xanthophyllaltXanthophyll socks are live, and the pattern is here!

To celebrate their release, the folks at Shalimar Yarns have kindly offered to donate a skein of the lovely Zoe Sock yarn I used to make them to one lucky reader.

To have a chance to win, just go over to their website, find your favorite color of the Zoe Sock yarn, and leave the name of it in the comments.  You can leave other stuff too of course (I find reading comments strangely entertaining) but you have to leave a color name to win.  I’ll leave the comments open until Monday evening.  Then on Tuesday I’ll randomly pick a winner from among them.  Just be sure to use a working email address to leave your comment so I can contact you if you win.  I promise I won’t do anything with your email address other than contact you if you’ve won!

xanthophyllmain2One small reminder, until the end of the month I’m giving away a free copy of the pattern for the Colophon mitts if you buy any of my sock patterns.  The details of that offer are here if you’re interested.

The Sun Will Come Out…

Or rather The Boy will come home while the sun has come out. For that unusual confluence of events is really all that is standing in the way of releasing the Xanthophyll socks. They’ll be out tomorrow morning! Just as exciting, the marvelous folks over at Shalimar Yarns have agreed to donate a skein of the Zoe Sock in Sapote (the yarn I used to make the socks) to a lucky reader. I’ll post the details tomorrow, but it will be another of the ‘leave a comment, get a chance to win’ sort of things.

The next release will be a free pattern as part of a mystery knit along on Ravelry. The first part of that will be coming out on October 1, and I’ll post a link here to the Ravelry group for anyone who wants to join in.


chaliceThe last few days have seen lots of knitting and lots of testing but little actual tangible progress.  The Slalom mitts are finished, the pattern is tested, and I will take pictures and release the pattern as soon as the sun comes out.  The Xanthophyll socks are in a similar state, though their release requires (the much more daunting task of) getting The Boy home and in them during daylight hours.  Both should likely go live sometime later this week.

I will be doing another yarn giveaway with the release of Xanthophyll, this time in conjunction with Shalimar Yarns who provided the yarn for these lovelies.  The details will go up when the sock goes live.  I’m also going to be doing a small promotion with the Slalom mitts, so stay tuned for the details of that.

In the meantime, I’ve started on another sock, though I’m currently at a loss for its name.  You’ll have to make do with a picture for now.

Now with More Knitting

It has been a shamefully long time since I put up a picture of a new knitting project.  So, without further ado, the newest socks:


They are called Xanthophyll and are knit with the lovely Zoe Sock from Shalimar Yarns in the color Sapote.  This is one of the yarns I got at Sock Summit in exchange for a design.  Zoe is a nice crisp merino and is a treat to work with.  The skein has a generous 450 yards, and yellow is The Boy’s favorite color, so it seemed obvious that this yarn should turn into socks for him.  They were my vacation knitting while we were in Maine, and that thing in the background is the ocean…far more picturesque than anything to be found in my back yard.

I’ve got other knitting (another pair of brand new socks) and a shocking number of yarn purchases to show off over the next few days, but now I must go tackle the rather alarming pile of vacation laundry that followed me back from Maine.