This has been a long time in the making but I have a really exciting announcement today! After months of work, I’m ready to introduce to you to Bridge and Tunnel Yarns!
Inspired by the subways of New York City, this yarn is spun from 100% American angora rat fur. Angora rats are incredibly friendly and clean. They are terribly smart! I think they’re going to be the next big thing in knitting. Super soft and durable, our first base is a lofty fingering weight perfect for socks and shawls.
When I first met some happy angora rats and pet their luxurious fur, I was captivated by the idea of making yarn! I’ve partnered with Moonflower Ranch, a sustainable angora rat farm located in western Pennsylvania, as well as the 100-year-old, family-owned Quickspring Mills in New Hampshire.
Hayleigh, owner of Moonflower Ranch, has told me all about the tradition of rat shearing. This almost-forgotten domestic art is gaining a new following with the homesteader movement. While the numbers of angora rat shearers and spinners has grown, it’s always been a very homemade operation. It’s never been done on a scale like this but the yarns will still be more “small batch” as we grow.
In case you haven’t caught on already, April Fools! That’s actually Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud Lace Yarn. I wouldn’t really ask you to knit with rat fur.
I mean, would you?
Thought I’d given up the gif? They’re back just in time for a little holiday present from me to you.
These socks would make a great gift, though.
“Didn’t you say you weren’t going to knit holiday gifts this year?”
It’s ok, it’s not like I had plans anyway.
It won’t be fair to just knit for one person. Ok, one more hat won’t throw off my schedule. I got this.
Wait. Chanukah is early this year?
Why do I even do this?
But I can only blame myself.
Miraculously, I somehow manage to finish just in time.
And everyone loves their gifts.
What are your holiday knitting plans? Did you start early this year? (No one will be mad if you buy them a Ricefield Collective hat instead.)
Rhinebeck is swiftly approaching (can you believe it?!) so I wrote you this poem about knitter’s Christmas.
TWAS THE KNIT BEFORE RHINEBECK
Welcome to May! Let’s get you over the hump, shall we?
When my LYS is doing summer hours, I’m all like:
When my boyfriend complains that something I made him doesn’t fit right, I’m like
The first time I looked at a lace chart, I was like
When I teach someone how to knit
That’s all, folks! Stay tuned because actual informative things are coming up later in the week!
It’s been a pretty rough week and I think we all could use a laugh.
My friend Jawann is a comedian (come to his show!) and he’s always sharing great sketches. My favorite one so far is the video below. This series by comedian Veronica Osorio will teach you how to make super useful things like salt shakers for sugar and pants for plants.
It’s hilarious. It’s clearly poking fun at crafting but I don’t take anything seriously. And if you’re taking crafting too seriously, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG. Besides, we’ve all seen some pretty ugly and useless DIYs on Pinterest at some point. As she says, “Crafting is making brand new things that already exist just for fun!”
Anyway, if you’re a returning reader to this blog, this will make you laugh because it made me laugh and sometimes, I hear, I make you guys laugh. I certainly make myself laugh so this is right up my/your alley.
As always, hang in there and happy knitting!
Passover is beginning soon. Are you getting prepared? It’s one of the most important Jewish holidays and it’s one of my favorites for these reasons: a) the story is epic, b) the Rugrats made a really good holiday episode, c) you’re supposed to drink a lot (like, a lot, guys), and d) it’s supposed to be very personal. It’s the story of how our ancestors escaped slavery in Egypt. And when I was a kid, I wanted to be an Egyptologist so the whole Jews building pyramids thing was pretty exciting.
Here’s the story of Passover and my ancestors (I imagine they look like me but with way more epic eye make up).
We were slaves in Egypt. It sucked. Moses came and was all, LET MY PEOPLE GO which is probably the best catchphrase ever. The Pharaoh was all like, “No Way, Jose.” Then the ten plagues happened, yadda yadda yadda.
When the Pharaoh told the Israelites that they were free to leave Egypt, they left as fast as they could. They knew he was kind of a fickle bitch and was constantly changing his mind. Like, one day he would be like, “Guys, this is where I the pyramid should go,” and then halfway through building it, he’d be all, “I think it would actually look better over there. Don’t you think it’d look better over there?” And then they’d have to go and start all over again.
So when the Jews were freed, they hauled ass out of there. They packed up so quickly, they didn’t even wait for their bread dough to rise! That’s why we eat matzah. (Don’t have any idea what the geflite fish is all about. Don’t ask.) My ancestors packed up so quickly that they didn’t even wait to finish all of their WIPs! They just took whatever stash yarn they could carry and GTFO. Moses was all like, “Um, I don’t think you’re going to need a scarf in the desert” but they were all like, “It’s not a scarf, it’s a 10 Commandments cozy. By the way, did anyone pack stitch markers? I left all of my notions in Egypt.”
Then, the whole Egyptian army showed up because the Pharaoh had changed his mind (so predictable, this guy!) and so they were all like chasing the Jews to the sea. My ancestors were like, “Oh crap, I don’t think salt water is very good for wool.” But Moses was all, “Guys, don’t worry. I have a plan.” And, guess what. He OPENED UP THE SEA so everyone would just walk across. I know, crazy right? And when they got to the other side, all of the Egyptians drowned and the day was saved.
And somebody was like, “Hey did anybody bring a map?” and my ancestors were like, “I have a pattern for a nemes. Would that help?” And Moses was all like “OMG WE’RE GONA BE IN THIS DESERT FOREVS.”
Anyway, the point of this story is that, just as we eat unleavened matzahs to commemorate our ancestors time in Egypt, I will knit with matzah-like yarns to commemorate my ancestors who were probably walking around the desert like, “Are we there yet? I’m hot. Golden donkey? How about a golden sheep? Maybe it can send more yarn.”
This unleavened yarn will probably make you a lot less constipated than matzah.
ps. If you stuck it out and read this whole story, you’re a real champ. It was ridiculous but I made myself laugh.
You thought they were done but they’re not!
When I substitute yarn, it’s like:
When someone asks if I knit something I’m wearing, I’m just like:
When my boyfriend tries to talk to me while I’m counting stitches, I’m like:
It’s already turning out to be a rough week. I’ve spent a few too many nights building Ikea furniture. (I really can’t stop myself when I go to Ikea.) Anyway, since there’s not much to report on my knitting front (still working on that damn faire isle sweater), let’s just have a laugh.
If you haven’t seen this video of goats yelling like humans, do so now. God I love goats. If you liked that, you’ll love this:
Okay, I promise there will be actual posts about actual things this week. Stay tuned. I’m going to go drink some tea.
ps. Check it out, I was featured in Kollabora’s Meet the Maker profile!
Apartment hunting is so stressful in this city. And I feel a cold coming on. That being said, I don’t have the energy for a proper post today. And I think I could use a laugh.
When Amy Christoffers releases a new pattern, we’re just like:
When another one of my friends asks if I’ll knit them that hat with the beard attached, I want to be like:
I don’t mean to hate on the beard hats. But, come on, people!
Have a great weekend!