Wanna pet the knits?

So every now and then I pack up a bunch of knitting, offer up a small sacrifice to whatever spirits keep things safe in the postal system, and send trunk shows off to yarn shops.

This is your periodic reminder that if you want one to turn up at your local yarn shop, you can have them get in touch with me (just send them to pantsvillepress.com, there’s wholesale info there).

I know it sounds a little funny, but a lot of my best yarn shops found me because their customers came in knitting from my patterns or showing off one of my books at knit night.  Your yarn shop wants to know what you like!

There are Silk Road Socks shows at two stores right now (A Yarn Less Raveled in Danville CA and Hooked in Haddonfield NJ), and they’ll be visiting other shops in the coming months.  I’m sure they’d love you to stop in and say hi!

More incoming…

So at some point here I should probably start talking in detail about Silk Road Socks and how it will be out next month and how it’s full of lovely things and how I very much hope you will like it as much as I do.  But for right now, I’m just going to show you one of the sample socks I helped sort out (sometimes I put sample knitters in touch with yarn makers to get samples made for shows…which means I get to pet some truly lovely socks).

That’s one of the patterns in the book (I’ll tell you all about it later, don’t worry), shown here in Seven Sisters Arts Meridian in the color Quartzite.

And I’ll start nattering on about the book in the next week or two, but if you want to be sure you hear when it goes live, the little box down below will let you make that happen.


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So you’ll have to forgive me if things are a tiny bit quiet around here for the next few days.  It’s just about photo shoot time.  And, unlike most photo shoots (where I pack up the knitting and leave the house and am done in a day), this one is happening in my house.  That means that in addition to all the normal photo shoot prep, I have to make sure the whole house is clean and shiny.  So I may be a tiny bit crazed.

And as for why the shoot is happening here?  Well because that’s where all my rugs are, and this is the shoot for Silk Road Socks…

And wow am I going to have fun with it…

Well That Was Fast

You guys rock.  All the extra copies of Silk Road Socks are now spoken for!  They’re all in the mail headed to their new homes.  I’m ridiculously glad they’re going somewhere where they’ll be used (books would rather be used than hang out in closets).  And, if you missed them, the e version is still available through ravelry.

I’m off to TNNA tomorrow.  Which means today, I’m running around like a crazy person trying to get at least three days worth of stuff done.  A graceful and serene thing to see, I assure you.  But, on the off chance you’re looking for something to do while I pack, the lovely Wendy Johnson has a copy of Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet looking for a good home.  Maybe it wants to come live with you?

Back of the Closet

In preparing for the event at Knots, I stumbled across a few copies of Silk Road Socks.  I had thought they were all sold out (and had been feeling horribly guilty for what the used copies were selling for on Amazon), but it turns out there were a handful hiding out way in the back of the closet.  I took them with me to Knots, and most of them found homes with knitters there.  But I’ve got a few left.  And I do mean a few…like 16.

From time to time, I get messages from people who really wish they had a paper copy, and I always feel bad having to explain that they’re all gone.  Now that I’ve found a few extras, I figure that the best thing to do is to let you guys know that I’ve got this tiny stack of them available.  If you’re one of those folks who wishes you had the paper version, here’s your chance.  Just click this and paypal will take care of the rest.

The price is the same as always, $26.95 (plus shipping).  After you buy it, it will get your ravelry id from you so I can send you the e version (and if that ever doesn’t work, you can always just email me your paypal receipt). Paypal is set up to only let 16 people buy it, and when it’s gone it’s gone!


No Really, It’s OK

Every now and then someone will send me a message either apologizing because they’ve made one of the Silk Road Socks projects in a wild color or asking if I’d mind if they do.  My response is usually ‘awesome, can I see it’ or ‘of course it’s ok.’  Really folks, once I’ve sent them out into the world, my designs aren’t just mine anymore.  They’re yours too, and you can do with them what you will.  It’s charming that you ask, but I promise it’s much more interesting to see how you make them your own than it would be to just see exact copies turned out again and again.

So the other day when I stumbled across ABC Carpet & Home and their mind-meltingly amazing rugs, I knew I had to share.  This place takes rugs, many in very traditional patterns and overdyes them in absolutely florescent hues (the picture over there is one of the more subdued options).  The results are stunning.

My first thought upon seeing them was something like ‘holy crap, is there any conceivable way I can justify buying one of these as a research expense?’ (Answer: ‘no, absolutely not.’)  My next thought was ‘hmmm, I wonder if I could take one of the rugs rolled up under the bed and play mad scientist in the back yard with a wading pool and a whole lot of kool-aid.’  (Answer: see above.)

After that, I figured I could at least show you guys (perhaps one of you has a better research budget) and offer it as absolute proof that you can take something with the most traditional roots imaginable and whack some massive color on in and come out with something lovely.  So pretty please, feel totally free to make the Silk Road Socks (or any other pattern for that matter) and make it in whatever color floats your boat.

(The picture is ABC Carpet & Home’s, click it to go directly to the listing for their carpets and see more rugs and be filled with a whole new kind of wool lust.  And if you’re ABC Carpet & Home and want me to take the picture down, just let me know.)

Administrative Drivel

There is absolutely no knitting to be seen.  None at all.  There will be some day, but not today.  Instead, I come to you with two shamelessly commercial administrative announcements (which always make me feel ever so slightly sullied, so please do pardon the business side of things).

First, folks have been asking for me to make the patterns from Silk Road Socks available as individual downloads.  I’ve gotten the necessary files from the publisher to do so, and you should be able to get any of them as single patterns now.

Second, we’re just about out of print copies of the book (a good problem to have, right?).  There’s a good chance we’ll be transitioning this to an electronic-only collection once the print ones are gone.  It’s not a sure thing, but it seems very likely.  So, if you’ll be distraught if you don’t get your hands on a physical copy, you may want to act quickly.  Your best bet for getting the print version is likely amazon.  And don’t worry, the electronic version isn’t going anywhere.  I just mention this in case you’re a paper field like me!

Sock Summit Part III, In Which More Knitters and a Bit of Yarn are Located

The second day of Sock Summit was marked by less flailing and more shopping. I started the morning with the always-charming Mr. Habit’s class on tessellations. Then I hit the market to pick up one or two things I hadn’t grabbed the day before. Then maybe one or two more.  Along the way I ran into lots of lovely friends I don’t get to see often enough and made a few new ones too.  The afternoon was spent with the talented Ann Budd in her marvelously informative class on cast-ons and bind-offs.  Then I may just possibly have swung back by the marketplace once more.  Just to be safe you understand.

Oh, and as requested, one (very bad…the lighting in the market is just dreadful) picture of that little project I mentioned once or twice earlier in the year.  There it is, right out in the open at the Cooperative Press booth like a real book.  And I’m pretty sure a few folks even bought them, as Shannon kept handing me copies to sign.  Deeply surreal I assure you.  If you’re there you can swing by and see the socks in person, as well as a bunch of socks from some of the other upcoming books.

The Boy spent the day happily engaged at the Oregon Brewers Festival.  He also happened to spend the previous day there.  He assures me he was quite content and somehow managed not to spend the entire time lamenting my absence.  He’s stoic that way.

That evening we were far too tired to be good responsible visitors to this fair city, so we ordered in pizza to our hotel room.  It’s actually become something of a tradition on longer trips for us to occasionally summon food to us (as opposed to actually going out and finding it).  Every now and then, you simply need to eat dinner in your pajamas, and the finer class of restaurant tends to frown on that.

Up next, our little argument with the sea (hint, the sea wins but we live to fight another day) and the end of our Sock Summit adventures.


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.

Knit Along Update

If you’ve been meaning to post your finished pictures of Kazak or Mood over on the March knit along thread, here’s a tiny reminder that you should do it soon.  There’s also still time to cast on Heriz or Afshari for April’s knit along.  There will be a new thread for May’s knit along soon.

So just in case you haven’t committed all of the names to memory, that works out to be:

Post finished pictures of these over here by the end of the month.

And cast these on before the end of the month and talk about them over here.