Keepsies (plus giveaway)

Every now and then you stumble across an opinionated skein of yarn…a skein of yarn that wants to be knit in stockinette and simply will not take no for an answer.  I happened upon a skein like that, and Keepsies is the result!

So I’m not going to lie.  This is more or less just a tube of stockinette.  Yes there’s ribbing at the bottom to make it behave, but after that, you just settle in and knit every stitch until it’s tall enough.  No fancy business at all.

But then?  Then you come to the top.  And that’s where all the fun bits happen!  First you have to decide if you want the knit side or the purl side facing out (in these pictures, the lighter hat has the purl side facing out, the darker one has the knit side facing out).  Then you do a little bit of magic (nothing hard…no grafting, no seams, no sewing, no extra ends to weave in), and you have that adorable bit of business you see here.

Well, that’s not quite true…you have an adorable hat in need of a good blocking.  But blocking this one is ridiculously fun (yes, I totally got out my childhood marbles to do it…hence the name and the photo shoot theme), and the pattern walks you through it, so there’s no reason to be scared.

I think you’re going to have way too much fun with this.  The knitting itself is dead simple.  You can use a huge range of yarns (anything from fingering to light worsted).  And you get to do what is more or less a knitting magic trick at the end that will have you feeling ridiculously clever.  I suspect you won’t be able to get away with making just one.  But don’t worry, it comes in five sizes, so you’ll be able to fit pretty much anyone who is asking you for one of their own!

I’ve got a skein of the lovely, opinionated (and that’s compliment, not a complaint!), yarn from The Lemonade Shop that started it all to give away (and they’re doing kits with the pattern, yarn, and even some marbles for blocking).  If you think it should come live with you, just leave a comment telling me about the most outspoken yarn you’ve worked with.  Tricky speckles? Fuzzy bits?  Bright colors?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just know we’ve all encountered one along the way and I want to hear your stories!

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

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Saturday, July 8, 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 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.