Managing Expectations

I said one thing about this weekend, I would definitely have enough time to finish my Hitchhiker.  Naturally, that means I didn’t.  That’s gotta be one of the corollaries to Murphy’s Law, declaring one’s intent is the quickest way to ensure something won’t happen.

I did get lots of other little tidbits done though.  I added a cute little bill to my recent Grateful Dead hat.  I wasn’t sure the colors I had left would work but turns out, it was meant to be!  I love when stashbusting turns out like this!  It’s for a friend who accidentally felted an alpaca hat I gave her years ago.  I’m pretty sure she’ll agree, it was worth the wait!

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I embellished the stupid black hat, as well.  I love it now!

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The idea of a bluegrass festival full of 70’s glam rock fans tickles me pink!  And the pom-pom is the proverbial cherry on top, just in case anyone missed the humor of it before.  I have no idea if this one will be well received, but as usual, I’ll be happy to keep it for myself!

After that, I got the crazy idea to cut up a dress my Mom tie dyed for me years ago.  It’s been my staple lounge wear for a long time, to the point of decay.   It developed a gaping armpit hole but I couldn’t just throw it away.  I dismissed the idea of mending it, instantly.  Clearly THAT was too much work.   Cutting it up into ‘tarn’ struck me as brilliant though.  I couldn’t get the scissors in my hands fast enough.  Three hours later, I’m not even half done.

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I think I’ll have enough for something garment like though!  It’s a floor length, shift dress, so no seams to get in the way!  Just a big flat piece of fabric to be cut up.  I can’t wait to give it a new life!  But first, I’m finishing that Hitchhiker!  Maybe ;)

Roscoe got FO’d!

This week’s FO is super exciting!  I’m really pleased with how Roscoe the stripey pants monster turned out!  Attaching limbs and stitching facial features are chores to me.  Rebecca Danger’s pattern made it really easy though!  I loved the process, I loved the outcome and I think I’m even going to love going to a 3 year old’s birthday party!  (this is definitely a first for me!)

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I’m hoping for a cranky, fickle 3 year old!  That way, she won’t notice when I sneak Roscoe back into my own bag and smuggle him home with me!  ‘Taking candy from a baby’ isn’t just an expression, right?

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I made a few modifications to the pattern.  The idea of fingering weight yarn on size one needles did not appeal to me.  Instead, I held the yarn double (Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino) and used a size 4 needle.  The result was a tight, dense fabric, perfect to keep the stuffing from peeking though!  Given my time limitations, I made my Roscoe shorter than the pattern called for.  I knit roughly 2/3 of the prescribed rows.  Monsters are highly customizable, after all!

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(Just in case you’re still reading, I’m not really going to steal the kids birthday present.  I promise.  I’m only going to think about it!  I think I’ll make a tissue box monster for myself instead!)

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(Also, did you know you can favorite your own projects on Ravelry now…Yes, I had to do it!  At least I think it’s a new feature…I’m pretty sure I would have done it at least once before now, if that was the case!)

Stash Happens!

I was really hoping to have the next yarn bomb easter egg ready to share today.  Maybe tomorrow…turns out each one of these pieces is like knitting a scarf.  It’s taking a while!

So, here’s the recent stash acquisitions.  Somehow yarn always manages to find me!

This is from a friend’s destash, I couldn’t resist the colors! It’s heavy fingering, maybe sport weight.  I’ve got 3 50 g balls, I’m thinking Hitchhiker or maybe one of it’s cousins.

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This next yarn was a total impulse buy…It’s Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.  I don’t need it but I really loved the bright green, it’s appropriately called Acid!  and of course, it needed some friends, so Mist and Ultra Marine came along for the ride!  I’m thinking it’ll be something shawl like…we’ll see, a baby something is a possibility.

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and last but not least, a couple Louisa Harding Kimono Angoras for a top secret project.  I’ve said too much already!

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and oh yeah, I changed the blog layout!  I did it Friday, which seems about a million years away right now! Hopefully this one is easier to read.  This should be easier on the eyes :)