Ellington Socks

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I’m still on the finishing spree. I completed Ellington Socks this week, and I love this pattern. They look just as cool from the back as they do from the front and the sides.

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That Cookie A really knows what she’s doing. Of course, me being me, I’m prone to liking twisted rib cabling things.

When I updated my project page on ravelry, I realized that I started these in May, so these have been a long haul project. It was fun to knit someone else’s pattern & not have to work out the details in my head for a change. (Not to worry, I’m still designing).

The yarn is Miss Babs Tarte, which was a good choice due to the yardage. I made the largest size, and the legs are quite long. These would have required 2 skeins of the standard 400 yard sock yarn no doubt.

This leaves me with one project on the needles, the big blue sweater. I’m having an internal debate about finishing that or starting something new and playful. There’s some crazy wild yarn staring at me that wants to be played with.

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Green and Purple Socks

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Just before my fever started spiking last week, I finished these socks. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to photographing them before I lapsed into the haze.

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Of course, now that I’m feeling better, it’s overcast outside, so no photos on my actual feet. The disembodied feet will have to do.

Yes, I know the pattern isn’t mirrored, and that seems unlike me. As I was pulling together the charts after the first sock was finished, I decided to let things be. That really is the best reason I can give anyone for why they aren’t mirrored. Now that I’m looking at these pictures, I do think the instep would not look right if the socks were mirrored. I can’t really explain it.

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All that said, I’m really happy with all the tweaks from the original prototype of these socks. Allowing the motif to wrap around the leg without interruption makes me happy. I also mixed things up with an eye of partridge heel. I love the way it looks, but I won’t lie, it can be annoying to knit.

The socks required just under 1 skein of the green yarn and just over 1 skein of the purple. I have an absurd amount of Spud and Chloë Fine in these color ways so don’t be surprised if this pairing crops up again.

Now that these are off the needles, I’m feeling the urge to finish some things. Ellington has been languishing for too long, so I’ll probably try to get those wrapped up in the next week. Then there is that sweater.

Of course, I completely reserve the right to completely change my mind and cast on for something else. :)

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Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2014

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I’m a little late with this announcement, but a bout of the flu threw me off my game for a bit. No worries, I’m fully recovered now. Anyway, I’m participating in this year’s Indie Design Gift-A-Long. I participated last year, and it was fun.

If you’re wondering what exactly the Indie Design Gift-A-Long is, it’s basically a massive KAL. There are over 290 independent designer’s participating. Each designer is offering a discount on at least 4 of their patterns until end of day 11/21. The KAL portion started on Thursday and runs until 12/31. There are prizes, and there will be games. All of the details are laid out in their ravelry group.

To find which patterns are discounted will take a little bit of leg work. Each designer has set up a bundle in ravelry highlighting their patterns. If you’re not sure what that is, here’s the link to my bundle. With so many designers and patterns, I think there were a few challenges trying to find the best way to make things searchable. Some very busy elves also set up these Pinterest boards, categorizing each of the patterns. You do need a Pinterest account to browse through these boards, but I will say it makes navigating through all of the designs a bit more manageable.

Head & Hats
Cowls, Scarves, & Neck
Shawls & Stoles
Sweaters & Other Garments
Hand & Arm
Feet & Legs
Baby & Kids (except toys)
Toys, Home, & Miscellaneous

To redeem the 25% discount, use coupon code giftalong2014 at checkout.

This is a great opportunity to find patterns by some independent designers that can sometimes get lost in the 300,000+ pattern database in ravelry. It should be fun for everyone, and I hope people enjoy it.

If you’re wondering which of my patterns are discounted, it’s not just the one’s appearing in my collage. Here’s the full set. Enjoy!!

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Askance

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Askance

A few months ago, I was contacted by Christine, the proprietor of SkeinnyDipping Yarns. She wanted to know if I would be interested in yarn support. After a little bit of an email exchange, I found myself in possession of a generous amount of sock yarn. It was like Christmas, only without the dysfunction.

Cannonball Sock is a wonderful 80/20 Merino Wool/Nylon blend that is perfect for socks. I can say from experience that it stands up quite well to being ripped out and reknit, which is always a good thing when one designs on the fly. The color way that I lucked into is Underbelly.

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I put this yarn support to good use, and am pleased to announce the release of a new sock pattern, Askance. This is a cuff down pattern featuring an asymmetric twisted cable. The pattern starts immediately; there is no separate cuff. I’ve also included instructions for two heel flap options. You can work the cable on the heel flap as shown, or take a break from the cables and work a slipped stitch heel flap.

The pattern is available for $5.00, and delivered via ravelry’s pattern delivery mechanism.

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Halfway There

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Despite last week’s whining, or perhaps because of it, I finished the first sock of this pair. Perhaps my desire to resume work on the sweater was somewhat motivated by the need to make some decisions about the instep. I discovered that my method for dealing with the jog on the leg created a complication with the instep. I worked through it, and I’m happy with the result.

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I need to weave in the ends, but I think this is close enough to say I’m halfway there. There is enough of the green yarn left over that I won’t have to wind another skein. That’s not the case with the purple, but that’s OK.

I won’t lie, though. I did pick up the sweater and work a few rows. Then I realized that I made a mistake and had to rip those rows back. It’s the price one pays for letting something linger, and not having made sufficient notes to just pick it back up again.

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