Your swatch has the answer

So as always, swatching is informative. That’s the short version. The long version goes something like this.⁠⠀

I started with the grey with neon speckles and the blue. It’s promising, but I see I’d need a smaller needle (that’s a two, and the fabric is too open for what I want).

Next I tried the purple and purple. And it’s lovely, but the contrast is too subtle for this project.⁠

While I was working the purple swatch, I got distracted and tried out a solid gray yarn and gray floof, but again, way too subtle (and alas it was dark, so no picture of this one by itself).

Those two let me know that the blue yarn + blue floof I was considering in one of the yarn pairing pictures also wouldn’t be what I was looking for, so I didn’t even swatch it.⁠  Same goes for the gray with darker speckles and the dark purple floof from yesterday. Those were more subdued than what I wanted for this piece, so I didn’t swatch them.⁠

However, since I’d figured out that I wanted a more high contrast pairing, I pulled out a dark gray yarn with teal speckles and tried that with the blue floof. It was good. But I think I’d have liked it better with an orange floof, which I don’t have (seriously, I need to start buying more fuzzy yarn), and it’s too thin for the project I have in mind. If I’d had it in a thicker base, or if I’d had a dark orange yarn to pair it with, I miiiiiiiight have gone with it. But I wanted to cast on now, and that meant stash diving, so it’s not the combo for this project. But I’m holding on to the idea of pairing that yarn with a dark orange fluff in some other project.⁠

So I went back to the first swatch and went down a needle size (meaning I’m knitting something the yarn label calls worsted on ones) and ended up with a tighter fabric. So now I’m calling that the winner for the moment.

Though really, there are no losers. Every swatch taught me stuff, and at least one of them gave me an idea for another yarn I want to get and another project I want to do. It’s not a waste of yarn (these all got unraveled and the yarn is fine). It’s not a waste of time (each swatch took maybe fifteen minutes tops). It’s part of knitting, and you’ll be happier if you embrace it.

Silk Road Socks Individual Patterns

If you’ve been following along for the last few weeks, you know I am neck deep in a massive shop reorganization.  At the beginning of the year, I took my whole ravelry store down (talk about scary).  And I’ve been busy bringing patterns back out as I get them revised and reformatted.

The whole process is unspeakably satisfying.  I am one of those people who thrives on order and tidiness, and this is basically giving that part of my brain free rein to be as picky as it wants.  But, you’re not here for disturbing insights into how my mind works.  You’re here for the knitting.  So let’s talk about that.

One of of the things I’m doing as part of the reorganization is releasing individual patterns from some of the books.  Now I confess I’m a sucker for books, so I’m always going to feel like getting the whole thing is the better move.  But if you only want one or two of the patterns, sometimes it makes more sense to just get them individually.  And now you can!

So, for the next few days, you can use the code ONE BY ONE to take 10% off the individual patterns in Silk Road Socks, or the whole book if that’s more your speed (I did the math for you, if you want three or more of the patterns, you’ll save money if you just buy the whole book).

Just put the pattern or patterns you want in your ravelry cart, use the coupon code ONE BY ONE, and you’ll see the discount applied before you check out (if you’ve never used a ravelry coupon code before, ravelry has a good explainer for them here).  The code works through the end of the day, eastern time, Friday January 24.

Oh, and if you want to see what other patterns have come back so far, you can always see the current shop here.  And if there’s a pattern you’re especially hoping to see come back, totally send me a message and let me know.  I’m generally trying to bring the most popular ones back first, then the ones that are easiest to update.  But there is totally some flexibility there, and if I hear a bunch of folks are especially eager for a particular one, that can help it come back out sooner.


Look, sometimes you need a very particular yarn.  Or rather, a very particular pair of yarns (thus upping the difficulty level considerably).

So the only thing to do is dump out the stash.  All of it.  In one huge pile.  Then dive in.

I’m looking for some sort of floofy yarn and a smooth yarn to go with it.

And I’ve got a few contenders.

But of course the real test will come when I swatch them.

Which is what happens next…




The temptation to put a stamp and an address on one of these and see what happens if I actually try and mail is very nearly overwhelming.

I’m sure it would actually end in heartbreak.  There’s no way at all that’s a good idea.  None.  Zero.

But my goodness it’s tempting.

Yes, the pattern will be out soon (probably early February…so you can make a pile for your valentine needs).  Because I’m not going to keep you waiting long.  I’m not a monster!


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