So the goal was to make progress on the mitts, and that totally happened. The first one is more or less done, and the second one is underway.
I decided to hold off on the thumb of the first one until I see just how close of a squeak the yarn is going to be. There should be just enough, but if I need to make the thumb a row or two shorter, I’d rather know from the beginning that have to unweave my end and rip back.
So for now the thumb looks like this, and the second mitt is underway. One or two more knitting sessions and it will be done (my elbow is sore and I have a lot of computer stuff I have to do, so knitting time is limited at the moment).
And for those asking, yes I’ll almost certainly do a pattern, I just need an accommodating friend and a suitably wintry looking day. I’m sure I can work it out.
- November 27, 2015
I hope you’re all either accomplishing some serious shopping or tucked up cozy at home (that’s the route I go, but I have it on good authority some folks really truly like the shopping dance, and I’m trying hard to believe it’s true).
I don’t officially do any sort of black Friday stuff, but I did just realize I completely neglected to talk about the Indie Design Gift Along festivities this year (blame the book launch, it makes for a busy week). It’s a fun little shindig over on ravelry where I and more than 300 other designers put a bunch of our favorite patterns on sale and then have a giant knit along through the end of the year. The sale is running through the end of today, so we can pretend it’s a Black Friday thing if you want!
Any of the patterns listed here are 25% off with the code giftalong2015 for the rest of today. [ETA: magicing the link away as the sale is done, but there’s still plenty of knitting fun to be had in the rav group!]
And once you’ve grabbed any of those that tickle your fancy, swing on by the rav group for the knit along. There are oodles and oodles of other patterns on sale (no, really, lots and lots) and there will be prizes and games all the way through the new year!
While most of this week had been spent putting books in envelopes and setting them out for the mailman (which is lovely, thank you), every now and then I have to do something that doesn’t involve an adhesive label. This fits the bill nicely.
They’re the mate for the lovely hat (a proper picture of which I still totally owe you), and I’m smitten. The cable is wide enough that it’s best to have just the one, so the back is all ribbing (which allows for some very tidy thumb increases, which always make me happy).
With any luck at all, the holiday weekend will include time to finish this one off and at least get started on its mate. Because as you can also see in the pictures, it went and got snowy. It’s not going to last (much of it has already melted), but it is getting a bit chilly.
So…in the interest of not being murdered by my mailman, I’m going to go ahead and start shipping these a bit early. These are the ones going out today.
There will be another round going out Tuesday and another on Wednesday too. Thursday is Thanksgiving in America, so the mail won’t be picked up that day, but any remaining books should be on their way Friday.
And of course, the eversion goes live tomorrow at noon, so you can cast on right away if you’ve got itchy fingers!
Oh you guys are awesome! Launching a new book is always ridiculously scary (it seriously hits every one of my ‘what if I throw a party and no one comes?’ buttons). But you totally didn’t let me down. I’ll be keeping the mailman very busy next week, thank you!
That’s better! And better still, folks who preorder the paper version of Fine Things are getting an awesome little print copy of Changeful tucked in their package too. These things amuse me more than they have any right to!
Now, originally, the paper copy of Changeful was supposed to just be folks who preordered the paper books yesterday. But I’ve had so many folks write and say ‘ack, I didn’t know, can I still get it?’ and I didn’t make a big deal of the time limit yesterday (it was a rather busy day!), so I’m going to see if I can stretch that a little bit.
I’m going to go ahead and send paper copies of Changeful to everyone who preorders the paper book through the end of the weekend (and of course everyone who preorders at any point will get the electronic version too).
Wouldn’t that look lovely tucked in someone’s stocking? Perhaps with a skein or two of SpaceCadet’s Oriana to go with it? It’s a perfect match to the little twisty cables that makes these look so sharp. Or maybe you should just keep it all for yourself!
And thanks again everyone for being as excited about the new book as I am! I’ll be spending the weekend stuffing envelopes (thank goodness for netflix on the ipad!), and your books will be on their way to you next week.