Mess!

My usually cozy yarn room is an absolute chaos laden mess… I’m having a good laugh over it now…. 4 more sewing projects to knock out and I can clean it! My loom is off to the side with a partial project on it too…I’m hoping to finish the quick projects by the end of the weekend. The rest will al be knitting and I can have my sanity back before Christmas.

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A bit of a wild goose chase

A couple of nights ago my father decided to request something. He never asks for anything. I felt it was time to make him something special and he deserved it because he’s never asked for anything. He asked specifically for a hat that was worn by a character on the TV show M.A.S.H.. I went on the hunt for the elusive Radar hat. It’s commonly referred to as a Jeep Cap or M1941.

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This is the closest picture I could find for detail. I spent hours going through Red Cross patterns,  vintage knitting sites, and just a tangled interweb  of nothing. I tried Ravelry and found 2 similar patterns, one aptly titled Radar. But alas the link was broke for they were moving, and the other had a superficial roll brim that didn’t actually roll down. I turned to Facebook in desperation and found the same answers from people who didn’t listen to what I had previously written, but one lady found a pattern eliminating all the parameters.  I felt so dumb because that was one thing I had not done.
The original design of the hat was produced commercially out of machine knit cloth, sewn into hats, mass produced for the military. There would never be a pattern. I hadn’t thought of it because I was so determined to find a pattern, because that’s one of the few things I’m really good at. Finding things. Online at least.
So several hours later, with a similar pattern and several project notes from other knitters, I have cast on.
I still have many other things to do, but I did manage to finish another gift yesterday, warped my loom and started weaving (because my better half got me a folding table and clamp so I can direct warp!), and revised my mental list of everything to get me motivated. Little by little.

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And the hugest news of all……… my oldest (8 year old dd) asked me to teach her how to crochet! We are working on slip knots, foundation chains and single crochets. So far so good. She started out Saturday night, got frustrated, gave up. I left what we had untouched, hoping she would come back. Last night she asked “so when are we going to crochet? I want to learn to make things, because it will be useful. Someday I’ll be able to make anything out of yarn. So instead of making a scarf can I make a blanket for my doll instead?” And she got straight to work while I finished dressing the heddle. We talked and laughed and it was quite a great bonding experience. She is incredibly excited and filled with future project ideas already. She’s keen on the idea of being the first one in her class to learn something like this. I’m incredibly proud!

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Full steam ahead

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And another one bites the dust… woot! I’m actually really happy that I finished these as quickly as I did because of amount of cables and my lack of motivation. Double ear infection has wiped most of my energy and I’m trying to find simple projects to work on until I get my focus back. I started another gift that my daughter picked the pattern for within certain parameters. (And she did a great job , so here’s a sneak peak!)

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On a side note, Tuesday I made a trip out to Tuesday Morning. For those unfamiliar it’s a discount store similar to Big Lot’s with random discounted wares in all sorts of departments. Every once in a blue moon my store has decent knitting items. I’ve seen needles there, but they were typical bamboo or plastic (neither of which I use). Most of the yarns my store gets are cotton, acrylic mohair, or ugly. So I rarely choose that as my first shop of choice.  I found ChiaoGoo needles when I went in the other day. Jaw dropping priced ones. Like I thought they had mislabeled them but they had a whooooole rack of em, and the lady that put them there didn’t even know what they were. She had them in with the scrap booking supplies. ChiaoGoo red lace in with scrapbook supplies?! Horrific! I bought a few pairs of the plain ones in the sizes I needed and went home to swap out on a project that was driving me nuts. Project flew by and started a new one before I could even blog about it. That surprised. I typically only use aluminum for socks. They aren’t as sharp as I’d like but they aren’t as dull as they appear. It takes some getting used to.

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They aren’t straight, but curved before the cable. It’s actually really nice. I ended up going back today to see if there were any left, as all hell had broke loose in my knitting groups on Facebook as everyone scrambled to get to their local TM to find them. Some had them, some didn’t, some hadn’t unpacked them yet. Some lived too far from a TM and found a way to get them to pay and ship them. It’s been quite interesting to see the response.
This is what was left when I got there today:

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If you’re looking to try some new circulars or just need a few pairs, get them before they’re gone! (I smell an endorsement) You really can’t beat the quality for that price.

Another project finished

A million more to go?

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Thing 1’s teacher’s cowl is finished. Pattern is Ziyal. Yarn is Berocco Vintage. Absolutely love the look of the pattern once it was blocked.
Currently working on cabled fingerless gloves for my sister using the Vancouver Fog Pattern.

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Slow but steady progress, and finally getting my immune system back after a month of immunosuppressents and one illness hitting after another. With no travel plans this year, hopefully I will get everything done in no time. Fingers crossed.

Another accountability list? [Revision edition 7]

I think it’s time I started another list to get me back on track in time for Christmas.
1) I added a weaving project and some washcloths to this, serious glutton for punishment

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Righty
2)sewing projects a-f
3)dad’s jeep hat (making progress)
4)finish my better half’s socks

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5)find a project for m (found 2)1,2
6)figure out something for j
7)finish girl friday cardi?
8)teacher cowls for thing 1 & 2 ‘s teachers

9)that random pair of mittens I started < guage lesson wall hanging
10)hubby’s Winter is Coming scarf
*11) bonus christmas guest gift hat
… boy do lists look great… but the work isn’t nearly as fun. I think I have my work cut out for me. Plus I have a few non fiber projects that have been in the works. The better half has been doing overhaul work on a dresser that was purchased at a yardsale in someones home and refinished it entirely and painted it to thing 1s specifications and built a book shelf to go with which I’m helping to paint in coordinating colors. (If I never see flamingo pink again I’ll be alright lol)
This is before:

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After:

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Considering that my husband has been working 6 days a week and going to college full time, this has been quite impressive. I can’t wait to get her book shelf finished and in her room.