Posts Tagged ‘modifications’

The 50th year, ‘Red Hat’ thing has kind of gotten to me.  I joined AARP.  I thought about the poem:

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves…

Everybody talks about the red hat.  I concentrated on the wearing purple, and I made myself a purple dress:


I am really, really happy with how this turned out.   I made Iseult’s Dress from What (else) Would Madame DeFarge Knit? It’s my first ‘full sweater’ sized garment for me.  Although the picture makes it look like a straightforward A-line, there is actually a fair amount of shaping, and I successfully melded the bust, waist and hip measurements from three different sizes, PLUS –


OK, I messed up a bit on the bottom of the cable, but that’s not the point.  The point is that I now know how to do that cool ‘this cable closes at the top/bottom’ thing, so I can finally work out a biohazard cable chart (Serioiusly, I’ve been wanting to do that since 2007, when I used June Oshiro’s DNA cable on a pair of socks…)  This project was very much a win.

I’ve gotten a lot of other stuff done, but I’ll try to spread out some catch up posts rather than putting them all up today.

In particular there’s a non-yarn project which has been taking a lot of my time. It’s a semi-pro web page design gig which I’ll be posting about once it’s up and running.  I am very excited about it, and it’s of particular interest to any local readers.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win any of the contests I entered last month, but I did enter the Of Mars Crochet giveaway on Facebook.  Drawing 5 April.


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The cleo clutch has made me realize a simple truth.  I don’t hold myself to the same standard when I’m working on a project for myself as I do when it’s for someone else.

The more I mess up the cables, the more I knit myself into a corner and have to improvise (by, for example, running out of purple and adding more colors) the more I’m liking this project…  even realizing that, if it comes out right and I get the wallet I’ll be carrying it everywhere with me.   I’m enjoying the heck out of it, errors and all.

Just as long as it felts OK and the size is right, I’ll be happy with it.

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Not a Hat Yet.

pre-felted hat

I just finished crochetting a fedora, and am about to start the felting process.  It is a rather shapeless lump at this point, more of a floppy bag than a hat.
I’ve wobbled the pattern a bit, based on some comments from others on Ravelry who have made it.  I dropped two inches off of the height.  You can’t see it in the picture, but there is actually a hint of a brim which is supposed to become clearer once it felts.

I’ll probably felt it over the next several days, as more jeans and towels need to be washed.  I’ll try to photograph the blocking process if I can.

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