Today's the day! Finally, after talking about this forever, after a lot of knitting, writing patterns, having them test knitted and and and... I got my act together and this collection of sock patterns is now available in my Ravelry store: [No longer virtual) Friends. And I am so happy about it, because it is so special to me.
Since I joined Ravelry some years ago, I’ve made friends with people from all over the world and with some of them I’ve had more interaction than with many people in my real life. Their support, their generosity, their friendship have really made a difference in my life. Friends, really good friends, though virtual ones…
Now, over the past few years I had the chance to meet some of my best virtual buddies in person during my travels and it was such a wonderful experience to finally put faces to names, to exchange real hugs instead of virtual ones, to discover how much we have in common. I was invited to their homes, met their families, I was shown around and often I even received yarny gifts in addition. I feel so lucky and so spoilt to be part of such a fantastic group of people.
I tried to find a way to show how thankful I am, so I did what I do best: I knitted socks. This collection includes patterns for all the socks my no longer virtual friends have received in the past few years.
It started with a pair of socks for Yola in the UK, which she named 'Falling Petals' and which, ahem, since it took me so long to release the pattern, I renamed into Slow Falling Petals, because the original name was already taken by another designer.
This is Twisted Kiss the pattern for my friend Shelley in California, knit in a fab yarn by another friend from the US, Laurel. Who, coincidentally received the most current pair
Drive Thru. I didn't write this is the last pattern of the collection, since there's more to come... I haven't yet managed to knit for all of my folks I met last year and hey, I hope there'll be more holidays with the chance to meet virtual friends. :)
Currently the collection contains 8 patterns, all in at least two sizes and all are designed for one skein of fingering weight yarn with a yardage of approximately 400m (440 yds).
Aaaaaaannnnnd... the best thing is that I got to collaborate with one of my no longer virtual friends, Laurel, on this. You might not know it yet, but she is a very talented indie dyer with a shop on Etsy. Laurel came up with colourways for each of the patterns included in the collection and with any purchase you'll receive a coupon code to use on any pattern in the collection or even the whole collection.
Aren't these yarns just beautiful?! And there is a special colourway for each pattern available. Check out her shop, here: SpinningFates.