Last Call

Today's the last day for the retired patterns. Well ok, so technically, they're up until I sit down Tuesday morning and start taking them down. But that takes a couple of hours, and I can't tell you exactly when I'll start (other than 'after a fortifying breakfast') much less when I'll be done (which is largely dependent on how distractable I am tomorrow...and I am prone to shiny squirrel syndrome). Oh and also time zones are a thing. Could be 10 in the morning, could be 2 in the afternoon. So the safest thing for me to say is 'they're [...]

November 27, 2023|

Shoveling out

I am, at least in theory, going to go shovel out the inbox today. We'll see how that goes. But that is the general plan. Then later this week I'll see about getting some supply lists up for the stars (that's all already on the blog in various spots from previous years, but it takes a bit of digging to find it, and rally none of us have time for that and I know it). Then early next week the star book should be available again!  More details over the next few days (gotta do that aforementioned digging out thing [...]

November 27, 2023|

Get moths

Yes, the pattern names are, at least in part, a massive fuck you to every single teacher that ever told me I used too many big words or that I read the wrong books or that I shouldn't raise my hand so much because it made the boys feel bad and that they'd be nicer to me if I wasn't such a little know it all.⁠ Words are delightful. Finding the exact right word is one of life's tiny joys, and using words I absolutely adore as pattern names fills me with perpetual glee.⁠ I sincerely hope anyone out there [...]

November 26, 2023|

Timed it

Ok so I timed it. Because someone always wants to know how long they take to make. ⁠ And the answer seems to be somewhere between half an hour and an hour (mostly depending on how complicated the folds are and whether I've enlisted the services of a helpful kitten supervisor to keel me on track and whether we're counting the time needed to clear off my desk and remember where I put the paper I wanted to use for this one). ⁠ This is one of the simpler ones and it took just about exactly half an hour to [...]

November 25, 2023|

Let’s not wait

So it's not just the books that are back, it's a bunch of the tiny things too. And yeah, yeah some day I'd love to get several of these back out and generally available. Because they really are rather spiffy! (Is it wrong I love that apple so much? And the little leaf babies? I mean probably it is, but I don't seem likely to change, so I'd probably just better get used to it.)⁠ But we all know that the Newest Shiny Thing has a habit of distracting me. And somehow, playing with the new pattern usually wins out [...]

November 24, 2023|

Pinky swear

Ok, lemme give you the quick run down on how these work. Because I super duper pinky swear they are easier than they look!⁠ You start by cutting 8 pieces of the nifty paper. It's called glassine paper or kite paper. It's translucent and rather like that crinkly waxed paper you often see used for the bags a cookie might come in at the bakery.⁠ Then you fold each piece of paper up the same way. The folds are shockingly simple (seriously, if you can fold a letter to put it in an envelope, you can do this). All the [...]

November 23, 2023|

Ink on paper

The retired patterns are back for a few days, and that includes the books! So, some of you are new here and may not know that I used to do books. Actual printed paper books. The kind that sit on your shelf and make you feel like you Did The Thing. A nice, even dozen of them!⁠ Alas, the realities of putting ink on paper and moving it around the world eventually got to be a bit too much to bear, so in 2019 I decided to stop.⁠ But oh, oh some days I do miss them! If I could [...]

November 22, 2023|

Stained glass and what now

I swear they look like some magical cross between stained glass and hat crowns. And yes, I have totally toyed with the idea of making a hat to match at least one of them.⁠ The tricky bit is that you'd need Rather A Lot Of Stitches to get that much detail in something the size of a hat, and you'd have to do something fairly clever to do the thing where you actually end up with five (or six...or seven...or more) different intensities of the color you're using.⁠ And that sounds hard. And time consuming. Whereas these are easy. And [...]

November 21, 2023|

They’re back!

  Super Quick Version because you're busy & might just want to skim: All the retired patterns that are coming back this time are now live on both ravelry & payhip. They'll be up through the end of the day Monday, November 27. The retired patterns are already on sale (you don't need a code). I am turning my computer off and hiding in a blanket fort for the rest of the week. If you hit a snag (I truly don't think you will, this is pretty streamlined, but just in case) you can send me a message, and I'll [...]

November 20, 2023|
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