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  1. I hope you are keeping well. I don't know about you but this Winter has felt like the longest one ever, so I'm very happy to see the green shoots of Spring and notice the days getting ever-so-slightly longer! Summer may seem like a long way away right now so I'm bringing it one step closer today with the launch of my new sock pattern. These are the Summer Vine socks pattern, a new pattern which is now available to download from the websiteRavelry and Payhip.

    About the Summer Vine Socks

    Originally published in Knit Now magazine the Summer Vine socks were inspired by fresh green vines of twisting ivy cascading down a garden fence. I wanted the pattern to capture the essence of a blooming summer garden with trails of airy delicate lace.
     
    The Summer Vine socks are worked from the top down, starting with a ribbed cuff. Then you will work the cascading lace pattern down the leg of the sock. The heel is worked as a heel flap with the pretty Eye of Partridge slip stitch pattern, and a gusset is worked for a nice comfortable fit.
     
    Then it’s back to working in the round, continuing with the trailing leaf pattern which closes as a single lace leaf at the toe.
     
    The pattern is written for 3 adult sizes and video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used to make the socks.

     
    Visit the pattern page HERE for more details and to download.
     
    The pattern has been tested by a fantastic group of test knitters! 

    Thank you Donna, Sabina, Hazel, Joanne and Teresa!
     
     
    If you are interested in test knitting a future Under the Olive Tree Knits designs you can sign up to my Test Knitter Newsletter HERE and receive an e-mail when a new pattern is ready for testing.
     
    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like the new pattern! If you make these socks do come and share your progress and photos in our friendly Facebook Group - Under the Olive Tree Knitters - I'd love to see them!

    Until next time, happy knitting,

    Jem
     
  2. New yarns have been added to the website this week. They include a restock of popular colourways on sock and sparkle sock bases including Fiesta BeachLavender Fields and Street Art.

    And there are some new one-of-a-kind skeins added too, including:
    Flowering FuchsiaNorthern Lights, Pearl FishermanEverything's Peachy and Purple Dove.

    If you like your yarn to be totally unique do be sure to take a look at the new 'One of a Kind Skeins' yarn category which lists all of the colourways that will not be repeated. Quite often these skeins are the result of the end of a dye day, where undyed skeins are used to take on all the leftover colours. Some interesting colourways get created and it also means no dyes go to waste, so its a win-win!

    So why not head on over to the website and see if your favourite colourway is in stock! If not, let me know what you were hoping to see and I'll make sure it's on the list for next time (or if it's a repeatable colourway I can dye it to order for you)

    View the Yarn Shop

     

    Spring Themed Stitch Markers

    Also added to the shop this week is this set of Spring themed stitch markers. 

    spring markers

    The collection features 5 designs to accessorize your projects for the new season!

    Each set contains: A bunny with a carrot, a butterfly, a flower, a lamb and a chick.

    As with all collections you can choose your clasp preference and they also come in a handy little tin for storage. You can view the Spring Stitch marker collection here