I was gone again all last week – sorry about that. I’ve just been incredibly busy at work, and will continue to be so until Thanksgiving has passed. Not a bad thing, for sure, since it keeps me out of trouble. I’ve also been busy at home, and may even have a recipe for you this week.
Since finishing the cat and steak cakes, I’ve been able to pick up my crochet hooks again – I have, in fact, bought a set of Clover hooks, aluminum with padded handles, and I just could not be more pleased with them. They slide through yarn like a knife through warm butter and are light and easy on my poor old, arthritic hands. I also have signed up for a yarn subscription service, but more about that later.
At any rate, I’m now in “Christmas present” mode – literally everyone is going to be getting handmade gifts this year. I’ve found the cutest patterns for pot holders and tea towel toppers and coasters and bookmarks, all which can be made quickly. I’m making more stuffed toys and am learning how to make hats, because I need one to go with all the winter scarfs I’m churning out.
Like this one, for The G Man:
Yes, it’s a scarf made out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle heads.
The interesting thing about this scarf, besides the fact that it’s at least twice as long as The G Man is tall (oops), was the process of making it. You see, I started it back at the beginning of summer and had to put it aside because we had G so much, especially over the latter half of the season. Then I go caught up making other things (to say nothing of the constant weekend canning and preserving), that the few little heads I’d made stayed in their bag with the skeins of yarn, until I finally picked it up again a few days ago.
I was astounded, once I’d begun to work on it again, at how much I’ve improved over just a few months. My stitches are so much neater and tighter then they were when I first began this scarf that I had to use my largest hook just to keep the gauge the same. It gives me hope that when I finally do begin to make actual clothes – I have some lovely patterns for stuff that is going to look wonderful on Darling Daughter and Jolly, plus a couple of cardigans earmarked for my own personal use – that I’m actually going to make something that’s, well, wearable.
You can find the free pattern for the scarf here. I used I Love This Yarn solids in red, navy, orange, grape and jelly bean, joined with burnt pumpkin, and a size J/6.0 mm/4 hook.
Yesterday, Oldest Son asked for a Jayne hat. Guess I’ll be learning to knit…