Waiting

How about a little PSA about waiting (while we all wait to see how the election came out).

If you’ve knit with a yarn, left it sit around for a while, then ripped it, your yarn will be kinked.  This is especially the case if you blocked the yarn (blocking helps yarn hold its shape…and yarn that’s knit into fabric is in a very twisty turny shape).  It is occasionally true for yarn that was dyed on a blank and then wound up in a cake (a lot of gradient yarns are made this way).

Do not knit with your yarn when it’s like this.  Your knitting won’t be even and your gauge will be wildly off and you will just generally have a terrible time.  Seriously, it’s awful, don’t do it.  There is enough awful in the world, you don’t need extra.

Instead, wind it off into a big loop (on a swift if you have one, or you can wrap it around something like a book or a file folder or whatever else you have handy).  Tie the loop off in several places (like at least three, four is better).  Toss it in cool water and let it soak.  It has to get really really really soaked.  All the way through.  You will think it’s wet after like ten minutes, it’s not, and if it doesn’t get properly soaked it may not release all of it’s kink.

Pick it up (gently so you don’t tangle it), roll it in a towel and press out most of the water, and hang it to dry (somewhere that won’t get hurt if it drips a bit, I usually do it where I hang clothes to dry). Once it’s all the way dry, you can wind it up and knit with it like normal.

If all the kinks don’t come out, you probably didn’t actually let it get all the way soaked.  Soak it again. Some people like to put a slight weight on the bottom of it while it dries (think ‘a couple of empty clothes hangers’ not ‘a five pound dumbbell’), but I try to avoid that if I can because it can stretch the yarn out a bit and mess up your gauge.

But really, good things are worth waiting for.  Knitters know this.  Wait for your yarn to dry. Wait for the votes to be counted. We have the skills, we’ve got this!

Additions

Filed under ‘things that look really rather odd right now, but will be quite cute when they’re done.’ Which is pretty much all of my knitting lately. ⁠

Is this just an excuse to spend more time playing with blocks? Well…sure. Though I’m not really sure one needs an excuse. ⁠

But I think our wee village might need just a few more buildings, don’t you?

Multiply

The tiny hats are, as is traditional, multiplying.

Because it’s just more fun that way.

it’s looking like there will be six (two each of three different patterns) because that will make the best use of my bits and bobs of yarn (it’s all by Ontheround, plush single for the colors, signature sock for the white).

And then? Then of course I’ll need rather a lot of tassels!

Chimney

Alrighty then, who’s ready for a bit of a distraction to get them through the next week?  Because I know I certainly am.  Distraction techniques vary, but if tiny cute things work for you, then maybe Chimney is what you’re looking for.

Now look, I am not under the mistaken impression that these will solve any of the world’s problems.  They are adorable, and maybe just a tiny bit magical, but they’re not quite that powerful.  But my goodness they are cute and sweet and fun and they tend to be met with squeals of joy when seen by other folks.  And squeals of joy are in short supply right now, so I’ll take what I can get.

And well, this is just a lot of glee to get from a few dozen yards of yarn, a couple of wooden blocks, and a few hours of knitting.  Getting that much delight from such a small project feels delightfully efficient somehow!

And while efficiency isn’t maybe the very first thing I look for in my knitting, I’m not going to say no when it offers itself.  Though I also don’t say no when the opportunity to spend a few hours kneeling in wet sand on the beach staging tiny village scenes and taking lots of photos presents itself.  So there’s a good chance my judgement is suspect.

If you’re looking for a bit of distraction, you can grab Chimney on either ravelry or payhip.  The pattern is 10% off for the first days it’s out with the code VILLAGE.

And for the love of wool, if you’re a US citizen and able to safely vote, go vote this racist trashheap out of office (as a reminder, if you’re a Trump supporter, I think you are a terrible person, nothing I make or do is for you, and I would very much prefer you not buy or make my patterns).  I’m going to guess most of my US readers have either already voted or have a really solid plan in place to vote on election day.  But can you do me a favor and check with your friends? A surprising number of folks don’t vote because they’re not quite sure how or the administrative hurdle seems too high, and you would be doing the world a service if you helped them.  There are a bunch of states where you can still register to vote (quite a few right up until election day!). There’s good info here if you like text, or here if you like video, and you will seriously be my hero if you help make a new voter!