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.

penchant both b small

 

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?