Tacit (plus giveaway)

I know quite a few of you have been eagerly awaiting these.  So, for anyone in a tearing hurry, let me just go ahead and say Tacit are out.  You can grab them and cast on right now.  But do swing back by when you have a moment, as I’ve got yarn to give away down below!

DSC_6345 copySo I know lots of folks watched this one come together (someone linked to one of the early posts about them on pinterest and it sort of blew up, which is totally nifty).  And the thing I kept getting asked over and over was ‘wait, how do you do that?’  The answer is that it really is just cables.  Lovely, classic, 2-over-2 cables (plus a bit of ribbing on the underside to make sure they’re comfy).

DSC_6354 copyThe cables are arranged a little bit differently than you might expect (you keep individual cable columns going in long, straight lines rather than doing that over, under, over, under dance cables so often do).  But technique-wise?  It’s just basic cables.  Meaning it’s not at all hard (and as a bonus, once you see how it works, it’s very easy to remember, so you won’t be glued to the chart).  Though the end result is rather impressive looking!

DSC_6322 copyMitts like this are actually pretty much my favorite thing to do with fingering-weight yarn.  I have a hard time knitting socks out of it (it hurts my hands), and an equally hard time resisting its charms, so I end up with a fair amount of it in my stash.  And of course, even if you love knitting socks from fingering-weight yarn, you probably occasionally encounter a skein or two that’s just too pretty to hide in shoes.  My natural inclination is to make mitts!

DSC_6315 copyThese are made with lovely yarn from Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts that I got way back at the second Sock Summit in 2011.  Any yarn that makes it through that many stash tosses is something special (I am pretty ruthless with the stash, only the good stuff sticks around long)!  The exact base and color I used are, sadly, no longer available.  But I talked with the good folks over at Ancient Arts, and we figured out that their BFL Sock yarn in Fog Warning will make a fabulous substitute.

They’ve got a skein of it to send off to one lucky knitter.  If you think it should be you, just leave a comment telling me how much of your stash is sock yarn.  More or less all of it?  Just one or two special skeins?  None any at all?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just want to know if I’m the only one who can’t resist sock yarn’s charms!

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

DSC_6359 copyComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, June 10, 2016 will be entered to win.  After the contest closes, 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.

And now we block

So, progress on several fronts.  Slippers are done.

DSC_5639 sCuffs are done.

DSC_5618I have a small pile of ends to weave in and then everything needs to be blocked (because wow is there a difference between blocked and unblocked folks, block your knitting), but this is nifty.

Any Second Now

I probably can’t, in good conscience, continue to pepper you with pictures of these and their incremental growth for too much longer.  So it’s a good thing they’re almost done.

DSC_5590The finished mitt has seven zigs, and the almost finished one is just at the end of zig six, so it really shouldn’t be much longer at all.

DSC_5581And of course it’s grown a thumb (which will, I promise, be much more tidy after I block it).  So the next time I sit down and knit for an hour or two, they should be done!

pd 7 sPssst, the Phaeodaria pattern is coming out Tuesday morning, and I’ll have yarn to give away, so be sure to come back and check them out!


Continue to zig and zag

Nearly done.  The sort of nearly done where could almost talk yourself into just going ahead and banging it out, but your elbow really sort of hurts, and you know if you do keep going you’ll totally pay for it the next day.

DSC_5578So it’s waiting (because much as I love you all, I want to still be able to knit in five years, so I’m not going to knit when it hurts me).  But it shouldn’t have to wait much longer!

One to go

Number two on the way!

DSC_5163Does anybody else sort of do the math on how many stitches a project has and how many you’ve done and keep obsessive track of your progress?  Or is it too depressing?  Anyone want to guess just how many stitches are in one of those mitts?  It’s way more than I thought…

Oh, and just a tiny heads up.  Diluvian are coming back out Tuesday.  They’re sort of a secret favorite of mine, and I’m thrilled to be bringing them back.  Be sure you’re on the mailing list if you want a heads up (and a coupon) when they’re released!

diluvian 6 small

One down

Well then, that came together rather nicely.

DSC_5158That zig-zag thing is way more entertaining than it has any right to be (and easy too, it’s just cables).

DSC_5161And with something that showy going on in front, it seemed best to keep the rest of it fairly plain, so the thumb is nicely understated.

The second of the pair is on the needles and should be done in the next few weeks (the slipper may be taking an unfair share of my attention just now, so it may take a bit longer than you’d think).  And yes there will totally be a pattern.  I just have to decide if I want to do it as a stand-alone pattern, or the start of a little collection that’s been chirping at me and asking to be made.


Every now and then we have to remind our yarn who’s boss.

DSC_5150If it helps you can totally chant ‘I am smarter than the yarn, I am smarter than the yarn, I am smarter than the yarn’ under your breath.

DSC_5139Totally worth it in the end though, you’d never know it threw a little fit.

I didn’t forget

So normally I’m a one project knitter.  I almost never have two projects on the go at once.  But the slipper distracted me and I jumped ship, right in the middle of the zig-zag mitt.  DSC_5083Lovely though the slippers are, I haven’t totally abandoned the mitt.  It is getting a thumb now and really only needs about two more hours of knitting to be done.  Of course then I have to make the second one, and I’m pretty sure second sock syndrome isn’t unique to socks…

Oh, and just in case you missed it earlier, the little special on first volume of The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet that we talked about earlier this month ends on the 29th.  Last chance to grab it at the special rate!

kcc1 cover

Yup, yup totally cute

Someone linked to this on pinterest, and we’ve had lots of folks stopping by (hi, welcome!). If you’re looking for the pattern, it’s called Tacit and it’s live on ravelry now. And if you want to be sure to hear whenever I have a new book or pattern out (plus get a free pattern right now), you can sign up for my mailing list.

I told you this would come together.  I mean I fully admit last time it looked a bit crumpled and um, nondescript.  Let’s go with that.  But now?

leftyNow it’s got much more character.  And as it gets longer and longer it keeps getting better and better.

rightyI think it’s about to be time for a thumb.  Just lemme indulge in a few more rows of this first…because it’s way more fun than it has any right to be.


Once again, if you’re looking for the pattern, it’s called Tacit and it’s live on ravelry now. You can buy it there!


Stash dive

Took a dive deep, deep into the stash and found a treasure.

yarnIt’s from the second Sock Summit back in 2011.  Stash doesn’t normally stick around quite that long in these parts, but this one managed to hang in there.  Even better, the company, Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts, is still around and still making lovely yarn.  So I cast on.

ribAnd yes, we are in the crumpled and weird stage of all knitting projects, but I think it’s going to be awfully pretty in a few more rows!