DanaGervaisDesigns

DanaGervaisDesigns

Living the Knit Life

17/02/2017

❤ A Little Cable Love ❤

Who loves a cabled sock?  I do!  Cabled socks are classic, beautiful, funky and fun to make. My latest cabled sock desigh, Galloway has been released into the world!

Worked form the top down, Galloway features a cable pattern that starts at the very top of the sock and continues all the way down to the toe.
The back of the leg and heel feature ribbing that provides visual interest as well as enough stretch to compensate for the tightness of the cable design on the front.
Galloway features a short row heel and rounded toe. Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and foot length is customisable.
You can download Galloway with a 20% discount - no coupon code required - until midnight (EST) Monday February 20, 2017 in my Ravelry store.  Click here to download.  

Happy Knitting!
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25/01/2017

Remember Fall?

It's cold and gloomy and snowy where I live; lots of greys and white.  I miss the colours of  the other seasons.  Of all the seasonal colour palettes, the fall colour palette is my favourite! I love the earthy hues and warm tones. Aster was inspired by the beautiful colours of fall!

This fun sock pattern uses mosaic knitting and cables to create the Aster stitch pattern on the front of the leg and top of the foot of the socks. Slipped stitches are used to create the colourwork pattern. There is no stranded colour work and each row is knit using only one colour.
This sock features a short row heel and a rounded toe that is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
Instructions are given to knit socks in narrow, medium, wide and extra wide widths. Foot length is customizable.
You can download Aster with a 20% discount in my Ravelry store until midnight (EST) January 29th - no coupon code required!  Download it here. 

Happy Knitting!
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12/01/2017

Let's Have A Knit-A-Long!

Today, Sassenach was released into the world. 
Inspired by the book and television series, Outlander, this sock is designed to be a mix of both masculine and feminine while being modern and distinctly argyle.
Worked cuff down, this fun sock pattern uses cables and lace to create a contemporary argyle pattern down the front of the leg and on the top of the foot. The heel features an eye of partridge heel flap and half handkerchief heel.
The sock ends with a wedge toe that is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
To celebrate, I'm hosting my first ever KAL in my Ravelry Group.  There will be fun and prizes and a coupon code for a 25% discount on the pattern price.  You can sign up for the KAL here.  

If Knit-A-Longs aren't your thing, you can still download the pattern here.  

Happy Knitting! 
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30/12/2016

Thank You For A Great Year!



In many respects, 2016 sucked for a lot of people.  Globally, I don't think it will be remembered in history classes as one of the better trips around the sun. That being said, I have a lot to be grateful for and very near the top of my list is you.  

The fibre arts community is a fabulous community that is full of amazing and talented people and I am thankful to be part of it.

I hope that 2017 is a great year for all of us and that you experience lots of love, happiness and yarn. I look forward to sharing many more knitting adventures with you in the new year.

If you haven't already, join my mailing list (lots of coupons!), Ravelry group or follow me Instagram and Twitter for lots of fun and sneak peeks in 2017!

Happy New Year and Happy Knitting!
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19/12/2016

Can We Talk About Self Care For A Moment?

This is one of the craziest weeks of the year.  In addition to all the things that have to be done in a typical week, there is a whole layer of Christmas related things to get done.

It can be overwhelming.  Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, everything is just so much busier and more hectic right now that even the most routine tasks seem to take longer and require more patience.

It doesn't help that we've had to stop everything to shovel snow several times in the past 5 days and we are having new floors installed in our basement this week (I don't know what we were thinking when we booked that).

This week, I'm resolving to be extra gentle and forgiving with myself.  It's ok if I purchase frozen meals for my family a few times this week.  It's ok if I good to bed 1/2 and hour early with a good book.  It's ok if all of the gifts aren't beautifully wrapped like all the gifts I see on Pinterest. It's ok that the kittens have destroyed our tree and there are no ornaments left on the bottom half of it.   It's ok if I get a little behind with the laundry.

I will make time every day this week for some mindless knitting.  I will find time for a long soak in a hot bath this week.  I will ask my husband and kids to help out a bit more with the housework this week.

What are you doing to take care of yourself this week?


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05/12/2016

Beach Ball!

Beach Ball has been released into the world!
This fun sock pattern uses mosaic knitting and cables to create the Beach Ball stitch pattern on the front of the leg and top of the foot of the socks.
Slipped stitches are used to create the colourwork pattern. There is no stranded colour work and each row is knit using only one colour.
Beach Ball features a heel flap with gussets and a rounded toe that is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.  The main colour is Yvieknits Sparkly Sock in 'Beach Ball' and the contrast colour is Stitch Please Amethyst Label in 'Dayglo Peach'.
Beach Ball is 20% off right now in my Ravelry Store - no coupon code required.   You can download it here.
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01/12/2016

A Lifetime Supply Of Sock Yarn? Yes, Please!!


The lovely people at Yarn Canada contacted me and asked me to help them spread the word about a contest they're hosting where the winner will receive a lifetime supply of sock yarn - this is totally my kind of contest, and I've already entered.

They sent me this press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Win Socks for Life! Well the yarn, you’re on your own after that.
(Vancouver, BC) “To be fair, it’s actually only a 25 year supply, so we can only hope the winner dies early to keep me an honest woman.” - Nikki Smith, VP YarnCanada.ca
After extensive research YarnCanada.ca discovered two key issues which continue to plague the world which we’d like to help bring to an end.
  1. Some people have hobbies other than knitting (idiots)
  2. Other (marginally insane) people buy socks at Costco 
“With one final blow we’ll give someone years of knitting and make it so they never need to succumb to Fruit of the Loom again.” - Robert Matherson, YarnCanada.ca
Don’t want to use all the yarn to make socks? That’s okay, no hard feelings.
Yes, some marriages may end as the winner ignores her husband in a multi-year knitting frenzy. But that’s simply a risk we must take. On the other hand, maybe getting non-terrible socks for Christmas could bring families closer together.
The prize will go to whomever can show how their life will most be changed by winning and what you will do with the prize.
Anything could happen:
“I’ll use the yarn to start a knitting business on Etsy!” - Beth C, Winnipeg
“My friends always get together to watch The Bachelor, but goodness it’s boring, now I’ll have something to do to keep me distracted.” - Janet G, Toronto
“Honestly I have no self control. With all that yarn I’ll knit non-stop, stay up for days and miss work. I’ll get fired, not be able to pay rent and get kicked out of my apartment. But… I’d have so many socks!” - Samantha T, Vancouver
“I’ll knit them all up as fast as I can and give them to charity.” – Nicole

Whatever the reason, let us know why knitting is important to you and how a lifetime supply of sock yarn would change your life.

Enter to Win a Lifetime Supply of Socks

So if free yarn is your thing click on the link and enter!  Good luck and happy knitting!

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