Instant Gratification Ribbed Hat

I finished this hat in two hours.  As you see, it was past midnight when I finally finished and cleaned it up.  That’s why the photos are a little dark.

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Since Christopher was still up, I asked him to try it out, and quickly snapped a shot.  It’s not often that he’ll stand still and model, while I take a picture.  

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The pattern is a simple rib – one dc, FPDC in next stitch – all around.  I changed colours to break up the monotony.

That’s my instant gratification project.  Now to continue with the other bigger pieces so I can finally get it done!

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Snowflakes on the Beach

Hope everybody had a safe Fourth of July.

We hit the beach early, thinking that it would be crowded because it was one of those hazy, hot and humid days.  There was a good crowd, but not as much as we thought.  And so I settled down with my cappuccino, book, iPad (to check on the Wimbledon scores or watch a game or two), and my projects in my new bag – the one I won from the Haiti Crochet Project.  It’s roomy, lightweight and sturdy.  Check out the Etsy shop and help the women of Haiti.

Inside the bag is a new project that I wanted to start.  Crocheted snowflakes, for the tree this year.

I thought that maybe it was time to hang crocheted snowflakes on the Christmas tree this year, for something different.  I bought the book about two months ago, when there was a sale (Mother’s Day, I think).  I got the RH Fashion Thread – I think that it will twinkle nicely when the lights hit the flakes.  I’ll probably make a few with fine thread as well – my son said that snowflakes are supposed to be white, so I should make them in white. I’m thinking about a hundred flakes will be enough for the trees? 

So, as we packed up this morning, I pulled out a ball of thread and the hook from the closet.  It wasn’t until I got to the beach and settled down that I found out that it was the wrong size hook.  aarrghhh It was two sizes too small.

I went ahead and crocheted, anyway.  A little slow-going at the beginning, and picots galore.  I made these first four in just over an hour.  

The finished flakes sort of looked like the picture in the book.  I’ll block it later – oh my, I just realized that I’m going to have a lot of flakes to block! oh-kaaayyy …..

At the end of the day, I only managed to finish one more flake.  Five down, 95 to go.

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  Christopher liked this scarf I had made for the Special Olympics … so he asked me to make one for him in grey and white …

Given a reason to buy yarn 🙂 I went looking for yarn … 

… and found some new ones to experiment with … Kaleidescope in Pebble!