I’m not sad, I’m blue. Literally.
This is one of the idiosyncrasies of working with denim yarn. The dye rubs off on your hands. If I were using wooden needles, the dye would rub off on the needles. I am not — I am using my beloved Signature circulars with stiletto tips. The blue does wash off the hands with a bit of scrubbing!
The yarn is Rowan Denim, in the Memphis colorway (colorway 229). This is the medium blue. I have a ton of it and it is a good thing because I have embarked on a large project.
This is the back in progress.
It’s going to be a jacket or a coat. I guess you’d call it a coat because it’ll be long. The pattern is my own — I put together some cable motifs and started knitting.
The jacket/coat will have an a-line shape and will have a crew neck, long sleeves, and button down the front. While I’ve got a fair amount of work done on the back, there is still a lot left to knit. So this is most definitely a “long haul” project.
In the meantime, if I have to have blue hands, I wish the stain would form itself into pretty patterns like this:
(Those hands belong to a coworker — she got them henna-ed over the weekend.)
The Sock Report
You all have seen The Sock Report, yes? It’s an online magazine/pattern store. The patterns are not just for socks, but for items knit from sock yarn. The inaugural issue has socks, shawls, a pair of fingerless mitts, and some very cute toys.
Like Twist Collective, you can buy patterns singly in electronic format. You can also buy an electronic version of the entire pattern collection. And now you can also buy a hardcopy version of the pattern collection:
I received a review copy of this pattern booklet on Monday.
It contains all the patterns in the summer collection. It does not contain the articles and advertisements (apart from an ad from a sponsor on the inside front cover) — just the full color photo layouts and complete patterns for all projects. It’s a lovely production, printed in full color on nice paper, just like any paperback knitting book.
If you are someone who wants hard copies of patterns and you wanted more than two of the patterns in the issue, this is an excellent deal. Individual patterns from The Sock Report are $6.50 each. You can purchase either the electronic collection or the book for $16.00. For that $16.00 you get all 16 patterns, so that’s a deal. If you buy the hard copy, there is also a shipping charge, and rates vary depending on whether you want it sent priority mail or the slower and much cheaper media mail. And of course there are different rates for international shipping.
You can order copies of individual patterns, the electronic pattern collection, and the print pattern collection from this page.
As I said, the book is very pretty and very nicely produced. I did notice some oddities, however.
There is no Table of Contents or Index. The large photos of all projects come first in the book and the patterns follow. I think it would have been nice to include a Table of Contents for the patterns so you don’t have to flip through the book to find the instructions. At the very least, on the photo spread pages, it would be nice to have a notation: pattern starts on page xx.
All the patterns are charted and for the most part, the charts are nice and clear. But the pattern charts for each design vary in size, as they are shrunk/enlarged to fit the space on the page, something I find slightly jarring to the eye. For a few of patterns the charts are reduced quite a bit in size so that they will fit on a page. There are a couple that I think would have to be enlarged on a photocopier to make them usable.
Still, $16 for 16 very pretty patterns is a very good deal!
Lucy is checking for blue dye.