Vestige (plus giveaway)

So I do this thing where I find a yarn base I really like, buy a bunch of it in different colors for various projects, and then end up with lots of little bits and pieces left over.  It’s happened with Madeline Tosh, and it’s happened with Quince & Company, and it’s happened with Malabrigo.  Vestige is the perfect set to make use of some of those leftover bits!

I had a whole skein of the purple floating around (the color is called Sabiduria), and some bits and pieces of pink (Archangel), and decided they should hang out together and make something fun.

Now I went ahead and just used two colors, and kept the same one as background in both pieces, but if you had more bits and pieces, this would lend itself perfectly to something a bit more adventurous.  You could swap contrast and main between the hat and the mitts.  Or it would look great if you used one contrast color for the rolled edges and another for the slip stitch bands.  And the hat would be just about too cute to be allowed if you did each stripe in a different shade (think rainbow or gradient).

All you’ll want to do is try to use contrast colors that are about the same weight/thickness as your main color (that’s where having lots of leftovers from the same base comes in handy).  And you really don’t need much of the contrast color (especially if you’re using more than one).  This is a perfect excuse to go raiding your leftover bin or to play with some of those mini skein packs that everyone loves so much.  And the textured bands are a perfect place to use some heavily variegated yarn (the slipped stitch breaks up any crazy pooling, and the small doses mean even the most exuberant yarns look great).

And as for the knitting itself, it’s about as mellow as it comes.  It’s mostly stockinette with just a few textured bands thrown in to show off the contrast yarn (it’s all slipped stitches, nothing hard…if you can work in the round, knit, purl, and decrease, you can make this set).   I’ve heard a rumor some of you are starting to think about holiday knitting (who said it’s allowed to be September?) and these might be just the thing to get a jump on that (I just know someone is going to do a whole family’s worth where everyone has the same background color and the contrast colors are everyone’s favorite colors)!

The good folks at Malabrigo are letting me send two skeins of Rios to one of you.  All you have to do is pick your two favorite colors and leave them in a comment over on this post on instagram (this is a little different than usual, only comments on that instagram post count as entries).

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

Comments left on the instagram post between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, September 8, 2017 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them via DM on instagram to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  If I do message you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.

All this stockinette

I know.  I’m as surprised as you are.  Normally getting me to knit stockinette is like getting me to deep clean the basement (only under duress, and only if I have something else I’m trying really hard to put off).  But lately?  Lately I’m starting to see the appeal.

I think it’s because things are a tiny bit frantic around here (book next week, move next month…more details about both coming shortly), and stockinette is awfully soothing.

And well, well I can use soothing right now!

This totally fits the bill, and the little welts and stripes are just enough to make me feel like it’s not hideously basic.

Yarn is Kunlun by Miss Babs in fieldmouse (gray) and hops (green), and it is also helping with the nice soothing vibe.

I got distracted

I had the best of intentions.  I really did.  The green hat was on the needles and chugging along just fine.  But then I had a different idea.

And then there was this.

And this.

Oh and this.

And now we’re over here.

These things happen…it’s unavoidable.  And I promise there’s a plan and this will be quite nifty in a few minutes!

Coming soon…

So you remember the marble hat?  The one that’s so cheerful it will pretty much slap you in the face?  Well it will be out next week (I normally do pattern releases on Tuesdays, but next Tuesday is a holiday in the states, so I’m doing it Wednesday instead).  Here’s a little sneak peek.

If you want a note when it’s out, be sure you use the link at the bottom to get on the mailing list.  I’ll let you know when it’s here (and send you a coupon too).  You’ll have to find your own marbles though!

 

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A fold here, a tuck there…

So when the knitting’s done, you do a little magic, and end up with something like this.

Which sure, it’s cute enough, though a bit ruffled.  Well you know what I’m going to tell you to do.  You need to block that hat!

And for this one?  For this one we get to use a whole new blocking prop.  Marbles.  Yes really marbles.  I’m every bit as amused as you are (quite likely more).

And when it’s done?  Well when it’s done it’s rather delightful.

And yes, yes there will be a pattern down the road (almost certainly in July).  Make sure you’re signed up for the mailing list if you want to know when it comes out (folks on the mailing list get a coupon code when it comes out too, and it’s for a bigger discount than the one I do here on the blog).  I have a feeling this one is going to be a lot of fun!

 

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