A pre-post digression, in regards to the Supreme Court decision
(based on work in the public domain as well as work provided under a Creative Commons 3.0 attribution share-alike license by Nevit Dilmen)
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I really recommend not having a migraine as a crochet strategy. Not only did it take a lot less time to replace the frogged mesh segment of the sock, it was also obvious where the mystery decreases had come from. I was basically losing a full pattern repeat every two rows.
So, yeah, I made a quick, easy pattern much more complicated, and non-functional, than it had to be. Working from the outside of the yarn ball also made it harder than it had to be – somehow my SWTC TOFUtsies was weirdly splitty when worked in the opposite direction. I have no idea what that’s about.
I tried them on, and they’re definitely going to take some getting used to, but I think, perhaps optimistically, that they’ll be wearable. They work up fast enough, and I had little enough plans for the yarn, that it’s worth while to find out for sure.
My eldest daughter, who will be going to Senegal in the fall, has decided that now is a good time to learn a new craft. She’s starting to take up crochet, which avoids the whole ‘needles on a plane’ issue. I’ve been having much more luck teaching her this time than the last time I tried, starting with a bookmark pattern my grandmother taught me about 40 years ago.
Shockingly it’s not on Ravelry, so I might have to write it up eventually.
I’ve been continuing to work on my notions collection. I picked up another Debra’s Garden needle gauge, this one in the “Purple Rescue” colorway.
I’ve corresponded with Debra, and the $2 per purchase goes to local animal charities in her area. She’s assured me that she only contributes to shelters with a no-kill policy, so I feel every bit as good about the contributions as I enjoy the color.
They really do make fantastic zipper pulls, and I have actually used one of them ‘on the go’, but at $16 per I do feel a bit extravagant having this many. Well over 90% of the time I need a needle gauge I’m at home, with access to several. Honestly the idea that all of my project bags be completely stocked at all times is just a little bit compulsive and excessive.
At the same time, as my younger daughter often says, when she’s trying to wheedle, I neeeeeed this. I really do love them and will probably splurge one more time so that I have one for each project bag. In a different color, naturally, because colors are half the fun. When I do give in and get the last one it will probably be another full sized one, as very few of my projects use needles smaller than 2mm, and the full sized ones are so very pretty.
I do so love my pretty tools.
Blog Contests and Giveaways
Speaking of oh so lovely but hardly necessary notions, Corrie from Plutonium Muffins blog sent me the Owl Print Panda stitch markers. They are impossibly cute and fun. I will get a lot of enjoyment out of these.
Emboldened by my win, I entered a HUGE honking giveaway from Knitscene (1 September), The Mooglyblog Beaded Lace giveaway (2 July) The Mooglyblog Ergo Crochet Hooks giveaway (29 June) and the Happily Hooked Red Heart Yarn and Book giveaway (21 July).