Not Empty

Now for some actual knitting.  That empty box over there, the one under “On the Needles?”  It’s a lie.  The needles are not empty.  They are, in fact, quite full.  Alas, almost all the current knitting is secret, so I can’t show you pictures.  I’m realizing now that this was poor planning.  I can’t show you pretty pictures, but I can let you know a bit about the schedule and what you can expect to see over the next little while.

The next pattern you will see is part of Penny Rose’s Wicked Women yarn club.  While only club members will be able to get the particular yarn I used, everyone will be able to buy the pattern.  This one comes with its own fairy tale and a bonus history lesson.  It will be out in early to mid January.  I’ve finished my knitting, my marvelous testers have worked their magic, and The Boy spent a very amusing hour taking pictures of my feet yesterday, so this one is officially finished.  Now I just have to wait to show them off.  In the meantime, I’ll console myself by wearing them.

In February, you’ll see another sock club pattern, this time with Gaia’s Colours.  These will be exclusive to the club for a while, but I’ll torment you with photos and try and try to talk you into putting the public release on your calendars.  One sock is done, and the second is waiting for a few more yards of yarn.  Testers have the pattern, and I’m lovingly fondling the existing sock (it’s a super thick and wonderfully warm) while I wait to finish its mate.

There are two more secret projects on the needles, one for publication (yay) and one for another sock club, but they’re for a bit later in the year and must remain unmentionable for a while longer.  Some time very soon now (this week with any luck) the combined pattern for Crenellation will be available.  It was up in pieces for the KAL, but I wanted to redo it as a single download with pictures.

Nope, no empty needles around here.

Criminal Underworld

My newest pattern, and a brief account of my youthful descent into the criminal underworld, will be appearing tomorrow or the next day.  In the meantime, I can show you a picture of the finished socks, and tell you that their name is Calcareous.

socks

The socks I showed you last time are off to the testers and should be coming out in a few weeks.  On an administrative note, the third and final part of Crenellation has been posted over on Ravelry.  All three parts of the pattern will remain freely available until at least the end of November.  After that, they will likely disappear to be combined into one finalized pattern with pictures and some extra notes and possible modifications that have come to light during the knit along. If your life will be incomplete without the free version of the pattern, go get it between now and the end of November.

Some time in the next few weeks I’ll be putting out a call for testers for three pairs of super secret socks…socks so secret I can’t even publicly post a picture of them.  If anyone out there would be interested in doing some stealth testing for me in November and December, drop me a line and let me know.  I’ll be compiling a list of folks brave enough to take on clandestine projects (cloak and dagger optional)!

Mystery Knit Along

The first part of my first mystery knit along pattern is up. It can be found here.  The discussion thread for the project is here.  Those are both Ravelry links.  The pattern is currently (and will likely remain) available only on Ravelry.  If you’re not signed up yet, shame on you.  There’s no longer a waiting list, so you have no excuse.  The next three parts of the pattern will come out over the next three weeks at roughly one week intervals.

You’ll note there is no picture in the pattern (hence the mystery bit).  The truth is, I don’t have a picture of the the exact sock in the pattern, because I made a few changes during the testing and revision process.  That means my sock isn’t exactly the same as the sock in the pattern (though of course my testers knit the one in the pattern, don’t be scared, I wouldn’t put it out untested).  It also means that I’m on the hunt for an ‘official’ picture for this sock — a picture I can use in the final version of the pattern (the one with all the instructions as opposed to the partial ones being doled out over the next few weeks) and on the Ravelry page for the pattern.  So, I’ll be paying special attention to the pictures people post of these socks.  If you make them and take a really good picture, I may be in touch to ask your permission to use your picture (I wouldn’t use anyone’s picture without permission of course, and if I use yours I will give you credit for your work).

The next pattern to come out will be another featuring one of the lovely yarns I got to design with at Sock Summit.  More information and a call for testers in the next post.

Any Minute Now

The testers (skilled and speedy knitters that they are) have succesfully made the Pedigreed socks.  The pattern is almost done (all 13 pages and 8 giant charts of it).  With any luck at all, I should have it out early next week.  Start your finger excercises now.  This is not an easy pattern.  It’s a bit of a brain teaser and requires both nimble fingers and careful attention.  It’s worth it (I think) but it will be a bit of a challenge.  You like that though, right?

I’m also working on a sock for a mystery knit along on Ravelry.  The knit along will run through October and November, but I need to get the pattern done early enough to have it vigorously tested.  It will be released without pictures, so I want to do what I can to ensure it’s easy to follow.

The pattern will be released in stages (likely 4), and it will be free to people in the knit along (which anyone is welcome to join).  That of course leads to logistics questions.  I think what I will do is put up a little form where you can provide your email address.  I’ll have the form up for at least a week or two.  Then, during the course of the knit along, I’ll email out the pattern installments to those people who provided their addresses.  When the knit along is over I may release a single installment version of the pattern streamlined to work in a more standard format and with pictures.  Stay tuned for more details, whatever I do I’ll be sure that there is an easy way to sign up for the free pattern.