Complect (plus giveaway)

The pattern for Complect, the lovely twisty cabled socks, is now up on ravelry.  I’m smitten with them, so I’m going to indulge in some pictures, then we’ll do that useful information thing (complete with handy dandy yarn giveaway, so do read on).

complect mainThese hit that perfect knitter sweet spot for me…there is enough going on to keep your interest, but not so much that they’re hard.  They are appealing to both guys and girls.  And they work in a bunch of yarns (the pattern is written for gauges of 7, 8, and 9 stitches per inch, so you’ve got a ton of flexibility).  There’s really not much more you could ask for!

complect 2I’m sure it’s immodest, but I really do think they’re kind of charming.  And a big part of that comes from the yarn.  I used Pediboo Sport Tonal by Frog Tree in the color 1464.  It’s an 80% superwash merino, 20% bamboo blend spun up into a lovely, bouncy, round yarn and then dyed with delightful, subtle variations.  It was a delight to work with, and I’ve come to adore it.  It’s is pretty much a perfect fat sock yarn (though really, it would work for a huge range of things if fat socks aren’t your cup of tea).  And I’m going to send some of it to one of you so you can get to adore it too!

So, as I mentioned, it’s a grand fat sock yarn.  So, if you’d like to win two skeins of this yarn for yourself, just leave a comment telling me how you feel about fat socks.  Love them (so quick and cozy)?  More a fan of skinny socks (I won’t judge)?  New to the ways of fat socks and haven’t had a chance to try them yet (I have a suggestion…)?  There’s no right or wrong answer, just tell me what you think!

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Saturday, January 10, 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 send prizes to US addresses. complect 3

Neeeeext!

Those lovely blue cabled socks?  The ones you kept asking about?  They’ll be going up for sale on Tuesday.  This is just a heads up so you can go pick yarn and make plans (it’s written for either 7, 8, or 9 stitches per inch so you’ll be able to use whatever thickness speaks to you, I’ve used Frog Tree’s Pediboo Sport Tonal and I loved it).

And just as a reminder, folks on the mailing list will get a notification when it goes up and (usually) also get a coupon or some other special goody when new patterns come out.  If you’re not on there yet and want to be, you can sign up right here.

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That’ll Do

Well, that’s done then.doneOr, I suppose technically, that’s the knitting done.  Close observers may note the lingering presence of two needles, indicating that there’s still a bit of kitchnering and weaving in of ends to be done.  And of course a bit of blocking, photographing, and pattern writing (yes, there will be a pattern…no I’m not sure when…this year would be a good goal but I make no promises).

But again, I’m taking the ‘celebrate small victories’ approach to life these days.  Or, failing that, the ‘all my other projects are giant and span months if not years…this I can hold in my hand and call done’ aspect of it has a certain appeal!

Closer

This is rapidly approaching the point where it could actually be considered nearly done.  It’s not quite there yet, but the second sock is about 75% done, so we’re getting close.

sock growsIt really does knit quickly…when I sit down and actually work on it.  That is, every time I manage to have a bit of knitting time, I’m surprised by what I’ve accomplished.  I just don’t seem to find much time to actually sit and knit lately (you see, there’s this other book that’s about to come out, and it’s taking all of my time).

This will likely be the next thing up for testing (as always if you want an email when things go up for testing, you can request that over here), and there’s every possibility it will be released later this year.  Assuming I can find an hour or two to sit down and finish it.

Oh, and just one last reminder, I’ll be at the Bare Naked Wools Grand Opening tomorrow night and Saturday morning.  The address is 211 15th Street NW, Canton, OH 44703.  I’d be thrilled to see you there!

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Growing

I distinctly recall thinking that this sock was going quickly.  I spent the whole first sock thinking how it was just clicking along at record speed and would be done in no time.  This is not holding true for sock two.

sock cuffNow, it is certainly taller than it was.  I’m part way through the heel flap and have every reason to suspect it will be finished at some point in the reasonably near future.  But it is not astonishing me with its blazing speed.

If one of you could please have stern words with it about catching up with its big brother, that would be great.  Maybe if I block the first one it will taunt the second one into shaping up?

Small Steps

Knitting teaches us the importance of small steps.  Do the math.  That hat?  That sock?  That shawl?  They all have an alarming number of stitches in them.  So many that, if you stop to think about the numbers involved, you may go a bit weak in the knees.  So today I am declaring it enough to have started the second of these socks.

startSure, I’d like to be turning the heel or heading into the toe.  But those things won’t happen until I start.  And start I have.  So I’m calling that a step in the right direction and taking my victories where I can find them.

Universally Acknowledged

I feel a crushing need to start this post with a shameless riff on the opening of Pride and Prejudice, but I’m trying to suppress my baser instincts.  We’ll just leave it that I am most definitely in want of the mate to this sock.

one downThat’s Pediboo Sport by Frog Tree, and I’m delighted with how it worked up.  I’ll be writing the pattern for these down before I knit the second one and will likely be calling for testers for it in the next week or two (If you’re itching to test, there’s information over here on how to sign up to be notified when tests are coming up).

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to block a dozen or so frilly lacy bits.  I’m planning a practice photo shoot for the next book this weekend, and I want everything to look its best!

Playing Favorites, Part 2

We talked a little while ago about the sock yarns for the upcoming book, but that book won’t all be sock-y goodness.  There are lots of other delightful projects too, and that means more yarn.  I’ve just now gotten the last of the yarns in, so that meant it was time to bring them all together for a group shot.

yarnsI really am rather madly in love with all of these, and I bet there are a few here that will be new to you.

Starting up at the top left, the pink one there is Manos Fino in Rosewater (otherwise known as ‘trust me I am just as surprised as you to see a baby pink in my stash but I really do rather love this).  The purple is Alchemy Lust in Amethyst (I’ve never seen another base quite like this, we’ll have to talk about it soon).  Then we’ve got the delightful Phydeaux Creme in Seaglass (found this at TNNA and remain totally smitten).  The light gray on the bottom right is Vice Carnal in a custom color Lizzy has not yet named (I’ll harass her soon).  Next to it is a darker gray, that’s SweetGeorgia Trinity Worsted in Silver (we all know I love SweetGeorgia).  Up on top of that is Anzula Oasis in Seaside (another base we need to chat about, splendid stuff).  The bit of yellow sunshine is Elemental Affects Civility in Limoncello (this is a shiny new yarn and I cannot wait for you to all meet it and fall madly in love with it too).  And finally, the delightful Frog Tree Pediboo Sport in 1464 (admittedly not the most fetching color name, but a very lovely yarn indeed).

Can I just say I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a book?  I mean I’ve loved them all, but this one just has me doing a bit of a boogie up and down the hallway every time I think about it.  I can’t wait to show it off!

Fits and Spurts

The sock is growing.  It’s firmly in the ‘I am clearly a sock and am recognizable as such to non knitters’ stage of the process, which I always find reassuring.  But I’ve let it sit, unattended, for a few days now, and it has completely and totally failed to finish itself.

blue boy socks on the needlesI think I’ll give it another day or two and see if there is any spontaneous knitting.  I wouldn’t want to give up on the experiment too soon.  If we could make that work, it would be rather nifty.

If that doesn’t work out, I’m sure one or two more sessions will have it taken care of.  They really are too pretty to let them languish for long!

I remember this

Hey, that looks familiar.  That looks rather like a sock.

DSC_0845Do you have any idea how long it’s been since I knit a sock?  The last pair were Amenable and I finished them at the end of January.  That’s almost six months ago.  That’s not really cool at all.

These are going smoothly (almost as if the sock gods were trying to tempt me back to their cause).  I had one little ‘wrong needles’ incident where I had to rip out a false start, but even that didn’t feel terribly traumatic.  These actually seem to be going rather quickly.  I expect you to remind me I said that when I’m in the middle of the second sock’s foot and can’t ever imagine being done with them.  But so far, they’re zipping along.

The yarn is the lovely Pediboo Sport by Frog Tree.  It really is one of the rounder yarns I’ve ever worked with, very crisp feeling on the needles.  It’s 255 yards per skein, and these are going to be boy socks, so I’m pretty sure I’ll need two skeins, but I’m curious as to just what the yardage will be.  I’ll weigh this one when I’m done and see.