MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Another finish

This is a hat I recently finished knitting - it only takes one ball of yarn so it's quite economical to make...


The pattern is the '1898 hat' and can be 
found HERE.  
I like the fact that the brim is worked double and the 'flaps' over the ears are worked with simple increases and decreases.  I'll be making more of these! (actually I've already started a second one)

Believe it or not, the downsizing pictures ARE drawing to an end.  And yes, I can hear the collective sigh of relief all the way from here!!

more dishes, excess wooden spoons, and a pile of paper napkins (which we have cut into squares
and are currently using up)

a pile of envelopes (equal pile still in the drawer!); some thread that's basically rotten; beeswax
candles that I don't dare burn due to Resident Chef's allergies; a CD case and two CDs
(and before you ask the wooden thread spools have been sent off to bless
someone else who might make something out of them)

- There are some great ideas HERE for creating and displaying a family tree.

- THIS is a rather cute pincushion pattern.

- THIS idea was done at Christmas time, but it would be a great gift anytime of the year.  Fun project for kids to do too (under adult supervision!).

- There was a discussion recently about uses for t-shirts and making yarn from them - HERE is a pattern you might find interesting.

Today's quote..."That moment when you're supposed to be cleaning, but you pick up your yarn to tidy it and accidentally make a hat"



22 comments:

  1. Hi Mary Anne,
    I think that comment was aimed at me !! Haha! :-)
    A couple of years ago our knitting group put on an exhibition of knitted items from the First World War, and it was very successful. I made some gaiters, with a cable down the sides, and also some knee warmers for the soldiers in WWI. (One dedicated knitter made a wedding dress!!)
    So I think I might try that hat, it looks like it would be very warm.
    Val (UK)

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    1. The hat is pretty easy to make Val. If you do decide to make one, let me know because there's a 'cheat sheet' I found somewhere to make it easier to keep track of the row counts. Will have to hunt it down again.

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  2. Congratulations on your hat finish. Hats are a lifesaver in winter!
    And your tractor in the snow project turned out great, skillfully done.

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    1. Thanks Janie. I think there might be a new hat under the Christmas tree for everyone this year.

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  3. So glad you've put the recently finished tractor quilt as your header, as I get to take an even closer look at it. :) Okay... I don't know which I like best, your knitted hat, or the thing that's modeling it. What IS that? I'm kind of sorry that your downsizing pictures may be coming to a close soon. I hope you reflect on it in some way. It's so very helpful to get inside the heads of others on this journey. It may help me sort through my own thoughts on the subject.

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    1. Oh goodness - don't look at it TOO closely because you're bound to see all my mistakes!! The thing under the hat is a pottery item that I think is supposed to hold wine. #2 son brought it back from Italy. It's never had liquid inside because I like it just as it is. It's the only thing I could find that would serve as a 'head' to model the hat.

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  4. I love the hat! If you need my address let me know 😉

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    1. I think the hat will be warm - of course it would be even better if it were made with wool yarn but my kids usually throw things in the wash without thinking and it would shrink to fit a peanut no doubt.

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  5. Great hat Mary Anne! I love your quote for today! That happens to me all the time.... not that I make hats, just get distracted doing something else!! Christine x

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    1. Distracted....us??? oh look...squirrel......

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  6. Love the hat
    Accidently make a hat...the quote makes me laugh
    Thank you

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the quote - it tickled my funny bone too.

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  7. Easy knitted cap!! Some interesting projects in links. Thanks

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    1. It was an easy pattern Judy and I think it will be very warm, which is necessary in our climate.

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  8. I recognized that hat immediately - the 1898 is my favorite-to-knit hat pattern, plus it was designed to support the Seamen's Church Institute "Christmas at Sea" program :) And I may be mistaken about this, but I think Boud knows the designer...correct me if I'm wrong, Liz!
    It is such a clever design, SO MUCH FUN to knit, and the earflaps curve around to keep your ears warm - I actually get too hot wearing a wool hat to do chores unless it's brutally cold, so I've also made the pattern minus the crown as an earwarmer, and I wear that every day all winter unless it's raining, because then I need a brim. In fact, I wore it today :)

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    1. I've actually been toying with getting 'real wool' to make more hats, thinking they might be warmer, but perhaps they might end up being TOO warm. Hmmm....you've given me food for thought! Never thought of making it as an earwarmer - another hmmmm.

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  9. love your hat model ha ha ha...

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    1. Me too! Couldn't find anything else that would do the trick (and heaven forbid I ask Resident Chef to model!!)

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  10. Nice hat. I saw those crochet baskets. Great idea. I have also been seeing crochet on rope lights. I'm pretty sure I'm going to give THAT a try.
    xx, Carol

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    1. I must admit the crochet baskets are intriguing and I might have to give one a try at some point. Never seen the rope light version though so I'll have to check into that.

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  11. Great Hat and wonderful Christmas gifts. Your family members will sty warm from head to toes (knit socks last year). Amazing what we hold on to that we really can do without. This quote fits me and my lack of focus (as my husband says). Fabulous February Dear <3

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    1. Oh yes, I know that lack of focus thing very well....I get so easily distracted...wait, what?....squirrel.....

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