Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hats - Hats - Hats!!

I am love'n the blue!  I have had this yarn so long I can't remember where it came from.  It's a bitch to crochet, but oh boy, for something like this it couldn't have been a better choice.  The brim is some extremely chunky chenille I had just a small amount of. 

So, I am claiming the blue hat as mine.  Isn't it cute with a scarf tied to it!!

Here is a hat I made from some homespun.  We tried this on Brad's mom and it looked really cute on her.  I didn't follow a pattern for this, I normally do not for my hats.  I like just sitting down and letting the creative juices flow. 

Here is a cute little "helmet" hat.  It is so soft and warm.  It looks cute on the wig head...not sure if my head can pull it off though!  LOL!! 

I love the flapper hats.  I wish I looked good in red, but it just isn't me.  Brad's mom tried it on, and it wasn't here either.  But it is so cute, and I am sure there is someone out there it would look good on.

Now, this looked adorable on Brad's mom.  I used an old thrifted sweater.  It looks cute on everyone who had tried it on. 

So now, Sunday evening, I am pooped!!  We have stayed busy all week and weekend.  Seems just sitting on the sofa like a veggie seems perfect.  The weather is warning of more ice in the morning, which is not how I want to start the work week off on. 

I picked up some pretty sock yarn this week in hopes of casting on for a new pair of socks.  And I also have some flannel and a thrifted denim shirt I have already cut up waiting on me to do something with.  Plus plenty of infinity scarves I need to list in my etsy shop.  But for now, I am feeling some nap time coming on!

Everyone stay warm and have a great week!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen, We have a Pair!

Tah - Dah!!  Yay!  A pair of socks.  And they fit like a freakin glove!  LOL!!   Socks have always intimidated me.  They looked so hard.  But my Biscuits (my knitting group, we call ourselves Biscuits) encouraged me.  They were all doing it, so I jumped in the pool.  I drank the Kool Aid.  I caved!  The last pair I did, which was my first, were a bit big.  So I moved down to a size 1 needle.  That was all it took!  I have purchased a good top-down sock book and am ready to jump in head first.

I am not sure if I have shared with everyone that my mother-in-law has been fighting cancer.  She has fought so hard for the past five years.  Breast Cancer, which has now spread into the lung.  Christmas and New Years left her with a hard case of pneumonia and in the hospital.  Wednesday my husband went with her back to the oncologist.  Although her doctor couldn't say that more chemo would help, she offered the suggestion in hopes to help the lung strengthen.  So she has begun another round of chemo.  

She will lose her hair.   I decided I would like to make her some chemo caps.  I will probably crochet one, but I was worried it would be too itchy.  So I got to googling and found some ideas.

So, here is what I came up with.  I popped it up with a scarf and a pin (both of which are hers).  I used old tee-shirts that Brad was getting rid of.  It is so soft and I hope it will be comfy for her.

And it is reversible!!  Here it is reversed with no bling at all. I can't give her just one!  She has to have an assortment and I have a huge pile of tee shirts to use.  I can't think of a better use!

I really like how one hat can have so many looks!

In greys.  I think this one will really look good with her complexion.

And here it is reversed.    I have a nice little collection of scarves I have picked up at thrift stores.  At the time I bought them I had designs of reusing them there ya go! 

After doing these two I realized how much gratification out of sewing these caps up and started thinking that maybe it can be something I can do for other cancer patients.  

Y'all have a great week.  If anyone is interested in some directions, I followed a little tutorial to make these.  Here are the directions.  I will mention that I went up to 23" on the measurement because the 21.5" was too tight.  

Bye for now!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Recycled Flannel Infinity Scarves

I have been having a bit of a problem getting my photos to upload to blogger.  Finally, with much frustration and a bit of cursing, I was able to get some posted!  Has anyone else had any problems???

Can you tell what I have been doing? 

One of my favorite pastimes, Goodwill!  I have been buying flannel pajama pants and repurposing them into infinity scarves! 

 Aren't they cute???  And you talk about soft!! 

And I have also been able to cross something off my list I have been wanting to do for a long, long time! 
You got it!!  I have made my first pair of socks!  And oh my, I now understand what all the buzz is around knitting socks.   I am totally obsessed with it.  I did these from the toe up (which I love this method).  They are far from perfect, but I love them!  I was using a size 2 circular and I think since I do not knit as tight as most, I decided to go down to a size 1 for my next pair.

That seems to have solved my problem.  This one fits perfectly!  I finished this last night and am now ready to start on its mate. 

But for now, I must rest my elbow.  I never knew tendenitis could hurt so bad!  I am doing my best to let it rest up and heal.  The steroid shot seems to have helped quite a bit.

It is still a bit swolen, but much better!!!