Rampant (plus giveaway)

I am not the type to have any sort of holiday knitting plan.  I don’t knit special things for Valentine’s Day or Halloween or even Christmas, much less time my patterns to coincide with them.  So you can imagine my surprise when I realized that I was bringing Rampant, the greenest socks I’ve ever knit, back out on St. Patrick’s day.  This is unnaturally good timing and very much not my usual move!

DSC_2553 smallOne of the most fun things about bringing back old patterns is remembering what was happening when I knit them.  I knit these in the summer of 2011, when I was taking the biggest exams of my life, teaching myself how to publish a book, dealing with the surprise arrival of a very sick kitten, and having my house painted.  They kept me sane(ish), upright(ish), and out of jail.

DSC_2538 smallThere was something about the combination of simple ribbing and a cable just fancy enough to demand a tiny bit of attention that created some sort of magic.  They held my focus enough to prevent me from dwelling on whatever the crisis of the moment was, and watching them grow gave me a sense of control and accomplishment (even if everything else in my world was sort of exploding).

On a more practical note (because I hope you don’t only reach for these if your world is proving challenging), the elongated stitches do a beautiful job of breaking up pooling in variegated yarns, the pattern is written in three sizes, and they’re likely to pass muster with either guys or girls.  I can’t promise they’ll be the knitting equivalent of therapy for you the way the were for me, but I’m pretty darn sure they’ll turn into lovely socks!

I’ve got a skein of the delicious Casbah by Handmaiden that I used to make these (in a breathtaking, deep, dark burgundy rather than green, but it is every bit as yummy) for one of you.  Just leave a comment telling me your feelings on knitting as a sanity preservation technique for a chance to win.

And, just in case you need some therapeutic knitting right this minute, you can use the code GREEN to get a dollar off the price between now and Friday.  Just put Rampant in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code GREEN.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

DSC_2357 smallComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, March 20, 2015 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.  Sorry, but I can only send prizes to US addresses.