In the knitting world, October is mostly known as Socktober, the sock month. Even if I did not managed to knit one single pair of socks, I did worked on a lot of new sock patterns. It does count, right?
October’s New Patterns
This month was a big month for me: I’ve published two new patterns, the Gliding Birds Mitts and Hat! You can buy them as single patterns or through my very first e-book! This was on my list for quite a while now and I’m so happy to be able to cross it off! I’ve already publish the full story of the Gliding Birds Collection here, I’ll not repeat myself but I can surely say that I’m very happy of how it turned out!
Both the Mitts and Hat patterns are included in Le Chat qui Tricote Autumn Box, still available on Le Chat qui Tricote website. Camille and Mathilde are so nice to work with, I can’t wait to show you or next collaboration in all its glory (you’ll have a glimpse of it a few lines down)!
Well, well, well, October was quite productive in the Tisserin Nest! I’ve been able to finish three socks and one new shawl prototype! I can’t show much right now because most of it is still under a secret sock book seal but I can’t resist to give you glimpses of it.
I was talking about a new collaboration with Camille and Mathilde. This shawl in the making will be included in our Winter Box (available next January!) and its Sneak Peek will start at the beginning of December! This prototype colours DO NOT represent the final colour scheme AT ALL (the real shawl will be worked from only two colours). That’s what you get to work from leftovers. But, we all love the shawl look and construction so I moved it forward to sample knitting! Don’t forget to sign up to the Tisserin Brood if you want to be among the first to know when Sneak Peek seats open.
My patchwork stole is finally finished! It took me ages to settle on a finishing touches but I decided to keep it simple and let the fabric shine in all their glory. I’ve detailed all my process in a previous blogpost a few days ago.
After knitting the shawl prototype, I’ve moved to the “true” one, in its true size, repeat numbers and colours. The draft pattern is written and it’s become my relaxing and tv-watching knit. It’s so easy to knit from an already written pattern! Note to self: write patterns before knitting samples! Don’t forget to sign up to the Tisserin Brood if you want to be among the first to know when Sneak Peek seats open.
The Alafosslopi socks are in the hands of James, my techeditor. Stay tuned because I’ll announce the Sneak Peek start very soon! If you want to be among the first to know about it, don’t forget to join the Tisserin Brood:
As for my other WIPs, the MKAL shawl is growing on my friend’s needles but I haven’t knit one single stitch of my fair-isle shawl… Still, my WIP box is slowly emptying!
One new skein reach my stash this month. I used to be an extreme yarn purchaser, I’m really proud of myself in term of my stash size. Even if it’s not downsizing, it’s not growing either! For a few months now, every new skeins I get is from partnerships to create new patterns!
This one is not an exception. This Bart & Francis MerinoSock I got from TrIScote will become the cable sock pattern in my upcoming sock book. I love this yarn, I’ve worked with a couple of times now and it always a delight to get a new one. It has bright and long-lasting colours and a great twist. Perfect for socks. You can read my full review about it here.
I almost crossed everything on my todo list this month. How amazing! My October Goals were:
Finish the peach sock and write the draft of the sock book!— Done ! Finish writing the Álafosslopi socks and send the pattern to my techeditor.— Done!
- Fixing the Not-named-Yet Fair-Isle shawl. — Urf! Still no work on this one but beware, I’m coming for you this month!
Writing a draft pattern of the brioche shawl.— Done!
And here are my November Goals:
- Be ready to start the brioche shawl Sneak Peek at the beginning of December, which means knitting the full-size sample, polishing the pattern and sending it to my techeditor.
- Hosting the Marked Trail sock Sneak Peek. Don’t forget to join the Tisserin Brood to be the first to know when seats opens!
- Hosting classes at Le Chat qui Tricote on the 17 and 18 November: we’ll talk about socks, lace, shawls and fair-isle! You can register on Le Chat qui Tricote website!
- Designing the lace sock for my sock book. The sock book will include basic stockinette recipes and technique focused patterns with increasing difficulty. You’ve already seen the first one based only on knit and purl stitch (in yellow), and the second to last one with cables and lace (in orange). I can’t wait to see how this one turns out but first I have to work on the stitch pattern itself!
- Fixing the Not-named-Yet Fair-Isle shawl. This is not the top priority for the month but we’ll see if I can squeeze it in.
I can’t wait to share all of this with you during the month! In the meanwhile, I wish you a happy creating month!