One day in August, I received a very flattering email from one of my knitting idols. The wonderfully clever Kate Atherley emailed to tell me she and Kim of indigodragonfly were in cahoots on a pattern collection, and might I be interested in knitting a sample for them? Gee, let me see, one of my favourite designers paired up with one of my favourite indie dyers…how could I possibly resist?
The collection included a hat, a shawl, fingerless mitts and lacy socks, all interesting, but still easy to knit. Kate asked if I might be up for the socks. I picked up the yarn from Kim at her annual Fibre Fling that weekend (Merino Nylon Sock in a heavenly orange called “Safety Pin or Safety Pint: Discuss”) and cast on before the weekend was out.
The one catch? The whole project was sooper seekrit so my morning Starbucks ritual of tweeting my WIPs was out. No progress pics posted to Rav…nada.
As a result, pics like this one taken at 30,000 feet got tweeted:
As with all of Kate’s patterns, it was easy to follow and I encountered no issues. Once they were completed, I was in love!
Awesome colour…adorable heart-shaped lace pattern down the outside of each sock. People stopped me when I knit it public and asked to see them. It pained me to turn them over to Kate when I was done. I am seriously considering another pair in a skein of the same base I have in a special edition, charity colourway called “Canoe Up To The Beer Store”.
The rest of the Rock ‘n Roll Collection is great as well. I have at least one other item planned from that collection. So many things to knit…so little time.
Pattern: Hofner Socks by Kate Atherley
Yarn: indigodragonfly Merino Nylon Sock in “Safety Pin or Safety Pint: Discuss”
Who Was It Made For? Sample for Kate
Were There Changes Made To The Pattern? None – that would defeat the purpose of a sample knit.
Did I Learn Anything New? No
Anything Else? Not that I recall.
Would I Make Another?: Definitely…finding the time is another story.