Let’s grab a donut

Yup, that will do nicely!⁠

Ok, general info round up, because I see a few folks have questions. ⁠

1) Yes, it will be a pattern! Very likely as early as next month if everything goes according to plan and there are no surprises.⁠

Here’s the gentle reminder that about 99% of the stuff I show on here is of my own design, and the vast vast vast majority of things that get beyond the swatch stage turn into patterns. I can think of literally one thing that got to the finished object stage (again, swatches totally don’t count, swatches happen in their multitudes and don’t always go somewhere) that didn’t get turned into a pattern (and on that one, I said repeatedly and from the beginning that it was a personal project not a work one). So if you ever see me make something, it’s pretty darn safe to assume it’s my own pattern, and I will eventually write it up to share.⁠

2) If you want to hear when it comes out, the mailing list is the way to do that (plus mailing list folks always get a bigger discount than the ones I talk about publicly). ⁠

I mean yes, I’ll post about it here too, but the algorithm is fickle and contrary. Sometimes it decides to toy with us and only show you some stuff and not others. If you want to do the mailing list, you can make that happen right here. ⁠

3) These yarns are mostly bits and pieces from my scrap bin with a scandalous lack of labels. However if you check out this instagram post, you’ll see a whole list of comments with useful yarn suggestions.⁠

4) If you want to call them bagels instead, I won’t stop you. But I’m going with donut because that allows for MUCH more colorful photos, and colorful photos do their job better. But you can totally leave them plain and call them bagels if that floats your boat.⁠

I think that’s all the questions. The “calories are good, calories are literally what keep you from dying, it’s ok to eat food, please stop with the ‘haha no calories’ comments” rant will come later if needed, but I maybe don’t have the energy to write that out carefully today.⁠

Sprinkles

I’m pretty sure it’s the sprinkles that take these from donut adjacent to yes absolutely that’s a donut, no question about it.⁠

I like to use bugle beads, especially the opaque ones (yes, yes I did totally trim the translucent ones off the initial donut and replace them with these, no I’m not sorry). But you can also embroider them on (especially if you want to give this to a kid or a pet, the beads are probably not super safe for anyone prone to chewing on things). ⁠

But I’m fairly sure I’m past my putting inopportune things in my mouth phase and can probably be trusted around beads with only moderate supervision. ⁠

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a few more to make (am I going to TRY to call it good after only six, yes…do I have high hopes for success, no).⁠

Dippers

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.  This week’s sock is Dippers.

These are still some of the absolute best socks I’ve ever made for handling, ahem, enthusiastically colored yarns.  If you’ve got a yarn that wants to pool on you, one of the easiest things to do is use a stitch pattern that takes more yarn on some rows than on others.  It moves the color around and breaks things up nicely.  And there are limits to just how much you can mess about with stitch counts on a sock (socks have fairly tight tolerances they need to stay within in order to still fit right), but this does a really beautiful job.

I mean don’t get me wrong, they will look lovely on solid or semi solid yarns too (plus the wee little fancy stitches that move everything around are so stinking much fun to do they should probably be heavily regulated), but it’s a good trick to have in your back pocket for any opinionated yarns you might happen to have lurking about!

The pattern is called Dippers 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!)

Inverted

Now you just take this little bit over here, and join it up with this little bit over here.

And all of a sudden it stops looking like a terrible error in judgement and starts looking like a donut.

Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself!