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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Two Hats in the Making

I've gotten requests for two chemo caps this week so I'm going to be doing those on the train tomorrow. I almost have one finished. I'm using Caron Soft yarn because I sure don't want to aggravate sensitive skin. I just want them to be super soft and cozy. I do have some hats already made up for those in a hurry, but if possible I'd like to make the person a special one in their favorite colors if time allows. Then as I make it I can think of the intent of healing and the love that person needs during this trial in their life.

I'm also knitting a rug from a pattern in Oneskein by Leigh Radford. It's full of cool project that take a minimal amount of yarn in assorted colors. I'm going to take that on the train with me as well. So far I've started with a baby blue. The rug is made of a long tube that will be sewn over Wright's Piping Filler Cord  and then sewn into a spiral.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Crafts to do in Front of the Computer Monitor

I really enjoy the rolled brim hats so now I'm making one in shades of pink. I'm about 3" into it. I've been playing the game Evony on line, and knitting while waiting for my troops to storm the castle makes everything so much fun. Otherwise I'd be bored stiff as my little men hammer away at building a new tower. That's one thing I can say about knitting. It goes well with sitting in front of a computer monitor. I'd never be able to paint or sand a drum or plant a garden sitting in front of my monitor (Farmville doesn't count). I have been able to do some hand sewing like quilting in front of the computer. And crochet of course. I don't want to spend all day on line though. And knitting travels just as easily to the library, the patio or the train.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Striped Yellow and Pink Hat

Last night I finished this striped beauty. But I had to wait until daylight to take a photo.
I love these mannequin wig heads I got at the swap meet. They really have personality. I bought 2 out of 3 and I wished I'd bought the third one.

I need to get a male head because I have to have something to put the guy's hats on for an upcoming event. Almost all the customers will be men, so I had to start making more subdued colors. But I couldn't take it anymore and made this striped hat to get the color back into my life. Perfect way to brighten a gloomy day.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The 88 Hat With a Rolled Brim

I just finished my green camo rolled brim hat made of Paton yarn. I love the way it came out. This one is for my shop but the next time I have some money I'll buy more of the same yarn and make me one, only with a long tail I think. I'm calling it the 88 Hat because that's how many stitches I need to cast on for each hat on my 16" DPNs.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Chemo Caps Always Free

If you need one for you or a loved one, email me at Pigglewiggins (at) gmail.com. and let me know your favorite color. Also, do you prefer solids or stripes or anything goes. Make sure you tell me if it's for a child, teen, or adult so I get the size right. And I'll need a complete address to send it to.

And if any of you are in the Anaheim area I also accept donations of yarn and knitting and crocheting supplies, as long as they are from a smoke free environment. That way I can keep the caps coming, and you can get your closet cleaned out of all the yarn Aunt Martha left you. And if you could never figure out that new fangled knitting loom, I'll be happy to have those available too. That way I can put the local teens to work making hats as well.

Pink and Yellow Beanie

I finished all the knitting on my pink and yellow hat last night. It looks like candy. I still have to weave in all the loose ends and it will be good to go. I also need to give it a wash because the older yarn is a bit grimy. It's acrylic though, so should clean up just fine. I think this one came out better than the green wool one because I made the crown a bit deeper. Then again some people prefer a hat that doesn't come down too far.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Knitting and Budgeting

Even in S. California a chill is in the air at night now. And I'm busy knitting away for my craft booth on Oct. 25, 2009 at an archery event in Pasadena. I want to have a pile of wool hats finished. So far I have maybe 2 finished and 6 in the works. I don't want to be caught unprepared.

I almost bought another hat knitting book at Joann's today. But I really should stop all purchases until after the first of the month so I don't run short on money for my trip Oct. 31. Traveling is so expensive. I'm going by train. And then I have to eat out a lot for 3 or 4 days. And that takes cash. If I sell anything on the 25th the money will be useful for the trip, but I can't count my chickens before they hatch.

Here's the book I almost bought: http://www.patonsyarns.com/patternbook.php?PBS=500577

Friday, October 09, 2009

Harf? Scood? ???

On Etsy I found two things that interested me. Some knitters make something that can be worn as a neck scarf or a hat and they call them a "Harf", or hat + scarf.  But I've seen other longer scarves with hoods attached and they call those "Scoods" (Scarf plus Hood). And I've yet to get around to making either one. So which gets your vote? Harf or Scood? Or both.

Knitting a Colorful Beanie

I finished the green wool skully type of hat (beanie) and set to work on one in more girly colors. This one so far is yellow and rose pink stripes. I think I was starved for color after working with the olive green. What can I say, I'm addicted to color. I took my knitting with me when we went to the hobby store too. I like keeping it handy so I can work on it a row or two here and there. That way my hands don't ache. If I knit too much I can't type and vice versa. Once I even knitted a long bag for my scimitar for belly dancing.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Olive Hat

I'm almost done with the wool olive hat I'm knitting. This time I got those 16" circular needles to work for me. I just have to remember to cast on 88 stitches, and even though that looks too small for an adult's head, it isn't. That's Wallop the cat wondering why he has to sit next to the new girl.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Knitting and Men

I took my knitting with me to the Pagan Fair. I'm making an olive green hat. As we were driving there my boyfriend looks over and says, "You knit hats?" Now I must have knitted at least 50 hats since I moved in with him, including 2 other ones this week. And he knows crocheting hurts my wrist. Sometimes I think someone took him and left a changling in his bed.