Penchant

I believe I promised you a new hat pattern before the winter was over.  And since we’ve just now gotten our first properly cold days and bits of snow, this seems like the perfect time to bring these out.  Penchant is now available on ravelry!

penchant both a smallAnd yes, there are totally two versions of the hat.  The whole time I was working the first one I kept thinking ‘you know, if you shifted the decreases over just a tiny bit, you’d get a totally different look.’  So, I did.  And that one tiny change led to a whole new hat, so it seemed only fair to include both.

penchant 1 a smallThis is the first one.  It’s just a lovely slip stitch rib at first, and then you start doing a little increase/decrease dance to make it spiral.

penchant 2 a smallAnd this is the second one.  One tiny tweak (scooch your decreases over closer to your increases) and all of a sudden you have a whole new version.  I’m still not sure which is my favorite!

penchant 1 b smallBut of course you don’t have to choose, the pattern has both.  And really, I think the only question will be which one you knit first, because I suspect once you’ve made one you’ll want the other!

penchant 2 b smallSo if you’ve got a skein of worsted handy and it’s finally gotten cold where you are, go ahead and cast on.  And just to make it a bit easier, the code TWICE AS NICE will get you a dollar off the pattern through the end of the day Friday.

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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

The Sock You Cannot See

I’m working on some socks for The Boy (compensation for his efforts in the giant book shipping extravaganza that he’s about to participate in).  I’m using a lovely brown yarn with subtle hints of green and red.  It is lovely, and in the right light you can see all the glorious tints and shades it has to offer.  In the wrong light, you cannot.  It’s Cleveland, it’s December.  The right light is hard to come by.  This picture does not do it justice at all.

boy sockBut it’s knitting.  I’ve been skimping on the knitting of late, and for the love of wool I’m going to show it off when happens.  So please pardon the less-than-stellar picture, and rest assured I will show it off better if the clouds ever break.  It’s pretty enough it deserves to be seen at its best.

Curls

 

Wow! You guys are awesome. Enough of you showed up that you crashed the server. The Boy has done some frantic typing (and I have done some helpful swearing) and thing seem to be back on track (slow, but working).  If you’re still having problems, get in touch and we’ll get it sorted out. Thanks guys, I’m totally blown away by your excitement!

The presale starts today!  You can get the book right here, or just click on the giant picture of the book’s cover below to be taken directly to the right spot.

Front Cover 600 px wideJust a few tiny bits of information for folks who are here for the first time (welcome) or who didn’t catch this earlier in the week:

  • This is a presale, the electronic version will go live on November 18, and the paper version will start shipping November 25.  The full schedule is right here.
  • The first 250 people to buy the paper book get a special goody bag full of lovely treats.
  • There is a discount during the preorder, and the price will go up when the preorder ends.
  • If you buy a paper book from me, you’ll always get the eversion for free.  Just check your email for a message explaining what to do.

If you have any questions, or run into any problems, just let me know and I will do my best to help.  You can leave a comment here, or you can email me (huter at violently domestic dot com will find me).  Just know that launch day is always a bit hectic, so don’t worry if it takes me a few minutes to respond.  I will totally get back to anyone with problems.

Lifecycle

Once, long ago, I took a weekend trip.  It was cold, so I made a hat.  I had a tiny bit of yarn left, so I made some very very wee cuffs to go with it.  Then, as is the way with knitted things, I wore the heck out of them.  They’ve been used for four winters, and they are showing some serious signs of wear.

DSC_2270 But, this isn’t all bad.  I’ve been having great fun reworking and re-releasing old patterns.  I’ve always wanted the mitts to be a bit taller, and I’ve been feeling the need for a hat with a lovely folded up brim.  Throw in just the right yarn, and an upcoming car trip, and I feel a hat coming on.  Again.

DSC_2271How about you guys, do you ever go back and re-knit old favorites when they wear out?  Any patterns you knit over and over?  Or are you always ready to move on to the next thing?

Lucent

Ok, important stuff first (but do read to the end, I’ve got yarn to give away).  This is Lucent.

Lucent Main smallIt’s a marvelous little hat and cuff set.  It was a Woolen Rabbit club pattern back in the fall.  Ever since it came out, I’ve had oodles of folks asking when it could be theirs.  I don’t blame them for being impatient (I’ve been eager to have this one out in the world too), and I’m delighted to say that the wait is over.  The pattern is now available.

I adore this set.  The starburst is unreasonably fun to knit (and way easier than it looks), and the rest of the hat is in stockinette, so it just zips along.  The asymmetrical shape makes it adorable on everyone.  And the little cuff is perfect instant gratification knitting.  I love cuffs like this, somewhere between bracelet and wrist warmer, super cute and surprisingly useful.

back cover smallAnd, just to make this more fun, I’ve got a skein of Woolen Rabbit’s Emma in the color Gatsby (that’s the yarn used to make this set) to send home with one of you.  Just leave a comment telling me what you’re going to cast on next, and it could be yours!

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Saturday, May 3, 2014 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and 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.

Marooned

I’m delighted to announce that Marooned is out and ready for your needles.

marooned 1These are the socks I worked on while we visited San Francisco this summer (yes, yes I did bring a sock blocker with me in my suitcase) and took pictures of at the beach.  I confess, I’m unreasonably pleased with them!

Well, I’m delighted with the socks themselves (how could I not be), but the unreasonable glee is all coming from the pattern.  While I like my socks thick and smooshy (these are made with String Theory’s Merino DK and so are super thick), I know not everyone does, so I wrote the pattern at three different gauges (7, 8, and 9 stitches per inch).  I also wrote it for 6 different sizes.  That means you should have no trouble finding a size that fits you (or your teenaged daughter or your husband or anyone in between).  Just as delightful, while I was testing the sock, the testers and I found out it works absolutely beautifully with just about any colorway you can imagine.  We had lovely muted semi solid yarns, wild variegated yarns, and everything in between, and they all looked smashing.  I think this is going to be hugely flexible, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

And, just as a little encouragement to get it on your needles soon, now through Thursday, the pattern is available at an introductory price of $5.00 (on Friday it will go up to the usual $6.00).  You can download the pattern over on ravelry.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Ne’er-Do-Well Knits

May I present Ne’er-Do-Well Knits: Make a Little Trouble.

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You guys have watched the patterns in this one come together over the last year or so, and you have not been shy about asking when they would be out (especially those cabled socks on the front, they seem to be a fave).  I kept saying ‘fall’ and ‘soon,’ and you were very gracious about waiting.  Well there’s no need to wait any more.  You can get the book now.

I am doing a little preorder, but it’s only for three days.  During those three days, you’ll get three dollars off the price of either the paper one or the electronic one, and you’ll get a coupon good for (almost) any of my individual patterns.  Then on Friday morning, the electronic version updates, the paper version goes in the mail, the price goes back to normal, and (hopefully) the knitting begins.

I’ll be back with info about the patterns and the book itself (and there might just possibly be a bit of yarn to give away too) over the next week or two.  But for now, go!  Grab it while it’s on sale.  We’ll chat again soon.

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!

The Sock Report

Do you remember the other day when I said I was feeling bad it had been a while since I released a pattern?  I don’t feel all that bad anymore.

The always charming Janel Laidman (author of The Enchanted Sole) has a wonderful new project.  It’s a magazine with a focus on sock yarn.  It’s called The Sock Report, and it’s marvelous.  I’m so pleased to have a pattern in it!

My pattern is but one of the yummy things you’ll find in The Sock Report.  There are 15 other patterns to keep it company, and each uses a different delicious sock yarn.  And yes, there are lots of beautiful socks, but shawls, sweaters, and other woolly things are all represented too.  Take a look, I have a feeling you’ll find something you like!

Pictures taken from The Sock Report and used with permission.