Book Yarn, Part VIII
Next up, Barking Dog Yarns. I've been using Barking Dog Yarns for just about forever. I think my first pattern with them was Peregrinate, and of course we mustn't forget Inlay or the Loasa lateritia projects from the first volume of Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. I've loved everything I've made with these yarns and am consistently impressed with the beautiful colors. They were a natural choice when I was hunting yarns for the next book. On the right is Achillies in the color Chestnuts on the Flame. The yarn is a good, solid 3 ply, 80% merino 20% nylon blend, perfect [...]
It's been a little while since we had a giveaway, hasn't it? Let's fix that! Way back when, I mentioned that Suzan at Barking Dog Yarns was using one of the patterns from The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet as part of her new sock club. The February shipment just went out so now I can show it to you. It's a lovely clear kelly green, which will look smashing with the Loasa lateritia sock pattern. See? Doesn't it make you think of spring? I've got a skein of the yarn to mail out to one lucky knitter, and I'll send along [...]
You guys have heard me say all sorts of nice things about Suzan at Barking Dog Yarns. I used her yarn for Peregrinate and Foliate, and I absolutely love it. I've also used it for two of the projects for Book the Second. So when Suzan told me she was doing a sock club, I was thrilled at the chance to be part of it. And we've come up with something kind of neat. We'll be using the club shipment to preview the the sock pattern from Book the Second that uses Suzan's yarn. If you're part of the club, [...]
To celebrate Inlay, I'm having a little bit of a knitalong. I'm doing it over in the Silk Road Socks group. I realized I wanted to make these socks when I was doing the research for that book. I saw all the gorgeous floors peeking out from under the rugs and filed away the idea of doing a pattern based on the fancy tile work. Inlay was the result. So I'm totally declaring it ok to host the knitalong in the same place. Now, if you're the sort who wants to make exactly the sock in the picture, I can [...]
This is, without doubt, the softest, fluffiest, most luxuriant bit of knitting confectionery I have ever had the pleasure to lay hands on. I can in no way convey how marvelous it is. My picture does not do it justice. I've picked it up and petted it a dozen times in the last two days (the cats are getting jealous). Discretion would suggest I don't show it to you just yet, but I am unable to restrain myself. Now, in the interest of self control and restraint, I must tuck it away in the big plastic box of externally imposed [...]
Book Yarn, Part III
Alrighty, the plan had been to put up an entirely different post today. But that can't happen until something else happens, so I must continue to wait. I promise it doesn't come easily. But I've been managing to get up a post every day, and I don't want to break my streak (momentum baby, it's all about momentum). So I'm sneaking in with more book yarn. And look two whole yarns and neither one is purple. Who knew? I will confess I do have a soft spot for purple. Blue...well blue I can take or leave. But purple I like. [...]
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 [...]
Because Suzan, evil genius behind Barking Dog Yarns, is awesome, I have a skein of Galaxy to give away. Actually, it's even better than that. Instead of having an actual physical skein of yarn in my hands to send away (always a bit of a wrench I tell you), I have permission to send you over to the site, tell you to find your very favorite color (in any of the bases), and Suzan will dye it up in Galaxy for you. I am, frankly, jealous. Someone is in for a treat. I can't say enough good things about this [...]
So in the Meantime
The plan had been to put out the cowl and mitts pattern today. The knitting has been done for ages. The pattern was written and tested weeks and weeks ago. All that was lacking was a sunny day with the lovely Lauren to take a few photos of the knitting on a person. I got that in this weekend. Then... Then? Then in a fit of stupidity that far outstrips my usual shenanigans, I managed to erase all those pics. I have no idea how. Seriously. None. I have all the sock picks we took 10 minutes before that. I [...]
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