Is it wrong that I started something last night that will be simple enough to knit on the porch tonight as we hand out candy (and play-doh…really…it’s a huge hit)? Is anyone else knitting while they hand out candy? Anybody got a costume planned? I must admit I don’t dress up. But I DO sit on the porch and drink warm things and eat candy while judging the local costumes.
The kitten overlords have decreed that I may not use my desk chair. It has been commandeered for their nefarious purposes. They suggest checking back later to see if they’re done with it, but they make no promises.
Update: Shortly after posting this, the
rat fink bastards devious little brats kittens upped the ante in their quest to keep me from being productive. They swarmed me, all three at once, on the tile floor. It was a choice between dropping what I had in my hands and grabbing the sink or going ass over teakettle and landing in the middle of them. In the fraction of a second one has to make those sorts of decisions, I choose to protect the kittens (and my knees). Alas, the thing I had in my hand was my ipad. The glass is now cracked beyond salvage. This is not an auspicious start to the day.
There is absolutely no knitting to be seen. None at all. There will be some day, but not today. Instead, I come to you with two shamelessly commercial administrative announcements (which always make me feel ever so slightly sullied, so please do pardon the business side of things).
First, folks have been asking for me to make the patterns from Silk Road Socks available as individual downloads. I’ve gotten the necessary files from the publisher to do so, and you should be able to get any of them as single patterns now.
Second, we’re just about out of print copies of the book (a good problem to have, right?). There’s a good chance we’ll be transitioning this to an electronic-only collection once the print ones are gone. It’s not a sure thing, but it seems very likely. So, if you’ll be distraught if you don’t get your hands on a physical copy, you may want to act quickly. Your best bet for getting the print version is likely amazon. And don’t worry, the electronic version isn’t going anywhere. I just mention this in case you’re a paper field like me!
The hat is going to have a wee flipped up bit at the brim. I had initially planned to hold this in place with a button. But the more I play with it, the more I want the hat to be reversible. That means a button won’t really work so well. A pin or a brooch would work much better. Now of course I’m happy to try and track down something cool (oh etsy, your siren song draws me in every time), but I’m also a fan of the use what you have approach. Alas, I’m not really a brooch sort of girl…I have one or two, but none that seem quite right for this.
You see, I have a few of these old, embossed metal bug pins. I think they’re Japanese. I know they’re nifty. I’m not sure what the appeal is…they’re much more realistic than your standard cute bug thing. Yet somehow, they fill me with mirth and glee.
So the question becomes, is it too creepy to use on the hat? Or more specifically, is it too creepy to use on the hat’s eventual pictures? Will it’s buggy goodness squick people out and send them running from the pattern? Or is it merely charmingly eclectic? I mean you’d be picking your own yarn and pin, it’s not like you would have to use a bug. Or are bugs just too far beyond the pale?
I know this still doesn’t look exactly awe-inspiring. But I assure you it should be cool when it gets a bit more done. It will be all swooshes and diagonals and angles. If things go according to plan (always a big if) it should be reversible. And it might just give me an excuse to indulge my burgeoning button obsession. Of course that won’t happen if I don’t find some time to actually sit down and make more stitches.