As I explained once before, I started designing socks mostly through an (oh so fetching) combination of laziness, bossiness, and inability to follow directions. I kept it up because knitters seem to be disproportionately awesome and kept making me feel good. Designing has turned into an important part of my life and has let me do all sorts of things I never thought I’d do. I’ve met marvelous people, gone off on exciting trips, and am almost done with my first book. How cool is that? I mean really, who would have ever thought knitting socks would turn into all that?
So I want to be sure to say thank you. Thank you to the people who say nice things about my socks on ravelry, thank you to the people who read this site (especially those of you who aren’t even knitters, though I can’t quite figure out why you’d bother without some wooly leanings), thank you to the people who test my patterns and catch all my silly mistakes, thank you to my intrepid sample knitters (without whom the book wouldn’t be possible), thank you to the people who buy my patterns, and thank you to the people who knit my socks. This really is a team effort, and without your encouragement and support, I’d have wandered off to my next hobby long ago.
So to serve as a little demonstration of my thanks, I’m making the pattern for Gramercy available for free. Enjoy it!
And to make it even better for one of you, I’ve got yarn to give away! These are made in Handwerks Sock Plus 8 in London Fog. I love this yarn. It’s an 8 ply yarn with amazing stitch definition. It’s just a tiny bit more substantial than most sock yarns, but still thin enough to fit easily in shoes. The colors are gorgeous, and Laura is just wonderful to work with. One lucky reader will win enough yarn to make the socks. To enter, just go over to the Handwerks site, find your favorite color, come back here, and leave a comment letting me know what it is. I’ll leave comments open trough the weekend, and email the luck winner early next week (be sure you use a working email address, I promise not to use it for anything other than to contact the winner).