So this awesome thing happens when you’ve got a few books and a whole bunch of patterns under your belt.  You start to have a magic list in the back of your head of who does the best yarn.  You know, the places you are sure will always always always have something beautiful to tempt you with.  Hazel Knits is totally on that list (and this is not the first time I’ve fallen prey to their goodies).

I’ve got two of their little treasures to play with for next year’s book.  This is their divine in Braeburn.

DSC_6459 copyAnd this is their entice in Indigo.

DSC_6462 copyBoth clearly part of the Truth in Yarn Names movement!  I have a sneaking suspicion these are going to be some very pretty socks.

Anemochory (plus giveaway)

I am so glad you all are indulging me and letting me bring my early patterns back out.  Anemochory are just too lovely to keep tucked away any longer!

anemochory b smallYou know how, when you’re new at something, you don’t have the good sense to know what’s going to be hard, so you just sort of dive in to all sorts of things?  That was totally what happened with these.

anemochory a smallKnitting them wasn’t hard, but writing them down proved challenging for 2010 me.  Luckily, I’ve had some practice at this sock writing thing between now and then, and 2015 me had no trouble with it.  I even worked in a few extra sizes (because socks this swoopy should be available to everyone).

anemochory e smallI suspect I may need to play with arches like this next time I cast on for a new pair of socks.  They really are unreasonably fetching (and they feel awfully nice on your feet, too)!

anemochory c smallThese socks are made with a lovely sock yarn by Hazel Knits (always a fabulous choice).  And while I don’t have this particular color to give away, I do happen to have a skein of Hazel Knits in a lovely orange (I can’t find a color name on the label, but it’s somewhere between Braeburn and Heirloom) to send home with one of you.  Just leave me a comment telling me how you feel about arch shaping on socks to be entered to win.  (Love it, not for you, not tried it yet but want to, maybe a bit scared?  There’s no wrong answer.  I just want to know if my fascination is shared!)

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

anemochory f smallComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, October 2, 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 ship physical prizes to US addresses.

Happy New Year

I hope you all had just the sort of New Year’s Eve festivities that you wanted (we watched Ghostbusters…what can I say, we’re old, that’s what we do).

As promised, the first of the Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet patterns is available.  I’m working with the wonderful Wendee of Hazel Knits on her January knit along.  All the details (including how you can download the Linaria bipartita Sock pattern free during the month of January) are over on the knit along thread.

As for my own knitting, I’m ready to do the toe on the first of the orange spiky socks.  Next post should have a picture, and some time in the next week or two they should go up for testing.


Book Yarn, Part IX

I know.  Trust me, I know.  That’s an awful lot of pink.  There are even pink blotches in the background (that would be my rose bush, the most neglected and most prolific rose bush you’ve ever seen…and no it’s not blooming now, I took all of these pictures one evening in June and have just been posting them as I go along ever since).  I don’t normally do pink.  But for these two, I’ll make an exception.

On the left is Hazel Knits DK Lively in the color Cotton Candy.  It’s a 90/10 merino nylon blend and it is magical.  It’s wonderfully round and bouncy.  I’m more or less convinced it’s the perfect yarn for just about anything.  Thick socks, snuggly hats, sturdy mitts, even (if you’re that type of knitter) sweaters and baby goods.

On the right is Hazel Knits Piquant Lite in the color Chocoberry.  This is another 90/10 merino nylon blend, and it is absolutely perfect for socks.  It’s got nine tiny little plies (similar to Handwerks’ Super Sock Plus 8 or Dream in Color’s Everlasting) which makes for fabulous stitch definition.  It’s also nice and skinny for those of you who like fine sock  yarn.

I was lucky enough to visit the Hazel Knit booth at Sock Summit.  Seeing all that yarn in one place was pleasantly staggering (and yes one came home with me).  I also got to meet Wendee, and she is an absolute delight.  I’m thrilled to be using her yarn in the book!