Precipitous (plus giveaway)

If you’re on my mailing list, you should have found a fun little surprise in your inbox.  I sent everyone the pattern for Precipitous.

If you weren’t already on the list, and you want the pattern, go ahead and sign up now.  Once you’re subscribed, it’ll head your way in just a few minutes (just remember to hit the button in the confirmation email to complete your subscription or it won’t work).

And if you thought you were on the mailing list, but didn’t get an email from me, start by checking your spam filter. If that doesn’t work, try signing up again.

front smallThese lovely little cuffs are awfully close to my idea of perfect knitting.  They are interesting but not fiddly.  And just as I start to feel like working one more row sounds way too hard, they’re done.  Perhaps best of all, they’re something I’ll use all the time.  I’ve been wearing mine pretty much every day since we took the pictures, and I’m absolutely loving them.

internal 2 smallI made mine in the delightful Super Sweet Sock by Sweet Fiber.  A friend (she totally knows my taste in yarn!) sent me a skein, and I was smitten.  It’s the perfect yarn for these cuffs (lovely stitch definition and just the right amount of variegation to be interesting but not bossy).

internal 1 smallI got in touch with Melissa, mastermind behind Sweet Fiber, and she is totally going to make one of you very happy.  Somebody is going home with a skein of Super Sweet Sock in their favorite color.  And wow are the colors good.  We all know gray has my heart, but both Tea Leaves and Alizarin are also whispering sweet nothings in my ear.  To enter, just leave a comment telling me which of the awesome colors speaks to you!

back smallComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, November 13, 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.

Something New

So I’m going to try something fun.  Remember the little cuffs I’ve been playing with for the last week or two (with the yummy sweet fiber yarn)?  Well, they came up to Maine with us for some pictures (nothing like taking advantage of the scenery on vacation), and now they’re ready to be released.

internal 3 smallI’ll be putting them out Tuesday, and I want to try something a little different for this release.  The pattern will be for sale like usual, but I’m also going to send a special code to everyone on the mailing list to let them grab the pattern for free.  I wanted to let you know well ahead of time so you can be sure to sign up if you think these might want to find their way onto your needles.  The sign up form is right here.

I’m calling it an experiment, I totally want to see how it goes!

Precise

So the cuffs are done (yes, both!) and will be showing themselves off with proper photos any moment now.  But before you can take the pretty photos, you have to block the knitting.  Blocking flared cuffs can be a bit perplexing.  You want the wrist nice and round, and the bottom all spread out.  You can put them on a mitt blocker (if you’re lucky enough to have such a thing) and then lay them down on a mat and pin out the flare.  But that takes forever to dry and leaves you with a crease where it was folded in half.  I like to do it this way instead.

blockThat’s a handy bottle, a piece of custom graph paper (I know the lines are faint, I didn’t think about how they’d look in the picture when I printed it, but if you look closely you can see them), and my blocking mat.

The graph paper is really the secret.  For this size of cuff, I’ve got four points.  I could more or less eyeball even quarters if I had to.  But if you size this up or down, you could have a different number of points.  With the custom graph paper, you can make a sheet with your circle divided into thirds or fourths or fifths or whatever it is you happen to need.  It really works beautifully every time and is totally one of the handy blocking tricks everyone should have in their arsenal.

Shapely

So the cuff is done.  It is adorable (and comfy, and soft, and warm, and all the other things you’d want a cuff to be).  But it is also weirdly hard to photograph (that it is a bit damp doesn’t help, but sunset comes early these days, and if I waited for it to dry it would be dark, so I’ll take what I can get).

Eduardo helps give a sense of the proportions of the thing, but his wrist is rather wider in comparison to his hand than is mine, so things look a bit elongated.

eduardoThe actual proportions when it’s on are more like this.

flatWhich you could see much better if it were on my hand, but my arm isn’t actually long enough to take a picture of my hand with this camera, so you’ll have to use your imagination for now.

I suspect the second of these will find its way into the world very shortly (once I did all the pesky decision making, it’s only a few hours of knitting time), at which point I will bombard you with all the pictures you could ever want.  I’m thoughtful like that!

Flare

I have a long-standing, deeply-held, and unabashed fondness for flared cuffs.  They’re the piece of knitting I wear most often (gloves and hats feel like outer wear, whereas my cuffs I can totally wear in my drafty house without feeling like a weirdo who needs to get new windows).  They leave your fingers free for typing or knitting or cooking or whatever else it is you need to be getting on with, but somehow do actually manage to keep you warmer.  They take surprisingly little time to knit.  And they’re just downright adorable.

Or they are, after they’re finished and blocked.  This cuff, at this stage of its creation, looks a tiny bit like a crumpled sea creature.  But I’ve tried it on and tugged on it enough to know it’s going to be hideously cute when it’s done.  Promise.

grayThe yarn is by Sweet Fiber Yarns, and is a new discovery.  A friend who clearly knows just what sort of yarn I like sent it my way, and I’m smitten.  You should go look at those colors now so you’re not surprised when they show up in future projects, because wow are they pretty!