Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Sharing Is Caring

I made a thing.  Actually, I made many things, thought a lot, took many pictures, and then I made this thing.  It's my entry into the 2022 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest.  I had hoped to have made something better, but I think it's good that I put myself out there and tried something.  This contest is awesome, and I really like seeing what everyone makes.  Today is the deadline for entries, so you have just a little bit of time to enter.    

Sunday, September 04, 2022

No-No-Notorious, Notorious

Watching the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi has had "Don't Drink the Water" by Dave Matthews Band stuck in my head for days.  Now I'm trying to dislodge it by getting another song in there.  So...



Hey, it could be worse, I could have tried to change the lyrics to go along with knitting Tori the Tiny Triceratops.  Knit-Knit, Kni-tori-ous, Kni-tori-ous.  You like that better?  I get it.  You're trying to decide whether you find me more clever or more entertaining.  Tough competition on those options, so why choose? 

Anyway, back to the pattern.*  Have you checked it out, yet?  It's good, a fun knit, some assembly required, and so satisfying when you get it all together.  Yeah, that's why I've done it again.  And again.  And again.  

Green plant and grass background with four, handknit, small triceratops, pastel blue, pastel yellow, pastel muave, and pastel mint

*Side note:  The end-of-summer sale is happening this weekend over on Mochimochiland, so check it out, if you like.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Big Changes

We knew this day was coming, but we hoped we would have at least one more year before it happened.  Still, no matter when, we would still want more time.  My brother, sister-in-law, and two nieces moved away today. 
It's all happened so quickly.  We were so grateful that they worked to find a way to isolate and test so we could have a little in-person time with them before they left.  That they were willing to do so meant so much, and that they worked out the details to make it happen.  We're sad for them to go, but happy for them to have new adventures and opportunities.  We hope their new home exceeds every amazing expectation they have.  Our loss is The Centennial State's gain.         

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Should Have Knit More

If only I had knit more little things I would have created an awesome entry for the 2022 Mochimochiland Photo + Video Contest by now, right?  

I have this little pile of recent knits.

There's this other pile I knit before that.  
Then there's this other pile of little knits that have been just hanging out in a bag in my knitting bag by the couch.  
Don't forget the pile of tiny rabbits and carrots, 
or the gathering of little Elizabeth Warrens.  
Of course, we haven't even gotten to the biggest pile.  
Still, I'm coming up empty.  If the answer to music is more cowbell, the answer here must be more knitting, right?  I'm starting to think it's just not going to happen, and I am trying to be fine with that.  I just wanted to contribute to the event.  Oh, well.  Then again, I still have a few more days, so maybe I will manage to get something together.      

Thursday, July 28, 2022

One Thing Leads to Another

Do you ever stop and try to figure out the paths your mind takes to get to a particular topic, activity, or line of thinking?  I do that pretty often.  Sometimes when I have a number of concerning things going on in life my brain tries to sort them into patterns, tries to make puzzling things make sense, works to understand things when I might not have enough information, and the next thing you know my mind has stirred up something seemingly out of nowhere.  I've got quite a bit of that going what with some family getting ready to move away, others appearing to be engaging in patterns of behavior that have historically meant they were not doing well, swirl that all up with the pandemic, climate crisis, inflation, and all of the *gestures broadly* stuff, and it doesn't take much of a leap to figure out why my brain is going the places it goes.  

Other times, the hop-skip-jump is lighthearted and fun.  Anna just announced the call for entries for the 2022 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest and its theme, Sharing is Caring.  So, I had recently knit some corn.  Maybe sometime I'll fill you in on what got me knitting corn, but that's a story for another day.  Anyway, sharing is caring, inflation is terrible, people are in need, corn is food, I should knit more food and turn it all into an awesome stop-motion animation (a skill I do not possess) and let it join what I'm sure is going to an amazing crop (see what I did there) of entries for the contest.  So I flipped through patterns and the pearl part of the Joyful Oyster pattern from the book Adventures in Mochimochiland was a great starting point for an apple and a peach.  After that I knit a little banana, a tomato, and a lime.  At this point I get a bit mentally stuck in my bin of green yarns and unnecessarily lose too much time lamenting not having full-size skeins of Limeade Heather, Alfalfa, Green Tea Heather, and Edamame despite having mini-skeins of them all and only needing small amounts to knit tiny fruit and veg.  I can be a bit silly, for sure.  I have so much and can relax and enjoy.  Anyway, after knitting all of those healthful foods, you know I'm back to Adventures in Mochimochiland and knitting a donut.  Then my brain is back in the green bin and after another flip through Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi I've knit a little pear.  

So, yeah, I may see if I can put together an entry for the contest, but I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone else does.  In the meantime, I think I need to knit a smaller donut and then maybe I'll try to knit up some little veggies (more green!), but maybe now that I've taken a picture and blogged these, I'm done knitting little food for now.  Sometimes I'm like that, y'know?  

Take care of yourselves and others, lean into love and allow yourself to experience the joy that is available to you. 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

"Knit on, with Confidence and Hope, Through All Crises"

Well, I stumbled a bit with the confidence, remembered that hope is a discipline, and lately, we've all had plenty of crises.  It's been quite a month, hasn't it?  Not for the first, nor probably for the last, in difficult times, I turn to knitting.  Here you see my poorly photographed Pride 2022 knitting.  Not only did I knit on with hope, but I knit on with love, and I knit on for love.  

Thirty-Seven small, handknit hearts knit for Pride Month with hearts representing Pride Flags including the traditional rainbow, Nonbinary, Transgender, Bisexual, and Lesbian.


Saturday, June 18, 2022

You Might Think

By the time I had the third Palette sampler box, I had amassed a great list of reasons for having all three.  Not the least amongst them would be that I would know exactly what each color looked like and when ordering new balls of Palette, I would order the correct one.  No more frustrations caused by the difference between the photo and its display on my screen not matching real life.  That makes sense, eh?  

Fast-forward (or rewind, depending on your perspective) to a Knit Picks gift certificate I received for my birthday.  When I finally got around to using it, I filled in the order with a few balls of Palette.  I knew I needed a ball of a plain orange.  Well, orange is not as simple a color as you might think.  I ordered Orange, but I should have ordered Cayenne.  

Two Knit Picks Palette sampler mini-skeins--one Orange, the other Cayenne

The Palette sampler as color card tool only works if you consult it.  Who knew?

That being said, when I do get out the mini skeins of the samplers, I have fun.  Just looking at all the colors is a joy.  There are so many colors that I don't have (outside of this collection) but that I could see buying full skeins of in the future, perhaps.  While I do have quite a few colors, it amazes me all the ones I don't have.  

Speaking of the colors I do and do not have, amazing isn't the right word to describe a recent experience.  I was playing with colors, trying to find the right ones, (pinks and oranges, if you were wondering--pinks and oranges if you weren't wondering) knitting from a bag filled with little balls of yarn I have wound off from the full skeins of Palette to knit little things.  Anyway, one of those pinks worked well, and when I had used it up, I went to the craft room for more of it, and could not find more.  Then I compared the scrap to the pinks in the sampler to figure out which it is.  It's Cosmopolitan, and that solved one mystery, and another mystery started.  

There was no main skein of Cosmopolitan in the stash.  I cannot recall ever knitting up a full skein of it, nor do I have any finished items composed of it.  Still, I must have had it, otherwise I couldn't have that small ball of it in the knitting bag.  I spent way too much time searching, but I don't have it.  The bin where it should be seems pretty full, but maybe there is a missing bag of pinks and purples that I failed to put away properly.  If so, I have a happy reunion in my future, eh?  In the end, it prompted me to wind off a couple yards from the sampler mini-skein to use now.  I mean, the mini-skeins aren't just for admiring, and once I did that, it freed me to do the same with a few other colors I wanted to try, and try I have.  I will try to remember that feeling, and not continually set things aside for the "right" "special" "perfect" time.