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September 2020
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apple of my eye

So this Christmas break my aunt asked for fingerless gloves that converted into mittens. If you haven’t seen how these work:

There’s a mitten top flap that you pull over your fingers and underneath it looks like a fingerless mitten.

They (my aunt, Superwoman, and her oldest daughter, Pippi) really liked the look of my handspun. The gradient and random color changes appealed to them more than the colorwork mittens I’ve been doing. So I told them I would make them fingerless mittens and convertible mittens out of handspun. So on Sunday and yesterday, I did this:

So my problem comes in with the ball on the left. The weight of that ball is about 30 grams. The weight of the mitten is about 60 grams. This means that when I finish the thumb I’ll probably have about a 65 gram mitten and the ball will be about 25 grams. There’s no way I can make a second mitten out of 25 grams of yarn. Sadly I’m not that crazy. I’m not sure WHY I kept knitting when I realized this problem was coming. I KNEW it, but I kept going.

I’m super bummed because I think these mittens are gorgeous.

I think I even handled attaching the flap part pretty well. That the colors match close enough that it looks pretty open and closed from the front and the back.

So I’m stuck. I could reknit these as just fingerless mittens. I MIGHT be able to eek plain mittens out of the yarn I’ve got, especially if I went up a needle size. I could totally drop the idea of using this yarn for mittens and make a hat (I’ve never made myself a hat). But I don’t think I’ve GOT enough handspun in fun colors to make Superwoman her convertible mittens. So MAYBE what I could do is take some commercial yarn and knit the ribbed parts with commercial yarn and do the rest out of my handspun. I might have enough yarn if I do that… I’m just not sure.

But one thing is for sure, I won’t be getting convertible mittens out of this yarn. If I WANT to make convertible mittens completely from handspun I’m going to have to spin the yarn from scratch. So I guess the real problem here is that I won’t have mittens for her in a week unless I make plain mittens or do them out of commercial yarn.

land that we stand on


They are most pretty. I needed a new pair of daily goto shoes. I have lost my favorite tennis shoes to yard work and everything else I had was either too dressy or falling apart. I got them on deep discount from Land’s End with free shipping which makes them triply cute to me. They are also super cool because they are a mix of suede, tweedy fabric and the soles are recycled plastic bottles.

That is all.

(Brain, the lyric is from “A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours”. I listen to the cover by Coheed and Cambria, but the original is by The Smiths.)

Mecca, previously avoided

Bear finally, resisting until he stepped over the threshold, was dragged into Whole Foods last night. The second he stepped into the produce section, he was gone and I had to start pushing him to get us out of there without losing a couple hundred dollars instead of pulling for all I was worth to get him to move from the car into the store.

The only bad moments I had were when I almost pushed him into the herbal aisle and then when we went past the cleaning supplies. Bear might have been amused by the green cleaning supplies, but the herbal aisle might have overcome his joy and wallowing when he found the cheeses or the chocolate or the pastries or the meats or… and sent him right back behind his mental stereotype where this store was for weird people that eat stringy straw things and tofu and think meat is the devil. (We sometimes avoid the reality where his wife eats stringy straw things and tofu.)

I wish I had pictures of his face during the trek through the store. My favorite part was when he got the peanut butter. “You just push a button and get PEANUT BUTTER FROM PEANUTS?!?!?” He was not sure what this crack was that I had given him or how it resulted in this amazing dream, but he wanted more of it. What was supposed to be a 10 minute trip for $10 worth of apples (Bear will only eat ONE kind of apples and while sometimes I can get them at the local supermarket, usually they are better at Whole Foods) became an hour long trip that resulted in $60 dollars worth of treasures being purchased.

long overdue

I have been studying the pictures on etsy of the handspun yarns that sold. I have come to a conclusion. You need pretty pictures. Closeups. Good lighting. I’ve compared and some of the yarn that has sold is very comparable to the stuff I have sitting in my guest room. I shall get on this!

Times like these when I really really wish Mommy were here. She’d be awesome at figuring out how to take gorgeous pics.

I also found a tool that I think will do my networked backups called Back In Time. Then I spent about a million hours trying to figure out where Nautilus automounts network samba shares. That was a major bitch and a half. It’s in a directory called .gvfs in the home directory. We’ll see how it goes. It’s been doing its thing for well over 2 hours now.