Feeling stabby?

So, there’s no way to make the argument for these being terribly practical little beasts.  Because they’re knit cupcakes, and practical isn’t really what you’re going for if you’re making a knit cupcake.  But then again…

I mean maybe you need a pin cushion?  I suppose you could maaaaaaaaybe make the case for a pin cushion being practical?

Especially if it has space inside to store more pins?  Though again…practical is totally not a requirement for anything this damn cute, and I will fight you if you try to convince me otherwise!

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Advance planning

So, the cupcakes are just about ready to come out (if all goes according to plan, they’ll be out on April 16, because I’m pretty sure the day after tax day we could all use a cupcake).  But, on the off chance you’re planning to cast some on the moment they come out, I want to send you on a scavenger hunt before the pattern drops.  You see, you’ll need one, ah, shall we say ‘non-traditional’ bit of kit to make these.  You need a little plastic cup to go inside the cupcake bit and give it that perfect shape.

Now, these are easier to find than you might think.  Pretty much every fast food/takeout place/salad bar has about a zillion of them.  Sometimes they’re right there with the straws and napkins, sometimes they’re behind the counter.  But if you ask nicely, I suspect they’ll totally let you get a few extra with your order (or maybe even just give you some for free).

If you think you’re going to be knitting a lot of cupcakes you can also find them in quantity online or in brick and mortar shops.  If you’re looking online, the trick is to search for condiment cups.  These are the exact ones I ordered (I got the one and two ounce sizes which make perfect mini and regular cupcakes).  If you’re looking in a shop, wander over to the party supply section and look for jello shot cups (file under ‘things I never thought I’d type on a knitting blog’).  I’ve also found that the measuring cup on a bottle of cold medicine, a tiny yogurt container, the cap on a bottle of mouthwash, and the container dipping sauce at Auntie Anne’s comes in (don’t judge me…I’m only human) were all the right shape and size.

So…a bit non traditional…but not too hard to find a few for free or a whole bunch for a few bucks.  And my goodness but they are cute when they’re turned into cupcakes!

 

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Pieces

I’m coming to love my scraps bin.  I used to be fairly ruthless about throwing out little bits of yarn.  If a yarn leftover was under 100 yards or so I’d decide I was never really going to use it for anything and just chuck it.   But these days…these days I seem to find myself knitting more than my fair share of tiny stuff.

The hearts, the stars, and the acorns all came straight out of the scraps bin (the acorns especially used the tiniest bits of yarn ever).

And now the cupcakes are happening (and there are at least a few other tiny things planned for later in the year), and they too are making heavy use of the scraps bin.  I mean I did have to go find chocolate cake colored yarn in a shop (and the lady at the store was absolutely delightful about my quest…didn’t make me feel like a weirdo at all), but all the frosting is straight out of the extras pile.

So now I find myself wondering if there’s a good way to organize it.  Right now it’s all in a big plastic storage container (the kind that are about the size of the biggest carry on suitcases), but it gets super jumbled and things get lost and I find myself having to dump it all out to sort and play with it whenever I want to find something.

So tell me all your grand ideas.  How do you keep your little bits organized?  Do you actually keep them organized, or is it sort of a free for all?  Do you keep them labeled, or just sort of trust that you’ll be able to figure it out if you need to?

Psssst…

So I’m knitting cupcakes.  Which is fun and frivolous and festive and should be a carefree sort of thing, right?  And for the most part it totally is!  But one thing keeps happening, and I’m in a place where I want to talk about it for just a quick second.

People keep saying over and over and over ‘oh look, cupcakes without calories’ or ‘guilt free cupcakes’ or ‘finally some cupcakes I can feel good about’ or something else that seems to strongly suggest that the other kind of cupcakes…the kind that you eat, the kind that contain food, the kind that taste good…are somehow bad or dirty or shameful or that you need to apologize for them.

And I absolutely know that no one means anything mean or terrible by that (so please don’t feel bad if you’ve said it).  It’s just the sort of thing we’re socialized to say, because messages like that are absolutely everywhere and eventually we internalize it. But that message that we’re all getting and then spitting back out all the time?  It’s kind of crap.  And I’m having a major ‘call out the crap when you see it’ sort of year.  So I’m going to say a few things very directly.

First, Your body needs calories to survive. They are not evil.  They keep you alive.  You being alive is a good thing!  Next, You do not have to assign food a score inside of some health-based moral framework (is this good or bad? am I cheating? is this sinful? can I eat this cupcake now if I skip dinner later?) or come up with hugely complicated schemes to justify or excuse your choices.  That’s exhausting and a waste of time and energy.  You have better things to do with your life.  And finally, and I mean this with all of my heart, you do not have any obligation to eat in a way that makes there be less of you.  You are in charge of your own body and your own choices, so you can do that if you want to.  But you don’t have to.  You’re cool just as you are.

If you want to read some more stuff about this, I adore pretty much everything nutritionist Michelle Allison has to say about food and bodies.  Go check out the things listed under her Greatest Hits section here.  And then go read this amazing piece about how communal body shaming is a lousy social activity and totally not something you need to participate in or put up with.

And, if you want to eat a cupcake, eat a cupcake.  I hope it’s delicious.

I got distracted

I should…I should be talking to you about the speckled hat and all its pom-pomy goodness.  And I will.  For it is coming out in just a second here.

But…well…somehow I’m distracted.  I don’t think you can blame me.

Yes, there will be a pattern (really, I can’t remember the last time I knit something and didn’t’ make a pattern, so it’s pretty much always safe to assume there will be a pattern).  And the little gizmo down below lets you hear from me when it comes out if that’s your jam!  Won’t be long now at all…

 

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