I guess we’re on a beard kick. Once I posted the Leif Erikson hat, I had a request for a Duck Dynasty type beard beanie for a Halloween. I told the buyer it’d take about a week, but I was so excited to try it that I went out and found the camo yarn, then made it yesterday!
Please forgive the sad, sad look in Moose’s eyes. She wasn’t as angry as she looks. She just cut her right eye tooth yesterday, so she wasn’t feeling like her usually cheerful self.
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So I scraped the scrapghan. I have no qualms with being honest- it was ugly. I tried to embrace the granny concept, I really did. I just couldn’t get on board with it. Instead, I told myself I was dropping everything else and working on a coral, turquoise and white chevron throw. I even talked Smee into letting me buy a new duvet cover if I finish it. I need 75 rows. So far I’ve finished 25. I’m hoping to get it finished before the move (in 20 days, eek!) so that I can have a new look to the bedroom in Austin. Unfortunately, as you’ve probably figured out about me by now, I can’t stay with one project for long without starting something else.
Yesterday I decided to try my hand at a free pattern I’d pinned a while back from Playin’ Hooky Designs. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit I hated it until the very last row. Not because it’s a difficult pattern (although it isn’t one you can do while watching tv. There’s a lot of counting involved), but because it just didn’t feel right. After the last row, though, all of the sudden you look at it and think “Dang, this is cool!” I thought they’d make a nifty fan-type beanie for different sports teams. Seeing as how we live in Denver right now, I thought I’d try Broncos colors…
Unfortunately, the dark blue and orange kind of look like tiger stripes. I did have a few people point out that if I changed the blue to purple, these would make fantastic Clemson fan hats. Considering the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) is responsible for the roof over my head and the groceries in my fridge, I’d have to make them while hiding in a cave deep in the woods. Blasphemy, I tell you.
All in all, I think Moose really could care less about the whole situation:
I can’t decide whether I completely stink at this blogging business, or if having an on-the-move 9 month old and more crochet orders than I can shake sticks at just makes it hard to keep up with. Add to that the big move, and it’s just become nearly impossibly to sit down and write for any length of time.
I’ve been working on several different things. The sales business has taken off, though not really via Etsy. I made two Etsy sales (one to someone I know) before I put the store on vacation until we get to Texas. Everything else has come from word of mouth to friends and friends of friends.
This Cowboys inspired hat was actually one of a set of three for a dear friend’s grandsons. It was the first time I’d made multiples of the same item, which I’ll admit got a bit boring. I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn, and have decided that it’s worth the small price difference as opposed to Red Heart SuperSaver. It’s so much softer. Next time I’ll find a lighter color for the football.
I’ve also been working on modifying a couple of different patterns for a summer shell stitch beanie. This one works up very quickly. For this, I used Peaches and Cream cotton. I think pure cotton yarns are my favorite to work with. To me, the final stitches are so much cleaner than with acrylic.
I’ve also started on what I’m calling a scrapghan. Since we’re moving, I’m trying to reduce the yarn supply a bit, so I decided on a granny rectangle afghan using scraps of what I have laying around. I have a love/hate relationship with traditional granny afghans. When Moose was born my mom gave me three or four that people had made for me back in the early 80s, and I thought they were hideous. I’ve figured out that the blankets themselves were bad, just the abominable color schemes of 1981. Not that my current color selections are any better, but because it’s a scrapghan, it isn’t really following a palette.
I also didn’t know that these kinds of blankets are in a revival of sorts. I’ve had a couple of people ask about blankets or afghans. I’ll send them pictures of different patterns, and every single one has asked for this kind instead. Apparently folks in the South view them as heirloom type things. I’d love to make a turquoise/coral/white one for our guest bedroom.
And finally, there’s the Texas hat. In order to make it, I had to crochet both sides separately, then sew them together. This left a gap in the front that I’ve got to figure out how to correct next time, but other than that I’m pretty pleased with it. Too bad Moose will probably never need it in Austin…
What have you been working on lately?
When I was in the first grade I had to memorize two things: the Preamble to the Constitution, and the first stanza and chorus of William Gaston and E.E. Randolph’s “The Good Old North State.” We sang this every Friday in a school wide assembly. There’s a long story about my life in elementary school, but that’s for another time.
“We the people” is about as far as I can remember of the Preamble, but I remember every word of TGONS. It didn’t make a lot of sense as a kid. It still doesn’t make a lot of sense as someone that has a kid. At any rate, for some reason I thought about the song a few days ago, and that got me thinking about Sheldon Cooper’s Fun With Flags…not really, just flags.
Ironically, what came of it was not the NC flag, but rather the SC one. Since that’s where Smee grew up, graduated from college, and where we first lived when we were married, when people ask where we’re from, we usually say there. Besides, for anyone that doesn’t live in one of the Carolinas, they’re both the same thing, anyway (for the record, they aren’t. At All.).
This hat took some tinkering, but I’m incredibly proud of it. It’s the first thing I’ve made that didn’t come from a pattern:
It’s the palmetto and crescent moon of the SC state flag. Smee got a huge kick out of it and wants one for himself. Unfortunately, I didn’t write down how I made the palmetto.
After I finish the looooooooooooong list of projects for other people I now have (apparently one or two sales on Etsy will build your street cred immensely), I’m planning on Colorado version of this. Thank goodness we’ve been in states that have simple flags.