Calceiform (plus giveaway)

So those slippers? The ones that somehow manage to make even my somewhat…ah…substantial feet look very nearly shapely and elegant?  Yeah, they’re called Calceiform, and they’re out on ravelry today!  You can get them for 10% off for the next day or two with the code SHAPELY.

I just love how you put these together.  You start by knitting a heel flap and heel turn, just like you’d do for many top down socks.  then you pick up stitches around the heel flap and knit back and forth making all the pretty lacy bits, until the slipper almost wraps around your foot.  Then you do some decreases (it’s a lot like how you’d do a gusset on socks, just moved a bit farther down your foot), join it all up to work in the round, and zip on down to the toe.

The whole thing feels easy and familiar like a sock…but oh so much quicker (both because the yarn is thicker and because you’re making less fabric than you get in a sock).  And of course the finished slipper is ridiculously fetching…I just can’t get over the adorable little leaves on the toe!

I’ve got a skein of the lovely Opulence DK by String Theory that I used to make these to give away.  I bought two back when I found the yarn, but managed to get a pair for my rather substantial feet out of just one skein with enough left over that I wasn’t nervous, so I’ve got an extra skein to give to someone.

Just leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite pair of slippers.  They don’t have to be knit…fuzzy bunny slippers totally count too.  I just want to know I’m not alone in feeling like slippers make the world better!

And if you’re ready for a new pair of slippers, the pattern itself is up on ravelry.  You can use the code SHAPELY until the end of the day, Friday July 20 (eastern time) to take 10% off.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, July 20, 2018 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send the 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.  This is open to adults anywhere in the world, but I need a US mailing address to send yarn to.

More “avoiding shopping” than “mending”

So have I mentioned that I really really really hate shopping?  And how I hate clothes shopping most of all?  I work for myself, from home, in the middle of nowhere, and yes I work in my pajamas like 98% of the time.  And by pajamas, I mostly mean ‘things that were once proper clothes but got worn enough that I can’t bring myself to wear them in public anymore, but also can’t throw away because they’re soft and cozy.  And because even that is not enough shopping avoidance, I actually will mend them when they start to come apart.

This is a cotton sweater I got at TJ Maxx probably seven years ago.  I wore it as real clothes as long as I could bring myself to, but like all cotton sweaters, it eventually got too fuzzy to show its face in public.  So it became a pj sweater (it’s Maine, of course I have pj sweaters) and it’s been happily in the rotation for quite some time.  But alas, the hem got torn.  No idea how it happened, but the tear was growing, and I wanted to stop it before it got any worse.

Now you know my philosphy on mending is “it’s going to show anyway, so why not flaunt it.”  So I reached right past all the purple yarn in my stash and went for a nice pond scummy green.

Five minutes of (shockingly wobbly) stitching later, and it’s stabilized.  Not invisible. Not hugely tidy. Not at all subtle.  But stabilized, and cheerful and ready to be worn a zillion more times.  All so I can avoid shopping just a little while longer.

One slipper, two slipper

The slippers are officially done.  Toes and all, even the ends are woven in.

They’re fresh off the blockers (aka giant plastic feet…I have a bucket of them for displaying socks, and I use them to block slippers, but you could use regular sock blockers too if your closets are not as weird as mine).

Photos planned for this weekend (what must my neighbors think of me), and then pattern on Tuesday.  Then I have to tuck in and get properly ready for next month’s book launch (it will be the first one in the new house…I might need to make the postman cookies or something to stay in his good graces).  Should be fun!


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Schemes and plots

So remember how I was sort of obsessed with the little pull through stitches? The ones I used on Constellate and Sidereal and Ecliptic and Ephemeris?  The ones that make such lovely, textured fabric and that are more fun than they have any right to be?

Yeah…yeah well it seems you guys like them too (those have been some of my most popular patterns ever).  And I wasn’t quite ready to be done with them, so they’re turning into a little book.  The book will have all four of the hat patterns (with even more sizes), a guide to how those stitches work (and how you can create some of your own), and a mini stitch dictionary with variations on each of the stitches use in the patterns, and lots of other stuff like all my feelings on hats and how to sweet talk a hat pattern into being a cowl pattern.

It’s off at the printer now (the picture above is of the sample pages the printer sends to check the color is good), and should be coming out next month (I always feel nervous saying ‘it will come out next month,’ because there’s always the possibility that I’ll die or the house will burn down or the boat with the books on it will sink, so I tend to say ‘it should,’ but the plan is pretty darn firm at this point).  I’ll talk about it more as we get closer and have a firm release date, but I’d reached a point where I just couldn’t keep quiet about it any more…so here we go!

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