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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

It's not about Politics

We are all weathering the same storm, in different boats.

My family is luckier than many...we're all essential workers so there has been income (although reduced for some of us) but none of us are "hero's" so no Hero Pay or Thank You Free donuts, coffee, meals, oil changes or special hours to shop...we ran out of TP (thankfully only briefly) and food costs more than it did,,,but to see and hear people saying they won't wear a mask has me questioning why?

When the CDC wasn't suggesting it as a help...I agreed with them, but mostly because the average Joe will wear the mask incorrectly...once they did suggest it...we all donned them!

Maybe, just maybe the push back is because it is protect the people around them and not the individual themselves...but consider...we are all in this together...

I have no idea what the video game this comes from is about...but gosh darn, I really like this song today!

~M

Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Towel Day!


 
  It all began when two different people asked me “How many stitches should I cast on for a sock?” 

“The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is...42!”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
 
But that really wasn’t what they were asking, you can cast on any number of stitches and knit a sock…what they really wanted to know was “with this yarn, these needles and that stitch pattern, how many stitches should I cast on to get a sock that fits me?” (Even though they didn’t think that information was relevant.)

“Exactly!" said Deep Thought. "So once you do know what the question actually is, you'll know what the answer means.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
 
Being me, I then of course had to backwards engineer a sock pattern that used “The Ultimate Answer” as the cast on! But beware…Gauge really does matter!
 
Sizes : 7 (8, 9) inch circumference. [18, 20, 22 cm]

Materials:

Briggs and Little Tuffy 80% Pure Wool/20% Nylon, 215 yards[196m] 113 gms [4 ounces] Shown in Greystone

US 5 [3.75mm], or US 6 [4mm], or US 7 [4.5mm] needles for your preferred small diameter in the round knitting, OR size needed to obtain gauge.

OR Any yarn and needle combination to obtain the gauge for your size below.

Notions: Cable needle, stitch markers

Gauges:
Small:      24 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches [10cm]
Medium:   21 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches [10cm]
Large:      18 sts and 25 rows = 4 inches [10cm]




 While I continue sorting and arranging the yarn room, why don't you pop over to either Ravelry or LoveCrafts and find out more?

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Almost Quiet

The flooring is done...and the annual "tossing, reorganizing and sorting" of the stash has begun!

It looks even messier than that, right now.  I decided I wanted wheels on the floor standing storage units...which if you notice that even without them one of them barely clears the ceiling means....shuffle things around once more!

The astute among you will notice that the one cabinet is missing a door...I just hadn't put it back on yet.  The prior arrangement of books in that cabinet meant that the doors wouldn't close, putting my ColourMart Stash in there means they will.


If you look carefully you can also see the edges/screen of my home server...Hal...If I was better at programming I would have all of his error messages tell me "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that!"



Instead usually I get messages saying I need to be the admin powers to do that..."But, I am the admin!"....

For those in the US...tomorrow is a holiday.  Memorial Day, but for the rest of the world tomorrow has significance as well...Towel Day ......And...The Glorious 25th of May

In honor of such a trifecta of holidays..tune in tomorrow for a special pattern release. I'm going to test some new release pricing, because so many people I know are seriously hurting financially right now... but...because I honestly feel that pattern prices are too low for the work that goes into them already, so it will be a very limited time offer.

As always, for the best deal, sign up for my newsletter over there on the right hand side of this page...

Until tomorrow....

Remind me why I felt that the hottest day we have had so far this year was the perfect time for a full on roast dinner?

Knit Happy and Safe!

~M

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day

To all the mothers, daughters of mothers, sons of mothers, sisters of mothers, brothers of mothers and children of mothers...

Happy Mother's Day!

For more great cards like this one, check out this etsy store!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Thing I Didn't Tell You

I released a pattern last week on Ravelry and Love Crafts...scheduled my newsletter to go out and......got distracted, so never told anyone else!

Better late, than never, right?

Presenting...Monkey Tales...








Origin Stories are often amusing tales explaining why the world around us is the way it is. Sometimes how a single feature of an animal came into being is explained differently depending on the region the story is from. One thing all the Origin Stories seem to agree on is that once, monkey had a short, stubby tail. How it became long varies…pulled on by another monkey, hanging upside down in a tree over night to obtain wisdom, a rock placed on it while he tried to run away…but the end result is always the same, a long tail on all the monkeys.

This long scarf starts from a simple tab that morphs into an I-cord edging and uses increases and short rows to pull self striping sock yarn into new directions. The loopy I-cord bind off allows you to weave that long tail through the edging to secure the scarf around your neck and shoulders.

Size: 48 inches long by 10 inches wide at widest point. (122 by 25.5 cm)
Materials: Knit Picks Felici 75% Merino Wool, 25 % Nylon, 218 yards (199
meters)/50 grams (1.76 ounces) 2 Balls, shown in Steamer Trunk.
Smooth waste yarn for provisional cast on, optional removable st marker to designate odd rows.
Size US 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size required to obtain gauge.
1 or 2 additional US 4 (3.5 mm) dpn for working I-cord Edge.
Gauge : 23 sts and 46 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch.(unblocked)

You can get your copy of the pattern here on Ravelry....or here on Love Crafts.

In other news, driving the working kids to their essential jobs at oh-dark-thirty hasn't been quite so dark the last few days and we can see more of the area around us as I am driving.  Two days last week we were able to see the Bison that live in one of our Metro parks taking their morning constitutionals along the roadside. (I really hope that Bison don't jump fences the way that deer do...I do not want to have to add them to my morning "do not hit the......" list.

I've been swatching a lot this week...trying to get some little skimmer socks that actually stay on your feet without adding elastic to them.  So far four attempts have shown me four ways that don't work.  I suspect I am going to have to actually find yarn that has elastic in it already, but the sock yarn I used before that used it was discontinued...do you know of a fingering weight yarn with elastic in it that you could suggest?  Drop me a comment so I can check it out.

~M


P.S.

I went to the supermarket today...I know, high excitement there!...and while I am proud of the store for providing surgical style masks to their employees, I really wish they had given them a training session on how to wear them!  If I was clever enough I would make a Bingo Card for all the wrong ways to wear a mask and see if I can get BINGO next week. (Yes, it does need to cover your mouth and your nose, no wearing it around your neck like a scarf isn't good enough, hanging off one ear as an earring is a bold fashion statement and having it hang out of your pocket is just plain silly!  For those of you that have "dust" mask with the metal tab on them...that goes on your nose, not your chin!  So many wrong ways to wear a mask..keep trying, you'll get the hang of it!) The cashier I had was saying she was ready to go back to our "normal lives"...I smiled and nodded, but deep down I was thinking...for the time being this is our normal.  I wonder what we will remember of it in ten or so years?