Every year when it’s time for our Maine’s Fastest Knitter Race, you all tell me the same thing: “Oh, I could never win! But if you had a race for the slowest knitter…” And I always tell you that you can’t possibly be theslowest knitter (and you can’t all be the slowest). How do I know? Because… (dun dun dunnnnn) I am Maine’s Slowest Knitter!
Yes, that is my Goldfish Cardigan. Yes, the one I mentioned in early September, and then again later that month. You will note that there are now actual fish on the yoke (two whole rows of them!). But no sleeves. Or body. Nope, not yet. And this is why I never knit a baby sweater in a size less than 1 year. (I’m may be slow, but at least I’m practical.) Before you judge me the glacial pace of my knitting, you should know that I’ve been terribly distracted lately… I’ve been holiday shopping for the store!
I ordered kits for these adorable fingerless mitts from The Alpaca Yarn Company. The Forget Not Mitts are a quick knit (Lauren is almost done with hers, and she started yesterday), and super soft because the yarn is an alpaca blend. The colorways are super fun! One of them is actually called “Figgy Pudding”! It doesn’t get much more seasonally appropriate than that. I only got a few of these, so grab your favorite color soon.
I also reordered some kits from Laura Nelkin Designs! These kits make great gifts, and are also very quick to make if you still need to finish some items. The instructions are clear, and there are video tutorials you can access if you get stuck. All you have to do is pre-string the beads, and then slide them up between your stitches when required. I made a pair of the earrings in under an hour! (Remember how slow I am?) The kit comes with everything but the needles, so you’re ready to go.
Finally, I got some fun bags and clutches from Plymouth’s new line, Hand Made Accessories. These are made in Thailand, and they assured me that there’s no sweatshop labor involved. We’ve got everything from a notions bag to a weekender-sized duffle! The colors will make your heart sing in grey old February. To be honest, I wish we had learned about these earlier — the clutch would’ve been perfect for the fall weddings I attended!
There are lots more items arriving daily with you and your loved ones in mind. (Pssst — I ordered three Cricket Looms!! Call and reserve one!) My brain has been fully occupied with Over The Rainbow Yarn’s holiday stock — come on in and see the pretty things I’ve ordered for all of you! Just don’t ask me if I’ve finished that darn baby sweater yet. It’s not happening until January February.
After being bludgeoned nearly to death by the exhortations to “BUY NOW!” that come with Black Friday, Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday, I think we all deserve a break today. Being encouraged to ditch our loved ones and risk indigestion immediately following our turkey dinners to be the first ones in line for a flat screen tv (50% OFF!! BUY NOW!!) rather destroys the magic of Thanksgiving for me. I think that Thanksgiving should be about friends, family (biological and chosen), food, and gratitude. Ideally, after a proper Thanksgiving dinner, there should be a nap, perhaps a board game or a movie, and many hands making light work of the dishes. And after that, perhaps more pie.
The frenzy to GET THE BEST DEAL! BUY MORE! SPEND MORE! baffles me (and I work in retail). What also baffles me is that Giving Tuesday comes last. After Black Friday. After Local Saturday. After Cyber Monday. When you are entirely shopped out, and your wallet is empty, and your credit cards are maxed out, finally there comes the day when you should donate to your favorite charities and non-profits. It saddens me that this day comes last, after we’ve already been encouraged to spend and spend and spend. What is left for Giving Tuesday? Goodness knows that it doesn’t get the publicity of Black Friday. I’ve never heard of anyone being trampled to death in the mad rush to donate to their local food pantry. Nor have I read news reports of computer servers crashing from too many charitable contributions at once. Wouldn’t it be great if our collective generosity could reach such levels?
When I get home tonight, I’m going to donate to one of my favorite non-profits: Few For Change. My lovely guy is a board member of this group, which helps indigenous kids in Panama stay in school. If I have the money, I’m also hoping to do a few other donations, one for an environmental cause, and another for women’s health. We don’t have to wait for Giving Tuesday to donate to our favorite causes, but it sometimes helps to have a little reminder in the form of a holiday or a hashtag. A donation doesn’t have to be monetary, either — you could volunteer time, or just do a random act of kindness for someone. How are you observing this #GivingTuesday?
This is a hectic week, so please forgive this short post. I’ve been busy preparing for our Black Friday/Local Saturday Sale (25-75% off selected yarns on 11/25 and 11/26!) and I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is the day after tomorrow! My family does a delicious but low-key Turkey Day, so I’m anticipating having some good knitting time on Thursday.
Normally it’s WIP (Work-In-Progress) Wednesday, but I never get to blog on Wednesdays, so I’m declaring today WIP Tuesday. I’m really excited to share my latest project with you for two reasons: one, I’m designing it myself, and two, IT’S SO SOFT!!
I’m using one skein of Berroco Folio Luxe:
And one skein of Caribou by HiKoo:
It’s going to be a simple cowl (simple enough to knit while playing trivia and talking with friends), and it’s going to be soft, and cozy. Like, fleece-blanket-and-pajamas-on-the-sofa-while-watching-Miss-Fisher’s-Murder-Mysteries-and-drinking-hot-chocolate cozy. But at the same time, it’s going to look ultra chic because of the sheen and subtle sparkle in the Folio Luxe, so you can wear it out to your holiday parties and have everyone ask, “Where did you get that?”.
So far it looks like this:
But soon it will be the ultimate in glamor and comfort! Stay tuned for the finished item and pattern to come.