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Another Hat

about three inches of green 1x1 ribbing on a circular needle. my book is in the background. my coffee cup (half full) is in the forground.

This one is for Eleanor. She wanted black, but I said I couldn’t do it because knitting with black is no fun. Dark green is the compromise (Knitpicks Swish DK* in Forest Heather) to make a Ryegate Hat (which I almost made for myself so yay I will make both). It should get more exciting when I get past the band.

*I am nothing if not brand loyal.

Something Else New

A white mug with a sad but colorful band of crochet tied around it as a cozy.


The new Girl Scout troop is going to work on the fiber arts badge in January. I had to learn so I can teach. I opted for crochet because it requires fewer tools and has less of a learning curve before you can actually make something recognizable. I only know three stitches (chain, slip stitch, single crochet) and have written my first pattern (for the mug cozy). If we are good at crochet, we will make mug cozys! If we are bad at crochet, we will make bracelets!

We are also going to kool-aid dye some wool to make tassels for book marks. We’ve got to have hot water for that, and hot water leads to bring-your-own-mug for tea, and mug for tea leads to make a mug cozy.

The hardest part of crochet is not holding the yarn in my right hand and wrapping. I want to crochet like I knit.


I am sorry that you get to see the awkward place where I joined the stitches.

Gro Hat in leftover KnitPicks Twill (Sea Salt Heather). I read the comments and added another pattern repeat to make it larger. I am not 100% sure that I really needed to do that, but the hat fits and I have no complaints. I especially like how the decreases grow out of the leafy cables and come together on the crown.

Blocked on the radiator!

Years in the Making

Haha look how far that one heel sticks out – it’ll be better after washing.

When we were packing up, I came across a couple different project bags with half-finished projects inside. Years-Ago-Me was super thoughtful and left pattern notes with the unfinished projects so Future-Me would be able to finish. Which probably has some deep, personal lesson about hope or organization or forward thinking or something.

Anyway, I finished these these for Michael yesterday. I think this yarn was part of a swap with a knitter in Germany. It’s worsted, washable wool, and I used my super tragic Worsted Weight Basic Socks pattern with a broken rib for the leg and instep. I wrote that pattern so long ago (decades) that I’ve lost the original and have no way to edit it to fix the mistakes. If you decide to use it: the gauge is wrong, the heel turn is wrong, but everything else is fiiiiiiiine!

Narrow Sunbeam

Tyler is making the most of the meager morning sunbeam. Close neighbors (for the first time since the apartment in Norcross) mean that sunbeam situation downstairs is limited. There is more upstairs, but he’s really waiting to see if there is a second cup of coffee for me and a little more cream for him.

(I am browsing Christmas trees. We lost ours to the flooded garage when we first arrived (it was too big for the new house anyway). It turns out that Thanksgiving is next week, so I need to get a wiggle on finding a new one.)

Trying Something New

I heard that this was called ‘fall’. The leaves are colors – not just brown.


We’re in Connecticut. Which is pretty wild all on it’s own, but it’s extra wild for us since we spent 22 years in Alabama and have never lived anywhere…not south.

Moving many states away from the familiar to a house you’ve never laid eyes on is also pretty wild. We’ve had several expensive surprises (also what the heck with a boiler!? Who’s idea was that?). BUT. The location is great, there are many more opportunities for Eleanor (which she is embracing in a big way), and it’s lot less dystopian up here.