You know the thing? The thing where you’re excited about a project, but it’s a weird project and you’re sort of scared that if you try and explain it to someone else, they’ll smile and nod and back slowly away from you like you are a large, rumbly dog with questionable social skills?⁠

Yeah. That thing happens to me. A lot. And usually I just keep my mouth shut and do the weird project by myself and don’t tell anyone about it until it’s far enough along that others will be able to see its charms. Because that’s safest for sure!⁠

But sometimes…sometimes you really really really want exactly the right yarn. And you know just the person to make it. So you gather up your courage and send them a note and say ‘sooo…I have this idea.’⁠

Yeah, I sent one of those to Anne of littleskeinanne a little while ago. And instead of looking nervous, she was totally into it. She had ideas of her own and they meshed perfectly with mine and now…well now we’re basically both bopping around like sugared up kids in a bouncy house.⁠

And I have to remain circumspect and not give away the whole thing now…but it seems safe enough to show off the yarn (you know, before I rip it open and dive in and start turning it into piles of treasures).⁠

This is the Little Skein in The Big Wool’s Smooth Sock base. The colors are all from the Bibliophile collection. And starting at the bottom left and moving to the upper right they are Lightly Foxed (cream), Leather Bound (brown), Cockled (blue), Ex Libris (green), and Antiquarian (pink).⁠

And it’s going to more or less kill me not to talk about this project between now and the summer, but it’ll be worth it if it’s even half as cute as I think it will be!


Finished? Yes. Subtle? No. ⁠

Then again subtle wasn’t really the goal. Avoiding being mistake for a deer and shot by someone making bad choices with guns was the goal. And with any luck at all, the ‘not subtle’ aspects should help with the ‘not shot’ goals.⁠

At the very least, if it’s on my head, I won’t actually see it.⁠

(Once again, in case anyone is worried, I love the yarn, I have no complaints about it at all, and will happily work with it again. I am NOT being mean to the yarn company. It’s just that this particular shade of orange in this particular quantity is not something I’d pick were I not worried about people making errors with guns. And I’m salty that ‘people making bad choices with guns’ is something I’m supposed to handle through FASHION rather than through, oh, I don’t know, fewer guns and more limitations on how and when and where they can be used. So just to be clear, the yarn is grand…I just want to not actually need a bright orange hat and am kinda salty that I do. But if I do, I’m glad there’s good yarn in the appropriate colors so at least my ‘I’m Not A Deer’ hat can be out of nice fabric.)


When this is done, I’m going to have about two thirds of the orange skein left. Which means that when this is done, I get to use that orange as my brain wants to use it, which is as a truly glorious accent on something that is gray. Because it truly is a glorious color…in smaller amounts.⁠

Oooooooh, actually remember the Interlock pattern from last year? The one where the cables have Secret Bonus Color? Like you finally gave in to your baser instincts and took a marker to your knitting? Yeah…this could be perfect for something like that.

Here, it’s this one (it’s free to mailing list subscribers), so maybe one of you can share in my daydreams…

Wear shades

Did you think I forgot The Orange Hat Of Not Getting Shot? Because I totally didn’t. It’s just…slightly slow going. Because sweet woolly lord but it’s bright. And somehow I can only work on it for a little while before I find my eyes wanting to rest on something more mellow…like the burning surface of the sun.⁠

Just for the record, this is 100% NOT a complaint about the yarn. I selected it with the hope that it would, indeed, be eye-searingly bright. And it has done that job admirably! Should you be in search of similar levels of retinal abuse, I highly recommend it (I really like the base and will happily work with it again). It’s just making the hat a tiny bit slow.⁠

And once again for anyone wondering, the orange is Madeline Tosh’s Mo Light base in Push Pop (they’ve got a yellow one called Edison Bulb that’s just as bright), white is Malabrigo’s Rios base in Natural. And this is one of the very very very few things that will not be a pattern because taking pictures of it makes me want to weep, and I’m not gonna do it.