A new pattern: Rosthwaite

And a good morning to you on this cold and frosty day.

I'm really pleased to be able to share my latest pattern with you today - the Rosthwaite socks.
Rosthwaite Socks: Cuff down with an afterthought heel

This pattern was designed as part of my Sock Design Challenge which I ran in September and invited you lovely readers and members of my Ravelry and Facebook pages to vote on key design elements.

The overwhelming vote was for top down socks with some fun stitch detail and nothing too complicated or stressful, and I really hope that you like the finished product as mych as I do.

As a bit of a change for me I have also worked these socks with an afterthought heel. The more I work this heel type the more pleased I am with it and if you have never tried it, maybe this is the project to start you off.

There are a lot of amazing resources on the web and I highly recommend the following as a good place to start.

The Knit Girllls have a fabulous tutorial: here

And excellent blog posts on the subject can be found here and here.

I really do hope you decide to give them a try. As a thank you for all your support and encouragement I'm offering a 25% discount until Nov 30th, 2014 with the code Rosthwaite.

Happy Knitting

FO Friday: Sty Head Tarn socks

I'm very pleased to be able to whizz by this morning and show off my latest pattern.
The Sty Head Tarn socks were inspired by one of our favourite picnic spots when we are holidaying in the English Lake District. We have been there in snow, ice, sun and gales. Each time it is beautiful in a different way.
As with many of my patterns this can be worked toe-up up or cuff down - go on - I dare you to try a different way this time!
I am also experimenting with a different pricing structure on my Ravelry shop. Add any 4 of my patterns to your cart and receive an automatic 20% discount.
As the temperature reaches 32 F here, what better way to celebrate than with woolly socks.

Month of Socks

Just sprinting through before the school run to let you know about the Must Stash podcast and their fabulous Month of Socks event. If you haven't tried the podcast before I can highly recommend it - Steph and Stacie are great fun and very informative - with lots of great projects to inspire you.

To go along with the event I am offering 25% discount on all my patterns until 7th May - use the code SOCKSINMAY at the checkout - and come join in the sockie fun.

Once you've cast on, use the hashtag #monthofsocks on Twitter/Instagram etc to see what everyone else is up to.




What better way to kick off my new website than with a brand new pattern for spring.

Beltane is a collaboration with the wonderful Eleanor of Solstice Yarns who loves to hand-dye yarn in fabulous nature-inspired colours. Her yarns are really a joy to behold and my limited photographic skills certainly don't do them justice.

The colourway for these socks is Feathered Nest - inspired by duck egg blue bird's eggs nestling in a cute twiggy nest.

These socks feature an unusual twisted cable which is fun but surprisingly simple to work and a little elegant ribbing to keep the look unisex and ensure a good fit.

As usual, the pattern is offered in both toe-up and cuff down formats - as I know that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for the toe-up way. Also, the sample as shown features the Fish Lips Kiss Heel - my new favourite. The pattern when purchased will have my usual heel flap construction but if you would like to try a new heel which works with both toe-up and cuff down then I highly recommend giving the Fish Lips Kiss Heel a try. At just $1 (approx 60p) the pattern is superb value for money and gives a wealth of information which I'm sure will be of value in your sock knitting journey.

So, if you'd like to welcome the arrival of spring with a bit of sock knitting how about joining us for a KAL, over on the Solstice Yarns group. There are no rules, other than having fun and chatting and all are welcome.

As an added incentive, use the code Beltane at checkout to get a 25% discount on the purchase price (usually £2.50)