this week i... (growing up ghost edition)

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>> finally knuckled down to finish the final few chapters of ran and the grey world. i've talked about this one before, so i'll be brief: if you're ready for something different in manga (not another teen drama), read it. you will regret nothing.
© respective publishers
>> travelled a few decades while reading the time of the ghost. it was just so diana wynne jones: dropping readers into the middle of everything before slowly expanding the details outward; showing rather than telling nearly every important point; leaving just enough things unclear to be pleasingly frustrating. she was plagued by some of the ugliest book covers in history, though. ugh.
the most exciting thing about this week was the promise of a three-day weekend, the first in a few months. also, very much needed before the craziness of summer descends. i've got big plans: picnicking, knitting, reading another book, catching up on dumb grownup stuff, and maybe—hopefully—acquiring some tech that will bring new excitement to the blog! i can only hope, anyway.
now, i believe there is a watermelon and a sunbeam waiting for me.



you know who i miss from the internet? hoxton handmade of the electric sheep podcast. these days she's wrangling a small hoxtonette rather than writing essays and supervising the sheep, but there's plenty of past content for re-listening.

of the sheep's 100+ episodes, there is one quote she shared that resonated with me particularly:

"have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." -- william morris

as someone who isn't into accumulating stuff, i'm pretty ruthless when it comes to keep and throw. recently i cast a critical eye on my knitted items and decided that four of them just weren't doing anything for anybody:

owned: 1.42 years

this shawl was knit to use up inherited stash, though i did wear it quite a few times. in the end, i found too much fault with my execution of the pattern: i should have made it larger (it kept falling off my shoulders); i should have done less stockinette and more beaded lace (it was boring to look at); i should have bound off with a much larger crochet hook (the dumb edge couldn't be stretched)... you get the idea. it wasn't meeting my needs, so off it went.

owned: 2.25 years

i don't like denim heather as a color. paradoxically, i tried to use up as much of the offending yarn as i could in a double-stranded shawl, despite two strands being just as denim heathery as one. also, alpaca cloud obscures lace motifs like nobody's business. i stopped wearing this one about six months back and realized that meant it could leave my life.

name: verde
owned: 1.25 years

this one was a simple case of justifying a deeply discounted yarn purchase: it was there, i liked the color, and, oh hey, this pattern in my favorites would only take four skeins. the one thing i didn't consider was how much using a wool/silk blend (and not the recommended 100% cotton) would screw with fit. this sweater couldn't be worn for anything but standing around waifishly on account of its tendency to impede mobility. out it goes.

owned: 3 years

much like its namesake, this shawl was just something i've moved past. if i'm knitting a sport-weight shawl, it needs to be big enough to wrap securely; i'm not messing around with ten thousand shoulder adjustments every day when it's in the fifties out and i'm freezing.

my parting with these items was ultimately the result of evolving tastes and skills. i'll be knitting more projects in different colors and different yarns that reflect what's working for me in that moment. ideally those knits stick around for years and years because they continue to be useful and beautiful, but if a time comes when either quality is gone, i'm good with packing things up and letting them go.


6kcbwday7: your time, your place

as a solo, largely "at-home" knitter, i've come to the point where i rarely just knit. thinking about it now, the idea of just knitting is especially unappealing because it suggests that i'd need total concentration, probably due to a major screw up. bleh.

instead, i mostly pair knitting with media. there's a new episode of agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.? let me grab my socks. the summer anime season is about to kick off? i can handle a simple lace shawl. an amusing youtuber is playing their way through vintage pc games? i'll start swatching for a sweater.

breaking down how often i combine my yarn and my geek, it's easy to see where this blog got its start:

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and that wraps up yet another knitcroblo, if you can even believe it. thanks so much to everybody who stopped by, and thanks to all the bloggers who participated for filling my week with tons of yarny content!


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6kcbwday5: something different

i don't know about you, but i am a fan of square needles: they feel good in the hands, have a nice slickness, and offer fairly sharp points. one thing these needles lack, however, is a decent marking system; my squares have their size printed on their shafts, which wears off over time (ask me how i know).

ordinarily the "what size is this needle" question could be answered by a needle gauge, but i have yet to encounter one made for square needles out there in the wild...until now! i have access to a 3D printer, so the obvious solution was to design my own and print it out.

one thing this picture fails to capture is just how time-intensive this project was, due to the inaccuracy of my 2nd generation cube. it turned my carefully measured tinkercad model into a series of pinholes, which lead to experimentation and five other attempts before getting a functional version.

but functional it is and i'm very pleased with it. pleased enough to that i made this project publicly available for anyone else who would like it. you're welcome to mod it—see if you can get numbers to successfully print on yours (my attempt failed), add a gauge ruler, give it a geeky shape—and print your own.

click through to tinkercad "thing" page (free tinkercad account required)

may you never wonder what size those squares are again!

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