New Socks Afoot

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The latest socks on my needles: the very beginnings of some Saturday Matinee Socks by Mara Catherine Bryner. They’re ankle socks with some interesting heel patterning and a lace pattern down the foot. The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in ‘Archangel’ – perfect stretchy softness for socks!

Grey(Purple)haven

Start-itis (noun) : an affliction suffered by crafters, characterised by the uncontrollable urge to begin new projects without finishing previous ones.

Yep, I’m suffering a terrible case of this right now! I already have my Boneyard Shawl on the needles, and two pairs of socks, and I’ve got to block two other makes that I finished months ago and are currently languishing in my knitting cupboard …  but not content with these, I cast on something new today.

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A few weeks ago, while visiting the wonderful knitting shop, A Yarn Story, in Bath – a shop absolutely brimming with gorgeous yarn and helpful advice, and a dog, and tea! – I bought some SweetGeorgia Yarns Trinity worsted yarn, in the colourway ‘mink’. It’s so wonderfully springy and soft, with a luxurious 70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% silk blend.

With this lovely yarn in mind, I explored Ravelry and finally decided on the Greyhaven Cowl by Robin Ulrich. It’s a lace cowl, with a simple lace pattern that creates arrow shapes with yarn overs. It’s a lovely pattern, very clearly written and supported with detailed project notes. Although most of the samples knitted up on the Ravelry pattern page are grey (as the name sort of suggests…) I decided the Trinity worsted would be just fine – purple is one of my favourite colours and the yarn is just so soft, it will be perfect for wearing tucked up to the chin in winter!

I only hope I actually finish something soon, before start-itis strikes me down again!

Zing

Last summer, a few of my knitting friends commented that a cowl I’d made was really lovely. It was a very simple cowl. I knit it in-the-round, from Debbie Bliss’s super chunky ‘Roma’ yarn. It’s just ribbing and stripes, knit from understated neutrals, with a little bright zesty yellow for the borders at each end.

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With the encouragement (read: stern enforcement) of my friends, I wrote down a quick pattern and promptly forgot about it completely.

Fast forward one year, and my friends have each knit one of the cowls for themselves. They suggested that maybe I could write up a proper pattern, and put it on Ravelry so that anyone who wanted to access it could do so. I sat down and wrote out a formal pattern with (hopefully) clear instructions. I asked a couple of knitting friends to take a look at it, to make sure it made sense outside my head as well as inside it. And, today, I published it on Ravelry.

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It is on Ravelry as a free PDF download (click here for the Ravelry page and pattern) – I feel as if the knitting community already provides me with so much entertainment and enjoyment, that adding this pattern for free is the smallest thing I could do to give back a little to that community in kind.

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Well, that’s my first proper knitting pattern done. As simple as it is, I really enjoyed putting my knitty thoughts down onto paper (or screen) for someone else to interpret. Who knows, maybe I’ll even manage another pattern sometime soon…!