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Saturday, June 4, 2016

50% OFF — Happy Birthday Sale!!!



Birthdays always make me feel overwhelmingly thankful for all of the love and generosity sent in my direction. I'd love to send some of that love back in your direction. In honour of my birthday today, I'm hosting a 50% OFF sale to show my deep appreciation for the continued support I've received from this loving knitting community of ours ♥


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50% OFF — TODAY ONLY!

June 4th — until midnight PST   

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Simply use code BDAYLOVE at checkout when you purchase patterns from my 
Website or Ravelry Store.




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Afterthought heels + Climb Socks


A few weeks ago I posted about the socks that I had on my needles and my new found obsession with the afterthought heel. Becky left a great comment on the post, asking for my recipe when installing an afterthought heel in my Climb Socks. I thought this was a great question that definitely deserved it's own post so that anyone wanting to modify their climbs would have the instructions to do so!

I finished my dark grey climb socks last night—and I've found the perfect combination of steps to make afterthought heels ideal for my foot.


Afterthought Heels
Knitting a sock with an afterthought heel is as easy as knitting a tube sock. I knit plain vanilla socks from the toe up and what I like most about this method, is once you've passed the toe, the rest is mindless knitting. Perfect for distracted, movie watching, knit night socializing, throwing in your purse kinda knitting!

You'll only have to pause to think about the placement of the waste yarn you are going to install to hold the stitches for the afterthought heel. The placement of the waste yarn for your afterthought heal depends on the direction of your knitting. Because the Climb socks are knit from the toe up, place your waste yarn where your heel begins—you can use your ankle bone as a reference—but I like to slip the sock on my foot and measure how much further I need to go to reach my heel (where my arch meets my heel). You'll then use the waste yarn to knit across half of the stitches of the sock, then carry on knitting your tube sock!

Once your tube sock is complete, you'll need to remove the waste yarn and knit your afterthought heel. Here are a few details that I use on my Climb afterthought heels to make them fit me just right:


  • Step 1 — Pick up 4 extra stitches
    I pick up 4 extra stitches (2 at each end to close the gaps), I leave these stitches to be decreased with the shaping, I like the extra room it creates for the heel.

  • Step 2 — Knit 10 rounds even
    After I've picked up the stitches around the heel, I work 10 rounds without shaping, again, I like the extra room that this creates for my high arch.
     
  • Step 3 — Decrease every other round
    Once you've worked your even rounds, it's time to decrease to shape the heel. I knit magic loop and this is the method that I use:
    Rnd 1 (decrease round): [K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts of needle, k2tog, k1] repeat once more.
    Rnd 2 (work even rnd): Knit
    Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until you are left with 12 stitches on each needle.
  • Step 4 — Finishing
    Once you have 12 stitches left on each needle (24 total), break the yarn leaving a 30 inch tail and use the Kitchener stitch to graft the stitches together. 

Becky and I both found this video by The Knit Girllls really useful. It includes every step and will guide you through the process of knitting an afterthought heel.


Remember, there are so many little adjustments you can make to suit your foot, so don't be afraid to play around with this recipe and find what works for you!



Monday, April 11, 2016

On My Needles /// Climb Socks and Afterthought Heels

Climb Socks /// janerichmond.com

I always have a pair of socks on my needles...
That way if I'm stuck between projects, or need something portable, or want to read or watch a movie while I'm knitting—I can just grab my socks.

I'm knitting my 5th pair of Climb Socks—and my second pair using an afterthought heel. I knit my socks toe-up and I love that once I've finished the toe it's nothing but Stockinette, tube sock knitting! Perfect for distracted, mindless, take everywhere knitting!

Climb Socks /// janerichmond.com

I'm using Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn in a darker grey, Basalt Heather, rather than the Dove Heather used for the other 4 pairs, and I'm really pleased with how they turned out!

Climb Socks /// janerichmond.com

Also on my needles...
These fun striped socks! I'm alternating between Knit Picks Felici Bare and the sock blank that I died up eons ago during Felicia Lo's Dying to Get Some Colour workshop! I'm using the Climb pattern for these socks as well, it's my go to sock pattern :)

Climb Socks /// janerichmond.com

Climb Socks /// janerichmond.com



How do you knit your socks? Cuff down or toe up? Short row or afterthought heel? Double points or magic loop? Do you have a favorite sock pattern?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SALE /// Buy 1—Get 1 FREE!!!



Happy Spring!!!

I adore this time of year. Victoria shifts into spring far earlier than many places I've lived. To me, spring is exciting from a gardeners perspective. It is a time when the dormant come back in dramatic vibrancy. I love how quickly my garden changes from day to day—there is always something new and surprising. 

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My favorite way to celebrate the coming of spring...
 is with a SALE!


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B O G O
pattern sale

Now until March 31st / Buy 1—Get 1 FREE!!!  

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Use code BOGO at checkout when you purchase any pattern from my Ravelry Store or website.

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What's your favourite thing about spring time?



Monday, February 29, 2016

Ready. Set. Knit!

Tomorrow is the official cast-on for the TFA Arika Cowl KAL and I was having a really hard time deciding what colourway to chose. I've made 3 neutral versions of Arika and I love comparing the outcomes of substitute yarns against a neutral palate. The colourful side of this Gemini however, was dying to knit up a multicoloured version (have a look at the collage from my last post and you'll see what I mean!).



{ TFA Grey Label — in Sand }



On Friday I found at my doorstep a care package from Tanis herself that was suspiciously large. Faced with my colour dilemma you can imagine my excitement when I opened it to find not 2 but 4 beautiful skeins of TFA Grey Label! A perfect warm grey (above) and then there were these stunners (below), two skeins of Tartan!!! You'll notice in the photos that this yarn looks different from every angle—I can only imagine how exciting it will be to knit with!!


{ Tartan — copper, red, and rusty orange }


 { —greens }


{ ...and rich blue and red hues of purple }

Tonight I'll be swatching in preparation for tomorrows start date. If you'd like to join in, you can find all of the details in Tanis' group on Ravelry, the KAL thread is HERE. I hope to see you there!

And if you're considering casting on with us, don't forget that the Arika Cowl is 20% off from now until the end of the knit along to make it a little easier to join in! Just use coupon code TFAARIKAKAL during checkout on Ravelry. 

And don't forget to tag your projects #TFAARIKAKAL on Ravelry and social media to be eligible to win prizes from Tanis and myself!!!



...I'm absolutely smitten with the display from my Hellebore this winter, the flowers brighten up the garden during these colder months. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Knit Along /// TFA Arika Cowl KAL!


In less than a week, my talented friend Tanis will be updating her Etsy shop with a heap of her stunning Grey Label yarn. As if the update alone weren't exciting enough, Tanis has decided to host an Arika Cowl knit along to pair with her lovely chunky base!

I don't really need an excuse to knit another Arika (I've knit 4 so far!) and I'm dying to knit with Tanis' Grey Label! The hardest decision has been deciding what TFA colourway to use! I'm pretty partial to this cowl in a neutral, for me it's the most wearable but also the simplicity of the pattern paired with a natural colour really let's the yarn shine. On the flip side, Tanis has some incredibly unique tonals and multi coloured yarns that are a perfect match for this pattern. This version of Arika in the Tartan colourway just blows my mind!

{ Slate } 

{ Sand } 

{ Iris } 

{ Tartan }

Want to join in? Here are the details!

CAST ON -- Tuesday, March 1st at 12:01 am (in whatever timezone you live in).

CAST OFF -- Tuesday, March 15th at 11:59 pm (your timezone).

WHERE -- Join in over in the official KAL thread on Ravelry. 

The rules are simple, knit an Arika Cowl in TFA Grey Label anytime between the start and finish line and you could win goodies from both Tanis and I!!! Tag your projects TFAARIKAKAL on Ravelry and other social media sites to be entered to win! 

This cowl can be completed in just a few nights and is a super quick (and fun!) knit! If you've already knit one, take this opportunity to knit another in Tanis' squishy Grey Label! And if that's not tempting enough, I'm offering a coupon code to make it even easier to join in!

Use code TFAARIKAKAL on Ravelry to receive 20% off the Arika Cowl starting Wednesday, February 17th to March 15th.

To grab your special skeins of TFA, mark your calendars for Wednesday, Feb. 17th. The update happens at 12 pm (noon) EST and will feature loads of Grey Label and a few other bases in small quantities as well. You can find the shop here

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sewing -- Cheyenne Tunic and Linden Sweatshirt


Sewing -- Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June blogged on www.janerichmond.com


Last week I completed two very challenging and time consuming tasks. Both, once finally complete, were incredibly rewarding.

The first, was a week and a half long slog through paperwork, bookkeeping, and ultimately tax preparation, ugh. It's a good thing I love numbers :)

The second, was a reward for completing the first task. Once my books were signed, sealed, and delivered, I allowed myself some much needed and long awaited sewing time. I don't break out my machines often since I tend to fall into a deep, deep sewing trance, spending full days and late nights sewing, with reluctant breaks for food and sleep. Knowing this about myself, I schedule my sewing time around my work and Elsie's schedule so that I'm not neglecting any of my responsibilities.

This session I tackled Hey June's Cheyenne Tunic after admiring it on my friend Mandy. The pattern was way beyond my skill level, but Mandy told me it was easy to follow and encouraged me to jump in. Because it had been so long since my last sewing session I decided to whip up a Linden Sweatshirt as a warm up. I scored a whole pile of 100% cotton jersey bedding at the thrift store and made a wearable muslin (aka night shirt) to get a feel for the pattern. It was fast and easy and the shirt is super comfy! I can't wait to make another Linden once I finally get my hands on some proper sweatshirting.

Sewing -- Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline blogged by www.janerichmond.com

Sewing -- Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline blogged by www.janerichmond.com

For the Cheyenne I used a flannel bed sheet from my haul with the intention of making a wearable muslin. This pattern introduced me to so many new techniques and there were many finishing steps compared to what I'm used to (whipping up tanks and tees on my serger). I actually got to use my sewing machine for the majority of it which was a nice change of pace. Because of this, the project took me a long time to complete. I also made many mistakes that had to be ripped out and redone. In the end, I finished with a very nice looking shirt. And despite the worn out, pilled flannel bed sheet, it's very wearable. I absolutely love it and plan to make many more! Because it is so labor intensive, my only regret was not splurging on proper fabric for this one.

Sewing -- Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June blogged on www.janerichmond.com

Sewing -- Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June blogged on www.janerichmond.com

Sewing -- Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June blogged on www.janerichmond.com

This was my first Hey June pattern and I loved every minute. The pattern layout is clear and easy to follow and nothing is overlooked. Considering the amount of new territory I crossed (making a button placket and sewing buttonholes, using interfacing, making a collar and buttoned cuffs), this pattern is perfectly suited to new-ish, non-techincal sewers like myself and I highly recommend it!

I had a few scraps left over which I decided to use to make a matching set of zippered pouches (another project I'd never done!). I perused tutorials online to get the general idea of size and construction. I made my pieces 9" x 5 1/2" for the large bag, 9" x 4 1/2" for the medium bag, and 5" x 4 1/2" for the small bag. There are so many tutorials and patterns out there but this one just made sense to me and was the least fussy. I used this tutorial to learn how to install the zipper (another first!).

Sewing zippered pouches www.janerichmond.com

Sewing zippered pouches www.janerichmond.com

They were fast and fun to make (and a little bit addictive—I wanted to make a more!).

I adore sewing. When I sew it takes over the house (...our house is very small). I set up my 6 foot folding table for cutting, leave my ironing board out, and set up my sewing machine and serger back to back on my breakfast table. I don't take any of it down until I'm completely through—Elsie always shakes her head at the mess. I love getting into it and letting myself get totally swept up in a project.

...but it sure feels good to reclaim my space when it's all done!



Do you sew? If so, what was your latest project? What's your sewing style—do you let it take over the house? Do you have a craft room with a permanent sewing station?