Real enough

One of these days I’ll tell you the story of the horrible yarn shop I visited when I was a brand new knitter.  The one where the owner made it very clear that real knitters only knit sweaters (and only out of very thin, very expensive wool at that).

Every now and then I think of her…especially when I’m knitting something like this.

Definitely not the sort of thing a real knitter would be making…heavens no…what a scandalous idea (that noise you hear is the sound of my eyes rolling so hard it hurts).

But I’m having an awful lot of fun with them and they feel real enough to me!

I’ve got the process down to the point where you have no seams, only two ends to weave in, and lots of choices for size and texture.  I just need to stop knitting them and actually write them down.  Pattern should be out this fall (yes, in plenty of time for folks who want to knit buckets of them for Christmas…I totally understand the urge)!

 

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Firmament

So…Did I mention I’m sneaking a second little book on the schedule (don’t worry, Curls 3 is still coming this fall…this is just an extra little something)?  Because I totally am!  Today I’ll tell you a little about the book.  Then, later this week, I’ll give you all the details about the preorder.

You remember the hat?  The one we all went a little nuts for?  The one right there on the front of the book?  Yeah…that hat has a lot to answer for!  The stitch I used on that hat was so much fun that I wanted to keep playing with it.  That led to the three other hats, all different, but all using the same general technique.  So I brought those out as individual patterns.

But I still wasn’t done.  The stitches were so much fun that I wanted to talk about how you made them (and how you could make up your own versions).  And I wanted to share some of the variations of those stitches I’d come up with as I worked on the hats.  And clearly the best way to do that is with a little book.  And now…now the book is here!  Inside you’ll find:

  • Four hat patterns, each written in at least five sizes and four gauges to fit a huge range of people and work with most any weight of yarn
  • Instructions on how to create these stitches and how to start experimenting with designing your own versions of them
  • A mini stitch dictionary with alternate versions of the stitches used in the hats
  • All the info you need to turn any of the hat patterns into cowl patterns
  • A quick guide to everything I wish you knew about hats
  • A quick primer on reading charts

The book will be available in both paper and electronic formats.  If you get the paper one, you’ll find a code in the back to download the electronic version.  And if you’ve already bought one or more of the individual patterns on ravelry, you’ll find that whatever you spent on those purchases counts towards the purchase price of the electronic version on ravelry.

The preorder is opening on Tuesday, August 14 (with a special present for the first 750 folks to buy the paper one, mailing list folks will get an email with the link an hour before everyone else to have the best chance of getting that), and the book will officially go live and start shipping later in August. I’m going to do a whole post about the preorder schedule and all the details of that later this week (do don’t worry if you have questions about timing, I’ll spell that all out in alarming detail here in a few days).

For now, I just want to finally show off the pretty and be excited about it!

Superstar

I got distracted.

I got distracted near yarn.

I got distracted near yarn and needles and now I’m oddly obsessed with these little bits of foolishness.  I’m doodling around with how best to make them (the goal is no seams, only two ends to weave in, and not too fiddly).  Because from what I can see on instagram, some of you might want to play too!

 

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Propitiate (plus giveaway)

I think we’re due for some socks, don’t you?  Propitiate are (back) out, and I have a feeling they’re the sort of socks that a lot of us sock knitters secretly most like to make (and wear).  They’re 10% off with the code COZY, and there’s yarn to give away, so read on!

There seem to be two sock factions.  There’s the Let’s Make This As Complicated As Possible camp (lace! and brioche! and quite possibly some beads! and three different colors of yarn! and they start in the middle of your foot and go together some really weird way!).  And then there’s the Yup, It’s A Sock, A Comfy, Cozy, Mellow Sock camp (I can knit this on a plane or in a waiting room or in front of the TV, I do not need absolute silence to figure out what’s going on! I know it fits great because I’ve knit a dozen other socks that go together like this and they’re always awesome! I can find my rhythm and get into a nice groove and before I know it, it’s done!).  And I don’t judge…there’s absolutely room for both groups!  The trick is knowing which you are (or, if you flit from one to the other, knowing which you’re feeling like today) and finding a pattern to match your vibe.

These are firmly Camp Cozy.  They’re not complicated, and they don’t pretend to be.  But they are comfy (ribbed socks always fit so well) and versatile (written in five sizes to fit just about anyone, and sedate enough to pass muster with the ‘no fancy socks please crowd if you use a quiet color).  And they’ve got just enough going on with that lovely little cable to keep you moving along (it can’t just be me…someone else has to be susceptible to the whole ‘let me just finish the next cable so I can see one more circle form’ thing too).  And they’re just more fun than they have any right to be (shhhh, don’t let on to the Camp Complicated folks, but Camp Cozy socks have an awful lot going for them)!

These are made out of Knit One, Crochet Too’s Crock-o-Dye yarn, and it’s great for socks.  It’s a superwash merino, nylon, and silk blend, and all those fibers have a job to do. The superwash merino makes it easy care, the nylon and silk both make it sturdy, and the silk gives it just a hint of sheen.  The combo is great!  I’ve got three extra skeins of yarn, and that means I can send happy mail off to three different folks.

I’ll give one away here (leave a comment on this post telling me if you’re Camp Complicated or Camp Cozy for your socks to enter here) and give two away on instagram.

And since I can’t send yarn to everyone, I’ll have to make do with giving everyone a little discount code instead. You can use the code COZY until the end of the day, Friday August 3 (eastern time) to take 10% off these socks.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, August 3, 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.  And someone will ask, so my plan is to notify the blog, instagram, and twitter winners at as close to the same time as I can and then let who ever answers first have first pick of all three colors, then the next person gets to pick from the other two, and whoever answers last gets the last one.  Fairest way I can think to do it!