Tiny thing

Things feel hopeless. Really wretchedly hopeless. I’m tired and I’m scared and I’m angry. And I feel completely helpless. And when I feel that way, the best thing to do is to find some tiny thing to do to help someone else. Mostly because it’s good to help, but also because it makes me feel just a little bit less awful, and wow do I need that right now.⁠

So from now through Sunday, Dollop and Peached are both 25% off with the code EVERYONE NEEDS TO EAT. All profits from the sale of these two patterns from now through Sunday will go to my local food bank. ⁠

You can find Dollop (that’s the cupcakes) here: ravelry, payhip. And you can find Peached (that’s the peach and apple) here: ravelry, payhip.  Use the code EVERYONE NEEDS TO EAT in either place (it works for either pattern individually or both together).


⁠And hang in there everyone. I don’t have anything stirring or uplifting to say (I would if I could). Right now all I can say is hold on, and try and do something to help if you can.

Henceforth

As promised, a lovely pair of leafy mitts to go with the hat from earlier this month! Henceforth is out, and it continues to support my theory that knitted leaves are unspeakably charming.

No really, I don’t think I’ve ever met a knitted leaf I don’t like.  Hats, mitts, cowls, they are just impossible to resist.

They are especially nice because you can often mirror them, which soothes the part of my brain that likes symmetry.  That’s what I did here, and it’s subtle, but oh so satisfying.

And speaking of satisfying, those thumbs are rather special!  If you’re looking for a bit of pleasant distraction, I suspect these might be just the thing.

The pattern is Henceforth.  It (and the companion hat, Hitherto) is up on ravelry and payhip now.  You can use the code ENTWINE to take 10% off the mitts through the end of the day, eastern time, Friday September 25 (or if you’re on the mailing list, check your inbox, you’ve got a bigger discount code there).  Or if you like sets, you can get both pieces together at a discount (details on that are on the pattern pages on ravelry and payhip).

Homey

Ahem. I love this more than I should probably admit in public.  And I suspect some of you do too.

I keep thinking of all the things I’d do with them, like make them as hostess gifts or housewarming presents or party favors (you know, if we weren’t in the middle of a terrible pandemic made immeasurably worse by colossal ineptitude on the part of our government and unconscionable selfishness on the part of a subset of our citizenry). And I’ve heard from folks who want to make little holiday villages (I admit this was not part of my holiday decorations growing up, but it seems to be a whole thing for a bunch of people) or playsets for the kiddos in their lives.  I love hearing what folks are going to do with them, you all have such good ideas!

Pattern soon (think October, assuming the aforementioned pandemic and ineptitude don’t mess with me or mine in the meantime).  Go find blocks (yes, really, kid’s building blocks) in the meantime if you want to be ready when it drops!

Thumbs

This is your occasional reminder to set your thumb stitches aside on a piece of scrap yarn (rather than a spare needle) if at all possible.  You’ll get a much better sense of the fit of the mitt when you try it on if they’re on something bendy (and you should try your mitts on to make sure the thumb opening is deep enough and the mitt is long enough, even a few rows can make a big difference).

Mitts should be out Tuesday (as always, barring any unforeseen calamities, but it’s 2020 so let’s not tempt fate).