Consilience (plus giveaway)

Sometime last week the blog turned nine.  I assure you I’m every bit as surprised as you are, but it really does seem to be true.  So, to those of you who have been with me from the beginning, and to those of you who are just joining me now, thank you, I’m glad you’re here! I can’t wait to see what we get up to next.

So, to celebrate another year, I thought maybe we’d do a little pattern giveaway.  If you’re on my mailing list already, you should have an email from me with a code to let you download Consilience. (If you weren’t already on the list, you can sign up right here, and the pattern will head your way. And if you thought you were on the mailing list, but didn’t get an email from me, try the suggestions here.)

I really do love cowls more than I should.  They’re easy to knit (especially this one, it’s mostly stockinette in the round with just a little bit of lace thrown in to make it pretty and keep it interesting).  They’re easy to wear (tell me I’m not the only one prone to shawl or scarf malfunction).  And they really are the perfect thing to keep you cozy.

Plus they’re a great thing to do with those single skeins of special yarn you couldn’t resist (but didn’t necessarily have a plan for).  And they fit pretty much everyone, so they’re perfect for making as presents.  I really don’t know what else you could ask for!

Especially when you can make them in a yarn as lovely as this!  These are in Anzula’s Cricket (which is awfully high up there on my list of Marvelously Versatile Yarns…soft enough for a cowl, sturdy enough for socks, and available in pretty much every color you could ask for).  The big one took just about every inch of a skein (250 yards), and the little one took about half that (125 yards).

To help spread the love, the good folks at Anzula have two skeins of the yarn I used to give away. (the color is Aspen, which sits at this amazing place somewhere between green and gray and blue and really is delightful).  If you think you might have room for them in your stash, be sure you check out the instagram post where we’re doing the giveaway.

And just in case you missed it up above, if you want the pattern for free, you can see all the info about how to get it right here.  And every time I do something like this, a few folks send me super nice messages saying they prefer to buy things from the creators they like and asking if there’s a way they can buy it (which is just so sweet, you guys rock), so if you want to do that, you can do it on the ravelry page over here.

No really…I mostly just swatch

I’ve done you a disservice.  I got all distracted showing this particular bit of fluff off on instagram and sort of forgot to show it off here too (I know, I find it odd too…but your best chance of seeing all the things these days is to keep an eye on me over there).  Remember the On The Round rainbow goodness from the other day?

Well it turned into a swatch.

And then that swatch got tweaked and turned into another swatch.

And then that swatch went all sorts of good places.

This is going to end up being a hat (possibly with a companion piece depending on how my yarn and enthusiasm hold up…).  And I suspect it’s going to be something rather special.

Yarn is from On The Round (their Everyday DK is Silver Lining Tweed and Everyday Lite in Silver Lining Rainbow).  And yes it’s every bit that pretty in real life.  You want it in your stash!


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Next up

Remember how I said that the current mailing list goody was about to go away so I could bring out something new?  Well I have it on good authority that you’re going to want to be sure you’re in on that…the new piece is rather fetching.

Here it is on my patent-pending (this is a blatant lie), super nifty (that part’s true) cowl blocking device.  Yes, I do call it the frilly lampshade, and yes it is the best way I’ve found to block a cowl without getting any pesky wrinkles.  You should totally be doing this to all your cowls (this part is also true).

And here’s a peek at how it looks after blocking (wasn’t it clever of me to find a house with a mossy tree stump in the yard…makes for great photo backgrounds).  I’ll show it off more fully on Tuesday when it goes out to mailing list folks!

So, one last reminder to grab the current pattern while you can.  (This last warning is mostly so I can assuage my guilt when someone comes along in a few days and says ‘but I didn’t know…and now it’s gone‘…I’m trying to walk that line between giving everyone who might be interested in getting it sufficient notice and beating people over the head.)  It’s going down some time this weekend, so move quick.

And, if you’re on the mailing list, you’ll also get this lovely new bit of business on Tuesday when it comes out.  So go give the stash a little bit of a toss and see what might be calling to you.  This one’s made with Anzula’s Cricket (which is an absolutely delightful yarn).

I didn’t forget

Remember the other day when we talked about the…ah…let’s go with ‘generous‘ amount of swatching that comes before a project?  And I showed you all the swatches that happened before the blue hat leapt into being?  And remember that gray swatch at the top that a bunch of you liked?

Well turns out I liked it too.  But the yarn it was in was just a tiny bit darker than what I wanted (there’s sort of this thing where a bunch of those hats may all end up hanging out together in a bigger project, which all of a sudden meant all the yarns have to look good with each other, which significantly complicates things).  So I did the reasonable thing and got more yarn.

That’s Mrs Crosby’s Satchel in Greystone (I am a child of the 80s and consistently type Greyskull instead of Greystone, just so you know…).  And it’s absolutely lovely with the other hats.

But of course just because I’d swatched with the earlier yarn doesn’t mean I don’t need to swatch with this one.  For one thing I needed to check the gauge/fabric (to figure out which needles give me the fabric I like and what size I’m going to make)

And I also needed to see if I liked the background fabric better ribbed or plain (ribbed, for sure).

All of which is my long way of saying that if you missed the other swatch, that stitch pattern isn’t done with me yet (plus your weekly dose of ‘yes, swatching really is important, you really should be doing it’ as a bonus).


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