Lithic (plus giveaway)

While normally I like to be all curmudgeonly and pretty much only work by myself, every once in a while someone comes along who can talk me into playing nicely with others.  Lithic is the result of one of those collaborations.

lithic 1 smallYou see, a few years ago, the good folks at Blue Moon Fiber Arts asked if I’d like to do a sock for their Rockin’ Sock Club.  I allowed as how that could be fun, yarn went winging its way across the land, and a sock was born.  It came out as their July 2013 installment (under the name Arkadiko, just in case you’re sitting there going ‘I know that looks familiar but I don’t recognize the name’).

lithic 2 smallIt was, in the way of club patterns, exclusive to club members for a time.  But that time is totally up, and now it’s available to everyone.

lithic 6 smallThese socks use a nifty little trick.  They incorporate double wraps and cables on some rows, and that means that some rows take more yarn than others.  And that’s exactly the sort of trick you want to have up your sleeve if you have a skein of exuberant, multi-colored yarn hanging around your stash.  It totally whips those sorts of yarns into shape.

lithic 5 smallAnd I’ve got a lovely skein of exuberant yarn to send home with one of you so you can give it a try yourself.  It’s Socks that Rock Silkie in the color Grawk (it’s a darker gray than what I used here, but absolutely lovely and a perfect fit for these socks).  If you think it might want to be yours, just leave a comment telling me how you feel about multi-colored yarn.  Pretty in the skein but too fiddly in person? Worth it because when it works it really works? Too scary for you?  There’s no right answer, I just want to know how you feel about it.

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

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, March 4, 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.

Not Abandoned

Lest you think I’ve abandoned sock knitting entirely, allow me to provide proof to the contrary.  These are unabashedly complicated.  The cables are tiny and intricate.  The side cable carries on down the foot.  The gusset is shifted around a bit.  The heel is ribbed and so is the toe.  They are not restful socks.  You can’t knit them in a dark movie theater (or at least I can’t, you may be more clever than I and quite capable of such a feat).  They are lovely socks though, and I find them well worth the effort.  Or at least I did, until I saw that cable there that I forgot to cross.  Feel free to point and laugh.  But a few minutes with a darning needle and a spare bit of thread will fix that.  Later.  Once I’m done swearing.

Eeeexcellent

Well it would appear I have license to blab away.  You guys are awesome for letting me know what you prefer.  And I’m somehow unreasonably pleased you want to hear about it.  Keeping quiet goes against my natural tendencies (or else why exactly would I have a website in the first place).  It also means I’ll be able to keep posting with some regularity, despite being focused on book knitting rather than personal knitting.

Of course I haven’t abandoned personal knitting all together.  I did take a little break after the weekend of epic frustration.

To keep from going into complete fiber withdrawal, I made curtains for the living room and dining room during the hiatus.  We’ve lived here for just over five years.  I’ve been meaning to replace the tatty plastic blinds for just over five years.  It took all of five hours to actually do it (most of that, as with any sewing project, spent wrestling with the iron rather than actually sewing).  I have no idea what took me so long.  Well, I kind of do.  I could never find fabric I both liked and could afford.  I solved that problem by chopping up the gigantic canvas tarp (living in my trunk since November) and using it.  It worked surprisingly well.  I figured if I screwed it all up, well, at least the tarp would be out of my trunk.

And then, I went back to the slowest socks ever.  See?  Still pretty, still slow, still not done.  That’s more or less going to be their state for the foreseeable future.  But when they’re done, they’re going to be awfully nifty.  Also, I have decided they are totally going to be called Lithic (of or related to stone) both because it is the coolest word ever, and because that gray is just so marvelously rocky.