I’ve been feeling just the tiniest bit antsy.  I think I have everything all lined up for the start of the preorder (Tuesday…with details coming Monday in case you like to study for the test ahead of time).  I’ve made plans, I’ve made lists, I’ve done my homework, and I’ve done this sort of thing before.  But despite this, I can’t sit still or relax.

So I decided to do something to distract myself.  I wrote up the (shatteringly simple…really there’s nothing to this) pattern for the cuff I showed you the other day.  The ‘remind me how much I like knitting’ cuff.  And then I tossed it up on ravelry (it’s free, because really it’s that simple).  So if you have 20-some yards of super bulky yarn sitting around, a few spare buttons, and an hour or so of time, you can distract yourself too.

trey 4 smallThe pattern is called Trey, and it’s over here.

trey 2 smallTrey means a thing that has three of something (like a die with three dots or a card with three pips).  It seemed especially appropriate since this has spots for three awesome buttons and since I’m using it to distract me from the launch of the third book in the KCC series.

trey 3 smallSo, if you want it, it’s yours.  And apparently, Kitten Overlord Douglas does want it, because the moment I put it down on my desk he clambered right on, tucked up into company loaf, and purred himself to sleep.  Silly kitten.

trey kitten small

Not Forgotten

If you’ve been paying close attention, you may have noticed something shocking.  Distressing really.  I’ve not been knitting.  I pretty much took a month off.  I didn’t mean to, it just sort of snuck up on me.  I’ve been busy.  First it was TNNA, then it was prepping for the book launch, then it was picking yarns for a new project.  But somewhere along the way, knitting fell by the wayside.  Then I realized the error of my ways and went looking for some instant gratification.  This cuff fit the bill nicely.

knit cuffIt’s the simplest thing in the world (it’s a two row repeat), took just over an hour to knit up (thanks to the yummy fat yarn), and totally reminded me that I really like knitting.  And I kind of love cuffs like this.  Somewhere between bracelet and wrist warmer, they’re both adorable and practical, plus they provide a perfect excuse to raid the button stash.  I’m rather taken with it!

knit cuff 2The yarn is Apple Creek Chunky from The BagSmith.  There was a lovely wee sample of it in a goodie bag I got at TNNA, and it seemed like the perfect little plaything to get needles back in my hands.  I am pretty sure the fastenings are by JUL Designs.  I picked them up years ago, and they’re not labeled, but I don’t know of anyone else making buttons quite like that.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a thing or two to do.  The book’s preorder opens Tuesday, and there are a few things to sort out between now and then!