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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Argh! Hurry Up!
Have you ever noticed that when you want time to pass quickly, it crawls! Like when you were a kid and the last week of school before summer break lasted FOREVER. Well I'm in that position now. This week is positively taking forever! You see I'm getting a wonderful treat this weekend. I'm going on a girls' weekend! Woo Hoo!! We leave Friday and come back Sunday. Me and four other lovely ladies will spend the weekend talking, relaxing, and drinking wine. There will only be a radio and each other. No television, no husbands asking what's for dinner, no children needing help with homework or laundry. No one to clean up after but ourselves. All this and the beautiful mountains! Can you tell I'm excited? I'm truly not trying to be mean to Car Guy and The Boys. I love them dearly, but Momma needs a break. And since I live in a testosterone filled house I'm really looking forward to a little estrogen time. And this time away will make me appreciate them all the more. I've already started a list of things to take and at the top of the list is.....my CAMERA! I will be so aggravated with myself if I forget it.
OK. I feel better now that I've gotten that off my chest. On to yarny goodness...Wait! First I have to show you something absolutely gorgeous. This past weekend, Car Guy, my MIL (mother in law) and I went to a few consignment shops just to browse around a little and I found these pillows. There were three of them and I bought them all. I'm afraid that it's been raining a lot lately, so the lighting in the photo is lousy. Aren't they beautiful? The best part though, is that they were only $10.00 a piece! Can you believe it? They are embroidered on a creamy linen and the colors are very rich. Blue flowers with gold and burgundy centers and lovely green leaves. It was love at first sight. I do love a good bargain!
Now yarny goodness. Doesn't this look interesting? It's actually a hat that I'm in the middle of blocking. It's sort of like a beret and pinning it wasn't working so it is currently stretched out over a bowl until it dries. You work with what you have!
Photo credit Crochet So Fine
It's another Kristin Ohmdal pattern from her Crochet So Fine book called Visage Lace Beret. It's worked mostly in chains and single crochet, so it's a little time consuming, but totally worth it. She used a lovely beaded lace, but the person I've made it for isn't really a beaded kind of girl. This is just a little something for her that's a bit more stylish than your standard winter hat. On top of that, since the yarn I've used is acrylic and I've steamed it, she can throw it in the washer and it should hold it's shape pretty well.....we'll see :)
The last item I've been working on is a scarf of my own design - sort of. It's a modified shell pattern that I found in a crochet stitch dictionary. The scarf is about four inches wide and it won't be to terribly long because I'm making for a very petite lady that needs a petite scarf. Any time she finds a scarf she likes, it almost hits her knees! She wants green and feminine and I think I've accomplished that. I haven't decided what kind of edging I'm going to put on it, but I want to do something so that it looks a little more finished. I'm using Bernat's Satin yarn. It's really soft and an acrylic yarn, so it's washable. I do love natural fibers, but I've found that so many people are a little leery of the care of them and then there are fiber allergies to keep in mind. You'd be amazed at how many people can't wear wool. And I also make a lot of baby items, so easy care is important. So unless otherwise requested I try to find a soft easy care synthetic. This also helps keep item cost effective both on the creative and retail side.
Well, I'm off to count down the minuteshours days until Friday - Ugh. Would love to know what you think about edges for the scarf. Have a wonderful day!