Our lazy, hazy days of summer floating in the pond at my mother-in-law’s camp in Maine have sure led to a backlog around these parts. The Fit to Flatter classes (yes, there are two now!) I’m teaching at Purl Diva sold out before I had a chance to even tell you about the second one, I still haven’t done my post on the design process for Twinflower, I’ve been meaning for ages to rave at you about the wonders of applied i-cord, and you should be looking for Pyromania, a new sock pattern, here within the next couple of days, too:

(Photo copyright Splityarn 2010.)

But before I can do that, I have to tell you about the wonderful surprise that was waiting on my doorstep when I got back late last night!

Knitting it Old School is the most fantastic new book of patterns to come out since sliced bread. You guys, there are three books’ worth of great patterns in this one luscious hardcover. I’m thrilled to have my very first design included in the sci-fi chapter:

Apocalypta is a figure-skimming, futuristic top knit out of Berroco’s aptly-named Seduce yarn. I had a lot of fun playing around with the futuristic theme:

Of course, it has the body-conscious shaping that I find indispensable in my own sweaters.

(I’ll do a more complete round-up on the sweater some time next week, but I needed to give you at least a little peek today.)

As soon as the book was available for pre-order, I snagged myself a copy. Caro and Stitchy later told me that as a contributor I’d get a complimentary copy, too. So now I have a spare! And what better use to put it to than a giveaway?

In honor of Apocalypta’s chapter, to enter to win a signed copy of Knitting It Old School, please leave a comment on this post predicting what knitting will be like in the future. (Insert scary space noises here.) On Friday, August 27th at 5:00pm Eastern time, I’ll draw a random commenter and send them the book!