My first pattern available for purchase!

I’m proud to announce that today, I have published my first purchasable knitting pattern: Apex & Nadir Mitts!

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Up and down, the strong apex and nadir points of these mitts make for a lovely texture that will keep your hands warm.

There’s no gusset shaping for the thumb; these are simple fingerless gloves for the adventurous beginner, or an advanced knitter who wants some easy “TV knitting” :)

These fun fingerless gloves are quick to work up, taking less than one skein of Stylecraft Special Aran yarn. You can use any worsted or aran weight yarn you prefer, but I love Stylecraft’s range of colors.

Can easily be sized up or down by using larger or smaller needles – the pattern provided easily fits most adult hands (any gender): using larger needles will produce a slouchier fit; smaller needles, a tighter mitt.

I hope if you like knitting, that you’ll give them a try. The pattern only costs $2, and is available from Ravelry. Thanks for supporting my work! :)

A long-overdue update!

Hello!

You may remember that I used to knit things, and blog about that. Then again, you may not, considering how rarely I did just that.

I seem to be finally settling down here in the England. My Indefinite Leave to Remain was recently approved by the Home Office, meaning that I am now officially a permanent resident of the United Kingdom! With that worry off my shoulders, and my health at least stable, I have decided to slowly venture back into the knitting world. I am still not taking commissions, but when my good friend Jessica asked me if I would write for the blog on her own website (where you can order things!), I eagerly agreed. So if for one reason or another you missed my writing, you can check it out over at Silver’s Knitted Treats, specifically The Daily Binder section.

If and when I start to knit again, expect some cross-posts from there to here. :)

Refunds sent

I just finished sending out all refunds. If for some reason I missed you, please contact me ASAP and I will (re-)send the refund.

Thank you again to everyone who has supported or taken an interest in my work.

Closing down

As you might have guessed from the title and overall tone of my last few posts, I will be closing Mercurial Knits. I may change this site into a personal knitting blog, but for now, I have no plans for it.

I will be refunding everyone who has sent me a down payment for a commission within a month, most likely in early January. I’m sorry it took me this long to decide what to do, and I know it is likely frustrating to those of you who paid for items years ago and won’t receive these. Again, I apologise.

When I started this business, I never imagined the number of commissions I would receive. It was flattering and fun to work on them. As I got married, moved to another country, then fell ill and even suffered unexpected family tragedy, my work felt increasingly like a burden. I underestimated what the stress of all these events (both good and bad) would do to me. To make things worse, a huge amount of my yarn became infested with bugs over the summer, so I had to throw those skeins away. I haven’t replenished my supply.

The refund emails will all be clearly labelled “Mercurial Knits refund” and will all come through PayPal. Thank you to everyone who has ever enjoyed my work and/or supported me on this long journey.

Every time I update it’s bad news

…and this may seem like more of the same, I know. At least I have a small amount of work to show for it?

Despite having yet more hospital trips this year, my doctors claim they have sorted out my problems and so far (knock wood), I’ve been feeling a bit better. Hopefully this will improve and I’ll finally have a healthy year next year.

Two projects I completed a while ago, but only now have gotten to post about (and will mail out shortly): another Metroid plushie and a Lavos plushie!

A commissioned Metroid plushie

A commissioned Metroid plushie

Lavos Plushie

Lavos, the Destroyer of Worlds from Chrono Trigger!

Hopefully I’ll have more and better things to write about soon. I’d truly prefer to have happy posts filling up these pages again.