Diluvian (plus giveaway)

It’s possible I shouldn’t be this entertained by a sock.  In fact I probably shouldn’t be (or at least I shouldn’t admit in public).  But I can’t help it. Diluvian hit pretty much every one of my sock sweet spots, and I’m delighted to bring them back out.

diluvian 1 sqNow in my heart of hearts, I think it’s hard to beat the fit of a basic ribbed sock.  But I also find basic ribbed socks boring…boring to knit, boring to look at, just totally not worth the trouble.  But give them a bit of a twist?  Sneak in some dropped stitches? Pay a bit of extra attention to the heel and the toe?  All of a sudden you’ve got something that is a lot more fun.  They’re still every bit as comfy as the classic rib, just ever so much more fetching!

diluvian 4 sqOh and if you’re as easily amused as I am, they’re also reversible.  Take a look at the picture below, the sock on the left is right side out, the sock on the right is inside out.  They’re almost the same (and of course just as cute on either side).  It makes them a fantastic choice for those of you who like princess soles.  Just knit them as written and turn them inside out.

diluvian 2 sqAnd of course the yarn is one of my favorites.  It’s Tern by Quince & Co, and it makes glorious socks.  I mean I know I’m biased (my stash is more or less divided into ‘bucket of String Theory and Quince’ and ‘everything else’), but it really is nifty.  It’s 75% wool, 25% silk.  The silk does what nylon normally does in sock yarn (keep it sturdy) while also doing what silk does (give it just a tiny bit of shimmer and depth).  It’s a perfect combo, and I’m a big fan of silk in socks.  And of course Quince’s color are just right for these socks, where a nice solid keeps all the interest on the texture and makes your stitches look marvelously tidy.

diluvian 5 sqQuince has two skeins of Tern for one of you to try it out for yourself.  If you think they might need to come live with you, just leave a comment telling me how you feel about silk in sock yarn.  Madly in love? Total upgrade from nylon? Never tried it? You suddenly need a list of all the silk sock yarns? There’s no wrong answer, I just want to know how you feel!

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

diluvian 3 sqComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, March 18, 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.

Signs of Life

I have done a thorough investigation and can now confidently say that being sick sucks.  Refusing to lay down and rest so as to get better seems to prolong being sick.  Doing even more stuff than usual because you’re busy and things need to get done seems to actually make it worse.  Despite my very best efforts, I appear not to be able to will this germ away and have had to actually lay down and rest as opposed to saying I will lay down and rest and completely neglecting to do so.  I really don’t think this is fair and would like to lodge a complaint with the appropriate authority.  Please do let me know if you find contact information for said authority.

I have actually managed to get a fair bit of knitting done (while resting…in bed…under blankets…with hot tea and other strengthening medicines ready to hand).  Heather’s sock is clicking away (I’m past the tricky point and it now also qualifies as easy knitting) and needs only an inch or two of foot plus a toe to be finished.  The zombie sock is also going well and I continue to be unreasonable smitten with it given that it is such a simple little thing.  It’s made with Creatively Dyed Yarn’s Luxury in Weston.  I picked it up in Pittsburgh back in February.  Amazingly enough, when these are finished I will have used all the yarn in that photo.  The top one turned into Diluvian, the purplish-gray one turned into Peregrinate, the pink one turned into Anemochory, and the last one is on the needles.  This is almost unheard of.  It seems I generally like to let yarn marinate in my stash for a year or two before deciding to bring it out and use it.

And thanks to everyone for your thoughts on the camera/ipad/wheel decision.  I have a feeling I’ll get the camera first, as it is more or less a reasonable business expense and will be useful for future big projects.  The wheel and ipad are more toys and alas, will have to wait.

Diluvian

Diluvian are ready to go.  Alas, it’s suddenly turned far too hot for wool socks.  I feel somehow cheated.  I’m still rather taken with them though, even if I won’t be wearing them for a few more months.

I never did quite decide if I like them right side out (above) or wrong side out (below).  Did you?

Tidings

Two quick bits of news, with more substantive stuff to follow along shortly. First, and quite thrilling, I got a spot in the Silk Retreat just announced by Madam Harlot and Tina of BMFA fame.  I predict it will be splendid.  There really is no room for doubt.  Second, I will be releasing Diluvian a bit earlier than expected.  I had planned to bring them out in early June, but I want to enter them in the sock design contest over at Exercise Before Knitting, and the deadline is approaching.  They’ll be going up as soon as I can get pictures, likely tomorrow or Friday.

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When I was a kid I found watching raindrops on the windows of a car absolutely hypnotic.  I was convinced they were holding raindrop races.  I worked out a whole series of rules and victory conditions and stories for the individual drops.  We’ll just say I had a rich inner life and leave it at that.

From the first minute I cast these on, the combination of color and pattern reminded me of my raindrop races.  I find these almost as hypnotic.  I’ll get a proper picture with feet some time soon, but I had to show these off now.

Greatly Exaggerated

I am assuredly not dead. Busy, yes. Dead, no. Thanks to the folks who emailed to check though. I do like knowing that if I ever should be dead, someone might notice before the cats have the chance to nibble on too much of me. Hopefully The Boy would notice, but he gets busy too sometimes, so it’s good to have a back up system at the ready.

Busy with what you ask? Why the book of course, which explains much of my dreadful silence.  Luckily, the part of the project where all of my knitting time is focused on super secret book business is almost done.  Note that this does not mean that the book is almost done.  This is proving to be a different process than I was expecting.  Not better or worse, just different.  There’s an odd combination of ‘hurry hurry faster go’ and ‘wait’.  I’m not so good at waiting.  I sort of loathe it.  Alas, it seems unavoidable.  I’m taking it as a character building experiences (pay no attention to the footlockers full of character I’m currently storing in the basement…you can always use more).

The short version is that the blue socks are nearing completion.  I’ve got the second half of the second foot yet to do, and I’ll likely do it this week.  Next up will be the lovely Hedonist Sock by Slackford Studio in the color Mahhvelous Dahling.  This yarn has been sitting on the top of my ‘to knit’ pile for far too long, and I can resist it no longer!  The lovely subtle colors will be the perfect background for some fancy stitch work.  I have a plan.

Testing

The current project is about to go up for testing on ravelry. If you are just dying to make these (and willing to risk the occasional typo for the chance to make them before I officially release the pattern), this is your chance. I’ve still not decided if I like the inside or the outside better. Have you?

Promising

delugeWell this seems as though it could be rather promising.  I really do like them both ways, though the inside out version is currently slightly in the lead.  I’m actually starting to like the reverse stockinette sole too.  Apparently some people make all their socks that way because it makes the inside of the sock particularly smooth.

I think that when I write them up, I’ll just explain how to arrange it so that the regular stockinette side of the sole matches up with either side of the stitch pattern.

In other news, I’m picking up my new car tomorrow morning.  After ten years of faithful service, my current car has come to the end of its life.  Somewhat to my surprise, I finding it a bit hard to say goodbye.  I’m sure this feeling will wear off once I’m in my shiny new car, but at the moment, I’m a bit nostalgic.  Alas, the inconvenience of a car payment seems likely to stick around far longer than the blue feeling.

So Much for Restraint

It was supposed to be a swatch.  It really was.  But you see, I hate swatching in the round.  I know how, I can do it, I just don’t like to.  So I went ahead and swatched over a whole cuff’s worth of stitches.  Then, well, then it was too nifty to rip out.  See?  The only problem is, that’s the inside of the sock.  I’m not quite sure if i carry on as I am, or if I rip and redo it so that the pattern is reversed.  Would you run screaming from a pattern who’s last instruction was ‘turn it inside out?’

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Edited to add a picture of the other side.  I know the difference is subtle, but I also think it’s important.  I have a feeling these are just going to be ‘reversible’ socks.  Thoughts?

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Astonishing Restraint

There was yarn in Pittsburgh. Rather a lot of yarn. If you consider my purchases in light of the total amount of yarn available, I showed admirable restraint. Quite impressive really. I bought only two little skeins. One a lovely turquoise number from Decadent Fibers and another a dark purplish fancy from Creatively Dyed Yarn.  Both of them even have a bit of nylon and so stand a good chance of lasting for more than a season.  I also picked up a second set of the Kollage square needles (one of the first set has suffered an unauthorized relocation via kitten and is currently unaccounted for.  I needed another set to finish the green socks.)  The other two yarns in the picture are for collaborations I will be undertaking with dyers in the near future.  More about them and about my Olympic knitting progress soon.

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