I have a new sock pattern out -- Sweetgrass, featured in the current issue of Twist Collective. (I may or may not have hyperventilated and done a totally dorky happy dance when I first found out the pattern was accepted. Twist rocks.)
The design started out with a stitch in a Japanese stitch dictionary. It was one of those "oh, that's cute, but what if I tinkered with it a bit, like this?" moments. I'm a sucker for stitch patterns with movement in them, and I loved how the ribbing seems to sway back and forth. This kind of stitch seems to play nice with both solid and variegated yarns. Here's a photo of the sample I used for the Twist submission -- it's in Malabrigo Sock in "Impressionist Sky." Since Twist does e-mail submissions, I was able to keep the sample and finish knitting the pair for myself. I've worn them a lot.
I loved knitting the first pair so much, I cast on for a second pair using Wollmeise sock yarn, in the Indisch Rot colorway. It's a really hard color to photograph!
So I've knit two and a half pairs, counting the Twist sample, and I'm still not tired of the pattern. I think that's a good sign.
In other design news, I have three patterns in the upcoming Knitscene Easy, which you can pre-order from the Interweave site here. I'm guessing it should be available in the bookstore in the next couple of weeks. Having seen an advance copy, I can tell you that it's super cute. There is one section of "repeats" -- designs which have appeared in previous Knitscene issues -- but it's mostly new stuff, and I saw a lot of projects would be perfect for quick gifts, so even if you're not a beginner knitter, I think you'll find it a good issue to have in your library. I will also brazenly toot my own horn here and say that my Loop Vest is awesome, and you should totally knit one. Possibly several. But I'll have a full post on that in a few days, as soon as I have some pictures to show you!