If you are in Northern Virginia and happen to see a strange woman in the grocery store measuring the circumference of all large cylindrical objects with a tape measure, please stop and say hello to me.
What am I up to? Why, I am in search of the perfect blocking aid for bucket hats, of course.
The Skye Bucket was blocked on a china cachepot I have, but was just a tad too big. So I rewashed it and felted it over a bowl that was a tad too small with a towel taped around it to make it big enough.
So on Saturday I brought my tape measure to the grocery store and measured everything in the store that looked like it might work.
I quickly came to the conclusion that Bonne Marie has a dainty little head if she can use a 2-lb coffee can to block her hats.
Did you know that people look at you funny when you measure stuff in the grocery store?
I ended up buying a tin of Danish Butter Cookies (you know — the small blue tin) in the Rite-Aid (on sale for $1.99) because I thought it was perfection. But guess what? It’s just an ootch too big.
After watching all this, Ian thoughtfully did an online search for hat forms for me, but I didn’t see anything that was exactly right.
So I was back at the grocery store with my tape measure last night. Nothing new since Saturday, but hope springs eternal.
Oooooh! Yummy, yummy!
This is handpainted cashmere knitted in a simple feather and fan stitch. Cashmere purchased from an ebay seller — link to her store in the sidebar.
I’m just winging the pattern. Want it? You know you do.
Simple Feather and Fan Lace Scarf
Cast on 58 stitches.
Rows 1, 2, & 4: Knit.
Row 3: Knit 2, (knit 2 tog) 3 times, *(yo, k1) 6 times, (knit 2 tog) 6 times — repeat from * to last 8 stitchs, (knit 2 tog) 3 times, knit 2.
Repeat these four rows until the scarf is as long as you want, or until you run outta yarn.
Couldn’t be simpler, right?
Confession is Good for the Soul
This came in the mail yesterday:
As did this:
The first pile o’ yarn is to make another kitty bed for Miss Lucy. The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill-Potluck Bulky-blues greens and Trendsetter Shadow in shade 1003. And I started the bed, on size 15 needles with the yarn held double:
The second pile of yarn is “Forest Handpainted Cloud 9 Wool Yarn” purchased on eBay from Over the Rainbow Yarns and all I can say is Wow! Wowie wow wow wow! No concrete plans for this wool . . . yet.
Alrighty kids . . .
This is probably my last post for the week. Happy Holidays to all!