Show off

I have this little voice in the back of my head that says I should attempt to maintain some sort of semblance of self effacing modesty.  That I should not let on about how tickled pink I am about this whole thing.

But you know what?  That little voice is absolutely drowned out by the ever so much louder voice saying “Holy crap look what I made.  Isn’t it fabulous? Don’t you just love it to bits?!?”

And today?  Well today the louder voice is winning. Because this really is rather delightful.

It’s off with testers now (some day we’re going to talk about how much I love the part of the process where I get to watch other people make the thing that existed first only in my head, because it really is kind of trippy).  And I’ll be venturing out to take proper photos of it here shortly (I like to have the mitts and the hat get their photos at the same time so I don’t have to worry about the light being different on different days).  And then the pattern should be out in May (the magic linky thing at the bottom of this post will let you sign up to hear when it’s out if you want a heads up).

If you want to start tracking down yarn, I used a skein of Malabrigo’s Rios in Natural (that’s the white bit), and a skein of Freia’s Sport Gradient in Flare, and I had plenty of yarn to do the hat and mitts from one skein of each (standard disclaimer about how if you decide to make your mitts elbow length you may have a different experience, but I have a big head and big hands, and I was fine).

 

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Dollop

Dollop is out, it’s 10% off with the code CUPCAKE, and I’m so ridiculously smitten I just don’t even know what to say.

I realize that maybe this shouldn’t be this entertaining.  Maybe I should be doing something more suitable with my time in this world.  But I have yet to show one of these to someone and have them not make the oh-my-god-that’s-adorable face.  And you know what?  Bringing that level of delight to someone’s day is kind of awesome.

And, I mean you can sort of make an argument for them having some practical purpose.  Sort of.  If you try really hard.  You can turn them into pin cushions (or just little containers for keeping your secret treasures in…maybe if you give your stitch markers a home this cute they won’t get lost).

You can fill them with candy and use them as the cutest freaking party favors/place card holders in the history of humankind. (Please, someone do this for easter brunch…or mother’s day…or a baby shower…or a bridal shower…or a birthday party…or even just for breakfast one day because you’re that sort of awesome and then send me pictures. I will love you for all time.)

You can fill the bottom with something heavy and call it a paper weight.

Or you can just say you don’t care, they’re adorable, they don’t need to be useful.  Their function can just be to make you smile every single time you see them.  Because it’s good to surround yourself with things that make you happy!

The pattern is Dollop, it’s out on ravelry today, and it’s 10% off for the first few days with the code CUPCAKE.

Feeling stabby?

So, there’s no way to make the argument for these being terribly practical little beasts.  Because they’re knit cupcakes, and practical isn’t really what you’re going for if you’re making a knit cupcake.  But then again…

I mean maybe you need a pin cushion?  I suppose you could maaaaaaaaybe make the case for a pin cushion being practical?

Especially if it has space inside to store more pins?  Though again…practical is totally not a requirement for anything this damn cute, and I will fight you if you try to convince me otherwise!

The pattern comes out Tuesday (and, as always, mailing list folks get a heads up and a discount).  The link down below lets you make that happen.

 

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Advance planning

So, the cupcakes are just about ready to come out (if all goes according to plan, they’ll be out on April 16, because I’m pretty sure the day after tax day we could all use a cupcake).  But, on the off chance you’re planning to cast some on the moment they come out, I want to send you on a scavenger hunt before the pattern drops.  You see, you’ll need one, ah, shall we say ‘non-traditional’ bit of kit to make these.  You need a little plastic cup to go inside the cupcake bit and give it that perfect shape.

Now, these are easier to find than you might think.  Pretty much every fast food/takeout place/salad bar has about a zillion of them.  Sometimes they’re right there with the straws and napkins, sometimes they’re behind the counter.  But if you ask nicely, I suspect they’ll totally let you get a few extra with your order (or maybe even just give you some for free).

If you think you’re going to be knitting a lot of cupcakes you can also find them in quantity online or in brick and mortar shops.  If you’re looking online, the trick is to search for condiment cups.  These are the exact ones I ordered (I got the one and two ounce sizes which make perfect mini and regular cupcakes).  If you’re looking in a shop, wander over to the party supply section and look for jello shot cups (file under ‘things I never thought I’d type on a knitting blog’).  I’ve also found that the measuring cup on a bottle of cold medicine, a tiny yogurt container, the cap on a bottle of mouthwash, and the container dipping sauce at Auntie Anne’s comes in (don’t judge me…I’m only human) were all the right shape and size.

So…a bit non traditional…but not too hard to find a few for free or a whole bunch for a few bucks.  And my goodness but they are cute when they’re turned into cupcakes!

 

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