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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Slant (plus giveaway)

Ready for an oldie?  Slant were one of the very first sock patterns I ever put out (looks like my third one if I’m counting correctly).  They’ve been on hiatus while the pattern was totally revamped (new photos, new charts, new layout, loads more sizes), and now they’re ready for their comeback!

slant 1 smallI loved these when I first made them (they’re still in heavy rotation in my sock basket), and I love them now.  The rib ensures they’ll fit beautifully.  The pattern is mirrored (because when you have lines like that you just have to do it that way, there’s no other choice).  And the long loops used in the cables help coerce yarn that might like to pool into behaving for you.

slant 3 smallMy first pair were in a heavier yarn, and these are in a classic fingering weight (Stroll Tonal by Knit Picks).  The pattern works beautifully with either (and there are sizing notes in the pattern to work at either 8.25 or 7.25 stitches per inch as you prefer).

slant 2 smallThe good folks at Knit Picks want to help one of you make a pair for yourself.  Just take a look at the Stroll Tonal page and leave a comment letting me know which color you’d like (I confess a fondness for Pansy, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them).

And I can’t quite manage yarn for all of you, but I can give everyone a bit of a deal on the pattern.  Just use the code  SLIDE to get a dollar off the price of the pattern between now and Friday.  Just put Slant in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code SLIDE.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

slant 5 smallComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, June 26, 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.

Wrack

They’re here!  The pattern for Wrack (The Boy’s latest socks, and oh buddy has has he ever earned them with the shipping shenanigans of the last week or so) is up on ravelry.

wrack main smallYou’ve watched these click along all through last December.  And if you’ve been here for a while, you know that me knocking out a pair of socks in less than a month is pretty darn speedy.  Part of that is the yarn (squoosh aran by Skeinny Dipping, and a lovely fat sock yarn it is), but part of it is totally the pattern.  The cables get you off to a good start, then you switch to ribbing for a while and cruise along at top speed.  Then, just as you’re in danger of losing steam or getting distracted, you make one more little cable swoosh and you’re done.

wrack inside smallAnd, as usual with my fat socks, I’ve written the pattern so that you can totally make it with more traditional sock yarn too.  It’s written for gauges of 7, 8, or 9 stitches to the inch, and with a cast ons of 54, 60, 66, 72, 78, and 84 stitches.  That means you’re going to be able to fit pretty much any size foot you might want to knit for (and a few sizes that might make you a bit weak in the knees if you think about them for too long).

wrack back smallSo if you know somebody who could use a snuggly new pair of socks (hint, this could very likely be you, isn’t it time you knit something for yourself?), these may well be just the ticket.  They’re up on ravelry now.  And, through the end of the day Friday, use the code SANDY to get a dollar off the regular price.

Irresolute

The pattern for Irresolute, the delightful, reversible hat and mitt set, is now up on ravelry.  I’m completely taken with these, and I suspect you’re going to be charmed by them, too.

IRR main rib smallYou know those bits of knitting where you’re not actually doing anything tricky, but the finished piece looks like you’ve done some kind of magic trick?  I sort of love those, and I suspect you do, too.  And this set totally falls into that category.

IRR hat cable smallAdd in that it’s reversible (the side you see above is what will be facing you as you work, but it looks like the picture below if you turn it inside out), and you pretty much look like a genius while you’re making it!

IRR hat rib smallAnd, because you’ll still want more when you’re done with the hat, there are mitts to match.

IRR mitt cable smallAnd of course they’re reversible, too.

IRR mitt rib smallAnd yes, if you happened to want to make them for Valentine’s Day, you’ve totally got time to get them done.  This set happens to be for The Boy, but I’m pretty convinced it works equally well for guys or girls.

hat cable smallSo if you’ve got a few hundred yards of worsted weight, and a few hours of time, I’ve got just the pattern to make you feel like a magician!  Use the code GOLDEN when you buy it to get a dollar off through the end of the day Friday.

Upcoming

Next up in the the ongoing (dare I say never-ending, all-consuming, perhaps even frenzied) project of rereleasing old patterns, Adumbrate.  These will be going up this coming week. adumbrate extra smallFolks on the mailing list will get an announcement (and usually some sort of coupon or other goody) as soon as it’s up.  Now every time I send something to the mailing list, I get a few very nice emails from folks saying they didn’t know about the mailing list and could they please have whatever the special offer is anyways.  And that’s always awkward.  So in the interest of having fewer awkward moments, I’ll be all smooth and remind you that you can sign up for said mailing list right over here.  It’s super easy, I promise.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a sock on the needles…an actual real live sock that I’m knitting myself and that’s not for a book and that I can take pictures of and talk about and everything.  I’m going to go spend some time with that so I can show it off properly in a day or two.  I’m sure you understand.

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.

Amenable

The pattern for Amenable, the lovely, versatile socks I’ve been playing with for the last few months, is now up on ravelry.  First things first, some pictures.  Because I’m easily entertained and like pretty pictures.

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a primary smallNow maybe a bit of that useful information stuff.  Just in case that would  come in handy.  These socks are written for four gauges (6, 7, 8, and 9 stitches per inch), which means you can use fingering, dk, or sport weight yarn (they’re shown here in Caper Sock and Caper Aran by String Theory).  They’re written in eight sizes, which means you’ll be able to fit just about any feet you care to knit for.  And there are two variations for the top of the foot, which means you can either go for something a bit more sedate, or something a bit more enthusiastic.

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a toe smallAnd I’m probably horribly biased, but I think they’re awfully pretty and unreasonably fun to knit too.  If you find yourself itching to make a pair for yourself, they’re waiting for you over on ravelry.

Quiescent

Quiescent: adjective marked by inactivity or rest

slipper front c, smallerThe slipper pattern is out, and you can find it over on ravelry, should you feel the need to make yourself a pair!

Oh, and on the off chance kittens aren’t your thing, I do have the odd pic or two with no kitten.  Let’s see, perhaps this one will show off the knitting without the distracting influence of a Furry Overlord.

slipper front a, smallerOr maybe this one.  I swear that ribbing makes even my (shamefully flat) feet look all curvy and graceful.  Imagine what it will do for your lovely feet!

slipper profile, smallerThese are made with Bare Naked Wools (Confection Worsted for the sole, and Breakfast Blend DK for the upper), and they really are a marvelous fit for the pattern.  The beautiful undyed colors all go perfectly together, so any two colors you pick will look fabulous.  The lovely, sturdy Confection cushions the bottom of the slipper while Breakfast Blend keeps the top of your feet cozy.  I really am awfully taken with the pairing.

slipper tall, smallerAnd I’m going to indulge myself and share one more picture with Douglas.  Because he’s adorable, and because he’s not the type who normally sits still and doesn’t cause trouble.  I figure the moment needs to be well documented (so I remember it the next time he’s being a windmill of destruction and claws).

slipper front b, smallerOnce again, the pattern is over on ravelry, should you happen to need a pair of your own!

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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Helper Kitten Helps

So there I was, sock and notes and computer all at the ready.  It was time to sit down and make the charts and type up the pattern.  All I was lacking was a cup of tea.  I stepped out to remedy that situation, and upon my return…Levon.

I did not have the fortitude to say no to a face like that.  Not even a little.  So that particular pattern writing session was rather dramatically abbreviated, and kitten belly petting ensued. I think it was by far the best available course of action, don’t you?