As of today, you have helped me raise £111.40 for Haiti relief. THANK YOU!
In Pattern news, I released two (yes, two) patterns this week. Unfortunately I now have nothing in testing, but we'll see how the next months goes!
Anyway, I present:
Combining cables and two-color knitting, these mittens are a fun, quick knit in aran-weight yarn. Make them show-stopping in dramatic black and white, or a bit more subdued in more similar colors.
Comes with directions for either a traditional pointed finish or a flat finish (shown here), and both written and charted directions.
7.5” (9”, 10.5”) around palm above crook of thumb
8 (9.5, 11”) around base of palm and thumb
Aran-weight yarn, 109-150 yards MC (black), 109 yards CC (white)
US 8 (5.00mm) needles
And also Etchings Socks
Reminiscent of etchings in jade, these elegant and deceptively easy-to-knit socks are a quick knit in soft, sturdy Handmaiden Casbah. They also use up very little yardage, and are perfect for smaller skeins of sock yarn.This pattern includes charts only, but is a perfect way to learn. Includes picture tutorial on required special sts.
6in/15.25cm leg circumference relaxed 9”/23cm leg circumference stretched
4.5in/11.5cm length from cast on to beginning of heel flap
Made with only 255 yards of Handmaiden Casbah.
Etchings Socks are available as a Ravelry Download for £2.50.
And, as always, for the rest of January 50% of pattern proceeds are going to MSF/Doctors without Borders.
Speaking of Haiti, I was touched by this story from my old hometown. I can't imagine how frightened they must be, moving to an albeit beautiful but still relatively cold place, with the big cars and buildings and roads. Even for myself, going back to the US is always a bit of a culture shock, but to come from Haiti to the US, especially just after what's happened, I can't even imagine. My hopes and prayers are with the family as they settle into their new home after that horrible experience, and hoping that the kids can settle in well, make friends, and learn English easily!
In other news, we managed to snag a Fairtrade Kit Kat bar at Tesco last night. It manages to take away a bit of the sting from Cadbury being bought by Kraft, but only a little. I'm completely aware that Nestle's motivation for making Fair Trade is questionable (as most of Nestle's motives are), but the fact is that lots more farmers are actually being paid fair wages for all of their cocoa genius and hard work, so that's pretty awesome.