Photo fun

I discovered a while ago why I loved photography:  Because it shows you the beauty all around you.  Just, sometimes you have to crop out the crap. :)

I took these the other day to demonstrate that.  We saw these in Brighton on our way to a nearby thrift store.  SJ's so good to let me stop whenever and take a quick snapshot.

Which was really in this scene:

It's two pictures of the same thing, just one lets you think that maybe it's in some garden somewhere, and the other shows you that it's just a back alley behind a few Korean restaurants in the city.  I've learned to appreciate the little things and see the beauty that I would have otherwise missed.

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I made a couple more hats, trying to find one for me that I like, so far, no luck.

First, I found this hat in a book, and I loved the pattern.  The book explicitly said that it knits up big, but should fit most people.  In blind optimism I believed it.

As you can see though, it's pretty big:

So, I made this hat:

Which, is pretty, but is still too big.  Yes, I got gauge, but casting on 108 st for a women's hat is just about 12 too many.  So, I'll probably frog it and re-make it as the child's size.  I do rather like the design though:

The patterns are:

Nordic Hat Three Ways
Sakura - Also available here.


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For Any Service Person

 Evening Maple clued me into a charity knit project - Helmet Liners for the troops.  Specifically this one is going to VT troops.  I had to try it on of course.  The pattern page said 2 hours - but that was clearly a mistake, since they must have meant 12.  It took me about 10-12, and I don't think I'm *that* slow!

I started and finished it over the weekend and it's already packed and shipped off.  
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I made gloves!

I made a pair of gloves!  They're so far the longest project I've worked on - Taking about  10-11 days.  I'm very happy with them - they're not too long, not too short, they're wool, and they were very inexpensive - the wool was about $4 - and I have almost 1/2 of that left over.  I used the Knotty Glove pattern from

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Ravelry links

 I should mention that none of the patterns I've used for knitting were my own - I got them all from 

These are almost all Ravelry links - you'll need a login there to see them, but it's free to sign up.  I've included external links where I could:

Cabled Scarf:    Palindrome Scarf
Cabled Hat:  Palindrome Hat
Ribbed hat:   Cashmere Ribbed Hat
Socks:   Silver's Sock Class
Fake Isle hat:      Spunkyeclectic's Fake Isle Hat
Beret:'s Columbia Beret

I'll try to remember to include the pattern from now on when I post - give credit where it's due!
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More hats

I made this hat for my grandmother - it's my first beret, and while I made a whole ton of mistakes - i kept repeating them, so now it's just called a "new pattern" ;)


I've been kind of busy....

Running a store that sells toys in the holiday season has its ups and downs. It's been pretty consistently busy for a while, then all of the sudden, one day, nothing. Then a few little things, that absolutely have to be send out the very next morning, then nothing, then a few more. I never really know quite what to expect.

So, when it's not busy, I keep busy anyway, and at the last possible second I decided to knit my immediate family (those that don't reside in Florida) hats for Christmas. It's practical, I enjoy it, inexpensive, and semi-non-commercial. I did have to buy the yarn after all.

I tried to pick colors I thought the recipient would like, but tried to keep the patterns easy enough for me to do in an unreasonably short amount of time. No fair isle mittens, stockings, giant sweaters, afghans or car covers this year, and for the family members in Florida, sorry, you'll have to wait until I get more inventive.

Since no family members read the blog, except for SJ, who got his hat a couple days early since it's been so cold, I can safely post this without ruining any surprises!

Clockwise from blue:  Sister, Mother-in-law, Mother, Sister's boyfriend, Step Father, Sister-in-law.  Grandmother's hat isn't started yet, I swear, I have plenty of time!
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more hats

I made a couple more hats, one is soft and comfy to wear, but I don't like the look of it, and one is a bit itchy, but very comfy and warm. I'm probably keeping both. I haven't decided yet. :)

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I made a hat.

SJ found a pattern he liked and we found an appropriate yarn to use for the contrast color - so now he has a matching alpaca hat. This was my first color work and my first hat. Tricky, but not too bad. I didn't have the right size circs, so I used 5 dpns. I was able to successfully knit it using both hands though - using both Continental style and American. It took 3 evenings - I wish someone had told me that hats knitted up so fast!

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I made a scarf

I had some lovely Cascade Yarns Eco Alpaca - SJ bought it for me to make him a scarf with. It's wonderful on the hands, and so soft to touch. It's so warm - I would actually get hot with it just sitting on my lap while I was making it! It's about 6'4" - which you can't tell from either of these pictures.

Of course, it's been too warm to wear it, now that I've made it. If I keep knitting maybe we won't get any snow! ;)