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Time for a new toy pattern! From the slightly odd minds at joey’s house, let me introduce you to
Bitty little bunnies who like to hang around in your sugar bowl and have afternoon tea. And hey! They’re calorie free! In fact they’re almost yarn free – you don’t even need 10 grams to whip up one of these little guys. Strangely addictive they will soon be all over your house – the ones that guests don’t try to take home that is.
Available now for the low, low price of FREE! Just click: bunny cubes colour to download the pattern for yourself. Prefer to store it in your Ravelry library? No problem it;s available there too; just CLICK! Also available through Ravelry is a super plain version, for those of you who don’t want to use up all your pretty printer ink – same clicky as above.
But wait, there’s more!
To celebrate Bunny Cubes, we’re having a sale in the Ravelry Store! From now until end of day Sunday it’s BUY ONE GET ONE FREE on all paid patterns! Just use the code HopToBeSquare at the checkout! Thanks! You’re bunny-riffic!
I like hearing stories about how creative people get their ideas. Many seem to have a place or time where the creative juices flow, the synapses spark and the muses whisper. The shower seems to be a popular spot. Also while driving. One designer works out details while vacuuming or doing other mindless house work. For me it’s most often at night. Pattern issues resolve themselves just as I’m drifting off. Colour choices come in dreams. And the muses like to visit at about 3:17 a.m. with a smash over the head and a big shake, shouting “Wake up, smartass, have we got an idea for you!” This was the birth of the idea for these socks. 3:17, visions of bright pink socks with textese letters running down the legs are dancing in my head. The next day I emailed Kim, one of my favourite yarn pushers with the idea. “YES! I have the perfect yarn!” came the reply. I started charting, and, after obtaining new eye protection to keep the glare of this pink out of my eyes I started knitting. And ripping. And knitting. And charting. And re-charting. The letter O is particularly tricky to knit – mine kept coming out looking either like squares or eyeballs. Finally though, there are these:
Socks to express what most of us are thinking many,many times during the day. Make them for your favourite text-happy teen. Or make them for yourself and wear them into the office on an appropriate day. I the right colour, I think there are many suitable applications.
Knit top down, with a funky ribbed cuff and matching toe. The letters are created just with knits and purls, read from simple charts. Heel is a standard flap style. As written the pattern will fit ladies M to men’s small, but it would be really easy to add in a few more sts around the chart and knit to the length you need once the chart is completed. Shown in Indigodragonfly’s Merino Nylon Sock yarn in the perfectly named OMGWTFPINK! Now available for sale on Ravlery. The regular price is $5.00, but for a limited time use the code OMGCHEAP at the checkout to get it for only $3.50.
Happy Star Wars Day everyone! I like to day because not only can I justify making x-wing noises all day, but it’s also my brother’s birthday. And we’re heading out tonight to see the Avengers! Wow, today just keeps getting geekier. Clearly this all calls for some kind of celebration, so for today I’m offering a little bonus in the pattern shop: buy any two Joey’s House patterns, get one for FREE, yay, free! Phillip has his lightsaber ready, do you?
For the past week, when I wasn’t knitting and assembling Montes I have been working on a new design. I had ripped it back a few times, but I really thought I had it this time. I even turned the heel. Then I tried it on. It looked like ass. ”It’s dark”, I thought. ”I’ll wait until morning and look at it again.” Still ass. Last night I couldn’t take it any more. I wanted to knit something. Something that wasn’t a monster, wasn’t the never ending stockinette in the round sweater I have going, and that I didn’t have to record every little thing I did. In short – I wanted to knit someone else’s pattern. A pattern that was already written. That I didn’t have to think too much about. With funky coloured non-solid yarn. Yeah. I gave in. I tossed the sock yarn stash. I found something. I knew what pattern I wanted to go with it. Today I have this.
A sock blank from Wellington Fibres, bought a couple of years ago at their open house. It’s wool and mohair, very soft with a bit of a fuzz. I’m knitting the Oak Rib Socks from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks. Nancy knows what she’s doing when it comes to sock patterns, very little thought required on my part. So far I’m following the pattern exactly. (You know that isn’t going to last long.) And I’m loving it. It’s taken the edge off. I put the naughty pattern away, out of sight, into a little time out. Another day or two with these socks and I may be ready to re-chart that pattern. For this afternoon, I’m going to enjoy my fuzzy yarn and the colour changes. Cheers!
After knitting about 2/3 of a sock for Joey using my own design I decided it was not working out in the yarn I had chosen. After another false start I have finally figured out what it should look like and am catching up to where I was when I ripped it. A morning of knitting at the remote office has helped. Still hoping to have them done for Christmas – possibly wishful thinking or just outright delusion on my part.