Excursion (plus giveaway)

I have strong feelings about travel.  I think it’s a lovely thing to do, but wow do I ever want to take the comforts of home with me when I go.  That means I bring along everything I need to make a proper cup of tea (yes I have brought my teapot on trips), and I have at least one pair of slippers in my suitcase.  This pair is called Excursion, and you can bet it will be accompanying me on my next adventure!

DSC_1174 copyThese are going to make you feel ridiculously clever when you make them.  You cast on at the back of the heel, do some increases to make a cup for your heel, do some decreases to shape the gusset, then join up to work in the round and zoom on down toward your toes.  The whole thing feels amazingly tidy.

I made the things, and I even find myself picking them up and going oooooooh, how the heck does that work?

DSC_1125 copyI made mine in the much beloved and sadly discontinued Caper Aran from String Theory, but the pattern is written so that you can use pretty much any aran, worsted, or even DK weight yarn you like.  You just need to be sure you’re knitting nice and tight so you get a dense, sturdy fabric.  If you go with a lighter yarn they may start to feel a bit more like thick socks than sturdy slippers, but I suspect you’ll love them just as much either way.

DSC_1191 copyI do happen to have one last skein of this exact yarn (which should be more than enough to make a pair of these…I have size 11 feet and I had a fair bit of yarn leftover when I was done) to give away.  If you think it should be yours, just leave a comment telling me what’s the one thing you always pack along on trips to make you feel more at home.  You already know my weaknesses, but I suspect you guys have some interesting things in your suitcases too!

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

DSC_1217 copyComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, October 7, 2016 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.

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And now we block

So, progress on several fronts.  Slippers are done.

DSC_5639 sCuffs are done.

DSC_5618I have a small pile of ends to weave in and then everything needs to be blocked (because wow is there a difference between blocked and unblocked folks, block your knitting), but this is nifty.

Yup

Slipper? Slipper!

DSC_5631Still? Uh huh.

Still entertained? Uh huh.

Feel bad about that? Not even a little.

Almost done? 3 rows and a toe to go.

Gonna do a pattern? Yup, totally.

When? I’ll write it soonish, but my guess is it won’t be out till the fall.  They feel like a nice September sort of pattern, but I’m making no promises.

But what if I want it now?  I know, I’m mean. Or, possibly, there are lots of other things on the schedule ahead of it (you know, like Curls 2), and it takes a while to make sure the pattern is really good.  But it totally could just be that I’m mean.

Closer

Someone swing by and bang this out for me, mkay?

DSC_5485It’s close.  I think I need like four more repeats of the pattern and a toe.

DSC_5491Which shouldn’t take long, but then again I sort of feel like I have the attention span of a gnat this week.

Curls 2 is just about to go off to the printer (days people, days away) and I always get a little frazzled at this point.  The good news is I know it’s just part of the process and am not freaked out by it anymore.  But it still cuts into that productive knitting time.  So if one of you wants to just whip this up, that would be smashing!

So we’re going to need a pair

Slipper the Second is well underway.

DSC_5457I’m just about to start the decreases (which always feels like cheating because it gets faster and faster).  And very shortly after that I’ll join up and knit in the round (which I like much better than knitting flat if we’re being honest).

So in theory, these should only need a few more hours of knitting.  But in reality, I’m hoping this weekend features an awful lot of napping (and I’ve not yet learned to knit while I nap), so there’s a good chance this will look suspiciously unchanged come Monday morning.

Slipper Phase

So I think I’ll just let this one speak for itself, ok?

DSC_5428Look at that heel, so tidy I could just about die.  The cast on is right there, but you really really can’t see it.

DSC_5424Doesn’t look too bad off the foot either, come to think of it.

DSC_5434And yes, slipper two is on the needles.  There will totally totally be a pattern.  It might not be quite what you think of when you say ‘soon,’ (I’ve got to write something about that actually…there’s a surprising amount still to be done after the knitting is finished and before the pattern is ready), but it is in the queue.

So, you’re smitten too, right?  I can’t be alone in that…

Nearly

The slipper is very nearly done.  It’s at the point where I am obsessively trying it on to figure out when I need to start the toe (soon, the answer is very very soon).  It’s finally at the point where it more or less makes sense to look at, so I figured I’d show it off.

DSC_5413So that’s laid flat (heel at the right, I’m knitting toward the toes).

DSC_5420But it’s also dense enough that it will more or less stand up on its own, and it’s way easier to see that way.  I actually sort of love how it looks in that one; I’m always amused when knitting stands up for itself.

DSC_5403But of course it makes the most sense of all when plopped on a handy foot form.  I suspect that the next time you see it, it will be done.  I doubt I have the patience to put off finishing this for much longer!

New and Improved

The new slipper is coming together nicely.  I think this version will stick!

SlipperIt’s weirdly difficult to make sense of it at this stage, but maybe it will help to see it sort of propped up.

SlipperThe bit that’s knit so far wraps around (and under) your heel.  In a bit, I’ll join to work in the round and then it will head toward my toes like a regular sock.  Should be comfy (and I already know it’s cute!).  I’m unreasonably pleased with how scalloped the edge looks.

Third Time…

So I’ve decided to listen to the little voice whispering ‘toooooooo striiiiiiiiiipey’ and rip the slipper before I put any more time in.  But I thought I would snap a quick picture on a handy foot form just to show you how it works (still quite taken with building them this way and will totally be doing it again).

DSC_5135A toss of the stash has revealed another skein of String Theory (shocked I tell you, shocked).

DSC_5165And a few minute’s knitting has led to another funny rectangle with stitches on three sides.

DSC_5169I can tell already I’m going to like this one better!

Slipper update

Ok, let’s check in on the slipper.  When last we visited, it was more or less a slightly confusing rectangle.  These days it’s an equally confusing and much less describable shape.  Something sort of like this.

DSC_5115Or rather, it was like this.  I’ve since joined those two sides up and started working in the round, which makes for a slightly more comprehensible shape.

DSC_5128I’ll have to get a foot form pressed into service to really show off how it works.  But the gist is that the back of the heel is over there on the right, and I’m working my way to the toes.  It’s working perfectly.

The more pressing question is the yarn…I’m starting to think it’s too colorful.  I’m not digging the stripes.  I suspect a second version of these in something a bit more monochrome may be destined to happen.  Which would be a bummer, but it has to be better to stop now than to keep going and give up another four inches into it, right?