Scatterling (plus giveaway)

Sometimes, you just want a big cable.  A big, bold cable that knows who’s in charge and isn’t afraid to boss you around a little bit.  Scatterling fits the bill, and I’m delighted to have them back out. Scatterling, knit socks with a large cable and interesting gussetThese are one of the very few projects I’ve ever knit twice.  I made the first pair for my grandfather way back in 2009.  Then I made a second pair for the initial pattern release in 2010.  There’s just something about the big cables that sweet talked me into being willing to do them again.  (Someone else was kind enough to make these awesome yellow ones for the re-release, even I am not enthusiastic enough to make them three times!)Scatterling, knit socks with a large cable and interesting gussetThe cables aren’t all  these have going for them, the gusset is kind of fun, too.   The ribbing on the leg was just too tidy not to carry it down to the gusset a bit.  It’s not hard, but it is just different enough to be fun.

Scatterling, knit socks with a large cable and interesting gussetThe new version of the pattern has an extra size (because a sock like this really does need to be sized for everyone) and a much spiffier toe than the original.  And they’re a perfect candidate for your favorite fat sock yarns.  The pattern includes sizing info for working at either 8.5 stitches per inch (with a classic sock yarn) or 7.5 stitches per inch (with a fat sock yarn).  These are made in Nichole by Schaefer (oh how we miss you), but if you can’t find that, Socks that Rock Mediumweight by Blue Moon Fiber Arts or Cricket by Anzula or Pediboo Sport by Frog Tree are all good fat sock yarn choices.

Scatterling, knit socks with a large cable and interesting gussetBut for one of you, I have a skein of the original Nichole in the color Dian Fossey (which is a lovely soft green and gray).  This is one of my original favorite fat sock yarns, and I’m still totally bummed that Schaefer closed and it went away.  But someone’s going to get to see just what the fuss is all about! Just leave a comment telling me where you stand on the whole fat sock yarn versus classic sock yarn issue to be entered to win. (Like your socks skinny?  Or do you prefer them super thick and cozy? There are no wrong answers, I just want to see how you guys feel!)

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

Scatterling, knit socks with a large cable and interesting gussetComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, September 18, 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.

Blushing!

The lovely folks over at Knit Circus were kind enough to say charming things about Silk Road Socks in their most recent issue.  I’m totally blushing.  I love what Knit Circus is doing (I released Scatterling through them last summer).  This is their seventh online issue (they started as a print magazine, but transitioned to an online format last Spring).  They do a fabulous job of taking advantage of the opportunities of an online format (links, videos, easy searching) while still maintaining the feel of a traditional print magazine by providing lots of articles and interviews.  If they’re not already on your roster of knitting sites, do yourself a favor and check them out.

Scatterling, part the second

Just a quick update.  Back in May, I mentioned that the pattern for Scatterling was up over at Knitcircus.  Their 3 month term over there is up (the new fall issue should be out any day), so now they’re available here.   They’re a nice versatile (unisex and stretchy) sock written in 2 sizes.  Perhaps they’d be a good start to your <whisper>Christmas knitting</whisper>?

Also, thanks to everyone who voted in the SKA poll.  I’m going to be the designer for October.  That’s a bit before the book comes out, but I’m going to see if I can’t come up with a way to do a quick sneak peek of at least one of the patterns.  I have a feeling I can sort something fun out!

Scatterling

As promised, the newest pattern is up!

Actually, calling them new might be a tiny bit of a fib.  Remember the socks I made for my grandfather’s birthday back in November?  These are a slightly remixed version of those (making them one of about three patterns I’ve been able to knit twice).  I’ve managed to (more or less) keep quiet about them over the last few months.  They did make one quick appearance when we went to Hershey, PA for New Year’s Eve (they’re chocolate colored after all), but they’ve otherwise stayed hidden away.

I’m unreasonably pleased with them.  They’re a nice unisex mix of a sturdy cable and a basic rib with a slightly funky gusset.  The cables are mirrored, to suit those of us who feel deeply that this is the only proper way to do socks.  There’s enough going on to keep you interested but not enough to make them hard.

These are being released in a slightly different way.  They’re part of the summer issue of Knitcircus.  If you’ve just got to make them now, you can find the entire issue online right now.  You’ll get the pattern for Scatterling, and a bunch of other patterns too, in one tidy package.  If you’d rather wait a bit, 3 months to be precise, they’ll be available as an individual pattern directly from me.