Countdown 1

Today only, Anemochory is on sale on ravelry for 25% off with the code COUNTDOWN.

Alrighty…I know a lot of you are shockingly quick knitters (seriously, I’ve seen you turn out a pair of socks in a long weekend).  But socks are still a bit of an undertaking, so if you’re knitting them as presents, I want to make sure you’ve got plenty of time.  So we’ll start the countdown off with socks!  These work up fairly quickly (the pattern is simple enough you’ll have it memorized in no time), and it’s early in the month…you’re still unreasonably optimistic, right?  Right!

What’s up? I’m doing a December countdown! Now through Christmas Eve, I’m putting one pattern a day on sale for 25% off (I’m starting with socks and moving on to quicker and quicker projects as the month goes on). Each sale only runs one day (until 11:59pm eastern time), so grab it while you can.


I did this last year and it was so much fun, so I’m doing it again!  Every day between now and December 24th I’ll have one book or pattern on sale for 25% off with the code COUNTDOWN.

We’ll start with socks (because they take a little while to get knit up), and then move on to hats and cuffs and other quicker things as we get further into the month.

Each sale will last 24 hours (from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm, eastern time).

I’ve got the blog all set up to show you each day’s pattern shortly after it goes live.  So your absolute safest bet if you want to see each one is to check the blog every day.  I’ll also post on twitter and facebook, but the good folks who run those sites don’t always show you everything I post and they don’t always show it the same day I post it, so while I will try to make those show you each day’s pattern, it’s a bit out of my control.

I’ve picked some of my very favorite patterns, so I hope you’ll find something you love!


Dippers (plus giveaway)

So you know the chat we were having about how to make your more opinionated yarns behave themselves?  Well allow me to show you how that looks in practice!  These are Dippers, and they’re out today (and 10% off with the code BEHAVE).

These were one of the very first sock patterns I ever released way back in early 2009.  Then, some time five or six years ago, I got to feeling a little shy about the photos and formatting of those earliest patterns, so I took them down.  The patterns themselves were lovely…the pictures weren’t.  But I didn’t like having the patterns hidden away on my hard drive, so I’ve been bringing them back out as time allows.  And I’m delighted to have Dippers back out now!

The stitch pattern on these really is magic at breaking up the color on yarn.  You’ve got the general swoopy goodness that happens when you put decreases on the edges and send matching increases tromping merrily down the middle.  But you’ve also got those lovely little coiled stitches (so much fun to do…really they’re nifty) to move things around even more.  The combo is delightful with yarn that would otherwise flash and pool.  I mean of course it looks lovely on solid colored yarn too…but then again so does most everything!

I’ve got a skein of this yarn (Blue Moon Fiber Arts’ Socks that Rock Lightweight in Beach Pebbles) to give away to someone who might like to make a pair of their own.  Now…full disclosure…the yarn came to me before it had an official tag on it.  So I’ll totally write the info I have about it on a card and send it along, but it won’t have the proper label you’re used to.  But as long as you’re cool with that, all is well!

To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me the most colorful yarn you’ve ever knit with.  There are no right or wrong answers, I just like to hear what’s finding its way onto your needles!

And I can’t send yarn to everyone, but I can give everyone a little discount on the pattern.  If you use the code BEHAVE, you’ll get 10% off Dippers on ravelry.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, November 30, 2018 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send the 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.  This is open to adults anywhere in the world, but I need a US mailing address to send yarn to.

I’m supposed to tell you about these things…I really am

You know that thing that happens over on ravelry every year about this time?  That thing where a whole bunch of designers (literally hundreds) put a whole bunch of patterns on sale for 25% off for a hot minute?  And then everyone hangs out together in the chattiest group you ever did see and knits and jokes and has contests and gives away prizes and generally engages in some sort of combination of cheerleading and holiday festivities right through the end of the year?  That thing called the Indie Gift-A-Long?

Yeah, well I’m playing too!  Except this year, instead of featuring patterns I already had available individually, I broke some of the most loved patterns from the books out from their papery prisons and made them available as stand alone patterns.  Normally I don’t like splitting up books (because I’m a cranky old man and think books are better when taken all together), but this seemed like a perfect chance to do it on a limited basis.

There are fifteen patterns (three each from Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet I, II, and III, Silk Road Socks, and Fine Things for Plain Occasions).  They’re on sale for 25% off during the Gift-A-Long (all the details on that are right here).  And they’ll only be available through the end of November (after which time they go back to being tucked up inside the book where they belong!).

And really…if you don’t like any of those, go check out the other patterns in the sale (there’s a link at the top of my sale page where you can find them all)…there’s pretty much guaranteed to be something amazing there you absolutely need!