Fabulous Fraternal Felici Socks – Pattern Release

After a comedy show’s worth of technical errors, I present my newest knitting pattern and two new finished objects: Fabulous Fraternal Stripe Socks.

I started the purple pair in November 2020, but had to put it down for a while in a vain attempt to get holiday presents made. I got two holiday presents made, and one is still being worked on, so after I finally gave up on those for the holidays I went back to the socks.

Once I finished them, I knew I wanted to create a pattern out of them. I wrote it up and ordered a second ball of Felici through Amazon, which happened to be the only ball of it they had available to order, so I could go through and make sure I got every step written down.

I love a good fraternal pair of socks, and this pattern means you can get a full pair of ankle socks from one ball of yarn. I work them two at a time, toe up, magic loop style, but the pattern can also be worked one at a time.

The purple pair uses my trusty go-to of Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, but for the blue pair I used a Long Tail Tubular Bind Off for the first time. Probably going to stick to my regular bind off for socks, but perhaps on things I’m already doing in 1×1 rib I will go for the tubular bind off. Switching from 2×2 to 1×1 was a bit fussy and not as fast.

I used a bit of a waffle pattern for the top of the sock, which looks really cool in the stripes, and my favorite heel flap and gusset construction for the heel with the slip stitch pattern carried up into the gusset for extra reinforcement.

Now for the pattern information:

These ankle socks are perfect for when you really want a certain color way of Knit Picks Felici yarn, but only manage to snag a single ball. They are meant to not match exactly, so you don’t have to worry about finding the color repeats.

Worked toe-up, this pattern is also perfect for personalizing to your exact size. Just try it on as you go! Instructions for tweaking the pattern to fit your foot length are given in the instep section. Just be warned that you might not be able to go much longer than the original pattern without adding in a second ball of yarn because there is very little left over at the end.

This pattern is written specifically for Knit Picks Felici yarn, but can be made in any fingering weight yarn with which you can achieve 7 stitches and 9 rows rows per inch. It requires a knowledge of both knit and purl stitches, and experience with knitting in the round is recommended.

If you use Ravelry (or even if you don’t and want to buy it there), you can get it here: buy now

You can also get it from my Ko-fi shop.

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Holiday Animation Project 2020

After playing around with the animation assistant in Procreate for a few months, I got struck with an idea around Thanksgiving to animate an Advent Calendar to put up in the Reels section on Instagram. Once I decided on that, I also came up with an idea for my friends that celebrate Hanukkah with a candle lighting animation for each night.

At first I had plenty of time and built myself a bit of a “buffer” by creating a week in advance. And then I got complacent and let that buffer dwindle to nothing, so I ended up stressing myself out every day trying to make them before noon.

The Hanukkah candles were definitely easier, because all you have to do to make a convincing flame is just draw the flame shape randomly so its slightly different each time. I did get a little carried away a few times, so some of those flames would definitely be a fire hazard in real life. Plus I only had to keep up with it for eight days.

All in all, I think I did okay. The next animation I attempt will either be shorter in terms of duration, simpler in the details, or just not have such a short deadline. Perhaps all three would be good. And I will start work on holiday things much earlier this year.

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Free Printable 2021 Calendar Download

Last night I uploaded a Free Printable 2021 PDF Calendar to my Ko-Fi Shop. Click here to go to the download page

It’s got square spots for each date to write in important events and deadlines, and each month name has a pattern in it to color. See the previews below, and the Instagram Reel I made to announce it. Really want to get more creative with the Instagram content this year. Here’s to 2021 being better than 2020!

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