I am surrounded by talented professionals and a team of absolutely wonderful test knitters, and thanks to them, The Lair can proudly present a new pattern for sale! It has been a while, but I hope the wait is worth it! And there will be many more to follow soon. I've also updated a few of the older patterns, see the end of the post for details.
The new pattern is a spur-of-the-moment thing. I bought two skeins of a beautiful semisolid turquoise sock yarn, slightly thicker than what I prefer for my socks. It was definitely too thick for gloves, and I was hesitant to use it for socks as it is 2-ply merino-nylon blend, and not too tightly spun. But then it hit me: I need a pair of sleeping socks, the kind you slip on when you get to bed and eventually end up kicking them off at some point at night. The merino would be perfect for them, it's soft and warm, and since it doesn't need to be very durable, I decided to use the newly acquired yarn for a pair of sleeping socks.
I wanted to knit lace for my socks. I usually have no patterning in my socks, merely because I like knitting stockinette and cables and other patterns would be uncomfortable to wear with shoes. I don't wear store-bought socks at all, so I knit stockinette socks mostly as they're an easy, perfect traveling project to take along. But with sleeping socks I could go wild and choose a lace pattern! And so I did, taking a lace pattern from a Japanese stitch pattern book and modifying it slightly.
The pair itself is relatively simple, knitted toe-up with a upside down French heel and a garter lace edging.
I really loved the pair I knitted. I thought it was the perfect marriage between yarn, purpose, color and stitch pattern, and then it hit me. Perhaps others would like it too! A quick call to my test knitters, and here it is: the Sleeping Beauty Socks Pattern!
This button will take you to Ravelry where you can get your copy of the pattern:
Red Dragon Shawl pattern has also been updated (new lay-out, no changes to charts or the pattern).
If you already own a copy, you can download your new version at the Ravelry pattern page. Don't have the Red Dragon yet? Here's the link to Ravelry where you can purchase your copy:
Also updated are the Deep in the Forest Mittens. They have been a true favorite - thank you everyone for your support! The pattern has a completely new lay-out and looks really good to me!
If you already own a copy, you can download your new version at the Ravelry pattern page. Don't have it yet? Here's the link to Ravelry where you can purchase your copy:
Exhausted? There's one more! The Winter Skirt has also a new lay-out:
You can find the new version at the Ravelry pattern page, where you can purchase a copy of the pattern. Or just click the button below:
That's it for now! Enjoy the fall weather and stay warm - we're feeling the misty chill of the mornings here and I've cast on for many many projects, which are soon ready for blogging. Stay tuned then!