Sprout

I can’t take a walk through the yard without finding some little…friends.  Things that have popped up in the night.  Some of them vanish in a day or two, some stick around for a surprisingly long time.  I’ve heard rumors some of them are quite tasty, but I do not trust my plant identification skills enough to risk it.

I’ll stick to knitted versions instead.  Fewer risks.  Much higher in fiber.

Yarns are by the always amazing Seven Sisters Arts (never made a color I don’t adore and I don’t think they ever will).  And yes, it’s safe to guess that the other colors of yarn mean there will be other colors of mushrooms…you just have to give me a moment to catch up!

Whirling

Whirling is out and it’s 10% off with the code SWIRL.

This is what happens when you have the house to yourself for a week and, instead of catching up on your sleep, finally getting all those pesky home improvement projects finished, or actually going out and socializing with friends, you start the week off by going to a yarn store.  Then, at the yarn store, you find two lovely balls of fat, squishy yarn…yarn that won’t stop talking to you about what a delightful little hat it would make.

So you fiddle around with a quick swatch, just to make the yarn hush.  But instead of hushing, the yarn gets louder than ever.  And before you know it somehow you’ve cast on a hat.  Even more alarming, somehow you’re casting the hat off the very next day.  Because once you started you were helpless to stop and you could do nothing but knit until it was done.

Now, I officially don’t recommend doing what I did and knitting the whole thing in 24 hours.  That was only possible because I knit mine at a frankly absurd gauge (3 stitches per inch!) with huge yarn (don’t worry, the pattern includes gauge and sizing info to kit it with smaller yarn and at a more sensible gauge, you don’t have to be like me).  And even so it hurt my elbow in a way I probably shouldn’t admit.

But you will do something much more reasonable like cast on this afternoon and cast off this weekend (which will still feel quick, but won’t leave you icing your elbow and muttering about how you should have more sense at this point).  Use the code SWIRL to take 10% off the pattern for the first few days it’s out.  And don’t forget to take breaks and stretch…no one wants achy joints!

 

Let’s do the thing…

The blocking thing has a secret extra bonus. You can use the time the peach takes to dry to knit the leaf (or maybe it needs two leaves?) to go on the top.

And enough folks have asked that maybe I’ll go ahead and do an impromptu Impeachment Peach pattern. I sort of thought only I would find this amusing, but it seems quite a few of you share my sentiments (and possibly even my defective sense of humor).

Let me know if that’s the sort of thing that would float your boat. And maybe let me know if there’s a good place we could send some of the money the pattern makes to to help alleviate a tiny bit of the harm this administration is doing. My first thought is always somewhere like RAICES or Southern Poverty Law Center or Planned Parenthood. But I always feel like I don’t have the sort of donating power that does much good at places like that. So if you know about places where the kind of money a knitting pattern can make might feel like it’s actually doing something, totally leave a comment.⁠

However…and this is where I get very very direct and clear for a minute…if you’re about to leave some pro current administration comment on this, just don’t. All that will happen is I’ll block you and delete your comment. That’s a waste of everyone’s time.⁠ If you don’t like me/my work because I don’t like this president, that’s totally cool. You are absolutely allowed to feel that way. But you can just go, you don’t need to throw a tantrum on your way out.

If I could do it for you, I would…

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I want you to block your knits. Even for tiny things. ESPECIALLY for tiny things.

Now, someone’s going to say ‘but I don’t know hooooooooow.’ Which, ok. Blocking little things can sometimes take a bit of extra ingenuity. But that’s why I spend so much time talking about it on here and then tell you exactly how to do it in the patterns.

So for example, in the Nestled pattern that came out earlier this month, it says “Weave in your ends. Get your leaf soaking wet. Squeeze out the extra water, then slip it over something round and waterproof. I used a light bulb, but an egg would work just as well. Let it dry.” And then I show you a picture of it on a light bulb.

Or in the Scintillation pattern that came out last year, there’s a picture of the star being blocked, a whole whack of text telling you when and how to do it, and three different blocking templates you can print out and pin your star to so you don’t have to try and eyeball anything.

I really am doing every single thing I can to get you to block short of showing up at your house and pouring water on your knitting.

All of which means if you send me a message saying ‘mine doesn’t look like yours’ and I ask you if you blocked it and you say ‘no, I never block anything’…I will have to figure out a polite way to say ‘welp, that’s why they don’t look the same!’⁠ And that’s no fun for any of us!⁠⠀