Let’s do yarn stuff for a minute

Let’s do the yarn thing for just a bit. Isn’t this pretty?  These go together rather nicely if I do say so myself. I think it’s the tiny hits of lavender in the orange yarn…they just zing against the dark purple. Pretty sure you could not ask for a better fit.

It’s turning into a hat (and probably some mitts), and yarn info is a couple of posts back.

And, because just talking about pretty yarn feels sort of trivial today, I also want to say don’t worry, we’re not done doing the politics thing. I’m working on (another) post about it. I just need a few days to get my thoughts in order and into some sort of coherent form. But in the meantime, if you’re wondering, ravelry is awesome, I’m hugely proud of what they did, and you can read more about it on my previous post.

Ravelry is Right

Earlier today ravelry made a change to their terms of service. They are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on ravelry. They say support for this administration is support for white supremacy, and that they will not allow support for white supremacy in their space.

They are absolutely right to make this change.

The people who run ravelry have always worked tremendously hard to create a space that is safe and inclusive and welcoming.  They  have done an outstanding job at what seems like an ever more impossible task.  They are, without doubt, some of the kindest, most thoughtful, and most moral people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know or work with.

I am delighted they have made this change and amazed by their bravery and grace.

This isn’t a decision that they made lightly. It isn’t a decision without risk.  There are an alarming number of people who gleefully express their racist feelings proudly and publicly.  Those people don’t take kindly to being told that they can no longer behave that way on ravelry, and they will doubtless express their displeasure with this change.  But for the rest of us, for those of us who want to be part of a caring and compassionate community, this is a welcome change.

I admire ravelry for taking a stand.  I hope it encourages everyone who hears about it to look for the places that they can do the same.

Held Double

Flexes fingers…stretches arms…ok, this is all stuff I’ve said before, so totally feel free to skip right over this if you’ve been here a while.  But just in case you’re new, here’s the spiel on the cast on.

Yup, I totally cast on over two needles held together.

Before anyone screams or cries into their tea or sends me worried messages…don’t panic, I know that doesn’t make the cast on any looser or stretchier.  To make the cast on looser, you need more space *between* one stitch and its neighbor. But casting on this way does make each individual stitch a tiny bit *taller*.  And that makes my cast on a better match to the stitches I make on the rest of the project.

See, I’m a pretty loose knitter.  So the loops of yarn I make are a good bit bigger than the needles I make them with.  BUT…for some reason I’m a tight cast-er on-er (no, not a word, but you get what I mean).  So if I just use one needle to cast on, the loops of yarn I make in my cast on would be way smaller than the loops of yarn I make my regular stitches with, and that’s no good.

So, casting on over two needles helps balance them out.  I could get the same result by casting on over one much larger needle.  But that would require digging such a needle out of the needle cage (and runs the risk of inadvertently then using that big needle as I start knitting, which you wouldn’t think would happen, but I can say with certainty that it can).

So, this works for me, and I know how/why it works.  If you knit tightly when you cast on but loosely otherwise, it might work for you too.  But if all you need is for your cast on to be bigger around, then you have to leave more space between stitches instead!

Smashing

Smashing is out ,and it’s 10% off on ravelry with the code FLIP for the next few days.

Now, I will absolutely not try to convince you that this is hard or fancy or complicated knitting.  It’s really not.  It’s ribbing, worked on the bias.  You can’t get too much easier than that.

But…when you get done with the decreases (those I will totally claim are clever…not hard mind you, but clever) and turn up the corner and see it all blocked and finished?  Well somehow it’s way more adorable than it has any right to be.

And it is the absolute perfect place to show off a pretty pin (or button) to hold that corner in place.

And if you just so happen to have both a bit of yarn left when you’re done with the hat (I suspect you will) and also a fondness for sets (I suspect you do), you can whip up some cute little matching cuffs in no time (they’re included in the pattern).

The only hard part is going to be deciding on the perfect pin (or button) to show off!