The pattern for Forest Canopy Socks is now available! These casual yet feminine socks feature an unusual lace pattern starting below the cuff and transitioning diagonally into ribbing around the ankle. The ribbing continues over the instep to give added comfort.
These socks are worked from the cuff down. The pattern provides options for varying leg and foot lengths.
I’m excited to announce that the pattern for Ice Blink Socks was published today by Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts!
I met the lovely ladies from Ancient Arts at Knit City in Vancouver, BC last year and they let me pick some gorgeous yarns to design sock patterns. Ancient Arts yarns are too wonderful for words… great stitch definition and amazing colorways.
This pattern is currently exclusive to Ancient Arts and can be purchased through their website or directly on Ravelry. Check out their website… you’re bound to fall in love with their yarns!
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock is of my favorite yarns for designing cable patterns. It has fabulous stitch definition and the subtle depth of color makes cables look extra luxurious.
The month of May is “Mad May”… a huge celebration of everything Madelinetosh. I’m participating this year by offering a 25% discount on selected patterns that would look perfect in Madelinetosh. Just use coupon code MadMay2016 at checkout from my Ravelry shop before midnight on May 10, 2016.
The pattern for Switch Point Socks is now available to everyone! This design was one of the station stops on the 2016 Canadian Crazy Train sock knitting caper and was exclusive to that event for several months.
These highly textured socks feature an intricate cable and braid panel framed by pretty cable columns. The socks are worked from the top down and the left and right socks are identical.
The photo shoot for this design was held at an outdoor mining museum in Yellowknife, NT. Pit railway tracks and equipment once used to move miners, equipment and ore in and out of underground gold mines feature as the backdrop.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! I learned long ago not to expect any special surprises given that my husband is not exactly the romantic type. He once gave me a belt sander for Valentine’s Day! He’ll never live that one down.
So I thought I’d recognize the day with a mini-sale on selected patterns over in my Ravelry store. Razzle Dazzle Socks, Stoloniferous Fingerless Mitts, Sunrise Ridge Socks, Cordelia Fingerless Gloves and Orelia Rose Socks will be 30% off until February 16, 2016 using coupon code VAL2016.
One of the best parts of Indie Gift-a-Long is the chance to discover and connect with other designers. This year, I've had the pleasure of "meeting" Denise Lavoie of Voie de Vie.
We share an interest in floatplanes and she has actually published a collection of knit and crochet patterns inspired by early women in flight. Check out Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace! I'm really partial to the Leather + Lace Aviatrix Cap, even though my crochet skills are lacking, but all the designs are fabulous.
Denise kindly agreed to let me interview her, so keep reading to learn more about her designs and their inspirations...
Why did you start designing knitting and crochet patterns and what are your favorite items to design?
My transition to designer was a gradual one, and grew out of my genuine love of most all things artistic. At one point I instructed design school students in non-design courses (mainly English, ethics and history), and during my instructor days I decided to pick up a paint brush and just started painting. Some time after that I took an unfinished shawl pattern from a Ravelry friend, Lyn Robinson, and turned it into a finished design, the Festival Shawl. After that, I pretty much didn’t look back!
In terms of my favorite items to design, of course it’s the one I’ve yet to design! I do love shawls and cowls and other neckware (especially cowls at the moment), jewelry, bags, skirts and sweaters. I also have a weakness for big, cushy interior design items
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Literature and mythology, art and culture (and I include the runway in that category), nature, color, the clean lines of certain furniture and interior design, as well as sleek cars.
What’s the inspiration behind Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace?
I’ve loved flight since I was a kid, and in the mid-90s I visited Kill Devil Hills (it’s changed a lot since that first visit, so perhaps I need to go back again). Sometime afterward, I started to research and read about famous pilots, and eventually came across Harriet Quimby’s story. Many people still do not know of her famous first flight across the English Channel because of a bad news day (the Titanic sunk the previous evening). Since then, I had been slowly amassing research bits and pieces on various female pilots, which eventually led to the book.
Can you give us some hints on upcoming designs for 2016?
Hmmm… well, I’m not too big on hints concerning my own work, although I can tell you that I’ve already got several individual designs that will be published by third parties in 2016. Additionally, I have a few projects of my own scheduled for next year which I’m really pretty excited about, so I’m thoroughly looking forward to 2016.
I've just released the pattern for Midas Touch Scarf. This luxurious little scarf requires just a single skein of laceweight yarn. My sample is worked in qiviut, yarn spun from muskox fibre, which is incredibly light yet delivers exceptional warmth and softness. A laceweight or light fingering yarn with mild halo is recommended for this project.
The lace pattern is provided in both written directions and chart form. The pattern is easy to memorize and allows for relaxing knitting while enjoying a special yarn. Blocking is required to fully reveal the lacy pattern.
Size after blocking is approximately 5” wide and 48” long. Length can be easily adjusted as permitted by available yarn.
Indie Gift-a-Long 2015 is underway! Come join us in the Ravelry group and get started on your gift knitting.
I was organizing my knitting supplies recently and realized that I have a treasure box full of interesting gadgets and trinkets. Some are incredibly helpful for knitting or designing, while others are so pretty that just having and using them makes me happy. I've decided to share some of my favorites in a blog series... watch for postings under "ToolBox Tuesdays" starting soon.
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