So yes, it’s been a long time. Sorry about that, all. You see, I’ve found out the hard way that it’s not very easy to have a 9-5 job that requires creativity and then try to pop out patterns in your downtime. The good news? I’ve still been designing, I just haven’t been posting anything. That means…. TA DA! New patterns! I have one in test knitting right now and another in pattern production. Both should be available within a month – and I’m hoping Thorondor will be ready within a week or so!
But enough with the gabbing, let me show you some pictures so you have a good idea. Please ignore the fact that these garments are best worn in the fall and winter and it’s currently hot enough out there to make a woman feel like a green skinned witch who’s just had water splashed in her face. The point is, heatwaves don’t last forever. We have to plan in advance here, people. As a beloved coworker once told me last July, “It’s almost Christmas!”
Pattern #1 – Thorondor ($5.50) – Available – Early August, 2016.
This pattern has it all – cables, lace, garter. There is enough of a visual effect to keep you interested, but the design is also intuitive enough that it doesn’t frustrate you. The name was inspired by the king of the eagles in Tolkien’s lovely book, “The Hobbit.” It’s possible that I have a deep and abiding love for all things Martin Freeman and was having a mini marathon a few months back (can you really blame me?)
Pattern #2 – Crimson Scales ($5.50) – Available Mid August – still looking for pattern testers
Doesn’t everyone love socks with a little bit of lace and limited purl? Oh, is that just me? Anyway, this sock has plenty of charm! With a fairly straightforward lace repeat and thoughtful details on the toe and heel to add a bit of visual flavor, Crimson Scales is the perfect sock to create while laying low on a quiet weekend – or hiding from the heat by burrowing in the air conditioning. If you happen to be watching a movie about dragons at the same time, well then, so much the better, right?
I’m looking forward to seeing all your finished products.
In the meantime, while both these babies are in test knitting, I’m going to see if I can pull a hat design off my needles. Has anyone seen those furry puffballs they’re selling at craft stores all over? Oh yeah, hats must be made for no other reason than to give those puffballs purpose!