Please note that I have changed the name of this pattern to VRILLE. No changes to the design though!
That was my knitting word for 2010. I first heard it in a sock design class at KnitNation in July, and it came from CookieA, my instructor and one of my design heroines. Suckage is the effect that cables have on knit fabric – the way they draw it in and make it tighter than stockinette stitch across the same number of stitches. We actually spent over half an hour in our class discussing the mathematical principles of suckage, and how to account for it in sock design. That class is what pushed me to design my first cable & lace sock and publish it on Ravelry. Then along came Suzan O’Brien, the artist behind Barking Dog Yarns, who asked me to design a sock for a KnitALong (KAL) with her Ravelry group of the same name. 2010 was a great year for Suzan, as she launched,
among other products, a new series of sock yarns called Opposites Attract, which are sold as paired mini skeins of 50g each, dyed to complement each other. When I opened my parcel and laid eyes on the Bonnie & Clyde colourway, I knew that the cable idea that had been floating around in my head
for some time would work really well with the “Opposites” theme.
This pattern was released as a series of Clues for a Barking Dog Yarns Mystery KAL through February 2011. It is a top-down design, with lots of cables to keep the knitting challenging, and which create a really cozy, snug sock.
VAT Update January 1, 2015
I am one of the many, many designers on Ravelry who has been caught up in the recent changes to VAT laws that came into effect in the EU on January 1st, 2015. I have copied the following description of the situation directly from the Ravelry forum for sellers like me:
“Starting January 1st 2015, new tax laws apply to digital goods and services sold to customers in the European Union (EU). Whenever a customer from an EU member country buys a PDF or other digital product, VAT (tax) will be owed to the country where the buyer resides. The tax varies by country but it averages ~21%. This change is a huge problem for microbusinesses for many reasons…to oversimplify: it doesn’t make any sense for very small sellers to deal with any of this because of a handful of sales a year. For a number of reasons, (Ravelry) couldn’t come up with a way to take care of this behind the scenes with no changes. A major reason is that buyers purchase patterns directly from (me) and (they) don’t touch the money at all. In addition to that, there are many critical questions and details that are still unanswered and (Ravelry) had a very short amount of time to get something done. Services like (Ravelry), that support direct sales and add features beyond a PayPal “buy now” button, were put in a bad position with no information or help. From what we can tell, lawmakers didn’t even know that businesses like Ravelry existed.”
Ravelry HAS come up with a solution to the problem through close and extremely rapid work with an online shop called “LoveKnitting”. If you live in the EU and purchase one of my patterns through Ravlery, your shopping experience is going to change a little bit:
At checkout time, you will be brought to a shopping cart on loveknitting.com instead of PayPal.
You can pay for your purchase on Loveknitting with PayPal or a credit card, however you will have to create a LoveKnitting account in order to complete your purchase.
Tax will be added to the base price of the pattern. Depending on where you live and the current exchange rate, this may mean you will be charged an additional €0.50 to €1.00 (21% of the pattern price of £3.00 times the exchange rate) for my design.
After purchase, the pattern will be added to your Ravelry library as usual.
I am really sorry about this complication, however as I am sure you understand this is completely beyond my (and Ravelry’s) control. LoveKnitting.com have stepped in to help out and I really appreciate this. I really, really hope that this does not deter you from purchasing my, or any other designer’s patterns.