Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dear Knit Picks,

I love you guys. You know that. You have some awesome support for independent designers and the best sock yarns in the business. However, your needles have gone to heck in a handbasket over the past 18 months. The quality has degraded so rapidly that it's shocking.

What's really shocking, though, is today's email ad.

> Thanks to savvy and subtle
> manufacturing improvements we're now
> able to offer the same beautiful
> product at an even more beautiful
> price.


What a load of crap. The "manufacturing improvement" in question is a move to fabrication in China. It's less expensive, but it's also cheaper. Cheaper as in, cheaping out on materials and workmanship.

They're not the same needles as you claim. They're much, much worse. They weren't worth the old price, but they're not worth the new price, either.

I won't be buying. The frustration isn't worth it. I just feel sorry for all the new knitters who think they're getting a great deal and then have endless problems with their knitting because of these cheap, junky needles.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Free Pattern: Carborundum

Today I am launching an experiment in pattern sales. Carborundum has been made a free Ravelry Download. You may download, read, knit, and enjoy the pattern as much as you wish. All that I ask is that you consider donating an amount that you feel is fair and equitable with the use and enjoyment that you got out of it.



Sunday, March 18, 2012

March Madness

In honor of March Madness and the Sock Knitters Anonymous March challenge, which is cables and traveling stitches, I have discounted my Garnet Lattice and Carborundum sock patterns.

Carborundum is a beaded sock with a diamond motif in traveling stitches. It includes charts for the leg, heel, gusset and foot and written instructions for sock construction. It is for sale on Ravelry using the button above or this link: buy now (no Ravelry account is necessary. You can use your PayPal account).


Garnet Lattice is an allover pattern of interlocking diamonds accented with beads and eyelets. The charted pattern includes a lattice-patterned toe. The download includes charts for two sizes and written instructions for sock construction. You can purchase using the button or this link: buy now.



If you don't want to use Ravelry for the transaction you may email me at maria.mckeeth@gmail.com. Please include your PayPal address and which patterns you wish to purchase. I will send you an invoice via PayPal. The sale prices are US$3.00 for Carborundum and US$2.50 for Garnet Lattice. You will receive a complete PDF of the patterns you order. No physical copy will be sent.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

On the twelfth day of Christmas my True Love sent to me...

Twelve noise citations,
Eleven tow trucks towing,
Ten Sharks a-skating,
Nine traffic cops,
Eight buskers busking,
Seven baby possums,
Six Canada geese,

Five live octopuses!

Four tabby cats,
Three hummingbirds,
Two Muscovy ducks,
And an egret in a western red cedar.

“I think I know what he’s going to get for Valentine’s Day this year.”
“Oh yeah? What’s that?”
“Divorce papers!”

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

On the eleventh day of Christmas my True Love sent to me...

Eleven tow trucks towing,
Ten Sharks a-skating,
Nine traffic cops,
Eight buskers busking,
Seven baby possums,
Six Canada geese,

Five live octopuses!

Four tabby cats,
Three hummingbirds,
Two Muscovy ducks,
And an egret in a western red cedar.

“What the...”
“HOA says the police cars were double parked.”
“Geez, those Scrooges would impound Santa’s sleigh.”
“Yeah, they wouldn’t know a reindeer if it ran over them.”

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

On the tenth day of Christmas my True Love sent to me...

Ten Sharks a-skating,
Nine traffic cops,
Eight buskers busking,
Seven baby possums,
Six Canada geese,

Five live octopuses!

Four tabby cats,
Three hummingbirds,
Two Muscovy ducks,
And an egret in a western red cedar.

“Well, there goes our chance at the Stanley Cup.”
“On the plus side, you got to see Doug Murray beat up an octopus.”
“He cheated! Officer Lodge distracted it!”

Monday, January 2, 2012

On the ninth day of Christmas my True Love sent to me...


Nine traffic cops,
Eight buskers busking,
Seven baby possums,
Six Canada geese,

Five live octopuses!

Four tabby cats,
Three hummingbirds,
Two Muscovy ducks,
And an egret in a western red cedar.

“He says he’s not going to take me in for kidnapping because even with the octopus climbing up his leg it’s still calmer in here than the 680 at rush hour.”