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trio of love

I’ve been crocheting away, here is my trio of “Love”:

Going clockwise from top center: Waterfalls, Diamonds Overlay, and Cluster Bobbles.

The new addition: Cluster Bobbles.

The puffs are very… umm… interesting. Only for the very patient person with excellent tensioning.

Did you know that Bernat makes scented yarn? Neither did I! It’s the same price as the normal stuff, and I didn’t even notice that I had some… I HAD noticed that my bag smelled rather nice, but I didn’t make the connection. But beware – make sure you sniff your yarn at the store, my mom tried to buy some and some of the balls had less than optimal scent levels! I suppose that the scent will probably wash out or wear out with time, but I can think of tons of good reasons for scented yarn:

  • it makes your bag smell nice
  • it’s nice to work with
  • it makes an even nicer gift if it smells nice… I’m totally putting them in packages that I mail!
  • it would probably make your drawer/closet smell nice, just keep putting a new one in once a month or so to keep it smelling great!
  • smell is a great invoker of memories… either to make them or recall them.  Give a child something with a scent, then expose them to the same scent as an adult and they’ll be instantly transported back in time!

And today I also have a fantastic tip for you! I was at Michael’s and I found these cute little paperclips that are shaped like a star. It was about $1.50 for a whole package of them, and I’ve started using them as stitch markers:

They’re great because they’re easy to find, easy to see, easy to hook onto work, but because of the shape they don’t fall off and stay out of your way. You’re welcome. 😀

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rainbow summer fan

Here’s a great example from that 365 dishcloth challenge that I mentioned before. It’s the Summer Fan and I decided to do it in rainbow colors.

Because each color was isolated in its own area, I didn’t finish any of them off until the end, so I carried them straight up the backside. Thus, in the middle it looked like this:

But by the end I got it all worked out… even though I missed the last round around the edge. I’m going to try it again but put 6 colors in the middle and white around the outside, so I’ll try to remember the last round next time 😀

the giant sun hat

A few weeks ago I was on some heavy medication for a busted tailbone (just ask me how much fun THAT is) and I was off work because I couldn’t sit on it.  We don’t get a whole lot of nice warm weather here in Calgary and the the entire weekend ended up being up around 30C (about 85F… hey, stop laughing, that’s as nice as it every gets here!) so I went outside… for about 8 hours.  In my medicated haze I decided that the baseball cap that I was wearing would cover my face.  I used SPF 70 2 or 3 times that day on my arms and they only burned slightly. The hat covered my forehead in a semi-circle down to my eyes so it’s bright white, and I very badly burned the rest of my face.  When I came back to work, people asked me if it was a chemical burn.  It ended up peeling about 3 times, 4 in some places.  One day my husband came home and I was crying and when he asked me why I told him that my face just hurt so much.

So to avoid EVAR burning like that again (and because I had the pattern already and it was just so cute!) I tried my hand at Amy Butler’s “Blue Sky Hats”. We had a corporate sports day coming up, and even though I couldn’t run around with a broken tail, I was a scorekeeper so I’d be sitting outside in the sun all day long.

First, when I sat down to look at the fabric suggestions I was very surprised. The pattern says that you can use quilt weight OR home dec weight cotton. The brim is the same print top and bottom, but you can line the hat in something else. The hat is then reinforced with heavy interfacing or canvas. If you use in both cases the cap part of the hat uses 1 layer of interfacing, but with quilt weight cotton the brim uses 3(!!!) layers of interfacing!

I used some of Patty Young’s Flora & Fauna, the black one with the polka dots and the bright pink flowers, and I had enough to line it in the same thing. There are essentially 2 pattern pieces – the brim piece and the cap piece. The brim piece is the entire brim, the cap piece is 1/6th of the cap. In the end I ended up cutting from the quilt weight 12 cap pieces and 2 brim pieces, and from the canvas 6 cap pieces and 3 brim pieces. It just seemed like a whole lot of fabric for a single hat!.

The instructions for the most part were very concise but clear, except that the quilt-weight version seemed to be an after-thought to the pattern instructions. There is a step that indicates that if you’re using home dec fabric, baste the single interfacing layer to the exterior brim, but if you’re using quilt weight attach interfacing to the exterior and interior layers… and this is the last time it’s mentioned. stay-stitching is used on the brim, and then you cut notches in the curved seam, but it’s not clear what’s going on with this basted line. I found myself having to read the instructions out-loud to myself somewhere in the middle to figure out which pieces were supposed to go where in what order.

In the end, it’s a really sturdy, REALLY well built hat. There is a whole lot of fabric involved, but it doesn’t seem bulky or overdone. I’m trying to figure out the SPF factor of 5 layers of fabric, but my face was very safe all day long. The brim ended up stiff enough that it stands up on its own, but soft enough that you can, for instance, lay down on the ground on your front to score-keep for a game of ultimate frisbee with a broken tail and not have the brim jab into your back. It could easy be folded up to take with you to the beach, but isn’t too floppy to be able to see out from under.

*toot toot* all aboard!

I was working on a hat last night. I used my highly-coveted Ruby Star Rising Viewfinder fabric (I think it actually hurt to cut into that!). I used the pattern out of my One Yard Wonders book for the “Good Hat Day” hat and I checked out Pink Chalk’s review HERE and they said it was easy, fit well, and it looked good with no major problems.

There is only a single pattern piece for the brim, the rest of the pieces are different sized rectangles. The pattern is to face some pieces of fabric with the “wrong” side out for “contrast”… perhaps I’ve been conditioned too much to have the “right” sides out, but the “wrong” side out just looks wrong to me. So I planned to have all the pieces right side out, and according to the pattern text, this is just fine. I still ran into quite a few problems with this pattern.

When putting together the bands, for the exterior it says to sew right sides together (ok) and then to put the wrong sides together to join the two ends (what?), and then for the interior it says to sew the wrong sides together (whatever) and then put the right sides together to join the two ends. Won’t you just end up with raw seams that way? I ignored the instructions and reversed the seams so the raw edges were facing in.

When attaching the brim, it just says “attach”, when in reality I think you need to sew a seam all the way around. I did this and it forms the bottom seam of your hat.

How the heck do you put the top on this hat? the nearest I can figure is to fold under the top raw edge of the exterior, stack it on top of the top circle and the interior and then blindly sew them all together in one go, but the instructions just say “sew together”. I ended up facing the raw edges into the inside of the hat so it’s no longer reversible.

that's one scary looking hat... what height does it have to be to qualify as a "top hat"?

Why is it so tall? I feel like a train engineer! (hence the name of the post) I’m going to take out a section of the height and make it shorter because I don’t feel like it’s wearable as it is. Maybe the circumference of my head is just too small compared to the height of the hat! But the fit on this hat is amazing. It is just perfect for my head, and again, I have a fairly small head.

Quatchi - my usual hat model... he's got a big head.

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