Spending a wonderful time on holidays in a much warmer place than Germany. :) One of the best parts for me is to sit on the terrasse with my coffee in the morning, happily knitting away. I've worked on the next pair for my (No longer virtual) Friends pattern collection, but so far I'm still in the 'trial and error' stage and there's nothing worth sharing yet. So how about I tell you a bit more about the patterns that are released already?
It all started with a pair of socks I made for Yola from the UK years ago. In 2013 Ulli and I spent our summer holidays travelling through the norther parts of England and Scotland and for the first time ever I had a 'blind date' with one of my friends from the Ravelry community. We had a fab dinner with Yola and her husband, with lots of chatter and fun, and the next day we went to Fibre-East together. What a fantastic day, at a great show for fibre enthusiast, talking yarn and stuff with a knitting buddy.
Well, it was over way to soon and I was all sentimental when Yola told me a year later she would be going to Fibre-East - without me, sob. So I asked her to buy a skein of yarn for me, to her liking and out of my 'colour comfort zone'... she sure did well...
... and got me a skein of Sparkleduck Socka in colourway 'Wildflower'. Not only pastel-coloured, but in addition variegated. Kind of two of my dislikes in one skein, lol.
Now what to make out of it? I knew right from the start that it had to be socks for Yola, but it took me a while to come up with the pattern. Yola got her socks for Christmas in 2014.
She named the pattern 'Falling Petals' and ever since I had planned to write it up and publish it, but... there are only so many hours in a day... so it took me until this year to finally get round to it. By now the name Yola had suggested, got used for a pair of socks by another designer, so her pattern now is called Slow Falling Petals. The 'slow' being my addition, because I was so lame with getting this out.
In the meantime I had reknit the pattern more than once. In a semi-solid
and also in a slightly different version with closed yarn overs in a self-striping yarn
I really think the pattern works well with all kinds of yarn, don't you think?
My friend Laurel dyed up a semi-solid yarn to go with this pattern which you can find in her shop on Etsy, here: SpinningFates, but the self-striping one in the picture above is one of her yarns too. Love the terrific colourways she comes up with!