Field trip

I wandered around a yarn store.⁠

And I don’t mean ‘I dashed into the store right as it opened to quickly grab the stuff I’d ordered online the day before, keeping my trip as short as possible, and feeling a weird mix of guilty and worried the whole time, because as important as yarn is it’s not technically a necessity and it’s been kind of irresponsible to do non-necessary, in-person stuff for a long time now.’

No. I mean ‘I browsed. I took my time. I found new things. I bought stuff I didn’t know about before I set foot in the building. Because I am absolutely full of glorious vaccine, and it actually seems safe to linger long enough in a shop to do things like that now.’ ⁠

And sweet crispy crackers but it was wonderful. I got, um, a few things.

Vaccinated folks, have you been back to your yarn shop yet? If so, tell me all about it! I hope you found something marvelous. ⁠

Unvaccinated folks, if you’re in the US and 12 or over, it’s totally time. There is almost certainly a shot in your area just waiting for you. Go get your jabs. I’ll be so proud of you if you do! ⁠

If you’re somewhere with limited vaccine availability, I’m sorry. It sucks. I desperately hope the vaccine will be available to you soon. And until it is, thank you so much for continuing to be as safe as you can.

(Someone is going to ask, so alas no, I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do with any of the stuff I bought other than ‘probably knit something.’ I was too busy trying to remember how to behave like a normal human being instead of a feral cave beast to do anything as practical as shop with a plan. But I’m sure I’ll come up with something, and I have zero regrets.)⁠

Joining

This is going to be fun. Well, not this. This is about to get picked out. But then I’m going to do it again more carefully, and I think that will be fun.⁠

You see, I have a sweater with a neckline that’s a bit lower than I like. And it would be the perfect sweater if only the neckline were just an inch or two higher.⁠ So I’m going to fix it.⁠

I started by putting it on and experimenting with a pin and a mirror to figure out where I wanted the neckline to fall. And it turns out that if the bottom two inches or so of the neckline are closed up, it will be perfect. ⁠

Now, I don’t think I can sew it up in an invisible way, so why not go the other direction and make it cute. This works, but I’ll be able to sew it more evenly if I get it in an embroidery hoop, so that’s what I’m going to do next.⁠

(Someone’s going to ask, so alas no, I have absolutely no idea what the thing I’m doing here is called. I was just fiddling around and it’s what happened, sorry.)

Enchase

As promised, June is going to be all socks all month long.  The plan, assuming nothing goes alarmingly pear shaped over the next few weeks, is to do a sock every single Tuesday (and there are five Tuesdays this month!) so we can get a bunch of our old friends out of hibernation.  We started with Dippers, did Greenhorn last week, and this week’s sock is Enchase.

This is absolutely me indulging my predilection for teeny tiny, twisty, one-stitch cables.  I find them unspeakably tidy and orderly and logical and satisfying (and yes, for anyone wondering, I absolutely did have that phase in high school where you draw celtic knots all over the borders of your notebooks instead of paying attention in chemistry class, why do you ask…).

And I kind of love how they look just a tiny bit intimidating to knit, but the pattern is actually so logical that, once you have the first few rows sorted, it all just kind of makes sense. Plus those are really just some of the prettiest heels and toes I ever did see.  I mean how can a person be expected to resist those.  Probably safest not to try!

The pattern is called Enchase and is up on both ravlery and payhip.  And you’ll find that the code SO MANY SOCKS will take 20% off any individual sock patterns or any sock books through the end of June! I know I have, um, rather a lot of patterns, so you can see the ones it will work for on either ravelry or payhip here.  (Oh, and I’m like 98% sure I managed to find all the socks, but holy wow do I have a whole bunch of them by this point, so if I managed to forget one and you find one the code doesn’t work on, let me know and I’ll fix it, but I think I got them all!)

How many is too many

Ahem. I may have a problem.

Or, not so much a problem as a tendency to excess.  I’m not even sure I can pretend to be sorry.  Because really, there’s nothing here to be sorry for.