Well and Truly Scattered

I have so many things to tell you, enough that I’ve actually made a list!  Like a long list on paper in bright colors of ink with special doodles on it to indicate the urgency of various topics.  I need to tell you all about the photo shoot (short version so so so good), I need to show you some knitting I’ve done, I need to show you some knitting other people have done, I need to show you some stuff I made that’s not knitting, and I need to give a way a bunch of yarn (you guys don’t mind too much, right?).  That’s just the short list, there’s actually more to it than that.  Alas, I also need to get ready for Rhinebeck and catch up on some stuff that fell behind while getting ready for the shoot.  So all that fun stuff will have to wait for just a little while longer.

What I’m going to do today is announce the winners of the Eucalan giveaway, catch up on the most urgent of the stuff that slipped last week, make sure I’ll have clean clothes to take to Rhinebeck (it’s ok if the sheep smell a bit funky, it’s not ok if I do) and then sit down and see if I can’t make a plan to get some of these blog posts out of my head an onto the screen.

But for now, winners.  Our favorite random number generator says that Kristi, Kate P, and Andrea are our winners.  If you’re wondering if you’re the right Kate or Andrea, I’ve sent an email with details, so check your inbox.  Thanks to everyone who entered.  I loved seeing what you all thought your woolens should smell like (I’m in full agreement with those of you who said either ‘wool’ or bergamot).

Giveaway Winner

Debby S, whose favorite pattern of Sivia’s is the lovely Tibetan Clouds Stole, is the winner of The Book of Cowls.  I will be in touch with her shortly to get her information so she can cast on soon!

And, in more panic-inducing news, it’s just about time to open up pre-orders for KCC2.  I’ll be back on Monday with all the details of when that will start and how it will work.  In the meantime, I have to go check and double check and triple check the website and finalize a few other plans to make sure things go smoothly.  Should be fun!

Happy News

I’m going to share a very happy sentence with you.  Ready?  ‘My local brewery is starting a knitting night.’  See?  Isn’t that an awesome sentence?  You can say it a few more times to savor it properly if you’d like.  I’ll wait.  The brewery in question is The Bottle House.  They’re recently opened and just down the street from me.  The beer is delicious, and they have different food trucks in the parking lot every night (or you can bring your own food in if you’re feeling like having a picnic).  It’s looking like the first knitting night will be Wednesday September 5th at 7.  If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you there!

And, to help other folks have a good Monday too, I’ve just sent out email to the three Malabrigo winners.  Yarn will go out as soon as I’ve got your addresses.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the Rabble Rousers giveaways.  It’s been tremendous fun to read all of your comments, and I love knowing that a bunch of you are going to get fun things in the mail!

More or Less a Sock

The weekend saw some serious sock progress.  The lonely sock now has about 2/3 of a mate (just down past the gusset).  I feel there should be some sort of tasteless joke in there, but I’ll leave filling it in as an exercise for the reader.

For today, I’ll take the opportunity to let Lauren of  Ruthie Pearl and Sue of Adlerwood Quilts know they’ve won the Plucky Knitter yarn (I’ve emailed both to ask for a mailing address).

Now, if I could, I’d send yarn to all of you.  I can’t, but I can give you patterns.  So, from now until Sunday evening my time you can have Whippersnapper for free when you buy any other pattern (I made Whippersnapper with Plucky Knitter’s yarn and loved every minute of it).  To get the pattern for free, just go to my list of patterns, put Whippersnapper in your cart, put something else in your cart, and use the code “Plucky” at checkout.  You’ll see the discount reflected right away.

Rabble Rousers Yarn Giveaway (yes, more!)

Lots and lots and lots of good stuff to get through today!  First, business.  This is the last day of the Rabble Rousers preorder.  That means the preorder discount ends today, so this is your last chance to get the book (plus a free extra pattern of your choice) at the lower price.  Tomorrow the full electronic version goes live.

Next up, more yarn to give away.  I’ve got piles of it to go along with the release of Rabble Rousers, and I know you guys are going to love it.  Today’s lovely prize is the Primo Worsted by The Plucky Knitter.  This is the yarn I used to make Uproar, and people…it’s irresistible.

It’s a merino cashmere nylon blend.  Now that’s always a lovely mix, but there’s something about the way this one is spun that makes it stand out above the rest.  It’s plump and round and just undeniably substantial.  It’s the sort of thing you pick up and pet and carry around and end up falling in love with.  And of course Sarah’s colors are amazing.  She does the most exciting semi-solids you can imagine.  They are truly beautiful, and somehow they all look marvelous together.  I’ve never seen a single one I didn’t like.

And once again, I’ve got some to give away (no really…it’s going to be a theme around here for the next few weeks, you’ll want to stick around).  Now, one of the best things about Uproar is how freakishly quick a project it is.  It’s just a tiny little cuff, but undeniably satisfying.  And, it only takes a little bit of yarn.  That means that I can once again split this skein of Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted between two of you (you’ll each get more than enough to make a pair of Uproar cuffs with plenty of yarn left over).

Now Sarah, because she is a superwoman and wants to spread the love of all things Plucky, is off doing Stitches Midwest stuff at the moment, so her online store isn’t quite as bursting with goodies as normal.  But I want to show you guys these colors, so your best bet is to take a look here (and scroll down).  See how amazingly well those all go together?  If you’d like to be entered to win the yarn I’ve got to giveaway, just leave a comment here letting me know what your favorite of the colors is.

I’ll leave comments open through Friday evening my time (eastern time), and come back with a winner next Monday.  And yes, there will be still more yarn to give away next Monday too!  Just be sure to use a real email address so I can tell you if you win.

Finally, let’s make someone’s day extra fun.  Knittingdancer and Sosoclever are the winners of the Briar Rose yarn giveaway.  I’ll be emailing you for your addresses shortly.  And to those who didn’t win, remember that Chris has generously given everyone 10% off any Briar Rose purchases through the end of August if you use the code “Hunter” at check out.  I may just have to get myself a goody of my own.

Sort of

Goal: Grab a picture of a sock to show the blog that you’ve not totally abandoned knitting.

Plan of Action: Toss sock on blocker, set blocker on chair, snap picture.

Actual set of Actions: Toss sock on blocker, set blocker on chair, prepare camera.  Douglas senses the presence of yarn, leaps immediately into action, and tries desperately to subdue the evil yarn and protect me from its nefarious intention.  Snap picture of kitten frolicking instead of sock.

Result: Well, you can see the sock.  Sort of.  A bit.  It’s not precisely in focus (nor is the kitten for that matter…he’s a wiggly beast).  But perhaps the cuteness of the wee kitty will distract you.

And, just to round out the distraction, the winner of Chrissy’s Indie Socks book is Leslie of pixemic.net.  I’ve emailed you for your address Leslie, I hope you’ll love the book!

Winner

As promised, the winner for the Barking Dog Yarns/Foliate giveaway is Sue of Alderwood Quilts.  It looks like Sue already knows all about Barking Dog Yarns and will be adding a skein of Galaxy in the color California to her stash.  I’ll be in touch to sort everything out.

And because I feel bad that not everyone can win, I set up a little promo for everyone else.  If you buy Foliate, you can have any of my other patterns for free.  Just put both Foliate and any other pattern in your ravelry cart, click on the use a coupon code button and type BDY Foliate.  Click apply, and the price will magically adjust itself.  You can see a list of all my patterns in one place right over here (remember to use the add to cart option, not the buy now option).  This will run for the next week or so.

And in totally non-knitting related news, I’m still utterly taken with porch kitten.  He needs a name.  Well, I’m not quite sure if he’s a he or a she.  We’ve not yet progressed to that point in the relationship.   I’m toying with Simon, Oliver, or Cadwell at the moment, but none of them have quite stuck.  Of course he still won’t let me get close enough to touch him, but he will sit at my feet so long as I keep up a steady stream of treats.  Anyone got any tips on how to make him a bit less skittish?

Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered.  It seems that you guys are as taken with Dream in Colors marvelous work as I am.  I’m happy to announce that Ariel and Andrea were the lucky commenters (as chosen by random.org).  I’ve sent off emails asking for their mailing addresses and will mail out the yarn as soon as I hear back (which is good, as I might fall too deeply in love with it if I keep it around any longer…sending yarn away is hard).

Meanwhile, in actual knitting news, anyone remember these guys?  The sock I cast on in Nova Scotia?  Back in, oh, um, September?  Yeah.  I’d kinda forgotten about them too.  Well, not really forgotten.  I knew they were there, but I’d allowed them to slide into the pile of stuff lurking in the back of my mind.  The stuff about which I feel a bit guilty…just not guilty enough to actually do anything.  Don’t look at me like that, you have that pile too.

But, Monday morning, I had a dentist appointment (just a cleaning, part of my ongoing quest to successfully imitate a responsible adult).  I went to grab some waiting room knitting, and I had nothing.  No hats, no mitts, no cowls, not even a sock.  I do have a second sock that I need to cast on, but it’s a finicky thing to set up and the dentist’s waiting room wasn’t the place to do it. Then I found these guys.  I’d more or less forgotten how much I like them.  I’ll likely finish the first one tonight.

Of course then I have to remember what I did, write it down, and make a second one.  But this is still progress.

Winner

Congratulations to Linda who won the yarn, and thank you to everyone for your lovely comments.  I, personally, do not believe in the black/gray/navy winter coat.  I feel if I have to wear a coat, it had better be bright and colorful.  I have a pale blue light weight coat, a red heavy coat, a purple dressy coat, and a green cloak for those rare situations when a cloak really is the correct answer.  Of course I also feel that gloves/scarves/hats have to go with each other and with the coat.  It leads to a rather staggering number of accessories, but I’m a knitter, so that’s not really a problem.

Drumroll Please

And the winner is Christine!  Check out her lovely socks, I know she’ll put the yarn to good use.  I’ve sent off an email to ask for a mailing address.  And to answer her question, the Sock Plus 8 is a bit more tightly twisted than SG Bugga, and the Bugga is a bit softer and fuzzier.  They’re about the same thickness, and both come in drop dead gorgeous colors.  I’d be happy to use either (and both are going to be in the book), and think they’d likely work for a lot of the same patterns.

And to everyone who entered, thank you so much for all your nice comments!  People seem to really like this pattern, and I’m thrilled by the reception.  I can’t wait to start seeing it knit up.

The whole time I was making them, I kept thinking they would look stunning as black knee highs.  I’ve got long legs, and I’m very very lazy, so I couldn’t quite bring myself to make my own.  The lace pattern is unusually stretchy though, so I think it would likely work well.  If you’re interested, I’d suggest making the cuff and the portion of the sock that is over your calf muscle with a slightly larger needle and then going down to the regular needle for the lower part of your leg and foot.  If anybody does end up doing it (in any color of course), send me pictures.  I’ll totally send a wee present to whoever first sends me pics of a completed pair!