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New pattern and a KAL!

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I released my newest pattern Added Elegance Socks two weeks ago. I had some problems with my blog host and the blog itself, and I  wasn’t able to get an announcement up in the time I preferred. I’m now on a new host and a new WordPress install – if any pictures in the archives are missing, just let me know and I’ll try to get it taken care of.

My pattern has been so well received, and I’m excited to announce I’m going to hold a KAL for Added Elegance starting tomorrow! More about the KAL further down.

These socks were designed with semi-solid/tonal and speckled yarn in mind. The delicate climbing cables come with an easy to memorize repeat and is written for both toe-up and cuff down. There are three sizes written and it’s very easy to adjust to them custom fit your feet. I included instructions for a short-row heel but the heel I prefer to use is the Fish Lips Kiss Heel which is the heel shown in the photos. The design itself has charts for the left and right socks for each size, as well as written instructions. The yarn I used for the sample pattern is Malabrigo Sock and my other sample was knit out of A Homespun House Olsen, both are fingering weight yarns.

Now about that KAL…

I’m going to run it through Instagram under the hashtag #addedelegancesocksKAL. It’s going to run from tomorrow July 6th until September 1st. I’ll be reposting entries on my Instagram feed, and I will randomly pick at least three winners for some prizes. I’m still determining what the prizes will be, but I have some ideas and I’ll show them on this blog in the next few days.

And one more thing…

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My Added Elegance pattern was not my only addition to Ravelry in the past few weeks. After many requests, I finally put my vanilla sock pattern on Ravelry! I called it So Vanilla Socks and it’s written for toe-up with a Turkish cast on and a short row heel. Again I prefer the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and that’s what I recommend using but I included short-row heel instructions. This recipe is what I use for nearly all of my socks. I do change it around from time to time depending on gauge.

I hope you enjoy both of these patterns and join me in the Added Elegance KAL!

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It’s feeling a lot like Summer

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It already feels like Summer in Kentucky, but for once I don’t feel like we’ve been cheated out of Spring. It came early in March, and with the exception of a week or two here and there, it’s been pretty nice! It’s been cooler in the evenings, which has made for some time with the horses without dripping with sweat.

A couple of months ago, we got a second horse which has become Mike’s horse. His name is Woodford and he’s warmblood (not 100% sure of the exact breed) and he’s been a dream. He is the perfect husband horse. He’s calm for Mike but still has a little bit of spunk to keep things interesting. Woodford has been great with beginners that have visited and had one very special morning on Derby day, when he took great care of an NFL quarterback (yes, you read that right – photo on my Instagram!).

With all the horse excitement, I haven’t been knitting as much – BUT I am hard at work on my follow up to my Mount Airy Socks. I’m going to work hard on getting it finished and published – hopefully within the next two weeks. I’ll announce the release here and on my Instagram. I’ve been knitting my samples out of Malabrigo Sock and A Homespun House Olsen. My goal is to try to knit all of my samples myself at least twice – one with an Indie dyer, and one with a commercial yarn. I know it won’t always be the case, but I’m going to try my best to make it happen. I’ve actually pulled yarn for my THIRD pattern already and I can’t wait to start knitting it up!

Between my new pattern and my DVD June socks keeping me busy, I’ve joined the Shawl Society from Helen Stewart! The first pattern was released this morning, and I’m so excited to cast on! I have my yarn picked out, and I just need to cake it up and cast on. I still haven’t cast on my DVD June socks but I’ve got it caked and ready for when I get a chance to start them. I can’t believe it’s six months in already! I’m off to work on my pattern…. or cast on my shawl. Happy knitting!

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My First Pattern

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I released my first pattern last week! I designed them this past Spring, finished the samples last month while visiting my dad in Delaware, and then fear took over. I was very worried about publishing and how my pattern would be received. I hit 500 downloads on Ravelry yesterday and 250 Favorites. I’m not afraid anymore! Thank you to every single one of you who has reached out to thank me for the pattern or given me a nice comment. It’s really meant a lot and I’m so grateful for the positive response to my first pattern.

Now for the details! I named this pattern Mount Airy Socks after a town in Maryland that we stop in on the way to Delaware. After lots of twisty roads coming from Kentucky, and through West Virginia, it’s always a welcome stop and only two hours from our destination. I knit these socks out of Baerenwolle BAERfoot Sock, which is 80/10 Merino/Nylon. This was my first time using this yarn and as soon as I got it in the mail, I knew I was going to turn it into something special. The socks blocked beautifully and the stitch pattern compliments the yarn perfectly. I used a 2.5mm needle, as this yarn is a round fingering weight. The heel I used was the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I did not include heel instructions within the pattern, as the Fish Lips Kiss is a paid pattern. I created the socks with the intention of having the left and right spiral towards each other, but you can knit them any way you want.

I’ve got a second pattern already in the works that’s about to enter the testing phase, I think this is going to be an exciting year.