Hey lovely readers, I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting you a bit. Happily today is the first Thursday of the month, which means I owe you a sock update – and I have LOTS to show you because it’s been all socks, all the time round here lately.
First off, for those who missed my last post, my helical socks pattern (henceforth known as the Arthur to Ben socks) launched in May. Yay!
The whole process of getting a pattern test-knitted and then tech-edited (thank you, Katherine at Fiber and Sustenance!) has been pretty eye-opening and immensely fun. And wildly useful, too – test knitters flag things you would never have spotted, and I can’t imagine launching a paid-for pattern without getting it properly tested now. It is beyond exhilarating every time I get a sale as well – the thought that someone has spent actual money on something I created is a massive thrill. (I am not going to be retiring on the proceeds any time soon, but it’s no less fun for that.)
Hot on the heels of the A2B socks will be my finally finished fair-isle pair – launching on Ravelry near you before the end of July and to be known as the Retro Dream socks.
I LOVE THESE SO MUCH. Proper post coming soon where I rhapsodise about them some more, but the short version is that I’m so, so happy with the way they turned out – they’re definitely the me-design I am most proud of to date. Testing is going well, too – useful feedback as ever from the lovely test-knitters, and (most importantly) people telling me that they’re a lot of fun to knit, which I hope can be a key selling point! (And in fact the first test pair was finished this morning – look!) Watch this space.
While the Retro Dreams are quietly testing away, I’m in the middle of something new. Remember a few months ago when I was combining leftover sock yarn for my own mini-skein sets? Well, I’ve been doodling different ways to make the most of gradient leftovers, and have ended up with this.
The aim was to have delicate colourwork spirals picked out over the bold blocks of colour. Then there’s stripes through the gusset to make the decrease section easy, before (I haven’t got to this bit yet) returning to the colourwork pattern just before doing the toe. I think there is a lot of mileage for fun with colours in this pattern – I’m enjoying the contrast of the dainty colourwork pattern with the really striking colours I’ve got going on here, while a two-colour version could look quite elegant, or one which uses more muted tones could look much more subtle. Feedback much appreciated though – any thoughts? I need to get this finished and the next one on the needles asap in order to get it into testing, so had better get on!
Before I leave, though, make sure you check out what all my fellow sock-knitters around the globe have been up to this month. Paula at Spin a Yarn is hosting the link up again – have a look at the link party page and click through to everyone else when they’ve added themselves. And if you’d like to join in, please do – just submit your sock-related post to the link-up page (and drop a link through to Paula’s blog too). My top pick this month: I am super happy that Steph at My Making Do Adventure has started some socks with some of the yarn I sent her in our sock yarn stash swap!
Happy sock-knitting, lovelies. xx