Burgeoning (plus giveaway)

One afternoon, a few days after our move, I took a little walk around the yard with my camera and knitting in hand.  I was looking for somewhere to show off these slippers.  And what do you know, we have a handy woodpile that does the job rather nicely.  The pattern is called Burgeoning, and I think it’s a lovely way to start things off in the new house!

There’s something really satisfying about how these work up.  You cast on at the back of the heel, work a few increases for the bottom of your foot, work a few decreases for the gusset, and then finish up at the toes.  They’re simple and clever and pretty, and the they come together amazingly quickly.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll feel hideously clever the whole time you’re knitting them.  You really can’t see where you cast on or where you finish up, so they look sort of like they created themselves out of the ether with no beginning and no end.  I mean I know how they work…you know how they work…there’s no actual trickery here.  But somehow they feel just the tiniest bit like a magic trick!

I made mine with Zealana’s Rimu DK.  This was my first time using a yarn with possum in it, and I sort of loved it.  The yarn has just a bit of a halo, and it gives the fabric a really nice look (if you zoom in on the pictures, you should be able to see it).  It’s very soft, very warm, and from what I read, it should be quite sturdy…all of which sounds great in a slipper.  I know possum can be a little bit controversial, but the Zealana folks have a lot of good information about it over here that makes me feel better about using it.

I’ve got two extra balls of the yarn I used (that was plenty to make a pair of slippers for my size 11 feet) to send off to someone who’d like to give it a try.  Just leave a comment here telling me the most interesting material you’ve ever knit with.  Possum?  Yak?  Bison?  Or maybe you like stainless steel or the space-age outlast or the nifty yarns made from milk or corn (yes really…I’m not making it up!)?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like to know what you guys have used.

And for everyone I can’t send yarn to, I’ve got a coupon for Burgeoning.  You can use the code HALO to get 10% off between now and Friday.  Just put Burgeoning in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code HALO.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, October 6, 2017 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them. Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.