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Christmas in September

Every year, a hospital in my town has a Christmas event in which decorated wreaths, trees, and even “rooms” of Christmasy things are viewed and auctioned off for charity. My knitting group has been toying with the idea of making a wreath for a couple of years now, but we always seem to just miss the deadline. This time I pushed a bit to get us to do it. We’ve even gotten the o.k. to use hand knitted/crocheted ornaments, so we’re going to have some of those as well as traditional things like big ribbons and shiny ball ornaments. I’ll talk about it more as the season progresses, but for now we’re just trying to get a few things started to make sure everything each of us is working on will coordinate in terms of colors and size (it so, so, helps that one of us is a graphic designer!)

I’ve been assigned to do a string of crochet Christmas lights. Found a few patterns on Ravelry, but none small enough, so I improvised. The plan is to make a bunch of them separately and then chain them up together later when I have a better idea of how many I’ll need and how they should be spaced.



If our plan works out, the wreath should be really cute. It’s going to feature a knitted monster, on a ladder, hanging the lights–so stay tuned.

In other news, I haven’t given up on Kayleen yet, but she is slow. This is why I can’t do knit-a-longs.


Now I need to get in gear, because I start having studio time again Monday. I spent some money at the local bead shop last week, and now I have lots of nice beads for riveted rings (if only my silver tubing would finally arrive in the mail!) I also picked out some pretty glass beads in even numbers so I can make some earrings to sell locally . . . maybe . . . hopefully . . . yeah, I really need more confidence on the business end of things.

I might do a post-a-day challenge again soon. That was a ridiculously productive time for me, and formed good habits which I immediately lost when it was over. Ha!


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Halos and Ginkos



All I’ve been knitting lately are hats, as I want to get my donation to Halos of Hope out by the end of the year.  I’d rather wait until the end of holiday craziness to ship them out, so I might make one or two more in the interim.  Actually, I think I’m definitely going to do that with some Caron Simply Soft in my stash because it is, indeed, simply soft.  I didn’t notice until today that Halos discourages the use of “afghan-type yarn.”  I’m not 100% sure what that means, but I think some of the yarns I used qualify as that.  Chemo caps are not just about covering hair loss; they’re about comfort.  They’re about a painful scalp.  They’re about taking off your wig at the end of the day and putting on something soft.  Maybe even sleeping in it.  So, I think I dropped the ball on some of these.  Perhaps those could go to a shelter instead.

So, of these seven, I’ve talked about three before. Most of the rest are simple stockinette with stripes or a regular knot pattern for interest.  The exception is the interesting guy in front on the left; this is Mixed Up May by Pat Salvatini, who I met at Stitches Midwest.  She gave me a free copy of the pattern, so I figured why not use it! 

Today I finished up a hat of my own with some old Red Heart (definitely an “afghan-type yarn”):

atari5200hatI call it Atari 5200 because the rainbows remind me of the old Atari logo with the little rainbow strip under the name.  Plus, I was probably playing a LOT of Atari back when I bought this yarn in the mid-80s, as I was learning to crochet.  I remember buying a bunch of skeins at Woolworth’s for $1 each on sale . . . why am I such a nostalgic old bag these days, anyway?  Oh well.  I like what I like, and I’m old enough to not have to care what anybody thinks.  MYAH.

I did indeed go to the open metals studio session last week; not too many people did, so I was able to run freely.  I did my usual end-of-the-season rummage through the scrap bin for bits to cut discs from (and now I do know exactly what I want to do with them, and hope to accomplish it soon!) The main thing I worked on, though, was this happy little hard-to-photograph set:

ginkosThese are pieces I had cut weeks ago from 22g silver; I intended them for the “real” version of my art deco necklace.  Alas, they looked too thin to be dramatic, so I repurposed them into “ginko leaves” (if I really wanted to go ginko, I could have cut some notches into the bottom edge of the earrings.) This was a simple project:  heat the silver to anneal it, mark guidelines with a Sharpie, carefully strike it with a cross peen hammer, and anneal again.  Drill holes. Now just use round nose pliers (wrapped in tape to prevent scratching) to ruffle out the edges.  Throw it in a tumbler and here you go.  I’m thinking of putting a patina on these with some liver of sulfur.  Don’t know when I’ll actually finish them with findings, as I’m rounding out the year by finishing off other unfinished projects . . .

. . . including a commission I’ve been putting off way too long.  I’d better go do that right now.



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Up for Bid!

My start date for NaKniSweMo (“Nanny Sway Mo,” I’ve been told it’s pronounced) got pushed back about five days because a friend approached me about making some knitted things for a charity auction.  I was happy to comply, and finally find a use for the beautiful but totally, totally not stretchy silk bamboo yarn in my stash, which I’d bought on clearance at least a year ago.  The purple one is based on the two-and-three stitch from the Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches (with a frilly little picot border).  The blue one is the interesting and popular boteh scarf, the pattern of which I have in a crochet magazine but never cared to make for myself.

I have just learned that, at the silent auction, “two ladies were fighting over them”!  People actually wanted to know if I have a shop.  This is really good news and bolsters my confidence a little.  More importantly, together the scarves earned about $75 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.  I’ll definitely be doing this again next year.


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