Let's first start with a countdown! 19 more sleeps until Sock Summit!!! Woohoo!! Can't wait! I'm flying in a few days early, so 16 sleeps for me!
Who else is going to Sock Summit? I can't wait to see both new and old friends!
I've also been wanting to release a free pattern for awhile now and I finally released it yesterday! Another thing to check-off the must-do before Sock Summit list. Meet my new sock pattern, Honey Badger.
I think you guys will like this one. My fabulous, speedy test knitters Disco, Manda, and Gaylen, said it flew off their needles! Thank you again ladies for all your help this week!
The slipped stitches will work great with variegated yarns too. But if it doesn't, well, honey badgers don't care, right?! These socks have been brewing in my head since sock camp!
Sock camp brings out all sorts of silliness, and learning too, but really, this sock knitting community is pretty fabulous and fun. At camp this year, the Honey Badger seemed to become our impromptu mascot. When it came time to name this pattern, I just couldn’t resist naming it after the Honey Badger, the most fearless animal in all of the animal kingdom. Be fearless with your sock knitting! Honey Badgers don’t care!
Notes: Instructions are written for a cuff-down sock. Charts are provided on the last page.
Suggested Yarns: 350-380 yards of fingering weight yarn such as BMFA Socks that Rock lightweight, The Plucky Knitter Merino Cashmere Nylon fingering, Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock, Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock, Knitted Wit Superwash Merino Fingering, Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Luxe Merino Fine
Materials: Size US 1 (2.25mm) or size to obtain gauge, either DPNs or circular needles, Stitch markers, Tapesty needle
Gauge: 32 stitches and 48 rows = 4” over st st
Size: adult women’s X-Small (Small, Medium, Large)
Finished measurements: 6 ½ (7 ¼, 8, 8 ¾)" foot circumference; 6” approximate leg length
Another special thanks to Thayer and Tricia for doing a fabulous job with the modeling and photography! I don't know where I would be without them. Plus, I gave them the challenge of figuring out how to model just one sock :)
This is my favorite photo from the day!
And would you believe we saw this guy on the drive up to our photo shoot! I sooooo wanted to make Thayer jump out and model the sock next to him, but um....we think he was dead.
Even though this was a free pattern, I still wanted to have it feature my new pattern format. I really, really need to thank Jill, aka Knitterella, for being such an awesome resource for me as my graphic designer. I highly recommend her if you are looking for graphic design work!
Not only did she do the pattern layout, but she was also a sponsor of this pattern! Please go show her some love and thank her! I really do appreciate being able to offer this pattern for free and with such a professional look. Thank you Jill!
I've been keeping Jill busy with pattern reformatting too! I have two more of my previously published designs in my new layout.
From now until July 15, Dotty and Sweet Baby Kate will be specially-priced at $4.50 and then they will be $6.00, as my other patterns.
See, lots of fun stuff! One would wonder if I am finding any time to knit. Well, truth be told, once I had another secret project off the needles, I spent most of the week working on the extra stuff, such as pattern writing. But last night I did finally cast on another Summer Wind. I've loved seeing all of the Summer Winds knit up in our KAL, so I was inspired! Plus, I need some almost mindless knitting.
Anzula Squishy (and omg....love love how squishy it is!)
Hey, I didn't say I'd made a lot of progress, just that I'd cast on!
I also hope to cast on for the Kollage Yarns' IrishgirlieKnits KAL this week too. I plan to use this gorgeous skein of Sock-a-licous.......
.... to make Keegan, a super quick and easy baby hat and cables pattern that I designed for their Fall line.
I just love these wee baby socks!
And I could eat her up she is so stinkin' cute!
Okay, and if you have made it through this long catch-up post, I'll treat you to some highlights from my weekend!
And re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! I can't wait to see the movie! Oh, and yes, that gorgeous skein of Ginny from Sunshine Yarns showed up in the mail today!
Any of you excited to see Harry Potter this week? What do you need to catch me up on? Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!
Now off to bed I go....