Excursion (plus giveaway)

I have strong feelings about travel.  I think it’s a lovely thing to do, but wow do I ever want to take the comforts of home with me when I go.  That means I bring along everything I need to make a proper cup of tea (yes I have brought my teapot on trips), and I have at least one pair of slippers in my suitcase.  This pair is called Excursion, and you can bet it will be accompanying me on my next adventure!

DSC_1174 copyThese are going to make you feel ridiculously clever when you make them.  You cast on at the back of the heel, do some increases to make a cup for your heel, do some decreases to shape the gusset, then join up to work in the round and zoom on down toward your toes.  The whole thing feels amazingly tidy.

I made the things, and I even find myself picking them up and going oooooooh, how the heck does that work?

DSC_1125 copyI made mine in the much beloved and sadly discontinued Caper Aran from String Theory, but the pattern is written so that you can use pretty much any aran, worsted, or even DK weight yarn you like.  You just need to be sure you’re knitting nice and tight so you get a dense, sturdy fabric.  If you go with a lighter yarn they may start to feel a bit more like thick socks than sturdy slippers, but I suspect you’ll love them just as much either way.

DSC_1191 copyI do happen to have one last skein of this exact yarn (which should be more than enough to make a pair of these…I have size 11 feet and I had a fair bit of yarn leftover when I was done) to give away.  If you think it should be yours, just leave a comment telling me what’s the one thing you always pack along on trips to make you feel more at home.  You already know my weaknesses, but I suspect you guys have some interesting things in your suitcases too!

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

DSC_1217 copyComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, October 7, 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.  Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.

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