the amazing Heidi Shank and an expanded size range, and you practically have a whole new pattern! It’s also now in a layout consistent with my other patterns and has an updated chart.
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The new pattern is available free on Ravelry now, go check it out! (click the link in the first line of the post)

New pattern: Interchange… in a new magazine!


Today is an exciting day. First off, because I have a new pattern, Interchange, out.

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But also because these socks are in the brand new Stranded Magazine! I heard about it nearly a year ago – my friends and fellow knitting group members Andi, Erin, and Monica were starting a knitting magazine. They invited me to submit a pattern, and I did. And today I can finally share it with all of you!

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I love this yarn, Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Beach Glass. The color is so lovely, and shows off the pattern detail really well. One of my favorite things about this pattern is that the patterned section is relatively small and the majority of the sock is plain stockinette. I love having patterning on the leg, but the plain foot makes for great movie or road trip knitting and a really comfy sock.

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There are also a bunch of other awesome patterns in the magazine by Lee Meredith, Andi Satterlund, and Erin Birnel. So check it out!

New Pattern: Silverplait


I’ve been busy the past couple months designing sock patterns for Yarnbox. This one is for the February Yarnbox Socks.

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The yarn is Holiday Yarns Silver Sock, and I wanted a relatively simple pattern to take advantage of the semi-solid color and the silver sparkle.

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They have the added advantage of being a pretty quick knit, but also not too boring. I might have to make a second pair for myself!

New Pattern: Plumosa


I have a new sock pattern out now, Plumosa, which is part of a Yarnbox Holiday Box. It’s also available on Ravelry.

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This sock is knit in Sweet Georgia Yarns Superwash Sport in the color Deep Cove, which inspired the pattern. I knit it at 7.5 sts / inch, so many knitters may also be able to use a heavier sock weight yarn.

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The pattern features a lace panel on the front of the leg with beaded rib on the rest of the sock. It’s a pretty easy and quick knit, and eligible for the Indie Giftalong if you’re planning to finish soon!

Stitchjones Design Challenge Post 1: Q&A


This time is a little different… Cory and I have teamed up with Noriko for another design challenge, this time with Stitchjones yarn!

We each asked Sharon of Stitchjones a few questions, mine were about crafting community.

Knitting groups have played a really big part in my life since I became a crazy knitter in 2004. I moved to Boston and didn’t know anyone, and very early on I was directed to my first knitting group. Knitters ended up taking over my social life while I lived there, and I continued meeting knitters when I came back to Seattle. So, without further ado, here are the questions I asked and Sharon’s answers.

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Me: How did you learn to knit? Were people in your family crafty when you were a child?

Sharon: An aunt, and my best friend who knit and crochet, both taught me to cast on, knit and purl when I was a teen.  They were very supportive of my first efforts. My mother sometimes made doilies in thread crochet, but that never interested me – I was all about knitting yarns and color.  I remember being fascinated by some blue yarn my grandma had given me, before I even had enough attention span to focus – I must have been about six.

Me: Do you have an in person crafting group, or do you find community more online?

Sharon: Both, actually.  I meet with a small SnB group on Wednesdays, and also am active in several Facebook groups for knitters, indie dyers, and yarn lovers in general.

Me: What is your favorite way to get involved with groups of knitters and crocheters? (KAL/CALs, yarn clubs, events like WWKIP Day, etc.)

Sharon: Great question!  I launched my yarn club, Yarnageddon by Stitchjones, in 2012 (with all the dire predictions happening that year, I couldn’t resist a little wordplay).  We’re beginning our 5th year, and I don’t know who has more fun, my club members or me!  Yes, I love KAL’s too, and another way of getting together with groups which I particularly enjoy is guest speaking at knitting guilds.

Me: People I’ve met through knitting have had a much broader impact on my life. Have you had this experience, and if so could you share an example?

Sharon: Absolutely.   Knitters tend to be kinder, more thoughtful, and more generous as a group than most.  I didn’t find this out until knitting became my all-consuming passion, and coming from a corporate background I never experienced a level of positivity that I find among LYSO’s, fiber artists and artisans.  It’s a quality which I strive to emulate!

A bit thanks to Sharon, for her thoughtful answers! I’m really excited to work with Stitchjones yarn for this design challenge!

You can find Cory’s interview with Sharon about color here and Noriko’s interview about fiber here.

Three Fates Design Challenge Part 4: Test Knitting


You can see Cory’s call for test knitters here.

The time has come in the Three Fates Design Challenge to have our patterns test knit. I’m really excited for my design since it’s the first time I’ve designed a shawl. I started our first design challenge by releasing my first non-sock pattern, so it seems only fitting to use this one to release my first shawl pattern. (Never fear, test knitters, I may not have designed shawls before, but I’ve knit my fair share.)

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The shawl is a modified somewhat triangular shape that starts with a garter tab. It uses two skeins (one of each color) of Three Fates Yarns aquae singles, 100% merino superwash single ply yarn.

If you’re interested in testing the pattern, leave a comment here or contact me on Ravelry!

Three Fates Design Challenge Part 3: Photography & Aesthetic


For the third post in our Three Fates Design Challenge, Cory and I are talking about photography and aesthetics. You can see Cory’s post about it here.

My aesthetic isn’t something I think about much. I don’t have a way that I describe it, I just know what I like.

For a long time all my patterns were socks, which I think had a big influence on my pattern photography. One thing which I really dislike is when socks are photographed in big full body pictures and the details of the sock itself aren’t visible. For my primary pattern photo I tend to use a fairly close shot of my knitted item with a relatively plain background.

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Photo by Brian Presley, from Garnish

That said, I do appreciate more “fun” shots, but I find it can be hard to strike a balance. I love this photo of Intercalate, but to be honest it isn’t the best example of the details of the sock.

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More recently, I’ve expanded into designing other accessories. For my non-sock patterns, I had to use a slightly different strategy. Cowls look best on a model, and photos which are shot very close don’t necessarily look as good as those with a little more background. Also, as time has gone by I think I have grown even more fond of photos with a bit more interest in the background. Untitled
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As for my aesthetic, I strongly prefer outdoor photos. In fact, I’m a bit obsessed with photos that involve nature, and Seattle is a place with a lot of natural beauty to take advantage of. This has nothing to do with the knitted item itself, which could be shown very well in an indoor shot with a plain background. I think, in the end, that I want my pattern photos to be pretty pictures in their own right and also to be good photos of the knitting project.

Three Fates Design Challenge Part 2: Color


This post is part of the Three Fates Design Challenge with Cory of indie.knits. You can see Cory’s post on color here.

I don’t know that I’ve ever really thought of myself as someone who is skilled at picking color combinations, but I have definitely chosen some nice ones over time.

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There are rules and methods, and I don’t follow any of them. I just pick two (or more) colors that I think look good together, and put them together.

I’m a fan of pairing neutral colors with bright ones, usually black, charcoal, or grey with bright turquoise, green, or pink. Lately, as you can see in the Martinmas Shawl above, I’ve been liking the dark grey & blue combination. It’s also Three Fates Yarns, (MOCC and woodsmoke), and quite similar to my combination for the Three Fates Design Challenge.

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Although I’m not a fan of knitting stranded colorwork, I do like stripes and blocks of color. A little hint about the design to come.

New Pattern – Akari


This past week was the Puget Sound LYS Tour.  26 local yarn stores get together for a tour complete with passports, prizes, free patterns and yarn on sale. This year the LYS where I work, Bad Woman Yarn, featured a pattern I designed!

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Akari is a traditional type of Japanese shoji screen. These screens are often made of washi paper and bamboo, and have a pattern that looks a lot like this cowl. This version is knit in Tosh Merino DK in Mica and Ink.

I think the pattern looks great with a variegated for the contrast color as well as with two solid colors. The first version was knit with Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash, using one of their new-ish handdyed splatter colors:

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Now I’m knitting a new sample for photography. This pattern will be released in an expanded version and will be for sale on Ravelry.