Carom (plus giveaway)

I suspect you might already know this, but I have a thing for sets.  I can’t help it.  As soon as I finish a piece I start wondering ‘and what would happen if I just wiggled this little bit over here?’  Then all of a sudden there’s another variation on the needles.  That’s totally what happened with Carom, and I’m so happy to have the pattern back out!DSC_0978 copyThe first hat uses a bigger, lacier version of the stitch pattern.  It’s lovely and swooshy and just a bit dramatic.

DSC_0925 copyThe second one uses a slightly smaller version of the stitch pattern.  It’s a bit more understated and avoids anything that might hint at lace.

DSC_0921 copyI’m showing a folded up brim on one version and no brim on the other, but of course you can go either way on either hat and it will look lovely.

DSC_0844 copyAnd the crown of each looks absolutely smashing (there’s really no excuse for boring crowns…life is too short for that).  crownsYou’ve totally got time to whip one of these out before cool weather really sets in.  I used Chubbie by Vice Yarns (one of my absolute favorite yarns, if your LYS doesn’t carry it do yourself a favor and ask them to start).  I’ve got a skein to give away (mine is in a beautiful mix of autumn colors that will make the most fabulous fall hat you can imagine).  If you’d like a chance to win, just leave a comment telling me how you feel about having a few variations of a project in a pattern.  The more the merrier? Or does it make it too hard to decide where to start?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like to know what you like!

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

DSC_0818 copyComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, September 23, 2016 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.

Not My Strong Suit

So the plan had been to put this pattern up on Monday.  But it’s ready now, and I don’t really do patience if I can help it.  Also, there might just possibly be something else going on on Monday that I’ll want to squee about.  So I’m putting it out now.  Handy thing, making your own schedule.

These are, of course, the magical, sanity-saving, purple hats.  One is for me, and one has made its way into the post to head off to my mom.  The first of these was cast on within hours of getting my hands on the new Everlasting 12 ply dk by Dream in Color.  I remain unreasonably smitten with it.  It’s more or less perfect, and it’s the first time I’ve seen one of the ‘zillions of tiny plies’ style yarns in a heavier weight.  I’ve already gotten scads more for another project and will be casting on soon.

And now, because the people at Dream in Color are awesome, I can share this new obsession treat with you.  I’ve got two skeins of Everlasting 12 ply dk in the color Amethyst to give away.  You can easily make both of these hats from one skein of yarn (I made 2 big hats from one skein and had about 30 yards leftover).

If you want to give it a try yourself, go take a look at the Everlasting colors, pick your favorite (or favorites, I’ve not been able to narrow it down much really), and leave me a comment telling me which ones you like best.  Remember, I’ve got Amethyst, the one used in the hat to give away, I’m just shamelessly polling you to find out what colors you like (and to pad out my next shopping list). Do be sure to use your real email address (no one but me will see it, and I won’t use it for anything other than to notify the winner).  I’ll keep comments open until Tuesday evening, and announce winners on Wednesday.

In the meantime, if your own sanity needs a little restoration, you can find the pattern here.