Hello there,

Its August – somehow I blinked and its August! I think the theme for 2016 around here is going to be a general sense of shock at how fast time seems to be flying by.

Last weekend I had my first trunk show in Australia – it was awesome and I was so grateful for the opportunity. Such fun meeting so many knitters – although I must admit I am looking forward to a quite weekend over the next few days. I might even tackle some of that sewing I have been meaning to do.

I wanted to share my latest sock release with you – just in case you fancied knitting some socks this weekend ….

These grey beauties were published in The Knitter last year but now they are available as a pdf download on Ravelry. They are the first in a series of socks that I will be releasing over the next few months – The Year of Socks – will feature all the socks that I previously designed for The Knitter and Simply Knitting during 2015. It was an epic year for sock knitting and I am looking forward to sharing them all with you.


Skua | long distance migrating sea birds

Elegant slanting lines, bold lace and exceptional yarn combine to create these gorgeous socks. An interesting lace panel gently slants across each leg, meeting to create a central focal point along the inside of the feet. Striking columns of lace and twisting lace cables combine to accentuate the tilt of the panel.

These socks are worked from the top down with a traditional heel flap reinforced with a slipped stitch heel pattern. The lace is rhythmic to knit and easy to remember making Skua an ideal sock project for when you want to relax into your knitting.

Showcase your favourite solid or semi solid sock yarn with this striking pattern.


Kettle Yarn Company Twist (4ply; 100% Bluefaced Leicester; 183m/200yds per 50g skein)
Shade: Old Smoke x 2(2, 2) skeins

2.5mm / US#1.5 needles suitable for working small circumferences in the rnd
Four stitch markers


32 sts and 44 rnds over 10cm / 4in of stocking stitch working in the rnd and blocked, using 2.5mm / US#1.5 needles


S (M, L)
To fit foot circumference up to:
21 (23, 26)cm / 8.25 (9, 10.25)in


For the next week this pattern will be 20% off with the code skua20 – simply enter the code when you add the pattern to your Ravelry basket.

Yarn Love

The yarn used in these socks is from the very fabulous indie dyer – Linda from Kettle Yarn Co. I love her colour sense and the yarn is simply perfect for socks! Gorgeous Bluefaced Leicester with a lovely high twist, soft but strong the ideal combination for glorious hand knitted socks.

You can find all of Kettle Yarn Co’s stunning yarn on her website – click HERE for mored details.

Yarns shown below are Twist in Old Smoke, Rubber Ducky, Pylon and Icicle. Aren’t these colours simply incredible?

Until next time …

Happy knitting,