Yes, I know, it’s been a few weeks since I blogged. It’s been even longer since I’ve vlogged. I am knitting. I’m just knitting things that I can’t exactly talk about right now. There are a few things that I can write about, which is probably why I’m writing this post (OK, I’ve been on too many conference calls today). Today’s post is about the most recent happening because some of you asked about it.
You may remember these socks. I’m happy to announce that the Bare Naked Wools Ensemble: Spring 2016 went live on ravelry last night, and said Ensemble includes the pattern for Arques.
Arques is a river in France. You may be wondering what does a French river have to do with a lacy, textured pair of socks. Well, rivers meander. The lace meanders. There you go. It’s also a name that’s never been used for a pattern before, so bonus points for originality (maybe).
The entire Ensemble had a soft launch at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this past weekend. If you happened upon knitspot’s booth and were able to take your eyes away from all the really nice lace tops and the yarn, glorious yarn, you may have seen these actual socks in the flesh (or in the wool, I suppose). They had two samples. The one pictured above in the Breakfast Fingering, and another in the Ginny Sport.
Given that these socks work in both a fingering and a sport weight, there are 8 sizes in the pattern (it didn’t start that way, but when you throw another yarn weight into the mix, that’s what happens). These are top down, and have the usual heel flap and gusset.
It’s actually a thrill to be included in the Ensemble. My name is included with Bristol Ivy, Andrea Rangel, Janelle Martin, General Hogbuffer, and Anne Hanson. I’m still not entirely sure how that happened. You can read all about the Ensemble and see the various pieces on Anne’s blog.
Since the socks are part of the Ensemble, you can get the pattern either on ravelry or on the knitspot site. They may even be doing kits with their yarns if that is your thing. Having made the sample using the Better Breakfast Fingering, I have to say it’s a really nice yarn to work with and it has a very generous yardage.
If you check out the ravelry page, you may notice what I’ve been told are “really cool boots”. In the interest of full disclosure, I must confess that those are not my boots, nor are they my feet. 🙂 One of the advantages of collaborating with a publisher is that I don’t have to do the epic dance of getting my camera to talk to my tablet while preventing a cat from knocking over a tripod.