If you've been following along on instagram, you'll know that designer Hunter Hammersen has been working on a hat in Gauge yarn. The pattern will be released later this month, but we've got the yarn available now as a pre-order (here) for anyone who wants to cast on asap.
What you need to know:
Hunter and I connected on instagram last year when she suggested the winning names "Round Trip" and "One Way Trip" for our solar system yarns. After a bit of chatting back and forth, she threw out this idea she had for a hat and wondered if I'd be interested in dyeing some yarn for it (yes I would).
The yarn is dyed with a stretch of a contrast colour at one end for the brim of the hat, and then little blips of colour randomly throughout the rest of the skein. It is what Hunter calls "bossy yarn", where you just knit along minding your own business until the yarn tells you to do something (knit a special stitch in the contrast colour) and then go back to plain knit stitches until the yarn changes colour and bosses you around again.
I've been calling this Hunter's Hat yarn, but now it has a real name. The hat pattern will be called Stochastic, which is a fancy statistics word that means "random" and refers to the blips of colour throughout the skein. In keeping with the theme, I'm calling the yarn Monte Carlo, because the Monte Carlo method is a stochastic process for numerical analysis and because I think the name has a nice ring to it.
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.