Rescue Me!

The day Rougie (Roog-eee) rescued me. Only four pounds, malnourished, and urine stained tail, hips and feet from living in a tiny crate for six months.

 

And now, coming into his own. Love this sweet boy! All six pounds of him!

 

 

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WIP? What WIP?

Who cares how many WIPs (work in progress) they have going when there are cool new patterns to fall in love with and yarn to buy? Priorities, you know.

I found a lovely pattern called Bounce from Tin Can Knits. It is for a baby afghan but I couldn’t resist. I did a little math to make it full size, bought the yarn and, just over a month later, I have a beautiful afghan for my son and daughter-in-law. They are getting ready to move into a new home and this will make a wonderful housewarming gift. My mother said it makes her think of an ebb tide.

So, I ask you, why worry about WIPs when there are so many wonderful patterns and yarns out there?

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Revised Baby Hat Pattern

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This is my version of the 1898 Hat (original pattern for an adult size hat can be found on Ravelry). I used sock yarn and US 2 needles (one set of double point needles). So here goes:

Hat Band

Cast on 12 stitches. *Slip the first stitch of every row purl wise with yarn in front*

Row 1: knit 16 rows (you will have 16 rows or 8 garter ridges)

*Increase as follows for ear flap:

Row 1: K to last 2 stitches, kfb (knit front and back), K1

Row 2: Knit.

Repeat rows 1&2 until you have 20 stitches on your needle.

Knit 6 rows even (3 garter ridges)

Decrease as follows:

Row 1: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog (knit 2 together), K1

Row 2: Knit

Repeat decrease rows 1&2 until you have 12 stitches on your needles.*

Knit 44 rows (22 garter ridges)

Repeat increases/decreases from * to * for second ear flap

Knit 16 rows (8 garter ridges)

Your hat band should be about 13″ long. Cut yarn and graft or seam ends together.

Hat Crown:

Pick up and knit 77 stitches around top of hat brim. Continue knitting in the round for 1 1/2 to 2 inches.

Decrease as follows:

*K9, k2tog* around. Knit 2 rounds. *K8, k2tog* around. Knit 2 rounds. *K7, k2tog* around. Knit 1 round. *k6, k2tog* around. Knit 1 round. *K5, k2tog* around. Knit 1 round. *K4, k2tog* around. Knit 1 round. *K3, k2tog* around. Knit 1 round. *K2, k2tog* around. Knit 1 round. *K1, k2tog* around. Knit 1 round. *K2tog* around.

You should have 7 stitches left on your needles. Cut yarn and, using tapestry needle, thread yarn through these stitches. Pull stitches snug and weave in end.

Note: try decreasing the last 7 stitches to 4 stitches and knit about 2″ of Icord. Use to make a loop on the top of your hat (see photo).

*This pattern is for personal use, please do not sell the pattern. Thank you.

 

 

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Misbehaving Roses

My roses have a perfectly nice trellis but they refuse to use it!

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On-the-Go Project Bag (and a Giveaway!)

Any one else interested in winning this pretty little silk bag? I could envision many other uses for this bag for my non-knitting friends, and this blog is always an interesting read 🙂

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When carrying my knitting around, I like to keep it in nice project bags. I used to drop works in progress (WIPs) into ziplock bags and throw them into my purse or tote bag. It was handy but not very attractive. I have a couple of large bags that I’ve acquired through the years that are my standbys. Those are better suited for large WIPs; one of them is currently holding a blanket that will ultimately fit a double-sized bed. Another is a tote bag with a witty phrase. For small projects – like socks – I use this little silk bag.

Silk Project Bag 1

The bag is 8.5″ tall, 8″ wide and about 2″ deep (21.5 cm x 20 cm x 5 cm). It fits the necessary yarn, needles, notions, and patterns for socks, hand warmers, a hat or other small projects.

Silk Project Bag 2

It is fully lined and cinches closed. And it’s pretty. It’s meant to…

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Peaches In Bloom

My two year old peach tree blooming like there’s no tomorrow!

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Lots Of Hats

What an easy pattern this is! Now I have a nice little stack of hats ready for donating.

And lots more sock yarn in my stash, just waiting for me.

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