Monday, September 19, 2011
When I'm excited about something, I can really tear through it -- I charted, swatched and knit these mittens in less than a month this last winter. I even had a first draft of the pattern out to a test knitter less than a month after that! And then ... then I dropped the ball. Maybe even forgot, for a while, that there was a ball there at all.
Happily, the imminent arrival of fall got me back in gear on getting this pattern out. After all, this is definitely a seasonal pattern! (Didn't you know winter is octopus season?) I posted it for sale on ravelry last week, and have really enjoyed watching people get excited about it. It's not my first published pattern -- that honor goes to a knitted cross-cap -- but it's my first pattern that people other than me and my test-knitters have knit. (As far as I know. If you're out there with a cross-cap you haven't posted on ravelry yet -- get on it! I'd love to see it.)
A big part of what makes these mittens so great is the yarn -- Traveller from the Sanguine Gryphon. Ask anyone I've been wine tasting with, and they'll tell you that I'm not great at the adjective game, so I'll be brief: this yarn is sturdy and soft and warm, and it comes in awesome colors. And! St. Tropez, the blue colorway in these mittens, is sadly a discontinued colorway, but ... it is making a reappearance! A limited quantity of Traveller in St. Tropez is going on sale on sale Monday September 26 at approximately 9pm EDT. And probably selling out shortly thereafter! Seriously, I will try to leave some for you, but I do love this color and don't know how long I'll be able to control myself. (The orange yarn, colorway Costa Rica, is a regular color and not at risk of disappearing soon).
Posted by Emily at 6:17 PM