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Archive for December 7th, 2009

Another Rendition of Keys & Coins Hat

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The Andean-inspired hat pattern I’m working on, to release as soon as possible, has another rendition. This one I did on a small number of stitches, which turned out child-sized.

I eliminated the ear flaps, the top decorative nib, and two of the three sets of “key” motifs. Those changes were intended to make it more like a beanie style. I think for this small head size, I could have even eliminated one more band of patterning for someone wanting “hat lite.” I like it this way, just fine.


The light green I used on the edges is Nashua Snowbird. In Lansing, we had a 4-store shop hop last September. Everyone on that hop got one skein of this yarn. There were many colors available, some medium-to-light shades like this, and some neutral.

The skeins in the shop hop goodie bags were donated by the Nashua distributor. Rae’s is the only shop of the 4 on the hop which carries this yarn, and she does not carry every color.

That means a bunch of local folks have one luscious skein of alpaca-blend Snowbird yarn, which contains seventy-something yards. You can be sure that a whole lot of them don’t know what they might do with it. If you do not wear wristwarmers, you really need to put it with some other yarn to make something with it.


I figured I would see how my own green skein would work in this design. It looks very different than the ones which use a true solid color (the Snowbird is a marl, with two plies light green and one ply gray-green). I think it’s a little more rustic, and I am pleased with that.

I used only about half of my Snowbird skein, on this hat. I contrasted it with a purple/green colorway of Noro Kureyon yarn. In person, the top dark color is a loden green, though on my screen it looks brown.)

I think it turned out robust and warm looking. A winner.

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(Whoops, I found I have never shown you a full-sized photo of the first two hats. The blue/green/purple yarn is Noro Cashmere Island used with Southwest Trading Karaoke solid turquoise. The bright one is Bizarre yarn in oranges/yellows, and Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran in teal.)


Cool Student Works

Monday, December 7th, 2009

I taught Polymer Clay Gifts at Yarn Garden in Charlotte on Saturday. I had five enthusiastic students, and they made some wonderful items.


The round things on the trays are metal lids covered with clay, to put on clear glass jars. These then can be filled with small items such as candies, or larger jars can be filled with the ingredients to make a batch of brownies, cookies or the like.


The sticks are ball point pens with the ink part pulled out for baking. Also seen here is a small round piece (top right) which the student plans to make into a magnet.

We had a blast. Thanks to Lindsay of The Yarn Garden for scheduling me. Thanks to my students for joining me. I’m so thankful for days like we had!