Calcareous (plus giveaway)

We’re totally on a roll.  I told you I had a lovely stack of early patterns to bring back, and today’s is Calcareous!

calcareous main smallThese sort of hit that sweet spot between cabling and ribbing.  The cables keep the ribbing from getting boring (because I can’t be the only one who would go mad with boredom before I reached the end of a pair of plain ribbed socks).  And the ribbing keeps the cables behaving nicely and makes sure the socks fit beautifully.

calcareous internal 5 smallAnd there’s something rather tidy going on with the gusset there too.  See how the decreases are snugged in there, hidden away in the larger stitch pattern?  It’s kind of nifty!  I was apparently having a ‘hide the gusset’ phase for a while there (Anemochory takes a similar approach).

calcareous internal smallI find the overall effect almost irresistibly dapper!  They yarn totally helps with that too.  It’s Top Draw Sock from an awesome company called Skein (yes they’re in Australia, yes this makes their yarn a tiny bit harder to come by, and yes it is totally worth the effort).  I’ve got a second skein of their yarn to give away to introduce one you to their awesome goodness.  Just leave a comment telling me how you feel about ribbing on socks to be entered to win.  (Too boring to bear?  So hideously comfy you struggle through anyways?  You’re madly in love and don’t know why I hate ribbing?  There’s no wrong answer, we’re just chatting!)

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

calcareous internal 2 smallComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, October 16, 2015 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.


sock3Calcareous is live, click here if you’d like to make yourself a pair, or to find out what I meant by yesterday’s crack about my misspent youth.

I also have the distinct pleasure of announcing that Sharon at Three Irish Girls has graciously agreed to donate a skein of the gorgeous Adorn Sock yarn I used to make these socks to one lucky reader!

Now lately, I’ve had the marvelous experience of being contacted by several talented yarn dyers asking me to design patterns for them.  This has been (and continues to be) great fun, but that’s not what happened here.  Here, I saw the Three Irish Girls yarn at Sock Summit, fell madly in love, and simply had to have it.  There was no other choice, it had to be mine.  I got it home, and turned it into socks as quickly as possible.  Calcareous is the result.

sock2Once they were finished, I gathered up my courage, showed a picture of them to Sharon, and asked if maybe just maybe she’d be willing to donate a skein of the yarn to the blog.  She said yes, so now I get to share the fun of this yarn with one of you!

So here’s the plan.  I’m hooked and will have to knit with this yarn again.  The only difficulty is picking a colorway.  So, if you want to be entered for a chance to win the yarn, go to Three Irish Girls, look at the lovely colors, and leave a post here telling me which one I should knit with next.  I’ll leave the comments open till about noon eastern time, on Friday, October 23.  Later on Friday, I’ll randomly pick a winner from the comments and email that person with more information.

EDIT:  Don’t forget that you need to mention one of Three Irish Girl’s colorways to qualify for the drawing…Some of the comments haven’t, and I thought I’d mention it again to be sure!

ETA:  Closing comments now, will come back later to post the winner!

Criminal Underworld

My newest pattern, and a brief account of my youthful descent into the criminal underworld, will be appearing tomorrow or the next day.  In the meantime, I can show you a picture of the finished socks, and tell you that their name is Calcareous.


The socks I showed you last time are off to the testers and should be coming out in a few weeks.  On an administrative note, the third and final part of Crenellation has been posted over on Ravelry.  All three parts of the pattern will remain freely available until at least the end of November.  After that, they will likely disappear to be combined into one finalized pattern with pictures and some extra notes and possible modifications that have come to light during the knit along. If your life will be incomplete without the free version of the pattern, go get it between now and the end of November.

Some time in the next few weeks I’ll be putting out a call for testers for three pairs of super secret socks…socks so secret I can’t even publicly post a picture of them.  If anyone out there would be interested in doing some stealth testing for me in November and December, drop me a line and let me know.  I’ll be compiling a list of folks brave enough to take on clandestine projects (cloak and dagger optional)!