Never ending swatches

Ok, we did swatches parts one and two already, let’s see if we can’t fit the last three all in at once!

I want all the bonus points for reblocking this swatch so I could take a decent photo of it for you. Yarn is Chickadee by Quince and Co in the color Angelica.

What I probably should have done is shown you blocked and unblocked versions of this swatch.  For you see, this stitch pattern looks…ah…shall we say indistinct in it’s unblocked state? That’s a polite word for it, right?⁠⠀
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But…the good news here is that when you wear socks, your foot/ankle totally puts the fabric under tension for you, so that oh so slightly nebulous pattern you saw when you were knitting absolutely springs into focus. It’s one of knitting’s many tiny magic tricks, and one this stitch shows off to great advantage!⁠

Next up is something a little more straight forward, but no less delightful.  Yarn is Everyday DK by Ontheround in the color Hologram.⁠

And the socks are a pile of ribbing.  Which is both glorious (so comfy, so tidy, so very delightful to wear) and potentially a tiny bit boring to knit.  So I’ve done something delightfully swoopy on the foot of the sock.  Which the swatch admitedly doesn’t show terrrrrrrribly well.  But it helped me work out the math, and you’ll see how cool it is when I start showing off the socks properly here very soon!

And finally…a totally different take on ribbing.  Yarn is Bluestocking by String Theory Handdyed Yarn in the color Bimini.⁠⠀

And I know I’m not supposed to have favorites, but this is just so much fun to work.  I’ve never made stitches quite like it, and the result is just so gloriously textured.  Like it feels tidy and orderly and the tiniest bit subversive. Now, you will totally want to swatch it. It’s weird enough that your first one will probably be a whole lot less tidy than your fifth one (I know mine certainly got tidier as I practiced). But you’ll have fun and it’s totally worth it! ⁠

Once again, though I suspect if you’ve made it this far you totally already know, the book is coming soon, and if you want to hear about the preorder festivities, the mailing list is the thing to do.  But you’re totally a cool kid and already knew that!

Yet more swatches

We’re picking up where we left off last time and showing off more swatches for this year’s book (which is coming in, checks watch, um, about three weeks).

We’ll start with this one. Yarn is Signature Sock Yarn by OnTheRound in the color Robin’s Egg.

I am a sucker for cables. I like designing them. I like knitting them. I like wearing them. But…they can be sneaky little beasts. If you’re going to put them on socks, you need to have a plan.⁠ ⁠ For you see, cables make your fabric less stretchy than stockinette or ribbing. And you sort of need socks to be stretchy (they need to go over your heel and then stay up on your leg). So you need to to plan for that in socks (in anything really…but especially in socks). ⁠ ⁠

The way I like to handle it is to be careful with how they’re placed (you don’t need cables on every stitch of every row thank you very much), be careful how big they are (the more stitches are involved in a cable, the more it stiffens the fabric), and be careful about what the non cable bits of your sock are doing (putting in bunches of ribbing to give you some extra stretch helps balance them out). ⁠ ⁠ Sometimes you can even do sneaky tricks like use bigger needles for some spots of the project just to be safe.  But, if you keep that in mind, you can (and should) totally put glorious cables on your socks!⁠

The last ones were Big Dramatic Cables…these ones are Tiny Delicate Cables. Yarn is Apex by Seven Sisters Arts. There was a little color change there in the middle…the one in the front swatch is Heather, but then I went and changed my mind part way through so the one in the mini skein is Water Nymph.

You can try and have a favorite between big cables and tiny cables if you want, but I’ve decided my heart belongs to both and trying to pick just one would end in tears.⁠⠀And none of us want that, so there is room for all sorts of cables in your knitting bag!⁠⠀

If you want to hear from me when the preorder info goes live, the mailing list is the way to do that (and I just ordered a box of goodies for the preorder early birds, so I suspect it’s the thing to do)!

I mean I suppose technically it’s more ribbing…

So now we’re at the bit where I more or less…well…have to knit ribbing again.  And I’m not quite sure why an inch of ribbing at the bottom, before the fun bits, feels like endless purgatory, but three inches of ribbing at the top feels like zipping towards the finish.  But somehow it does.

So I’m not actually minding tooooooo much.  Though if we’re being honest, it’s still not my favorite bit.

Perhaps my uncharacteristic stoicism is because it means it’s just about time to do the crown.  And I have a suspicion brioche crowns are their own special kind of magic!

Oh, and let’s see…some pre-emptive answers to possible questions.  Yarns are by Ontheround, Everyday DK in Natural and Plush Single in Ring of Fire.  And you totally could do more of the wee flower pods instead of switching back to ribbing.  I’m just fond of having things happen in threes, so that’s what I did. But you could do just one or do it the whole way up the hat if you were so inclined.  There will be a pattern (but I’m running it by lots of folks more familiar with brioche than I am first…because I don’t want to lead anyone astray).

The fun bits

The ribbing is never my favorite bit.  In fact, the ribbing is the bit I sternly make myself do because I know I will like wearing the finished thing better as a result.  But really…my heart is in it for the swirly middle bits.

Though to be fair, I was rather pleased with myself for being comfy enough with brioche to reach the ‘yup, ready to be done with the ribbing’ stage right on schedule.  I’m pretty sure you can’t be both bored and scared at the same time, so if I got to bored, then I’m well past scared, right?

But now I’m on to the fancy bits, and oh but wow do I love them!  In fact, I’m going to be all shameless and just flash the pretty.  Because I’m tickled!

Oh, and before I forget, yarns are Ontheround’s Everyday DK in Natural and Plush Single in Ring of Fire.  And they are yummy!  Brioche is totally going to get me to experiment with more adventurous color combos over time, but for now, I’m going with bright and high contrast, and magical orangey bits and mellow neutral totally work!

Let’s have some more of that, shall we?

While I was distracting you with the fetching orange striped mitts, the hat decided to get bigger.

Quite a bit bigger actually…

So big that I may only have room for five colors (the set comes with six, and I’d hoped to have room for them all, but that may not quite work out).

I’m torn between the pale green, and the yellow.  The green feels a little cooler, somehow more sedate.  And the yellow more cheerful.  I think either is probably actually fine…but somehow that makes the choice all the harder.

 

 

 

 

Not even pretending any more

That’s it. I’m just accepting that gray hats are my thing, I love them, I knit a lot of them, I’m not sorry, and I’m not going to change.

That said…there’s a good chance this one might distract you from the underlying gray with rather a lot of colorful bits…(it’s Everyday DK by ontheround in Silver Lining Tweed…and it is grand).

And if you hold tight for just a second while I zip through the stockinette bit, you might spy some actual non-gray yarn.

Quite a lot of non-gray yarn come to think of it…(that’s ontheround’s Everyday Lite in Silver Lining Rainbow…also grand and a perfect match for the speckles).

Hold on tight, I think this is going somewhere rather special!

 

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No really…I mostly just swatch

I’ve done you a disservice.  I got all distracted showing this particular bit of fluff off on instagram and sort of forgot to show it off here too (I know, I find it odd too…but your best chance of seeing all the things these days is to keep an eye on me over there).  Remember the On The Round rainbow goodness from the other day?

Well it turned into a swatch.

And then that swatch got tweaked and turned into another swatch.

And then that swatch went all sorts of good places.

This is going to end up being a hat (possibly with a companion piece depending on how my yarn and enthusiasm hold up…).  And I suspect it’s going to be something rather special.

Yarn is from On The Round (their Everyday DK is Silver Lining Tweed and Everyday Lite in Silver Lining Rainbow).  And yes it’s every bit that pretty in real life.  You want it in your stash!

 

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Yarn fairy

From time to time I get an idea, I chat with someone about that idea, and then yarn comes in the mail.

Pretty pretty yarn.

Yarn that will come together into what I hope will be rather magical.

If the speckly bit looks familiar, that’s because it’s from Ontheround and it’s what I used to knit the heart on circs the other day.  It’s their Everyday DK.  And the rainbow one is their Everyday Lite in Silver Lining Rainbow.  And I suspect the two are going to have no end of fun together!  There will be swatching.  Lots and lots of swatching!

Haul

So last time I showed off (just a bit) of the pretty from the trip to Maine.  But I know you guys are here more for yarn than for general travel festivities.  And don’t worry, there was yarn.  No really I checked.  There was.

4 copyFirst up, a bit of Malabrigo.  And no, it’s not local to Maine, but I strongly prefer to buy Malabrigo in person, and these four were too lovely to pass up!

1 copyAnd when in Maine, you’re pretty much contractually obligated to get a bit of Seven Sisters Arts.

3 copyThat contract?  It totally covers String Theory too.

2 copyAnd new to me (and firmly in the ‘ooooooh, speckles, pretty’) is On the Round.  I have a feeling there will be more of this later.