It has certainly been a long time since I've spent any time writing on my blog but if you happen to follow me on Instagram or on Facebook , you'll know I have been busily knitting away, working on a larger project, amongst other things.
I have made it a goal to spend more time writing for StackedWoolens.com this year, so I would like to introduce a new feature: The Long and Short of It. My idea is to take some time each Tuesday and sort of wrap up the previous week, using my Instagram feed as a jumping off point. I often have much more to say about the pictures I post on Instagram, but I try to stay brief there. (Sometimes I fail miserably.) On these blog posts you can read for more details about photos from the previous week, including links to yarn sources, early information on what I have planned, and a behind the scenes look at what is going on here.
First up is a photo I shared of a new pattern I am working on, tentatively titled Shine Bright. These socks are knit with Zen Yarn Gardens Serenity 20 in Chuffed. They feature a small diamond textured stitch pattern, with a toe up construction and the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I really like the way the texture shows off the speckled yarn, and you'll just have to trust me when I tell you that the yarn feels amazing. The pattern is with the technical editor currently, and assuming there are no major problems, I will be posting a call for testers later in the week.
Next, I shared a new yarn purchase I made. Mudpunch has been working on creating self-striping yarn for a while now, and I have been admiring her color combinations for a long time. When I saw this Good to Great color, I had to have it! I am working on a 3 part series about how to get the most out of your self-striping sock yarn, and this yarn will be featured in part 3 of the photo tutorial series.
Here is the Good to Great color from Mudpunch as it knits up. Isn't it just perfect?! I love the width of the stripes, and the color transitions are sharp, with very little blending of the yarn dyes, which makes for excellent stripes.
Finally, I shared this photo of my first two socks off the needles in 2017. Over Christmas, we did quite a bit of traveling, and I took two skeins of sock yarn along. I decided to cast on from both skeins and knit two socks at a time, with two different yarns. As you can see, one sock is from the previously mentioned speckled sock yarn, but the grey sock, I hadn't shared before. It is worked from Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Oracle. I improvised a different stitch pattern on this sock, creating a sort of wavy row of purl stitches. I'm writing out the pattern for it next week, so early in February, there should be a call for testers for that one.
If you are interested in testing either of the patterns I mentioned here, please take a minute to join the Test Knitters mailing list, and any future calls for testers will come straight to your inbox.