Did that heading get your attention? 😉 The Warm Willies to which I am referring is actually a crochet pattern for fingerless mitts. Here’s a Ravelry link, because the pattern is a free Ravelry download. I love that I can look back five years ago and see my project page for the first pair I made of these mitts. This time I made the small size, and left off the button tab on the back of the hand.
I also got the stitch pattern correct and it looks sort of like a seed stitch. Nice!
I left these in a co-worker’s basket when I was at work on Monday. She will find them when she gets back from her holiday and hopefully like them.
Monday night I was sans project and my friend came over for tea and yarny pursuits. So I quickly grabbed some old James C Brett Marble Chunky and a 6mm hook and started on a hat. I finished it today. It’s based on my Crochet Adjustable Hat pattern (recipe, really), with the crown increased to about 6.75 inches for a finished circumference of 22 inches and a depth of 8 inches. The good thing about the button tab is that the brim can be tightened by rebuttoning the tab further over.
It’s nice to use some of the buttons I bought when they were discontinued at work.
We had a crazy strong windstorm yesterday. I was driving all over the place yesterday – first to buy some fabric to make a top, then to a class on the other side of the lake, then back to this side of the lake and further yet to a sewing class at my friend’s house, then the gym for an orientation and fitness assessment with Tai Chi Man, followed by a yoga class. There was dust and leaves and garbage cans flying all over the place and even some construction fencing was down and lying in the road in one place. I’m sure a number of trees probably came down but I haven’t checked local news sites. (We did have a couple of mini power outages.)
As for the sewing, it’s exciting, because my friend is helping me to make a top out of a rayon/spandex knit, and I am getting a lot of tips on how to sew with knits and finding out the joys of a serger. Oooh! I shall have to show you when it’s done. I spent two hours at her place yesterday and we made great progress. I go back next week for another two hours, in which I expect to finish that top and start another project.
It’s almost time to start dinner. Happy Hooking on Hump Day, folks, and talk to you again soon.
The little stack of hats for Swaziland has now grown from four to fourteen.
I think I should just stick to the regular hat shape if I make more of these, because the square ones are sort of naff!
Since the BIG project was finished, it’s been a relaxing time of churning out these little hats each time I picked up a hook.
And there’s been another hat – an adult-sized one for a co-worker’s husband.
This is a very manly hat using James C Brett Marble Chunky in MC59. Shades of brown and grey. The pattern is my Adjustable Crochet Hat (crochet hat recipe) pattern without any embellishments, and with an sc round at the end, and a 6mm hook.
We’ve had quite the snow build-up this week. Today it’s milder so we’ve had some melting, but for a few days it was shovel, slither and slide.
Yesterday I had a plan to go to a friend’s house for some energy healing, and I wanted to do some errands, like Costco, that I plan for when I go across the lake, but I did wonder whether I should just stay home. However I did venture out, and as long as I was careful not to accelerate or brake too sharply I mostly maintained my traction!
I’m having a blissful day at home today – a friend came over and we drank scads of Yorkshire tea and got out our knitting and crochet and put the world to rights (well, at least our corner of it). Now I should probably get off my arse and go and bake a pineapple upside-down cake, because it’s on the meal plan, and leaving it until the last minute is not a good idea if we want to eat it for dinner. Probably should prep the shepherd’s pie too.
I hope you’re staying cosy in your part of the world. Happy crafting!
Last night, the Coatigan got its button/buttonhole bands. Tonight, it got its collar.
I wove in a few ends, but I think I’m done for today. I do have this to look forward to though…
Yup, a metric craptonne of ends. And the cuffs yet to add.
I did finish this yesterday though.
The blues are a bit deeper in real life. It’s a pretty shade of James C Brett Marble Chunky, though I don’t have the label to hand right now. The buttons were bought on clearance at work. This is destined for one of my co-workers in my aim to give each one of them a random gift for no reason.
Tomorrow my goal will be to get the cuffs finished on the coat, and I may also start another small project, if I find the inspiration. I will also need to persevere on my piano practice. I have three tunes to practice – This Land is Your Land, We Wish you a Merry Christmas, and Silent Night. Eight weeks in and it is getting more challenging. I was getting quite frustrated with myself this morning, trying to get the hands coordinated. Considering I learned to type with all my fingers, both hands, when I was 16, I know I can do this piano thing, it just takes practice. What’s challenging you right now?
It’s been a blissfully uncommitted day today and I was able to enjoy a whole morning in my PJs doing nothing but join the squares of my granny square coat-of-many-colours, drink tea, eat breakfast, and throw in a couple of loads of laundry before the pile overtook the hallway.
The sun was pouring in and I was able to get some naturally lit photos of the coat, firstly joined but still flat, then joined down the side and sleeve seams.
The squares did get rearranged a couple of times. I thought I had it sorted, then was annoyed by two squares with a lot of raspberry pink next to each other. Move one square, and you end up moving six! The seams are single crochet on the right side, working into both loops. Decorative and sturdy.
Back and front.
SO many ends. At least 744 of them.
Next up is to add the collar, cuffs and button bands. I will start on that tonight. I’ve decided to miss our usual Monday night activity and get more crochet done.
Ds3 actually came out for a walk with me this afternoon. Weather was bright and cool and it was nice to see him get out of the house with his camera.
One more thing to show you – a small portable project. A hat in progress with James C Brett Marble Chunky. I’m going to add a button tab just for show. It’s good to have something to work on while out and about when projects like the coat or a blanket get too unwieldy.
This is a really basic double crochet hat, worked in a spiral, based on my Adjustable Crochet Hat pattern. I found the yarn in a clearance bin at my LYS. I’ve always loved the Marble Chunky.
Have a great day, and talk to you again soon.
This didn’t take long to make – two strands of James C Brett Marble Chunky with a 6.5mm hook, generic top down crochet beanie, of which I have made many. I’m pleased to have used up two partial skeins from the stash.
Tonight’s Netflix show of choice was White Collar, a TV series about an FBI guy and his sidekick, a reformed art forger who is impossibly good-looking!
The Boho wrap is unchanged, and the skirt-scarf is thus…
Approximately 17” along that right edge, which is the width of the rectangle or the length of the skirt, depending how you look at it. Yeah, black doesn’t photograph well.
So much for this WordPress app, which isn’t working properly again. I can upload certain photos, but others freak the app out, I think, as I get an ‘uploading’ thing cycling at the top of my screen indefinitely. Frustrating! Back to Safari for me.
We had a wet and windy day, and the new snowfall we had earlier in the week has all melted. It always amazes me how warm plus 5 feels after minus 5! My day was full of shopping and baking, and the aforementioned crochet, so even though it felt like it was getting dark at 2.30pm I was happy, cocooned in my house with the smell of molasses cookies and home made bread.
How was your day?