Our local fibre festival, Fibrations is this Sunday, September 19 in Victoria, BC! We will have seconds skeins, all our new colourways, and more.
Typically, our booth is busy when the market opens at 10am, and things slow down after lunch. If you prefer a more leisurely experience, we recommend coming later in the day. We will be there until 6pm!
Holli has also offered us a coupon code on her Tip Toe Up pattern. Use the code SOLAR in her Ravelry or Payhip shop for a 15% discount.
Whether you choose to knit a round-trip with sunny toes on one foot and the far reaches of the solar system adorning your toes on the other foot, or make your sock journey a one-way ticket for two, these tips will help you get started and plan out a pit stop for your heel.
1. Use a Sock Pattern That Doesn’t Disrupt the Flow of Stripes
Conventional sock construction with a heel flap and gusset changes the stitch count through the instep, which in turn affects the width of the stripes. My Tip Toe Up pattern—a toe up sock pattern with a forethought heel—eliminates this problem and allows the brilliantly designed stripe progression to continue, unaffected, over the instep.
* Pluto is no longer considered a planet, I know. My original draft on instagram did not include Pluto and wow, the pro-Pluto contingent had some feedback for me. You will need to knit large socks to get all the way out there, but soon Pluto can be in your socks as well as your hearts.
Today's shop update is in celebration of the new book Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter by Kate Atherley and Kim McBrien Evans.
This book is both a beginner's guide to shawl knitting and a deep dive into the ocean of shape, texture, and colour. A trusty companion for anyone who is looking to learn the rules or is ready to break them.
Kim used a skein of my yarn for her Adjacent shawl and I couldn't be more thrilled. It is a quirky, tricky pattern that is going to take some thinking on the part of the knitter. If you have trouble maintaining even gauge, you will have to get creative. If you want to substitute yarn, you'll have to be clever. This pattern is intentionally a bit of a challenge and if that's what you're looking for, I think you are going to love it.
Adjacent calls for a 170 g / 6 oz skein of Azurite F. I've switched over to new dyes since the Azurite colourways were last in the shop and this time around the colours are a little less vibrant and have shifted slightly, but I think they capture the same flavours as the originals: Azurite D Remix and Azurite F Remix.
I've also included Colourwheel in this update. It does not have the same number/size stripes as the Azurites, but would make a glorious Adjacent (or maybe Askew?) The knitter can decide whether to modify the pattern for the wider stripes, or simply work the pattern exactly as written and not worrying whether the stripes line up perfectly with the triangles (it's gradient-y enough, it'll be great).
We've just added a new base yarn to our lineup that we're extra excited about: Merino Twist Eco.
The wool is this yarn is certified organic by GOTS, ensuring that it meets social and ecological standards in everything from the care of the sheep to the working conditions for farmers to the superwash-like treatment of the wool. (The yarn itself isn't certified organic due to the 20% nylon content.)
Merino Twist Eco has the same 8-ply construction as our trusty Merino Twist, making it a great choice for hard-wearing items like socks.
Please join us for a Zoom Show and Tell!
The thing I will miss most about the Knit City marketplace this year is seeing so many familiar faces and beautiful hand knits. I didn't want to miss out completely, so I decided to participate in Fibre Love Affair. It's an online marketplace and will have trunk shows and demos going on all weekend October 3 & 4. It's free, but registration is required.
I'll be hosting a zoom on Sunday evening and would love if you could pretend it's my Knit City booth. Please pop in, say hi, show off your Gauge knits, and get inspired!
I'll be joined by special guest and friend of Gauge, Andrea Rangel. Between the two of us, we have plenty of pretty knitted things to show off, but we're especially looking forward to oohing and aahing over your projects. (Only if you want though, as a nerdy introvert I feel it's important to be clear that you can quietly watch and not show or tell anything and that's great too.)
Show and Tell (zoom link)
October 4 @ 6:00-7:00 pm Pacific Time.
Bring your Gauge hand knits if you've got 'em.
You must register at Fibre Love Affair to receive the password for the Zoom meeting.
We'll also be offering a limited number of kits for the Sun and Moon socks as part of the event. The kit includes one skein of the Sun colourway (pictured above) and a copy of Andrea's sock pattern. I'll have them in the shop at 5 pm Pacific Time on October 4.
We'll have the full summer 2019 collection available later in October, but if you've been waiting since last summer for these socks, this is your early bird chance.
p.s. Knit City is online this year with a full schedule of online workshops and Friday knit night with the Grocery Girls.