Keeping it simple

Look, if you are one of those people who are using this time to write your novel or finally get your kitchen perfectly organized or step up your workout routine?  Cool. I’m delighted for you.  I want you to be happy and safe, and I wish you all the best.

But if you are one of those people who are mostly just trying to hold it together more or less one minute at a time, well I’m right there with you.  This is your occasional reminder that you’re cool too.

It is 100% ok if things feel too weird to do much more than manage the basics right now.  You do not owe yourself or anyone else feats of astonishing productivity during a global emergency.

Stay home when you can.  Be extra nice to people.  Be gentle with yourself and others.  Those are the only things you have to do right now.

I’ll be over here knitting very soothing things and waiting for stuff to simmer down.  We can do this.

Something in my eye

You’re absolutely ruining my reputation.  The story we’ve all agreed upon is that I am mean and sarcastic and totally bereft of feelings.  And something happened yesterday that just totally blew my cover.

Yesterday I brought out the pattern for Cracked. I felt a little weird bringing out a pattern when things are like, well, this, but everyone assured me it was fine. But I wanted to do something a little different because things are so hard for so many people right now.  So I set up a code to let a few folks who really needed a lift but also really couldn’t manage the extra expense right now get the pattern for free.  I set it to work 20 times, and mentioned if anyone wanted to donate extra copies, to let me know and we’d work something out.

And I really sort of expected either no one would use it, or someone would paste it into one of those wretched facebook groups where folks share things that aren’t meant to be shared, and they’d be used up in thirty seconds.  But that’s not what happened.

What happened is some folks who needed a little lift used it, and some other folks who were able to help someone else out started writing to me to donate extra copies.  Like an awful lot of people.  And an awful lot of extra copies.  And people sent the very sweetest notes.  And the whole thing left me just absolutely floored.  Really, I am generally fairly stoic (at least when anyone can see), and I was borderline sniffling at my desk (we’re calling it allergies…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).  People were amazing.

In fact, there were so many folks donating extra copies that there are some left over, and I want to share it here as well as on the newsletter.  So if you could use a copy of Cracked to distract yourself, but this whole giant disaster means it’s just not in the budget, you can use the code HONOR SYSTEM to download a free copy (that will keep working till all the codes are used up, if it doesn’t work, it means they’ve all been used).

And I think I’m going to try doing this with a few of the next pattern releases too.  I have to figure out the logistics, but right now the plan is to always share it first with the mailing list.  Then if there are extras after the first day I’ll post it here on the blog/ravelry.  Then if there are still extras the day after that, I’ll post it on instagram.

And really, this made me feel the best I’ve felt in a long while.  It was just what I needed, and I can’t thank everyone enough.


So, I’m going to be very direct. Putting out a pattern for a knitting pattern (and a frivolous pattern at that) right now feels weird.  But I talked with some people myself, and I’ve seen other conversations happening online, and the consensus seems to be that folks understand.  Folks understand that this is how some of us pay our bills (and want us to keep doing that).  Folks understand that some people could really use a distraction right now (and a new pattern can be a great distraction).  And folks understand wanting to do things that feel normal (and for a lot of us, making or using nifty patterns feels delightfully normal at the moment).

So for now, I’m going to keep putting out patterns.  But if you don’t feel like they’re the right thing for you now, I completely understand.  I won’t be at all upset if you take a break (as long as your coping mechanisms involve staying home when you can and being extra nice to people you have to interact with, I’m ok with them).  And if this mess has meant you or a partner or a housemate lost a job or are otherwise in a bad situation, the last thing I want you doing is buying a pattern from me.  I’m ok, and I want you to take care of yourself first.  I’ll be here when things settle down!

But, with all that said, if you’re looking for an absolutely absurd distraction, I’ve got you covered.  This is Cracked, it’s on ravelry now, and you can take 10% off with the code HATCHLING.

Now look, not one single solitary one of you actually need this in any sort of real way.  It will not keep you warm.  It will not make sure you don’t get arrested for public indecency.  It’s not even remotely practical as a toy for your cat or your kiddo.  All it will do is look lovely.  And if that’s enough for you right now?  Then that’s grand.  I suspect we could all use a bit of loveliness as distraction.

Fill a basket.  Make a garland.  Make a wreath.  Bring a branch inside and hang them all over.  If you’re the sort of person susceptible to this sort of nonsense, you already know what to do with these!  And if you’re not, that’s totally ok.  There will be more practical patterns soon.  For now, it’s all lace and blossoms and pretty distractions.  And that’s just what I need right now.

The pattern is Cracked, it’s the perfect thing to do with all those extra eggs you somehow seem to have on hand right now (I’m not the only one right? Someone else out there has a fridge full of eggs too?), and you can take 10% off for the first few days it’s out with the code HATCHLING.

P.S. There’s a quick article on the Library of Congress’ blog over here about the history of decorating eggs.  People have been making eggs feel fancy for literally tens of thousands of years (which is unspeakably nifty).  It’s not at all limited to any one culture or region or faith tradition.  So if you want to do this, but you’re worried on stepping on anyone’s toes, I think you’re probably ok.  Making things beautiful and marking the start of spring seems to be a pretty universal human impulse!

Very chill

Ahem. This is exactly what I need right now. No counting. No real need for a chart (I mean there is one, but it’s tiny, and once you’ve worked it twice you don’t need it any more). No tricky bits. Just knit, look how pretty it is, knit, pet the knitting, knit, and try to ignore the world. ⁠

Hang in there everyone. If you’re staying home, you’re helping us get through this as safely as we can. You can be a bit bored and cabin feverish if it will help save lives. And if you’re still working because your job is vital to keeping other people safe and well, thank you. You’re doing something amazing. And if you’re still going out when you don’t have to, you’re a chowderhead. Stop that. Stay home.