Undergrowth

So that mushroom thing is happening.

Actually, it might be fairer to say it has happened.

Quite a lot really.  Possibly more than might be strictly necessary.

Though really, who am I to dictate your mushroom requirements…

You could be running your own personal mushroom farm.

It seems to be an easier thing to stumble into than you might expect.

Peached

Ok, enough of you asked, so I went ahead and did it.  Peached is here, it’s 10% off with the code MINT for the first few days it’s out, and you can totally knit a whole bushel full and distribute them as needed to share your feelings.

If you’ve been following along for the last few weeks, you know I knit this because reading the news felt overwhelming.  And these days, when I feel that way, I tend to pick up my needles.  This time, I found myself knitting a peach.  Actually, quite a few peaches.

I shared them here and on instagram, and it turned out a lot of you were feeling overwhelmed too.  And a surprising number of you thought you might want to knit a little peach as well.  So I went ahead and wrote up the pattern.

And, because the best way to stop feeling overwhelmed is to feel like you’re doing something to help, we’re going to use use some of the proceeds of this pattern to do some good.  The first $500 this pattern makes will go to RAICES, an organization that, “promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.”

Edit to add: We totally did it!  Screenshot of the donation that everyone who bought or shared this pattern helped me make down at the end of the post.  You all are AWESOME!  Now…think we can do it again?  Let’s see if we can send $250 off to the Southern Poverty Law Center, who are “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society,” and who are awfully busy these days! 

Edit to add: We did that too, you are all so damn cool!  Pic down at the bottom!

If you need to knit one of your own, the pattern is Peached.  And you can take 10% off with the code MINT through the end of the day, eastern time, Monday October 14.

We did it, we did it, holy smokes you are all awesome!

We did it again, you are so cool!

Things about which I am not sorry

This is fine.  This is a totally valid thing for an adult to spend their life doing.

This fills me with glee (and from what I hear, it does the same for quite a number of you too), and hurts absolutely no one.

Rock on with your teeny tiny knits, bring joy to yourself and others, and never ever apologize!

Peachy

Alrighty, so the Im(peach)ment Peach is totally happening.  I have whirled through the pattern in record time.  It’s off with testers right now (so we can make sure that me wanting to get this out fast does not mean you swear at the pattern a lot…swearing at the news is fine, swearing at the pattern is distasteful).  I need to knit one or two more so I can take cute pictures (tell me baking a pie to use as a prop is overkill), but with luck it will be out late next week.

I’m totally going to donate some of the money this pattern makes to a good cause.  I think we’ll send the first check off to RAICES, with hopefully one to the Southern Poverty Law Center after that.  I’ll keep the pattern page updated with where the next round of donations are going (and screenshots of the donations you all help me make) as we go along.  Keep an eye out for a poll on twitter and/or ravelry next week I finalize the list of places to donate to.

And if you want to be on the mailing list so you hear when this one comes out (I know most of you already are, but people have asked, so I’m going to be scandalously direct and just say it), you can make that happen right over here.

And while you’re waiting, how about taking a second and seeing if you’re registered to vote?