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.

Psst

Slant, one of my very earliest patterns, is coming back out Tuesday.  If you want an email (and a coupon) when it does, be sure you’re on the mailing list.

slant 6 smallNow go do something restful and indulgent this weekend, I’m pretty sure we’ve all earned it!

Slant Redux

The spiffed up version of Slant is now up.  It’s two pages shorter, and yet contains more actual useful information.  I told you I was shamelessly chatty back then.  Alas, I could not get new pictures for you.  I still have the socks, but a year and a half of wear have rendered them more than a bit fuzzy.  You’ll have to make do with the old ones.  Dippers is undergoing a similar treatment and should be up later this week.

Shows Continued Improvement

You know how you look back on those (dreadfully earnest and sickeningly leaden) papers you wrote your first year of college and just wince?  Or maybe it’s entries in your high school journal or your first few blog entries that make you cringe.   Well I did that the other day.  Not with papers, but with my early patterns.

Popped was my first pattern, and I didn’t know what in the world I was doing back then.  Luckily, that one got totally revamped somewhere along the way as part of it’s release through Knit Picks Independent Designer Program, so it’s fine now.  Slant and Dippers were patterns two and three, and they’re still a bit rough around the edges.  There’s nothing really wrong with them.  Scads of people have used them with great success.  They just feel a bit…less polished…than my newer stuff.  They’re longer than they need to be (I was way too chatty back then), and they do things like tell you what needle size to use rather than tell you what gauge to get.  What can I say.  I was new at this.  It was also two cameras ago and well, the pictures kind of suck.

So I’m fixing them.  I’ve taken down the old files while I revamp them.  I’ve streamlined the text and updated the charts to use the same symbols I use now.  I will take new pictures if I can find the socks (they may have worn out by now).  They’ll be back some time next week.  (If you’re looking for the for the SKA October knit along, don’t worry, they’ll be back well before the start of the month.)

Breaking News

It is, for the first time this fall, officially cold enough that I reached for a pair of thick fuzzy handknit socks to keep my feet warm.  I grabbed Slant, and I’m pleased to report they are working quite well.  My feet are definitely warmer and there is now no need to do anything drastic like closing the windows.

On the business front, the winner of the giveaway will be announced tomorrow, and a new pattern will be released on Thursday.

Slant

As promised, the pattern for Slant is finished. The Ravelry page is here, and the pdf of the pattern is here. Thanks to everyone who said nice things about them, and special thanks to the valiant knitters who bravely tested out the stitch pattern instructions and pronounced them intelligible.

One last pic and then I promise to stop showing them off:

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What’s that? Oh. Yes, I totally am that pale. It’s cold here, it happens. Not that it will be any different when it warms up, I just have more of an excuse at the moment.

Clamorous Rabble

Alrightly then, it seems you folks like your socks. I shall heed the outcry and have a pattern up promptly. I’ve got a draft written and it’s in the hands of another fantastic test knitter.

How about a sexy glamor shot to tide you over till then:

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Yeah baby, who knew I’d be showing my feet to the internet with such shocking abandon.

What’s That? More?

To everyone who has said something nice about Popped, thank you. To those who have pointed out some spots where I was unclear (or possibly even downright wrong) an even bigger thank you. I appreciate the suggestions and have changed the pattern to reflect them.

In the meantime, I just finished these:

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and they are filling me with mirth and glee. More pics and info here. If they also fill you with mirth and glee, talk to me over there and let me know. I’ll write them up too.