Monday, April 26, 2010

100 shipping out

One hundred hats are heading from RI to OK today.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

one for one swap and LOADS of new pictures

I will be heading to a tatting conference soon! (Yeah, me!) I will be bringing a set of mittens and hat for Seneca Santa when I go. I started a hat/mitten set in blue left over from the Wounded Warrior afghan. Hat: done. Mitten 1: done. Mitten 2: ran out of yarn at the top of the pinky! WAH! So I grabbed a skein of lavender and made a pair of mittens in lavender. I'll swap one of the lavender hats from the bag with the blue hat from the yarn mentioned above. E1 also mailed me a hat for Seneca Santa! So, I'll be finishing up my pre-conference homework and packing 2 hats and a pair of mittens in my luggage. (I can't wait! Is it Friday yet?)

E1 sent me a photo disk with the pictures of all her hats! I will be uploading them to the blog for your OOOOH-ing and AHHHH-ing pleasure as soon as I get a chance. You'll enjoy seeing them.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

E2's 57, 58, 59

Hat 57, the goldenrod wool one, is in the BIG SACK O'HATS. I decided to heed the voice of Rowena A. that I hear in my head all time time and put the hat in the bag. What does Rowena A. say that is so powerful? She says,
"It's just _____X_____. They will make more. I promise."
Where 'X' is fabric, yarn, silk tatting thread, or any other consumable that one might be tempted to hoard. (OK, maybe only the Obsessive Compulsive hopeless thread/fabric/yarn junkies among us might be tempted to hoard. But the point is the same. Do not be afraid to cut the fabric, knit the yarn, or tat the silk. There will be more. Rowena promises.)

So, that is hat 57.

Hat 58 has been languishing for a while until I could darn in the ends. Gray LEADER yarn, seed stitch cuff. Simple and straightforward.

Hat 59 I finished last night. It's mint green LEADER yarn. The design was supposed to be trees, but surely looks more like arrows pointing heaven-ward. So, I'll call it the "Keep Looking Up" cap in honor of a dear friend from eons ago... Doug C of Penfield, NY, who is fond of saying "Keep Looking Up" when hard times come along. It's good advice. What's here is transitory. Keep looking up to what's eternal and truly important. So, even if they were meant to be trees pointing heavenward, they're more like arrows pointing heavenward, to remind all of us to Keep Looking Up.

I may make one more hat soon just so I have a round number like 60 instead of a prime number (59). [Although prime numbers are way cool, so maybe I should pause at 59 for a while.]

I've been working on a prayer lapghan for a wounded veteran, at the request of the prayer shawl ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church. I'm nearly done with that. I've finished the green prayer shawl for the music ministers' friend. I have another, very special, prayer shawl in progress and I hope to finish it this century.

Flooding update:
E1 is fine and well and has weathered the storm well: home, pets, and all.

E2 and family are safe and fine although the house took a beating. There is a river in the basement. Literally. The flooring will have to come up and the paneling will have to come down. And some stuff-stuff is ruined (yarn, fabric, books). But the people are all well (other than strep throat, bronchitis, and other things that are putting a big crimp in Holy Week plans). Stuff-stuff, carpeting, and paneling can be replaced. Regarding yarn, fabric and books: They will make more. Rowena A. promises. So, toss out the ruined stuff-stuff and be thankful we have a home not submerged in nine feet of water; we have electricity; the wage-earner's business is still standing and profitable and keeping a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, clothes on our backs, and fuel in our cars, and internet turned on. While I'd prefer NOT to have a river in my basement, all is truly well.

Oh, and the back yard is a swamp with a stream running through. There's a stream running down our street, too. Water is still flowing so vigorously that the cover of some pipe is popping up and down, being bounced by water pushing its way to the surface. Amazing.

Daughter #1 and I did some sight-seeing yesterday after we went to the doctor. A local grocery store is submerged. The beloved Del's Lemonade shop is up to its counter in water. Dunkin' Donuts stands in a lake, and the high-rise apartment building for the elderly stands vacant in the water. We also peeked at the bike path. There were SWANS SWIMMING ON THE BIKE PATH. Now that is something that has to make even the most embittered person laugh --- to see swans swimming on what humans dare to call "the bike path". I guess I won't be biking there any time soon, nor even hiking there without first buying hip waders! We stopped to see the waterfall near Town Hall. Normally the waterfall is about 20 feet tall. Yesterday it was about two feet tall.

Our area fared far better than other areas. I wonder if the Warwick Mall (A whole MALL!) will ever re-open, or if it's destroyed and will have to be razed.
I went to look for photos of the mall, and found a shocking video. I didn't know someone had been trapped inside the flooded Mall for days! He's gottabe HUNGRY. Humans can only live on Cinnabon and soda pop for so long!

I'm glad it's not my car in this picture!

My friend, DA, could use prayers. She's in Hope Valley --- completely cut off because of the flooding --- and injured from an accident.

- E2

Crochet Basic Roll-Brimmed Hat

From 310 Hats

Worsted weight yarn
I hook (5 mm)

  • Chain 2
  • 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Place marker in last stitch.
  • 2 sc in each sc (12). Move marker.
  • (1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (18 sc). Move marker.
  • (2 sc in each of first 2 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (24 sc). Move marker.
  • (3 sc in ea of first 3 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (30 sc). Move marker.
  • Continue in this manner for 13 or 14 rounds (increasing the number of scs before the increase by 1 each round) until your radius is about 3", diameter about 6", and circumference about 18". (78 scs or 84 scs). This should make a nice flat disc, which is the hat top.
  • Work even without increasing. It will start making a bowl shape. Continue even until the depth is about 6". It needs to be long enough and and big enough around to cover a Kindergarten-age child's head and ears.
  • To create a rolled brim, increase the stitches by 50%: (1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) repeat around.
  • Work a few rounds even.
  • Slip stitch around to give a nice tight, neat edge.
  • Cut yarn. Work in ends.
  • If the hat is too "airy", you can weave colored yarns through the stitch spaces. Colored yarns will be very decorative.