Tantamount (plus giveaway)

I hear from you guys over and over that what you’re really looking for in a sock is something that’s mellow enough to be relaxing knitting, but with enough going on to look pretty and hold your attention.  Well if that’s what you’re into, I think Tantamount could be just the thing!

Most of these socks are lovely, mellow, meditative stockinette.  But zipping down the inside and outside of each sock is a nifty little cable that provides just enough of a challenge to keep you focused.  And do me a favor and flip your sock inside out once you’ve knit an inch or so of the cable…you’ll see something nifty on the inside!

And because it’s more fun to have options, the pattern includes instructions for two different versions of the sock.  The blue one (where the cable runs the whole length of the sock) and the purple one (where the cable is interspersed with stretches of ribbing).  And yes…I do know that this ensures that at least two of you are going to knit one of each and send me pictures of yourselves wearing your perfectly mismatched socks…I wholeheartedly support this approach!

And while these are marvelously bright and colorful, I’ve also heard that a few of you are planning to get a pair on the needles in a more staid color for some of the more restrained sock wearers in your world.  I’m pretty sure that purple version would pass muster with even the most subdued sock aficionado.

These are in SpaceCadet’s delightful Oriana 8-ply base, which has just the best stitch definition ever.  It’s absolutely meant for tiny twisty cables like this, it shows off your stitches perfectly (seriously, I am helpless to resist its charms) and is a delight to work with.  There’s a big shop update coming this Friday, so if what you’re dreaming of isn’t in stock now, it probably will be then!

The good folks at SpaceCadet are letting me give away a skein of their beautiful work in the winner’s choice of color.  To enter, check out SpaceCadet’s colors and pick your favorite, then leave a comment on this instagram post telling me what it is (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 Tantamount.  You can use the code EQUIVALENT to get 10% off between now and Friday.  Just put Tantamount in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code EQUIVALENT.  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, August 4, 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.

Upcoming

So you know those socks?  The gray swoopy ones from back here?  Well, they went and changed colors on us…

And somehow morphed into two variations on the theme…

Because really, who doesn’t like options!

And they’ll be out at the beginning of August.  If you’re on the mailing list, you’ll get a coupon when they come out (someone always asks, so I’ll be all clever and answer ahead of time, folks on the mailing list get a different and bigger coupon than the one I list on the blog/instagram/twitter).  You can make that happen over here if you want to!

 

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Greenhorn (plus giveaway)

So if you’ve been here any length of time at all, you know I’m a firm believer in top down socks with a heel flap.  But…every once and a while, the urge to do something a little (but let’s be real…only a little) bit different strikes me.  Greenhorn was one of those times!

These are actually a very mellow way to depart from traditional top down heel flap socks.  The leg is the same, the foot is the same, just the heel and gusset are handled a bit differently.  Instead of working flat over half the stitches to make a heel flap, then picking up stitches to make a gusset, you keep working in the round, increasing on each side of the foot to make the heel flap, gusset, and top of your foot all at once.  It’s kind of nifty!

The fit is similar, there’s just a bit more working in the round (which I generally prefer) and a bit less picking up stitches (which may not be my very favorite knitting task ever).  And if you’re using a striping yarn, you get a bit less of a break in the pattern than you do with a heel flap (let’s be fair…it’s not no break in the pattern, just less).  Plus, you know, it’s fun to try something new!

Though just in case you’re Really Quite Set on doing a traditional heel flap, there are instructions in the pattern for that too.  I promise I don’t mind if you’re feeling traditional!

These are made in Space Cadet’s Oriana in the color Fizz.  As far as I can tell, it’s the world’s most perfect yarn for tiny cables.  The stitch definition is so sharp you’ll stab yourself.  And when a yarn has teeny tiny plies like this, it’s super round, and you don’t get distracted by the shadows you sometimes see on a 2 or 3 ply yarn (one of these days we’ll have a very dorky discussion about this…but for now just trust me, this type of yarn makes tiny cables pop).

When they sent the yarn for these (they’re nice…they send me yarn…it makes me swoony), they very kindly sent along an extra skein, so I’m going to make one of you very very happy and send it your way.  Just leave a comment telling me how you feel about sock construction.  Why mess with tradition?  The weirder the better? A little variation is fine but nothing too crazy?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like to know what you guys like!

And for everyone I can’t send yarn to (I’m just not cool enough to get yarn to everyone, sorry!), I’ve got a coupon for this pattern.  You can use the code SHARP to get 10% off the hat between now and Friday.  Just put Greenhorn in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code SHARP.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, May 19, 2017 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send 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 winners).  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. Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.

Permutation (plus giveaway)

I have a hard time knowing when to stop.  This was supposed to be a simple little hat.  Instead it turned into something of an adventure.  Allow me to introduce Permutation.

permutationsIt all started with that gray and pink hat.  It was a simple little thing.  That spiky stitch is lots of fun to do and a fabulous way to practice playing with two colors.  It would have been a lovely stand alone pattern. I mean just look how cute the top is!

permutations bBut I have a hard time leaving well enough alone, and before I was done with the hat I found myself wondering about other variations on the theme.  What if you did the spiky stitch all over?  Or did it in thick stripes?  Or had a folded brim?  Or only used one color?

Before I knew it, I’d chatted with the good folks over at SpaceCadet, confessed my runaway imagination, and hatched a plan.  I wrote up a pattern, and they worked their magic and sent me a whole stack of hats.

permutations kWe ended up with five variations to show off, but there are a huge number of ways to put this hat together.  You get to decide if you’d like a plain brim or a folded one.

permutations dYou get to decide if you’d like the spike stitch to be all over, in thick stripes, or a bit more scattered

permutations jAnd you get to decide if you’d like to use two colors or stick to just one.

permutations fAll together there are dozens of ways to put the pieces together.  But don’t worry, the pattern walks you through it all and tells you exactly what choices all the examples used so you’ll have an easy time putting together something you love!

The hardest part might just be picking colors.  But even that is more fun than it has any right to be.  In fact, the folks over at SpaceCadet are going to help one of you take home your favorite color pairing.  They’re sending someone a skein of Cressida (that’s the yarn we used for the background) and a skein of Capella (that’s the one we used for the spiky stitches) to someone so they can make your own hat.

I used Dark Skies (that’s the gray) and Tantrum (bright pink) on my hat.  But the Fat Free Chocolate (brown) and Windswept (pinky-purple) are singing my song too.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me which colors you’d use.  There’s no right or wrong answer,  I just like knowing what grabs your eye!

And while I can’t quite manage to send yarn to everyone, I can give everyone a discount.  You can use the code VARIATIONS to get a dollar the price between now and Friday.  Just put Permutation in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code VARIATIONS.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

permutations lComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, December 9, 2016 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send 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.

Welter (plus giveaway)

If you’re on my mailing list, you should have found a fun little surprise in your inbox.  I sent everyone an email with instructions for how to download Welter.

DSC_6044 copyIf you weren’t already on the list, and you want the pattern, go ahead and sign up now.  Shortly after you confirm your subscription, you’ll get an email with download instructions (just remember to hit the button in the confirmation email to complete your subscription or it won’t work).

And if you thought you were on the mailing list, but didn’t get an email from me, start by checking your spam filter.  It’s probably there.  If that doesn’t work, try signing up again. If you were already on the list, it will confirm that and send you the email with the download instructions.  And if you weren’t on the list, it will get you signed up.

DSC_5932 copyI am a big fan of cowls.  They’re faster to knit and easier to wear than shawls.  They come in every size from ‘adorable light accessory’ to ‘so, how about this blizzard.’  They’re a perfect thing to knit as gifts.  And, with the right pattern and yarn, you can bang one out in a weekend.

DSC_5940 copyThis lovely bit of magic is made with SpaceCadet’s Capella (a super soft, single ply, worsted weight yarn) in the color Molten Cool.  The combination of a thicker yarn and a quick pattern (it’s all knit stitches, with just a few cables thrown in every now and then to keep you motivated) means you’ll cruise through it in record time.

Everybody should have (or be able to grab) the pattern, but the good folks at SpaceCadet want to give someone some lovely yarn too.  They’re going to send someone a skein of Capella in their favorite color so they can make a cowl of their own.  If you want the yarn to come live with you, leave a comment telling me what you look for in cowls or which of SpaceCadet’s beautiful colors you’d pick.

DSC_5956 copyComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, August 5, 2016 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send 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.