My knitting mojo is still somewhere in hiding (definitely fed up from all the awful weather), but at least I got my act together to work a bit on all the pattern I plan to re-release this year. These once are the Valar Socks, published first in Knitscene Spring 2015.
The socks are knit from the cuff down, and their main feature is a lace pattern reminiscent of blossoms. Knit in a happy yellow - what better way is there to chase away the weather blues?
I only wish we had the season when the pics were taken already...
Valar is available as individual download from my Ravelry store, here.
Let's face it, folks, in my neck of the woods winter often means day after day with grey skies, lots of rain, cold temperatures... all in all a weather you best enjoy snuggled up on your couch with you knitting. But this year the weather blues has been so bad, that I even lack any knitting mojo... so what to do? Thankfully I remember my paint by numbers project, which I've worked on forever and which should get eventually finished. And, best of all, it's all happy colours; the perfect cure against all that weather grey.
This is just the first piece of three, so I am far away from getting it done, but who knows? If the weather continues to be as awful all month? We'll see...
Well, in the evenings when watching TV or chatting with DH, I can't paint, so do I knit? Nope, not even then (pretty sure my knitting mojo was clever and extended its stay on the Canaries), but I've worked on one of my cross stitch projects. All the back stitching took forever, but, ta-dah
...my Yarn Cats are completed. I LOVE how this turned out and once it is framed, it'll go straight into my office. Cats and yarn - what's there not to like? :)
Let's kick off the new year as the old one ended - with a new sock pattern: Picnic.
Picnic is also an addition to my (No longer virtual) Friends collection and the pattern came to life because of my visit to the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, in 2016. Not only was it a fantastic show, but it also gave me the opportunity to meet with long-time Ravelry friends for the first time. Meeting point: Around noon in the picnic area.
These socks, designed for my Ravelry friend Linda, are knit cuff down and feature an all-over textured pattern, which reminds me of picnic tables, hence the name of the pattern. They are worked with heel flap and gusset and the textured pattern is continued onto the heel flap.
The pattern is available as individual download or as part of the (No longer virtual) Friends collection from my Ravelry store, here
How about a new sock pattern before the year is over? Acorns is another addition to my (No longer virtual) Friends collection, these ones designed for Stacy who I had the pleasure to meet last year in Rhinebeck.
When travelling to that small town in New York, our route led us through long stretches of autumn forest. Maples, birches, oaks and several other kinds of trees formed the most beautiful scenery. No wonder, I picked a stitch pattern that reminded me of acorns for Stacy’s socks.
Let's chat some more about the socks it all began with, shall we? As I told you when I introduced the Irish at Heart collection the other day, it all started with self-striping sock yarn in - at least for me - Irish colours. Now, as much as I love self-striping yarn when it's in the skein, I find it kind of boring to knit plain Vanilla socks, so most often I try to manipulate the sripes somehow. In this case, working a slipped stitch here and there, the stripes turned into hearts and the idea for Irish at Heart was born.
In the picture above you can see at the toe the plain stripes the yarn forms without any manipulation. To turn it into a pattern like the all-over heart pattern, the yarn needs to have a certain stripe squence and in addition the width of the sock needs to be chosen according to the yarn.
In my sample the yardage of the small stripes is sufficient for two rounds plain Stockinette on socks with 64 stititches, which I was able to turn into three rounds in slipped stitches on socks with 60 sts. Of course it needs a bit of calculation, trial and error and you shouldn't be too persnickety about always working full rounds (I did start the new heart stripe whenever the yarn changed), but it is a fun experiment to try.
The Irish at Heart pattern - available for individual download here and as part of the Irish at Heart collection here - comes with an extra page explaining how I calculated the number of stitches and with some general ideas for the use of a self-striping yarn - for all you adventurous knitters out there!
With today's post you've seen and read all there is to tell about my new collection of sock patterns, so I'll return to my knitting needles to have some more new patterns to show soon.
Happy knitting, everyone!
No matter where you are in Ireland you’ll come across one of the island’s most popular symbols: the Shamrock. According to legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain about the Trinity when he was trying to convert the Irish to Christianity. Nowadays many companies use it as part of their emblem and you find it on many Irish souvenirs. It is not a symbol for luck as such– as is a four leaf clover – but wearing a shamrock on St Patrick’s Day is believed to bring good luck and blessings!
The socks are knitted cuff down with heel flap and gusset. They feature an all-over textured pattern in which knit and purl stitches form shamrocks. This pattern looks best in a solid or semi-solid yarn.
When you visit Dingle, a town on the Dingle peninsula in county Kerry, you will definitely hear about the town’s famous ‘inhabitant’: Fungie, also known as the Dingle Dolphin. Fungie is a bottle nose dolphin who, according to the locals, was first seen in Dingle’s harbour in 1983 and who has stayed in the Dingle Bay ever since. There are boat tours to watch Fungie and the townspeople even built a statue in his honor.
The socks are knitted cuff down with a heel flap and gusset. On the leg, there is a dophin motif in stranded knitting and to accommodate the tighter fit of stranded knitting there are stitches increased before that section, which get decreased again when the section is finished. The remaining sock is knitted in a textured pattern, reminiscent of waves.
I’ve visited Ireland several times and I’ve learnt that the prejudice that it always rains in Ireland is not true – but it does indeed rain a lot. There is a reason why the Irish use so many words to describe the different types of rain: it spits, drizzles, teems, buckets down and there are a lot more expressions. Even on the sunniest of days the rain is only ‘hiding’ and never far away – just like in these socks.
The socks are knitted toe up. They feature a raindrop pattern in illusion knitting technique: the socks are knitted in stripes, with one colour at the time, and the position of the knit and purl stitches and the shadows the raised stitches cast, create a pattern. So depending on the angle you look at the sock, sometimes the raindrops are visible and sometimes they are not. If you've never tried illusion kintting, it really is worth it. It's an interesting technique, easy to learn and with a stunning result.