Testing call

Testing call for the donuts is up over on ravelry.⁠⁠

I’m picking testers later today, then sending out the pattern tomorrow. With any luck at all, the pattern should be out in July. ⁠

I’m slightly torn over when in July (normally I do a summer school thing in July instead of releasing new patterns, and I’m trying to see if there’s a practical way to do both or if I should just not do summer school this year and put out new patterns). But either way, July is looking pretty darn likely.⁠

Which means this is an excellent time to start tracking down donut-colored yarn (I’ll probably talk a bit about which ones I used in a future post) and possibly even some beads for sprinkles. You know, just so you’re prepared!

Greenhorn

As promised, June is going to be all socks all month long.  The plan, assuming nothing goes alarmingly pear shaped over the next few weeks, is to do a sock every single Tuesday (and there are five Tuesdays this month!) so we can get a bunch of our old friends out of hibernation.  We started last week with Dippers, and this week’s sock is Greenhorn.

This is what happens when someone tries to talk me into straying from a top down sock with a heel flap (aka my one true sock love).  We end up with something that goes together very slightly differently, but still fits like a top down sock with a heel flap (because by all the woolly creatures in this world that’s what fits my feet best).  So if you’re looking for something that lets you wander very slightly away from the classic construction (without feeling like you’re going to give yourself a headache or be forcefully reminded of that mean geometry teacher), these could be just the ticket (and if you like this construction, check out Cleave as well, it goes together the same way)!

Oh and don’t worry, I totally included instructions for how to make these with a standard heel flap too.  Because I completely understand that some days you simply Do Not Want to try anything new. We’ve all had those days (it’s probably safe to assume I am just sort of generally having one of those days unless I’ve said otherwise).  And you don’t even have to decide which version you want to make until you get ready to start the heel flap.  So you can cast these on, knit the leg, and then pick your heel depending on how adventurous you’re feeling in the moment (I think of this as ‘going to a restaurant I know I love then deciding after I see the day’s menu if I want to get my standard favorite or try the daily special, but maybe I’m a weirdo).

The pattern is called Greenhorn and is up on both ravlery and payhip.  And you’ll find that the code SO MANY SOCKS will take 20% off any individual sock patterns or any sock books through the end of June! I know I have, um, rather a lot of patterns, so you can see the ones it will work for on either ravelry or payhip here.  (Oh, and I’m like 98% sure I managed to find all the socks, but holy wow do I have a whole bunch of them by this point, so if I managed to forget one and you find one the code doesn’t work on, let me know and I’ll fix it, but I think I got them all!)

Popup

These do one of the niftiest pop up tricks I’ve ever seen in knitting. Seriously it’s way more fun than it should be.

That first picture shows what they look like when you’re done knitting them, the second one shows what they look like when you pop them into shape and get ready to stuff them.

There is no picture that shows the maniacal gleam of delight that I get in my eye every time I do the aforementioned popping into shape, because that would scare the more sensitive members of the audience and we cant have that.

But really though, I suspect more than one of you will mutter ‘sproing, sproing, sproing’ under your breath as you flip them about and they pop into shape. I can’t be the only one so afflicted…

As always, pattern is coming! Next month if all goes according to plan and I can stop knitting them at a reasonable number (all of you saying I need to knit a baker’s dozen need to show up for your court mandated volunteer knitting hours if you want that to happen, otherwise I think we’ll have to call it good with six). Do the mailing list thing if you want me to bounce into your inbox like a sugared up toddler when they come out!

Let’s grab a donut

Yup, that will do nicely!⁠

Ok, general info round up, because I see a few folks have questions. ⁠

1) Yes, it will be a pattern! Very likely as early as next month if everything goes according to plan and there are no surprises.⁠

Here’s the gentle reminder that about 99% of the stuff I show on here is of my own design, and the vast vast vast majority of things that get beyond the swatch stage turn into patterns. I can think of literally one thing that got to the finished object stage (again, swatches totally don’t count, swatches happen in their multitudes and don’t always go somewhere) that didn’t get turned into a pattern (and on that one, I said repeatedly and from the beginning that it was a personal project not a work one). So if you ever see me make something, it’s pretty darn safe to assume it’s my own pattern, and I will eventually write it up to share.⁠

2) If you want to hear when it comes out, the mailing list is the way to do that (plus mailing list folks always get a bigger discount than the ones I talk about publicly). ⁠

I mean yes, I’ll post about it here too, but the algorithm is fickle and contrary. Sometimes it decides to toy with us and only show you some stuff and not others. If you want to do the mailing list, you can make that happen right here. ⁠

3) These yarns are mostly bits and pieces from my scrap bin with a scandalous lack of labels. However if you check out this instagram post, you’ll see a whole list of comments with useful yarn suggestions.⁠

4) If you want to call them bagels instead, I won’t stop you. But I’m going with donut because that allows for MUCH more colorful photos, and colorful photos do their job better. But you can totally leave them plain and call them bagels if that floats your boat.⁠

I think that’s all the questions. The “calories are good, calories are literally what keep you from dying, it’s ok to eat food, please stop with the ‘haha no calories’ comments” rant will come later if needed, but I maybe don’t have the energy to write that out carefully today.⁠