Wintery Birthday Presents

My grandma’s birthday was this past week, and with wintery temperatures and storms and such this time of year what better present than a matching scarf and hat set. Wow, that was a long sentence.

Lotus Stitch Scarf and Hat

The hat is made from the Third Base Line’s Lotus Hat, and the scarf is just the lotus chart twice each row with a garter stitch border for five feet.

Detail of scarf
Detail of hat

They were both made from Loops & Threads “Incredible”. Eventually I will become better about posting these things to Craftsy and Ravelry with actual information…

Tat It Up

On my winter vacation, I learned how to tat. Alright, so this isn’t the “What I did on my vacation” essay we all had to do ad nauseum in school because the teachers didn’t really want to be back any more than we did. But it is true that I sat on the couch for a few hours in between my knitting and reading to learn how to tat. And now I can, thanks to Tatted Treasures. She is even so kind as to include left-handed instructions. Which is good because I tried to learn the right-handed way and failed miserably.

After a few “doodles”, small pieces made with short bits of string, this bracelet is my first real project:

Tatted bracelet

It’s called the Tatted Corsage Bracelet because it resembles a corsage. It’s made up of four pieces (the flower, two ends, and the body) and it closes with a hook and eye.

Bracelet flat

The instructions are for needle tatting, but I made it with a shuttle instead. It’s all the same stitches, so it’s very easy to make them either way, even if I missed a loop on that left side.

Wrapping Up Warming Up For Christmas

Warming up for Christmas

Last July-ish I gave myself a goal of making hats for the women at Elizabeth House. I did end up making enough for the women living in both houses, though I had hoped to make more and have extras. That didn’t work because I got distracted, possibly a little bored, and tied up in some other projects. But, like I said, at least I made nine sets (adult, child, and infant).

Here’s the end result of this project:

Adult Hats

Adult Hats

Child Hats

Child Hats

Infant Hats

Infant Hats

They got distributed in Christmas bags to the residents.

I didn’t keep up with the project as well as I had hoped, and I didn’t work at the pace I originally expected. I don’t think I’m going to do something like that again. Too much stress to put on myself when I was also trying to make Christmas presents, working extra hours with a new baby, and just generally busy with the holidays. From now on, I think I’ll stick to donating to projects headed by others so it’s not all resting on me.