Shoreland Socks Individual Patterns

You folks know me.  You know my secret (not so secret) conviction that book patterns are better when kept firmly bundled up together in one tidy little package.  It goes hand in hand with my (also not so secret) conviction that paper books possess a magic that electronic books, despite their unquestionable practicality and convenience, can never hope to achieve.

However, I do (grudgingly) admit that my personal proclivities are not shared by everyone. I’m sure someone out there absolutely delights in the idea of all their books living in the ether, never to see the inside of a moving box, immune from the depredations of cats or leaky pipes.  And someone else truly wants only one pattern from a book and just can’t see the sense in buying the whole thing to get it.  So I try to offer options that work for everyone!  Which in this case, means that the individual patterns from Shoreland Socks are now available.

And you can use the code ONE BY ONE to take 10% off the price of any of those individual patterns for the next few days.

But, seeing as how I do still firmly believe in the ‘my party, my rules’ theory of life, so I have also put the whole book on sale for $16.00 for a few days (that means you’d get all seven patterns for what two patterns normally cost).  So on the off chance that there are a couple in there that call your name, that’s the way to go!  You don’t need a code for that, just put the book in your cart and you’ll see the price is $16 instead of $21.95.

Totally up to you!  You know your sock needs better than I do.  But just in case any of you share my more scandalous tendencies, I wanted you to have the option!

So, just to sum up (I do tend to go on), you can use the code ONE BY ONE to take 10% off any of the individual patterns in Shoreland Socks.  Or you can get the whole book for the regular price of two patterns (you don’t need a code for that, just put it in your cart and you’ll see the lower price).  That will work through the end of the day eastern time, Friday, February 19th.



Matching, resupply

Yarn and pattern matching, resupply break.

The yarns I ordered last week came on Saturday (because both the good folks at the yarn shop and the good folks at the post office are awesome and doing heroic work to help us all be as comfy as possible while we stay home as much as possible).

I love them both. I *think* I know which one will end up being the best bet for the pattern I want to design. But as always, the only way to tell for sure is to swatch.

So, more swatches are next. Yes, more! I am in no way kidding when I say swatching is how you get to be good at knitting/designing.

That’s part of why I’m *doing* this series of posts (roll back through the most recent posts for more info if you’re just now tuning in…).

The comment/complaint/question I get most often from folks is some variation of ‘how do I make pretty things without having to ever swatch?’ and the answer is, short of occasional good luck, you don’t. You really need to swatch.

It’s good for you. It builds character. Or at the very least, it makes your knits better.

Matching, take three

Yarn and pattern matching, take three!⁠

Now, I don’t actually have much in the stash in heavier weights (most of my knits are in that dk to light worsted range). And if I stick with single ply yarns, I have even fewer choices on hand. But I did have this, so I figured I’d swatch it up and see.⁠

And we’re pretty darn close here. I wouldn’t mind if it were a hair thicker (but I think this will still be lovely, which is important, because I want to have the pattern work at a range of yarn thicknesses so you’ll be able to make it with lots of different yarns). ⁠

And I generally want to use a lighter color, because it seems to catch people’s attention in photographs better that way (and not to be tacky, but ‘will people like the photos of this’ is an absolutely vital first step in the ‘will people buy this pattern’ calculation that happens when I’m designing a pattern).⁠

So the next step is to take what I’ve learned (I want a bulky, single-ply yarn in a light color with a bit of variegation, but not a ton) and go yarn shopping.⁠

In pre-pandemic days I’d swing by Halcyon Yarn or Cashmere Goat (or, let’s be honest, both) and look at things in person, because visiting yarn stores in person is fun and half the time you find stuff you didn’t even know you need but clearly do. But I’m not going in stores right now if I can possibly help it, so I asked for recommendations on twitter and did some online shopping.⁠

I found two options that I think will work and ordered both, and now I wait for them to arrive. ⁠

When they get here, I’ll swatch them and show those off and continue talking about the process. But for now, we wait on the valiant efforts of the postal service for more progress.⁠

(Oh and someone always asks, so for swatches like these, I just unravel them…though I’ll probably leave these in until I’ve swatched all the yarns so I can show them to you all at once some time when we talk about this. But no, swatching does NOT waste yarn, it just all comes out and can get reknit no problem, yes even mohair if you’re careful about it.)

Matching, take two

Yarn and pattern matching, take two.⁠

This is closer! The yarn is more substantial, so you see that nifty sort of cable effect much more clearly. And I really like how it looks in a single ply yarn (I am a sucker for single ply yarns, and they are perfect for things like hats that don’t get a ton of abrasion).⁠

But it’s still not quite as big as I’d like. A hat’s going to hang out on your head, and you have to be sure you have a pattern at the sort of scale that shows up on something that size. This is a tiny bit too narrow.⁠

And the color is a little bit more hectic than I usually go for (it’s a lovely color, and one I’d happily pair with a solid for brioche or something, it’s just a bit much all on it’s own for what I like to take pictures of).⁠

But once again, I’ve learned things, and am ready to try again. Once again…tomorrow.