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.

Not Socks

slalomHeresy I know, but very occasionally I do knit something other than socks.  Don’t worry, I’m not straying too far afield this time.

Often, when knitting socks, there is a little nugget of yarn leftover when you’re finished.  It’s not really enough to make another sock, but it’s far too much to throw away.  Eventually (surprisingly quickly if we’re being honest), you can amass quite a collection of these little balls of color.  Some people turn them into marvelous blankets or other gigantic projects.  I haven’t the patience.  Some people turn them into seriously colorful socks.  I’m too lazy to weave in all the ends.  I wanted something else, so I made these.

They are simple and quick little fingerless gloves.  They are heavily ribbed, so they stretch dramatically.  They are also very open and airy, so they take a surprisingly tiny amount of yarn.  The first of the pair weighed in at a mere 16 grams.  The second is on the needles, the pattern is about to go out to testers, and the gloves themselves are destined to be a birthday present.

Now for a question.  I was thinking of releasing the pattern for a very small cost, maybe $2.50, but also as a freebie if you buy another pattern.  Good idea, or terrible in some secret unexpected way I can’t see?