Adumbrate

The revamped and rereleased pattern for Adumbrate is now up on ravelry.  Pics first, but do read on, as I’ve got yarn to give away!Adumbrate fingerless mitts by Hunter HammersenThese are another of my early patterns, and I was delighted to redo them.  We all know I’m a sucker for fingerless mitts (seriously, I have a whole wardrobe of them, some to match all of my pajamas, and I wear them all winter long).  These are quick and fun to knit (they’re the ones that did the neat three-pronged thing when I was knitting them), and I am pretty sure most self respecting stashes have a perfect little bit of DK weight yarn waiting around to make them.  You could totally have a pair of these finished by the end of this weekend.

Adumbrate fingerless mitts by Hunter HammersenI made mine out about 130 yards of Dream in Color Everlasting DK leftovers, but I’m totally going to hook one of you up with a skein of the same yarn to make your own (the color I’m giving away is Tidal, instead of the Raincloud I used here, but both are lovely shades of blue).  To enter, either leave a comment on this post telling me how you feel about fingerless mitts (pro, con, not yet properly introduced…there is no wrong answer), or pin one of the pictures in this post (either click the pinterest button at the top of the post or you can click on the ‘Pin it’ button that comes up when you hover your mouse over the picture itself).

Comments left and pins made between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Saturday, August 2, 2014 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their address, and arrange to send the yarn their way.  If you’re leaving a comment, 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 you win by pinning, I’ll leave a comment on your pin letting you know you’ve won.  If I do get in touch with 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.

adumbrate accent smallP.S. The winner has been notified, thanks to everyone who left comments!

Upcoming

Next up in the the ongoing (dare I say never-ending, all-consuming, perhaps even frenzied) project of rereleasing old patterns, Adumbrate.  These will be going up this coming week. adumbrate extra smallFolks on the mailing list will get an announcement (and usually some sort of coupon or other goody) as soon as it’s up.  Now every time I send something to the mailing list, I get a few very nice emails from folks saying they didn’t know about the mailing list and could they please have whatever the special offer is anyways.  And that’s always awkward.  So in the interest of having fewer awkward moments, I’ll be all smooth and remind you that you can sign up for said mailing list right over here.  It’s super easy, I promise.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a sock on the needles…an actual real live sock that I’m knitting myself and that’s not for a book and that I can take pictures of and talk about and everything.  I’m going to go spend some time with that so I can show it off properly in a day or two.  I’m sure you understand.

Variations on a theme

You know how I’ve been telling you to block your knits?  And showing you how much of a difference it makes? And perhaps you recall that the project I knit most recently was a bit willful when it was on the needles?  Right.  So you might imagine that this one also benefited greatly from a little relaxing bath. DSC_0318

Huge difference, very very little effort.  Compared to how much time it takes to knit something, the time to block it is negligible.  I’m going to harass you into doing it if I possibly can.  (Though i have to say I’m tempted to find something else fun to do to take advantage of the shape that stitch makes…it’s rather fabulous on it’s own).

I’m off to take proper pics of these (and the other mitts) this afternoon.  They’ll be out soon, and I’ll be back soon with book plans and TNNA goodies and all sorts of fun stuff.  But for now, now I must catch up on laundry so I can leave the house today and be both decent and non-smelly.

Conjugate

Shall we conjugate the verb snow?  How about weep?

Regardless of what mid-April snows do for one’s state of mind (or one’s sinuses), they do at least provide encouragement for knitting.  The first mitt of the re-knit version of Adumbrate is done.

blue fingerless mitt frontI’m awfully fond of them.  The thumb is unreasonably tidy.

blue fingerless mitt backAlas this picture doesn’t quite show it off in its full glory (Millicent won’t bend her thumb in to show it off, but she has a long history of being a troublemaker).  I’ll do my best to find a more cooperative model for the proper photos.

Angles

Here is the same mitt from last time, just with its tendency to go all three three-pronged reigned in a bit by a handy glove form.

DSC_0272This has actually grown a bit since the picture was taken.  The thumb gusset is finished (and oh my goodness is it tidy, I love how they work on these).  I’ll most likely have a finished one to show you early next week.  Next week will also likely see some sort of housekeeping/schedule clarifying post.  I’ve got scads and scads of things coming up over the next few months (including, you know, new book), and I should probably let you all know what to expect (short answer, knitting patterns…lots and lots of knitting patterns).

Oh, and in the meantime, I looked it up, and the color of the yarn (Dream in Color’s Everlasting DK) is raincloud.  It’s yummy stuff (and completely appropriate for today’s weather), and I love working with it.

Willful

Knitting is usually pretty accommodating.  It will stretch and bend and drape and generally do what you ask if you ask nicely enough.  But this?  This really wants to be a slightly smushed trefoil, and you aren’t going to convince it differently.

DSC_0271And you can’t really tell from that picture, but it’s quite tall.  I’m a fair ways in, and it shows no sign of giving up its claim on this shape.

DSC_0266This is the re-knit for Adumbrate (in some of Dream in Color’s Everlasting DK in a color I will look up later).  I’m finding them terribly amusing and enjoying their willful nature far more than I should.

 

Adumbrate

adumbrate_finalThe pattern for adumbrate is up. These are free and are meant as a sort of thank you present to mark the one year anniversary of this website and of my adventures in designing. This has become a much bigger part of my life than I ever thought it would, and I’ve found it tremendously rewarding. I can’t tell you what it means to me that you take time out of your day to knit my patterns, say hi, or even just drop by to read my rambles. Your encouragement means the world to me. Thank you.

Olympic Glory?

So I sort of did it, but only sort of.  The official goal was ‘don’t cast on any new projects.’  The unofficial goal (which seemed to follow rather naturally from the official goal) was ‘get lots of stuff done.’  I totally met the first goal.  Despite severe temptation (we went to a fiber festival right at the beginning of the Olympics–this was not a plan designed to foster restraint), I didn’t cast on anything new.

Alas, I also didn’t get quite as much done as I had hoped.  I did make some progress.  I finished a pair of secret socks, and they’ve gone off to a magazine for their photo shoot, which I find both hysterical and deeply awesome.  I finished the adumbrate mitts, wrote the pattern, and started the testing process.  I finished the first of the greenhorn socks and wrote the first draft of the pattern.

The one thing I didn’t finish was The Boy’s xanthophyll socks.  Almost, but not quite.  It turns out these socks have scads more stitches than any of the other socks I’ve made.  They’re just slow.  Pretty, but slow.  Luckily, this weekend we took a trip that provided many many many hours of knitting time, and now they’re done.medal-blog-button

I’m still taking the medal.  I’m using the whole experience as proof that it’s important to define your goals clearly.  My official goal was ‘don’t cast on any new projects,’ and I met that.  I might have had ‘finish every single ongoing project’ in the back of my mind as some sort of mythical extra goal, but that wasn’t ever really going to happen.  I met the official goal, I’m calling it a success.  (This is the likely-unnecessary-but-I-like-to-be-extra-careful disclaimer.  The picture is created by Franklin Habit, provided by Yarn Harlot, and used with permission.  Please do not write and tell me I’m stealing it, mkay?)

Come back later in the week for the finished (and free) pattern for adumbrate!

Coming Attractions

adumbrate_handI enlisted the help of The Boy and waded out into the snow (really waded, it’s well past our knees in many spots).  Turns out it’s surprisingly hard to find a pose that both shows off the knitting and keeps me from looking like some sort of sausage-fingered mutant.  We eventually met with success, but we were cold and wet long before we got there.  I’ll show you a shot of just the mitts now, but rest assured there are pics with actual hands in them coming shortly.  The pattern will go up next week, and  I’ll be back with a full report on my Olympic knitting some time before then.


Improvise

I used to think sock blockers were totally unnecessary, not much more than props really, something to make it look like you know what you’re doing.  They don’t make your socks any warmer or softer or sturdier.  Some people swear they help socks dry a bit faster.  However, I try to wash at least a dozen pairs at once, and I’m not likely to buy a dozen pairs of blockers, so they’re not much help in that regard either.

It wasn’t until I started taking pictures of socks that I realized what they’re for.  They’re for persuading your stitches to sit just right so you can get a pretty picture.  Blocked socks just look tidier.  I’m a believer.  It’s not worth it for day-to-day wear, but it is if you want to show off.

adumbrate_dryingIt seems only logical that the same would be true of other knitted things, so I wanted to block my mitts.  Alas, I don’t currently have any glove blockers.  The things exist, though not in such profusion as sock blockers.  There don’t seem to be a lot of modern versions, but there are quite a few older models on ebay and the like.  I find the vintage wooden glove forms oddly appealing (though I fear they wouldn’t be of much practical use since they seem to have been designed for people with tiny dainty hands and I just don’t do dainty).

Not having proper blockers, I decided to rig something up myself.  I hung the wet mitts from one set of needles, threaded another set through the bottom to hold them straight, added a few clips for a bit of weight, and worked the needles under a heavy box.  It seems to have worked, though it lacked something in the ambiance department.

When the snow lets up I’ll try to sneak outside and get some pictures.  I think I’ll likely put these out for free as first anniversary present.  Look for them early next month.