Friday, November 16, 2012

Candy Dot Hat and Scarf

by Kelly

Now finished: the Candy Dot Hat and Scarf Set.

And the hat came out just a smidge smaller than I calculated, and by a smidge I mean less than 1/8 of an inch, so I'm really happy about that. I am now a Gauge Master! Ha, not really. But I'm making progress.

I'm going to try a few more pairs of gloves and then plunge into the sweater project. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hello Kitty Hat

by Kelly

Another hat finished for The Mitten Tree.

I used this free pattern from Crochet in Color. It's so much easier to crochet hats than to knit them. i did make one change, though - rather than braiding the pom pom ties, I made a knitted I-cord and then used the leftover end to tie around the pom-pom.

In other news, now that winter is officially here, I was given some pretty white vases.

These were a gift because, for some reason, there was actual dirt inside. But I patiently cleaned them out with the use of a chopstick, paper towels, and a pair of forceps. Forceps are extremely handy for grabbing things that are fragile, like soggy paper towel, or for holding impossibly tiny wires when you're trying to solder them onto a microscopic circuit board and don't have a full soldering station with vices and things. I'm sure they're useful for other things as well. You might say they're a real life saver.

And in another aside, my beloved husband and I are supposed to be on vacation right this very minute...but alas, finances won't allow that this year. However, in lieu of beautiful pictures from a beach that I should be uploading today, I did manage to find something similar locally.

Yesterday was so windy that the birds sitting on the water were being blown down river. Then they would fly back to where they started and be carried down stream again. It was hard to tell if they were having fun or irritated by this process. Who knows what birds think?

I know what I think. Brrrr! Winter has definitely arrived. Time to get back to learning how to knit gloves.
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