Colophon

The freshly revamped and rereleased pattern for Colophon is now up on ravelry.  Pics first, then info, but do read on because I’ve got yarn to give away too!

colophon interior smallI know these are simple little bits of knitting, but I admit I’m rather taken with them.  They work in any sock or fingering weight yarn and need shockingly little yardage.  The sample shown here used 125 yards of Space Cadet Creations’ Ester (shown here in a custom club colorway, but if you are looking for a purple, their Plume is smashing and will fill all your purple needs).  In addition to working magic with tiny amounts of yarn, these are also astonishingly stretchy.  They measure about 5 inches unstretched, but comfortably stretch to over 9 inches.  The sample shown here fits Laura (she’s graciously modeling them for me), fits me with my giant man hands, and fits The Boy (with his even bigger and more manly hands).  All that, and they’re easy to knit too (it’s just a 4-row repeat, you’ll have it memorized in no time).  I’m not really sure what else to ask for!

colophon front cover smallBut, because I love you all and want to make you happy, I do have one more little treat.  The amazing Stephanie, genius behind Space Cadet Creations, is going to hook one of you lucky folks up with enough yarn to make a pair these mitts of your own.  She’s awfully nice that way.  So, if you think it should be you, go check out Stephanie’s fingering weight yarns, then come back and leave a comment telling me which is your favorite and how you feel about fingerless gloves.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Sunday, May 18, 2014 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 send prizes to US addresses.

One more pic because I want to and it makes me happy!  And one more shameless link to the Colophon page on ravelry in case they might make you happy too!

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Straight Lines

Zip zoom zowie.  I swear that took no time at all.  It took no time, and holy smokes is it cute, especially after a bit of a block.  See?

purple fingerless mittThe yarn is Space Cadet Creations’ Ester, and it is a delight to work with.  It’s a little skinnier than what I like for socks (my fondness for fat sock yarn is well documented), but it’s lovely for projects like this.  I’ve got the second one on the needles now and should be done with it soon.  Then it’s just a matter of sweet talking someone into modeling them for me (should be easy, since they’re so amazingly stretchy they’ll fit most anyone).  Then they’ll be back out in the world, instead of languishing in pattern limbo (can you tell I’m eager to get the patterns I put on hiatus back out there…nothing like a giant project for motivation)!

Redux

I’m in an instant gratification mood.  Hence the wee tiny cuff (if I’d been a smart kid and not picked the wrong needles to start, I would have finished this yesterday, as it stands, I’ll finish it today).

colophon mittThat’s Space Cadet Creations Ester in one of the Mini-Skein Club colors.  And if you’ve been here for a very long time and have an alarmingly good memory, you may recognize the pattern as a very old one of mine, Colophon.  That is not an accident.

You see, one of my big (alarmingly big…possibly verging into the realm of daunting) projects this year (and quite possibly next year) is to take my early patterns and revamp them.  That means new knitting, new pictures, new text, new charts, new layout, new everything.  It’s not that the old ones were wrong, just that they’re not as good as I can make them now, and they bug me.  So I’m fixing them.

I took down the oldest ones last year.  Some of them will be coming back, some may stay gone.  But Colophon is one of the ones destined for re-release, and I needed a quick project, so they’re on the needles at the moment.  I’m rather taken with them!

Colophon

I got overly ambitious and went ahead and released these early!

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These are simple and fun fingerless mitts designed to use up leftover bits of sock yarn.  The airy pattern makes the most of limited quantities of yarn, and the ribbing makes for a very stretchy finished product.  These are prefect for gift knitting!

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The pattern is for sale here, but until the end of the month (11:59 pm eastern time September 30th 2009) it will also be available for free if you buy another of my patterns!  To claim it, just buy another pattern and forward a copy of the email you get as a receipt with your purchase to me at hunter-colophon (at) violentlydomestic (dot) com.