the clever crafter

I keep thinking that there’s no way that I thought of this all on my own… But, if I did, yea for me.  (But I highly doubt it.)  As my new work schedule is soooooo demanding, I thought I would tote along a quick knit that I’m making my Dad.  My grandmother and I visited the most lovely knitting shop last week and she came across a big ball of camouflage, or something like it.  She really enjoyed the hat that I made her last year & thought I should make one for my dad, sans flower of course.  So I’m using size 11 double pointed needles to make it go super fast.  But I don’t have needle point protectors for my large needles and I just knew my work was going to fall off of at least one of the 6 exposed ends and then it hit me: Rubber-bands!  So I just wrapped them around the ends and I was right as rain.  It made it all the way to the office and in and out of my tote several times today with ZERO dropped stitches!  Woo-who!  So, surely I must have seen this from someone else, but either way, I’m paying forward the handy knitting ‘tip’.

*Sigh*… How do I convey rolling my eyes?

Why is it that I hardly ever (actually never) like anything that I make for my husband? I’ve tried scarves, hats, even pants…and I never like the way they turn out. Oh well. He likes his hat; so I guess that’s all that matters. Right? I didn’t have the mental or physical fortitude to use small needles and do a fade from solid blue to solid gray. Instead, I combined them and used size 11’s and made it in a few hours. I’m not as crazy about the mixed look, or the stripe, but he liked the looks of the hat in this book; so I went with it. If I were standing on the runway with Hedi, Nina & Michael leading the inquisition, I could confidently state that I delivered exactly what the client wanted. (He is pretty easy to please though!)

B’s Blue Hat

Wintry Wednesday

:: Today was a great winter day. The highs were in the teens, the snow was falling and we were at the cottage. The morning first consisted of breakfast at The River Stop Cafe then over to a new yarn store. I picked out some yarn for the scarf I mentioned yesterday and B decided his head was a little chilly and that some blue and gray yarn would help with that.

three colored skinny scarf new hat for B

:: Then we decided it was time to hit the lake. We skied for what seemed like an eternity, or maybe just 30 minutes. Hmm…?

skiing c ski

:: We finished the day with Pirates of the Caribbean 3. Also I finally got to snap a few photos of some Christmas gifts that B made. I am not the only crafty one in this family. Check out the maple butcher block cutting board he made for his mom and the birdhouse he made for his dad.