You folks are, on the whole, an astonishingly clever and creative bunch. There is every possibility that you have come up with something cooler or cuter to do with the cap off of your orange juice bottle, that expired credit card in your desk drawer, the empty chapstick tube in your purse, the dried out nailpolish bottle in your bathroom, or the spool of thread you just finished off. Though sweet crispy crackers if you did, I want to see it.

Because this is pretty damn clever and cute.

I mean, not notably practical. There are a limited array of practical uses for teeny tiny knitted potion bottles (not none mind you, but relatively few). But awfully cute and clever.

The pattern includes instructions for lots and lots of different bottle shapes (I made a dozen for the pictures, and I only stopped because it was getting a bit obsessive), they are a perfect scrap yarn project, and each bottle only takes an hour or two to knit. All of which means that once you start, you’re probably not going to stop for a while. But really, that’s not a bad problem to have!

The pattern is called Concoction, it’s up on ravelry and payhip, and you can take 10% off for the first few days it’s out with the code POTION.

Just wait, it’s coming

This? Um, I fully realize it doesn’t necessarily look like it quiet yet, but this is the most joyful thing I’ve knit in quite some time. Because you see, we’re just about to the spot where the yarn starts doing Secret Fancy Tricks. And once the yarn starts doing Secret Fancy Tricks, then I start following you around like a six year old with an art project going look what I did, look what I did. Because wow is it about to do cool things. ⁠

Sit tight…lemme do a tiny bit more then I’ll show you how it works!⁠

Yarn is from Gauge Dye Works for a super secret (I mean…ish…it’s not all that secret if you’re posting about it online) project. And someone always asks, so the needles are super duper long dpns (like 12ish inches) that I love dearly but, alas, cannot point you to a reliable online source for because they’re just damn hard to find. But if you’re generally a fan of dpns, I recommend trying out the long ones if you ever get the chance, they’re great for hats/cowls.

Early days

So, I’m going to show you this project a little sooner than I usually would, because there’s going to be a point in the project where at least some of you are going to go I Want To Make That, and I want to give you time to get the fancy pants magic yarn in time for the pattern to come out.⁠

And we’ll talk about that at some length when that time gets closer. I super duper promise we will. But we’re not there quite yet (but seriously, go start lowkey haunting Gauge Dye Works‘ page so you hear when we finalize our sneaky plans).⁠

So right now I’ll just say ‘oh look, a hat brim’ and then go back to knitting. Because I know where this is going, and I just want to knit and knit and knit and not do anything else at all until it’s done.

Mailorder happiness

Remember that thing I said about how having good mail waiting for you in the post when you get back from a terrible trip can save the day? Yeah, well this is extremely good mail. No really, this is wind it up, cast it on, and let it take all your troubles away yarn. ⁠

It’s the only thing I’ve felt like knitting on in weeks, and I cannot wait to show you what it does (no, seriously, the yarn knows tricks…I can’t say any more than that quite yet, but it’s astonishingly clever yarn and you’re going to love what it does).⁠

You should go obsessively stalk Gauge Dyeworks (by which I mean follow them and admire their yarn, not show up in the bushes outside their workspace, just for the record) and revel in the glorious things they create!