SO MANY THINGS are happening at Chez Woolen Diversions and one of those things is moving. UGH. We’re only moving a few towns over (to a nicer place with lower rent… whoa!) but it’s still a gigantic, major pain. So I’ve been keeping the knitting super simple lately. I’ve even sorted through all the yarn and WIPs and separated out anything I think I might need over the next month in case the rest of the stash gets buried under moving boxes. Like these:
Onto less disheartening things, like knitting!
These socks are chugging along. I’m near the toe on one, mid-foot on the other. Not much else to see here…
A combination of a long car ride and seeing everybody working on their Stephen West MKAL projects all over instagram (#thedoodler), is what inspired me to pick up my Dotted Rays shawl again. Now that I’ve got the hang of the short rows and don’t have to refer to the written-out-line-by-line pattern much anymore, I’m enjoying this garter stitch knit. I think it’ll be lovely once it’s done, and I’m still enamored of my yarn combination. Great use for handspun! I’m really liking the look of all those Doodler shawls, too, so I’ll probably cast one on someday. I’m staunchly anti-mystery-knit-along, though, so I’ll be waiting until I see everybody else’s finished products before I commit. Also, can we take a second to boggle over the fact that there are already 2,955 projects for that pattern?! At $6 a pop, and assuming that each shawl was a separate sale, Mr. West made over $17,700 in about a week or so. I think I’d faint with joy if I ever saw that much money flooding in instantaneously. Good for him.
Sweet Sheep news:
I’ve been hard at work filling some wholesale orders and re-stocking the shop. I’ve added Chamomile Bergamot sheep-shaped goat milk soap, as well as a few sold-out lotion bar scents, such as Cinnamon Chai, Winter Gardenia, Orange Rosemary, Lavender, and Lemon Cake (to name a few). I was supposed to vend this weekend at the Mount Hope Farmer’s Market, but unfortunately, I pulled a muscle in my back that is currently spasming like crazy and has had me flat-on-my-back and out of work for a couple of days, so I’m taking the weekend to recover. (Back spasms hurt like whoa guys.) But, Rhode Islanders take solace: you can now check out Sweet Sheep lotion bars and soaps in person at The Mermaid’s Purl, a great little yarn shop in Wickford! Woohoo!
As for reading, I’m working on The Long War, the second book in a series co-written by Terry Pratchett (one of my epic literary loves) and Stephen Baxter. It’s about humans developing the ability to sort of ‘step’ sideways into millions upon millions of similar-but-different Earths. It’s a super cool concept and I love the (completely fantastical, obviously) idea that there are Earths out there that haven’t been ravaged by us, or that experienced different climactic events, or were not hit by asteroids and still have dinosaurs, or for some reason are populated entirely by butterflies. As an ecologist, it’s a fascinating thought experiment.
Anyways, linking up with Yarnalong and Stitch Along Wednesday, and now I’m off to rest this back. Oy.
Love that sheep soap!
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I love designing and knitting socks but I have not done so all year… Short rows are fab, aren’t they? I recently used them to shape a cardigan.
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I think I am the same boat as you. And I agree: Moving… ugh. But I’m sure paying less for more will feel good in the long run.
I also was tempted to do calculations on The Doodler. I am happy that there are so many enthusiastic knitters working on a pattern together.
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So many amazing things! I need to read that book for starters, and I am in LOVE with your shawl. The colors and texture are just yummy! And Can I say CONGRATS! On getting your product into a store!? You just keep growing!
Thanks so much Lisa! 🙂 The books are very good, highly recommend.
good luck with the move! Moving is always so hard, but I’m sure your new place is going to be way better and it’ll be fun to set up in a new space and have that fresh feeling to it.
That part will be really nice. We’ve been in our current place for 3 years which is some kind of record for me. Been moving every year or two since college so it felt like it was time, anyway!
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