Xanthophyll (plus giveaway)

Remember how I’m not supposed to have favorites?  Because I’m supposed to love all my patterns equally? Well that works about as well with patterns as with ice cream.  They’re all good, but some of them are especially good.  And Xanthophyll are totally some of my favorites!  I’m so glad to be bringing them back out.

x 1 smallThese were the first skinny yarn socks I knit for The Boy (before he happened to mention that he sort of liked thick socks best, thus increasing the overall number of knit socks in his future rather dramatically).  The original ones still turn up in the laundry pile on a regular basis though, and have held up rather nicely if I do say so myself!

But for this iteration, I wanted to get show off another variation.  For their second debut they’ve been reknit in some delicious Carnal by Vice.  If you’ve been hanging out here for a while you know I’m a tremendous fan of all the beautiful colors Lizzy magics into existence, and this is no exception.  I couldn’t ask for a more fitting shade for these socks…just enough variegation to keep it interesting, not so much that it obscures the fancy stitches.

x 7 smallAnd there are fancy stitches!  The basic stitch pattern is more or less a rib, but you’ve got a slipped stitch column and another with a lovely elongated stitch cable.  The combination means pooling isn’t likely to be a problem, even with tricky yarns.  And it’s orderly enough that you’ll have the rhythm of it memorized in no time.  The socks come in four sizes (a serious improvement over the one size in the original pattern!), and are totally suitable for guys or girls.

x 6 smallYou all know I take my duty to spread the yarn love seriously, so I’ve got a skein of Carnal to send off to one of you.  It’s not exactly this color (the one shown here was a one of a kind and was just too perfect not to use for these socks).  But it is a lovely, buttery yellow that’s completely appropriate for the pattern (xanthophyll is the yellow pigment in leaves, so I feel obligated to give away a yellow yarn).  If you’d like to be entered to win, just leave a comment telling me what color of leaves you prefer.  Are you in it for the first hits of green in the spring?  Or do you like full summer’s darker shades better?  Is it the fall fireworks that do you in?

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

x 3 smallComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, July 10, 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.



Xanthophyll (a favorite both because they’re awfully pretty socks and because any word that starts with an x gets automatic bonus points) is coming back out next Tuesday.

DSC_1205These were reknit in a beautiful yarn from Vice, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with them.  Mailing list folks get a coupon when they come out, and there will be a giveaway here too (because it’s a moral duty to share yarn that pretty)!

Olympic Glory?

So I sort of did it, but only sort of.  The official goal was ‘don’t cast on any new projects.’  The unofficial goal (which seemed to follow rather naturally from the official goal) was ‘get lots of stuff done.’  I totally met the first goal.  Despite severe temptation (we went to a fiber festival right at the beginning of the Olympics–this was not a plan designed to foster restraint), I didn’t cast on anything new.

Alas, I also didn’t get quite as much done as I had hoped.  I did make some progress.  I finished a pair of secret socks, and they’ve gone off to a magazine for their photo shoot, which I find both hysterical and deeply awesome.  I finished the adumbrate mitts, wrote the pattern, and started the testing process.  I finished the first of the greenhorn socks and wrote the first draft of the pattern.

The one thing I didn’t finish was The Boy’s xanthophyll socks.  Almost, but not quite.  It turns out these socks have scads more stitches than any of the other socks I’ve made.  They’re just slow.  Pretty, but slow.  Luckily, this weekend we took a trip that provided many many many hours of knitting time, and now they’re done.medal-blog-button

I’m still taking the medal.  I’m using the whole experience as proof that it’s important to define your goals clearly.  My official goal was ‘don’t cast on any new projects,’ and I met that.  I might have had ‘finish every single ongoing project’ in the back of my mind as some sort of mythical extra goal, but that wasn’t ever really going to happen.  I met the official goal, I’m calling it a success.  (This is the likely-unnecessary-but-I-like-to-be-extra-careful disclaimer.  The picture is created by Franklin Habit, provided by Yarn Harlot, and used with permission.  Please do not write and tell me I’m stealing it, mkay?)

Come back later in the week for the finished (and free) pattern for adumbrate!


xanthophyllaltXanthophyll socks are live, and the pattern is here!

To celebrate their release, the folks at Shalimar Yarns have kindly offered to donate a skein of the lovely Zoe Sock yarn I used to make them to one lucky reader.

To have a chance to win, just go over to their website, find your favorite color of the Zoe Sock yarn, and leave the name of it in the comments.  You can leave other stuff too of course (I find reading comments strangely entertaining) but you have to leave a color name to win.  I’ll leave the comments open until Monday evening.  Then on Tuesday I’ll randomly pick a winner from among them.  Just be sure to use a working email address to leave your comment so I can contact you if you win.  I promise I won’t do anything with your email address other than contact you if you’ve won!

xanthophyllmain2One small reminder, until the end of the month I’m giving away a free copy of the pattern for the Colophon mitts if you buy any of my sock patterns.  The details of that offer are here if you’re interested.

The Sun Will Come Out…

Or rather The Boy will come home while the sun has come out. For that unusual confluence of events is really all that is standing in the way of releasing the Xanthophyll socks. They’ll be out tomorrow morning! Just as exciting, the marvelous folks over at Shalimar Yarns have agreed to donate a skein of the Zoe Sock in Sapote (the yarn I used to make the socks) to a lucky reader. I’ll post the details tomorrow, but it will be another of the ‘leave a comment, get a chance to win’ sort of things.

The next release will be a free pattern as part of a mystery knit along on Ravelry. The first part of that will be coming out on October 1, and I’ll post a link here to the Ravelry group for anyone who wants to join in.


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.

Now with More Knitting

It has been a shamefully long time since I put up a picture of a new knitting project.  So, without further ado, the newest socks:


They are called Xanthophyll and are knit with the lovely Zoe Sock from Shalimar Yarns in the color Sapote.  This is one of the yarns I got at Sock Summit in exchange for a design.  Zoe is a nice crisp merino and is a treat to work with.  The skein has a generous 450 yards, and yellow is The Boy’s favorite color, so it seemed obvious that this yarn should turn into socks for him.  They were my vacation knitting while we were in Maine, and that thing in the background is the ocean…far more picturesque than anything to be found in my back yard.

I’ve got other knitting (another pair of brand new socks) and a shocking number of yarn purchases to show off over the next few days, but now I must go tackle the rather alarming pile of vacation laundry that followed me back from Maine.