Creative Dabbling….and an Announcement!

Here’s a weird thing…I took two sock projects with me to Peru.  Both very simple, mindless knitting for planes and trains.  Due to travel complications and the fact that Peruvian airlines generally don’t allow knitting needles on flights, I didn’t actually knit on either of these projects much…but they were my only knitting for two whole weeks, (aka, representative of a very large part of my soul).  Naturally, being away from my stash, all I could think about knitting-wise was aaalllllll of the other things that I wanted to knit and how I had the yarn to knit them if I only had access to my stash.  Now that I’m back, however?  I’ve been knitting on those same two sock projects…  What gives?

Though my actual knitting leave much to be desired by way of creativity, my mind is currently buzzing with new pattern design ideas.  As you may have noticed from this post, I am beginning to dabble in the art of designing knitting patterns.  Since I got the hang of these silly sticks and string several years ago, I’ve been adjusting patterns to my liking, improvising designs, and musing about whether or not I could tackle being an actual, real-life knitwear designer.  I still don’t know if this will be my ultimate career, but I’ve decided to jump into the design pool by publishing a couple of my most recent pattern ideas.

The first one to be released will be my hat pattern design that I discussed in this post — the Garter/Moss Textured Hat.  Look for this one to be posted on Ravelry within the next week, (I hope!).  [In the meantime, you can find it here.]  A preview of my next pattern?

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These socks — that I’m calling the “Impossible Girl Socks” as a nod to my favorite time-traveling BBC show (*cough* Doctor Who *cough*) — are a relatively simple mock-cable pattern to add a little twist to plain-Jane vanilla socks.  This first pair is knit with KnitPicks Stroll Tweed Sock Yarn, but the pattern would work well with any solid/semi-solid yarn.

This one will also be a free pattern, but will be a pdf for download instead of blog post.  I am working on the write-up currently and will hopefully be able to release it within the next couple of weeks.

In addition to these two patterns that are finished — or close to finished — I have a multitude of other ideas brewing.  Not all of these have made it past the brainstorming stage yet, but I’m definitely working in that direction.  I may just be a designer yet — stay tuned!  🙂  (Want more updates on projects in the works?  Follow me on Instagram!)

collage3In other news, five new color ways have been posted in my Etsy shop — Elsa, Ocean Depths, Burning Day, Antique Velvet, & Strawberry Fields (not pictured).  Check these out and let me know what you think!  I’ve been experimenting with new color ways for a while, and would like to know which ones should become regulars.  🙂

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Additionally, a very special announcement for TheLittleMountYarnCo Etsy shop — a shipment of a new yarn base has arrived!  It’s an absolutely lovely 2-ply, 80/20 superwash merino/nylon blend that’s got a beautiful twist and is very squishy.  🙂  I’m calling this base Wanderer Sock.  I’m busy dyeing all weekend, so be looking for another Etsy update soon!

What are you crafting on this weekend?

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