Smidgen, Snippet, Sliver (plus coupon code)

A year or so ago, I took down a bunch of my early patterns.  They were lovely, but they weren’t quite as polished as my current work, so down they came.  I’ve been revamping them (new layouts, new charts, updated text, and often new pictures and more sizes) and rereleasing them as time allows.  It’s always so much fun to bring old favorites back and show them off again, all shiny and new!  Today I’m bringing Smidgen, Snippet, and Sliver back out.

sss wide smallLong time readers will remember these from when the painters came and made my house unbearably loud.  I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than five minutes, and so needed some instant gratification knitting.  The result was three cuffs, each of which can be made with less than 100 yards of yarn, and none of which require much in the way of serious concentration.

I adore all three of them and think you will too.  They’re up on ravelry now.  But if you happened to head over to this page, you’d find a handy little code good for a dollar off  this set (it’s good for most of my other fingerless mitts and cuffs too, and you can use it as many times as you’d like, so feel free to stock up).

New Pattern, Ameliorate (Plus Coupon)

ameliorate: verb

-to make better or more tolerable

Every now and then, I hear from someone who says they like my designs…they just wish I put them out more frequently.  Now my first response is to be flattered.  That’s actually a lovely thing to say.

My second response is a tiny bit less charming.  As of today, I’ve got 93 designs listed over on Ravelry.  The first one came out in March of 2009.  That’s 93 designs in 44 months, or a bit over 2 a month.  That’s an average of one every other week, for more than three and a half years.  I think that’s actually a pretty respectable pace.

I think what folks are actually saying when they ask for more frequent designs is that they wish there was something to tide them over between books.  It takes a long time to put together a big book.  I’m aiming for one a year (which is actually super fast), and even that can feel slow if you’re looking for something new to knit right now.  I try and make it better by having little collections (like Rabble Rousers) and by putting individual patterns in other people’s projects (like The Sock Report), but I know it’s still not quite the same.

So when these mitts found their way onto my needles (I swear the yarn was too pretty to make it into the stash, it’s Tracks of Bison by Alisha Goes Around), I figured they might be just the perfect thing to help out anyone feeling a bit impatient.  Think of it as something to take the edge off while you wait for KCC2.

And, as a thank you for your patience, there’s a coupon included in the pattern.  All copies of this pattern bought between now and October 31 will include a coupon good for 20% off individual patterns (and don’t worry, come November 1 or so, a new version without the coupon will go out so you don’t have to stare at an expired coupon for all time).

If you think these might be the thing for you, head on over to their ravelry page for all the details!

Goodies All Around

I now have further proof that yarn people are unbearably awesome.  The marvelous Chris Roosien swung by yesterday and saw you guys talking about her lovely Briar Rose yarn.  She noticed that some of you hadn’t (yet) fallen prey to the wonders of her offerings.  So now, in addition to having sent me a skein of Wistful to give away, she’s also going to give everyone a discount.  That should help tempt a few of you newbies to give it a try (and perhaps convince a few of you who already know all about it to get yourselves a little indulgence).

From now through August 20, 2012, you can get 10% off your Briar Rose order if you use the code “Hunter” at checkout (she picked the code, this isn’t me having an ego trip or anything)!

And continuing with the goodies theme, I just got myself a bit of a toy.  It’s a tiny bit indulgent, but I got myself a new small camera.  I have a very nice big camera.  It’s marvelous for doing the photoshoots for patterns.  I love it to pieces.  It is, however, not small.  Nor is it light.  Nor does it fit in your pocket.  It just barely fits in a purse, and it’s really not the sort of camera that wants to be tossed into a purse anyways.  It would much prefer to be nestled into its fancy case with its extra lenses and other accessories.

I wanted something to be a more casual camera…a camera I can toss in my purse and snap pictures for the blog when we go to a concert or a fiber show or a yarn store.  So…um…I bought one.  It’s all charged up and ready, and I find myself paralyzed with indecision.  What should the first picture I take with it be?  It feels somehow like the first one will set the tone for what I do with the thing…I want to start with something awesome.  Somebody tell me what to shoot first.