You know how some knitting projects just sort of seem like little magic tricks? Either they come together faster than they should, or they use less yarn than you’d expect, or they look so much fancier than they have any right to given how easy they are. Well Gramercy pretty much does all of those things! I’m delighted to bring them back out. They use a marvelous little lace motif that has a lot going for it. It’s easy enough to be a perfect introduction to fancy socks, but interesting enough that you won’t get bored, even if you’re a sock pro. It’s astonishingly stretchy, which means your socks will both fit comfortably and stay up all day. And it’s awfully pretty (which is half the fun of hand knit socks if we’re being honest)! And, while this is a bit subjective, these totally feel like fast socks to me. All that open work means you use way less yarn than you’d expect, and using less yarn means you’re done in less time. Those are my size 11 feet up there, and that sock has a 7.5 inch leg, and it used all of 300 yards of yarn. That’s pretty much unheard of. I want one of you to see for yourself how much fun these are, so I’ve got a skein of the beautiful Carnal yarn by Vice in this amazing blue to send to someone. Just leave a comment telling me the magic trick you most want your knitting to do to be entered to win.
And while I can’t send yarn to everyone, I can give everyone a discount. Just use the code MAGIC to get a dollar the price between now and Friday. Just put Gramercy in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code MAGIC. You’ll see the change in price reflected right away. Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, September 4, 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.
Kitten Overlord Levon wants to be sure that we are all aware of his work in the furtherance of the knitting cause. He is worried Kitten Overlord Douglas may steal too much attention, so he asked me to mention just how hard he works to keep me firmly settled in my seat, busily cooking up new projects. He guards my tea and delicately pats my knee with one paw if I do anything as ill considered as getting up.
And just so it’s not all kittens all the time, I’ll sneak in with a tiny bit of knitting. The pattern for these is coming back out tomorrow (yay!). As always, mailing list folks will get a shiny discount code. If you’re not already on the list, you can sneak on now and get all the info when stuff comes out.
You should probably go now. This post is of absolutely no interest to anyone but me. This post is possibly the most boring thing on the whole site.
But, I am constantly finding myself looking stuff up on my own blog, so I’m going to take shameless advantage of the ‘my party, my rules’ aspect of having one’s own website and make a quick list of the nifty restaurants we went to in San Francisco. This really is just so we can remember the next time we’re out there or someone asks us where we liked. Sorry for not being more entertaining, but you have been warned.
I’ll even provide a hideously cliched picture to round out the shame. Next week there will be actual knitting, I promise! Tacolicious: required by law to have both cocktails and the bread and chocolate dessert, you may even like it so much you buy their cookbook.
Woodfour Brewing: their sour beers will will console you in the face of horrible traffic.
Bull Valley Roadhouse: so good you’ll go twice (and very likely wish you could go yet again).
Farmer Brown: brunch, make reservations, do the buffet, and go now.
Bar Agricole: sit outside, because a restaurant with wool blankets is too neat not to enjoy.
Central Kitchen: where you needn’t make any pesky decisions, they’ll just bring you food.
Coqueta: you do have to make decisions here, but there are no wrong ones.
The Commissary: surprise hit of the trip, dearly wish we could have gone back and had yet more sherry cocktails.
The Progress: overcame my natural resistance to late dinner to grudgingly accepted super late reservation, glad I did.
You know how I occasionally prattle on at length about the difference between right-leaning double decreases, left-leaning double decreases, and centered double decreases? This is why.
The yarn is Marshall Island Sport by the always delightful String Theory, and it continues their long-established tradition of being unreasonably pretty.
Oh yeah, I sort of bought some yarn while we were away. Not too much (the soul of restraint, that’s me), but a bit.
First up, Tosh DK by Madelinetosh in the color Stargazing (which doesn’t show on their website, not sure if it’s a one off or discontinued). It’s the brightest non-orange yarn in my stash and I will never in a million years be able to get an accurate reflection of the color of this yarn. Let’s just say it’s blue enough it pretty much vibrates. It is totally outside my normal gray with hints of green and beige color range, and I’m itching to do something fun with it.
I found the Tosh at Verb, and while I was there, I also picked up a skein of their Floating in Topological (that color is listed on their website, but the picture there is an olive green whereas my skein is much grayer with just the very slightest hint of sage). I’m feeling the need for a lovely, slouchy hat, though there is enough yarn here that it could turn into socks if I change my mind.
A more likely candidate for socks is the Cricket by Anzula in Aspen that I picked up at ImagiKnit. This has all the makings of a favorite fat sock yarn (80/20/10 content, nice and round, interesting color but will still show off stitches), and I have a feeling it may wander onto my needles fairly soon.
And of course, just to keep things from being too practical, I had to get one little indulgence skein. The Sensai by Ito in the color Goat (total points for the color name by the way, that’s grand). I haven’t the slightest idea what I’ll do with it, but it told me it simply had to follow me home, so I listened.
Admirable self control all around I think. Now, let’s just see who gets on the needles first. Do you guys think I’ll embrace the blue? Or will it turn out to be a mistake? And what is that fuzzy bit of business going to turn int?