So, here we are, a week into January—er, I mean, September—and we’re less than four months away from Christmas.
Usually, by now I’d have a gift list and probably even have half the items already on the way. This year, it’s proving very difficult to get excited about something that I love but that is coming around so dang fast.
I’m sure many of you are in the same boat: this year has been such a poop show that looking forward to anything just seems like an invitation to make 2021 even worse.
Alas, the show goes on.
September is a month of birthdays for me: mine is on the 26th (the most important, of course xD), my niece turns eight on the 13th, and Dumbledog the Draught Excluder will be going to her new home on the 21st.
I don’t think I’ll be able to see my niece this year, unfortunately; both niblings will be back at school by then and I’ve been hardcore shielding since lockdown began.
Fortunately, we have access to video calls so I will at least be able to watch her open her gifts. I already purchased them and sent them directly to my sister’s house to cut out the middle man (and possible extra contamination).
It’s weird that I haven’t really made any gifts this year, though. I’ve been focused almost entirely on knitting for myself (giveaway Labby and Dumbledog excluded). I don’t seem to be getting very far with this bloody cardigan, though!
It looks like nothing much is happening on the Ravelry front, except that Cassidy (who Jess’ apology letter claimed was no longer to have a user-facing appointment) has been, uh, messaging with users, apparently. So that’s already one aspect of their “plan” they’ve back-pedalled.
I deleted my Ravelry account on the 17th August, anyway. It took longer than I’d intended, but I had a lot of favourites to go through. Turns out most of them weren’t even patterns I wanted to try out, just things I liked the look of, so it was easier to delete them than I’d expected.
I decided to knit the sleeves first so I’d know exactly how much of the fancy yarn I’d have left, and so far I’ve knitted one sleeve up to about the elbow (seen above) and the other just past the stripes. I’m now working on the body, having ribbed the bottom hem and started on the first stripe (which may wind up being just a large colour block instead).
Considering I’m not using a pattern and that I’m making this all up as I go, it’s not actually going that bad! Um, maybe?
From My Shop
As mentioned, September is my birthday month–but I don’t have anything in my shop that’s birthday related! (Shock! Horror! Woe!)
Well, that’s not strictly true, actually. My notecard/notelet sets could make for nice birthday cards, and basically anything in my shop would make a great gift for that special someone. How about these?
How cute are those little monkey clasps on the baby zipper charms? I got a set of mixed novelty clasps on Amazon and they really stand out! I look forward to using them.
August On Our Instagram
Okay, I know we already did August last month, but I’ve been struggling to come up with feature-worth Instagram pics because my highlights posts are only a week or so into the month.
I’ve decided, instead, to highlight pics from last month, so we’re doing August again.
This one is my favourite pic from my account in August: poor Labette just looks so helpless and angry. She makes me want to knit an entire army of Labbies in her size. You know, just because. I mean, imagine an army of these guys. I would definitely find a way to leave the planet if they came out in force!
My favourite pic from KitKat’s account, meanwhile, is actually a spot-the-cat twofer:
Only one person/kitty found her, according to the comments, but she is very good at camouflaging herself against dark backgrounds, so we’ll let you guys off just this once.
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However, my bee giveaway in August saw less love and it doesn’t seem entirely fair to pick a winner from so few entrants. I also realised that I’d somehow missed July, anyway.
But I’ve really been enjoying making flipbooks from my Planners Anon subscription kits. I don’t have many pen pals to send them to, and I’m not sure if they’d sell in my shop. (How would I even quantify them for pricing?) Giveaways seem like the next best option to me.
I’ve got a bigger giveaway planned for my birthday (two flip books instead of just one!), which will probably run over two weeks and include reposting for extra tickets. We’ll see how successful this one is before I look at future giveaways; I might have to try selling them after all.
Here’s a preview of one of the birthday giveaways coming up on my Instagram:
What do you think? Will you be entering?
Would you buy one of these from me? How much would you be willing to pay if you did? Or do you think they’re better as giveaways?