Emergency countermeasures

Look, it’s possible that you woke up this morning in a totally spotless house, having enjoyed nine full hours of deep and restorative sleep, ate a delicious and healthy breakfast, noticed, as you glanced in the mirror, that you are looking particularly radiant these days, and then settled into your work day and are absolutely smashing your to do list for the week. ⁠

And if that’s you, that’s great. I’m truly glad to know things are going that well for someone in the world. ⁠

But if you maybe awoke, sweaty and confused, to the sound of a cat doing something unspeakable on the hall rug, broke a nail cleaning up after said cat, realized the milk was off only after pouring it on the last of the cereal, and are now waiting on hold with the fourth appliance repair shop you’ve spoken to today in a desperate bid to find someone to deal with that weird noise the stove is making some time before Thanksgiving? ⁠

Well. Let’s just say I sympathize. Deeply.⁠

I am officially declaring that my plan is to cope by playing with toys. By which I mean I’m damn well getting out all my little fall-feeling nonsense and distracting myself from the big scary world out there by making the world in here feel soft and cozy and safe.⁠

If you want to do the same, three of my fall favorites are on sale for 25% off with the code COZY for the next few days. That will work on Nestled (that’s the little leaf buddies up there), Foraged (those are the mushrooms), and Hoard (those are the acorns). ⁠

They’re all available on both ravelry (those links above will take you to each of the individual patterns) or payhip. ⁠

And seriously, if you’re having one of those days…the ones where you would dearly like to go back to bed but really very much can’t, I hope they help. There’s absolutely no practical reason they should. But sometimes, somehow they kind of do!⁠

Good mail

Look, sometimes the best thing about a trip is opening your mail when you get home. Especially if you had the excellent forethought to arrange to have THIS arriving in the mail while you were gone. Because really, have you ever seen anything so lovely?⁠

It’s one of Seven Sisters Arts‘ Flower Power quintets, plus a skein of Celaeno to to with it. And no, I do not quite know exactly what I’ll do with it (though I suspect brioche will be involved), but when has that ever stopped me from getting yarn when it’s this gorgeous!

Oooof

Ooof. No really. Ooof is pretty much all I can manage right this second.⁠

You see, I went away last week on what was supposed to be a lovely, calm, relaxing, refreshing, restorative trip. The sort of trip where you hang out somewhere pretty and take nice walks and eat good meals and sleep and just generally unplug for the week and maybe see if your exhausted, overwhelmed brain can kinda piece itself back together again into something resembling a functional human being.⁠

And instead, it was filthy and dangerous and just generally awful in ways I am not going to go into. I’ll just say it was the worst travel experience of my life and the first time I’ve actually seriously looked into getting a helicopter to come get me and take me away from where I was because there was literally no other way to leave. ⁠

And while I had prepared a constant stream of posts to go up while I was gone, I sort of figured that this week, when I got back, I’d be all refreshed and ready to go, and so hadn’t prepared stuff for this week.⁠

And instead I came back more exhausted than when I left and sort of need a little bit of time at home to try and claw my way back to mostly functional. So posting will be light for the next little while. But these wee little potion bottles are ready to go, and should be out this month (I’m truly not sure if that will be next Tuesday or the one after that, but either way it’s not long to wait). There’s a blog post up that will help you prepare if you want to make some of your own when they come out. ⁠

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I might just go back to bed and see if I can work on convincing myself that the whole trip was just a very very very very very bad dream.

Over the top

Sometimes? Sometimes a person simply has to give in and embrace the nonsense and just do the thing.

And if the thing happens to be using a wood burning tool to decorate a scrap of leather to affix to a knitted potion bottle? Well then that doesn’t seem like it hurts anyone so sure, why not.