Unreasonably satisfying

I should probably feign a becoming modestly.  I know it’s the right thing go do.  But I confess that I am helpless in the face of this stitch.  I think it’s gorgeous and I can’t hide it.

It’s a byproduct of all the swatching experimentation that happened back here, the experimentation that led to Ecliptic (see, swatching is totally not a waste of time or yarn, it’s where ideas come from).  And it’s rather captivating.

Everything is on track for it to come out as a pattern fairly soon (read May or June if all goes according to plan.  Because I suspect I’m not alone in my fondness for this one…

 

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Behind the scenes

I am a firm believer in easy.  And one of the things I do to keep things easy is find a handy, neutral background somewhere with good light and take most of my blog photos there.  You’re here to look at the stitches, not the scenery, so there’s not much point in tromping off to somewhere picturesque to show you ‘look, six more rounds of this hat/sock/whatever.’

In the Cleveland house, it was the top of the porch railing.  You can see a bit of it here, and it was the background in pretty much every close up shot while we were there.

But the porch railing stayed in Cleveland, so I needed something new here.  Luckily, this house came with a fair bit of yard.  And, down by the water, there are lots and lots of handy rocks.  So, not too long after we got here, one of the rocks found its way to the deck outside my office.  And then, when it got to be winter (and the broken leg kept me from spending much time on the porch in the snow), the rock came inside.  It lives next to the big glass door (so there is lots of good light), up on a little step stool (so it’s a good height for photos).

And there it sits, being the background for pretty much all the blog photos I’ve done lately.  Seriously just about every picture of knitting laying around on a gray background is that rock.  It works great.  Until now…because now…well…Levon has decided this is not my photo shelf, it’s his lounging shelf.

I may need a second rock.

A Whole Year (plus giveaway)

(Psst, the giveaway is over, but the discount code is still good until April 25. You can use the code HUNTERSENTME on any of the things here for 10% off!)

So you know how there are books full of lovely patterns?  And then there are books packed with lots of great techniques?  Well how about a book that has both?

A Year of Techniques takes twelve knitting tools (one for each month of the year), teaches you how to use them, then gives you a pattern for each.  I absolutely love this idea.  I’m a tiny bit jealous I didn’t think of it first!

The techniques included cover a wide range of skill levels (meaning it’s great whether you think of yourself as a beginner or a more experienced knitter).  There are things here that I’ve never done (knitted on edgings, intarsia), things that I have sort of a general idea how they work but feel much more comfortable with now (helical knitting, short row shaping in garter stitch), and things that I was already confident about, but reading how someone else does it is still fun (cables, turning a heel).

And I haven’t even mentioned the niftiest bit yet.  There are videos for all of the techniques!  You can check them out right here.  I suspect there’s something in there you’ve been wanting to try.

Once you’ve learned your new technique, the best way to perfect it is with practice.  The patterns in the book let you do just that. They’re all lovely, and lots of them are the sort of things I like to make most (socks, hats, cuffs, snuggly neck things).

The book comes in both electronic and paper + electronic forms (there are also nifty kits where you can buy the yarns used in the book projects!).  And I’ve got two copies of the ebook to give away (one here, and one over on instagram).  To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me which of the projects you’d knit first if you won!  (You can enter on the instagram post too if you want to up your chances of winning!)

And, if you suspect you need the paper book instead (which really…I have such a soft spot for paper…I would totally understand) or one of the awesome yarn kits, you can use the code HUNTERSENTME on any of the things here for 10% off.  Because really, we should all learn something new!

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, April 13, 2018 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their info, and arrange to send the book 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.  Oh, and for anyone playing along at home, the pictures are © Jesse Wild and used with permission.

Growing

As expected, the hours put in on the ribbing were absolutely worth it.  The hat proper is so lovely (and so much fun to do).  And having put in all that ribbing means I’ll actually wear the hat (skimpy brim is the quickest way to make sure a hat languishes at the bottom of the hat bin, no matter how pretty it is).

The yarn is Mrs Crosby’s Satchel in Graystone.  And the stitch is totally one of those things where I find myself wanting to work just a few more rows…just to get to the end of the repeat so I can watch the next row of diamonds form up.

I don’t know what it says about my amusement threshold, but that always feels like it makes for faster knitting.  I’m not alone in that, right?  Right?  The same thing happens with neat colors (like the Keepsies hat…I just kept wanting to knit enough to get through the rainbow one more time).  And I’ve heard rumor you colorwork folks have the same thing.