Two SWEEEEET Hats

Dear Doubleclicks,

I love your songs. I love that you live here in Portland. I love that once in a while, I or my daughter run into you at a Con (KHAAAAAAAN!) and you act as excited to see us as we are to see you, even though you don’t know who we are.

You inspired me to make these two hats.

Love,

Cathy

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Velociraptor RAWR

This little guy was inspired by a song called Clever Girl, about Hollywood stereotypes and self worth. It made me feel that everyone should have a velociraptor hat.

Remember: RAWR means I LOVE YOU in dinosaur!

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Dimetrodon

Consider the dimetrodon: not really a dinosaur, not really a reptile, not really a mammal. Huge, slow moving, with a beautiful, ludicrous sail on its back, dimetrodon prowled crocodile-like, grabbing and crunching critters in its sharp, sharp teeth. Sadly, there are none left to terrorize land and water today, but we can still honor them. You can listen to Dimetrodon here.  You can get the pattern for the hat here.

Dimetrodon brown  Dimetrodon black

Want to learn more? You can look these creatures up online, or listen to the Doubleclicks at www.thedoubleclicks.com. Tell them I sent you!

You can find these patterns for sale on my Ravelry page.

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Just How Big Is Your Head?

Adventures in hat sizing…

So I’m designing toques. That’s a (fairly) tight fitting knit cap, in case you are not in the vicinity of Canada (I’m no expert, but I am pretty confident “toque” is pronounced like “ooze” with a t in front and a k sound instead of a z at the back end). My toques are adorable and scary. Well, scary in the sense of “not scary at all.” I’d like to present them, and patterns for them, to you kind folks, to delight and amaze. I’ve got medium size figured out. I’ve got large size figured out. But small, like children ages 5 to 10 or so, not so much. And they’re kid-friendly designs, so I need to get this right because I think people will want to make them for actual youngsters.

I need a big kid and a little kid on which to plop a couple prototype small sized hats I made and see how they fit. We know some people with a couple of kids. I’m trying to decide how creepy it would be to knock on their door and say, “Can I borrow your kids’ heads for a few minutes? Do you mind if I use the tape measure on them? Can I take a few pictures, for reference?”

‘Cause I’m thinking it sounds a little on the creepy side, even if you are a laid back, permissive sort of parent. And if I were the kid, I’d not want my parents’ weird friend to be messing round my head, even if my mom were there. I could ask the mom to do it, and hover there, asking for more information in a continuous nervous stream. (“Does it cover the ears? Is it loose, pull tight, or feel just right? Can you tug it down a bit further?”)

My other thought is to use balloons. I could blow them up to about the right size, have someone else hold the tape measure round them, then tie them off at half inch intervals, then wrangle hats onto them to see if I can estimate if they’d fit. Admittedly, not my best plan ever.

Don’t worry; I’ll think of something.

Regency Valentine Scarf

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My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June:
My love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only love,
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my love,
Thou’ it were ten thousand mile.
-Robert Burn

For your mother, your daughter, your dear companion, for yourself! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this design, featuring sprays of posies, is from a Regency needlework pattern dated 1822. Warm the cockles of your heart, or a loved one’s, with this easy double knit scarf. Use up to date colors, like bright pink and black, or soft muted Regency tones, like coral and moss green, for a romantic accent that chases away midwinter’s chill with the warmth of friendship.
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This came out just as I had hoped it would – bright, to defy the cold drear of midwinter – and so pretty and romantic. I’ve put it up for sale on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.

Next week: geeky hats! Want a hint? RAWR!

Cottage Industry

Starting this designing business has been great. I have an open-ended three year plan (mostly just to remind myself that I’m in this for the long haul), and I have created specific, measurable goals for each month (crossing things off The List is fun – don’t you just love crossing things off your list?). I have project ideas I’m really excited to work on. I’m motivated!

I don’t ever want knitting to become a chore – I mean, with the exception of those times when you just have to get through the middle third of a project and it feels like slogging through the desert with no water. That’s normal knitting grind, just part of the deal. But I don’t want to turn this great thing into a hated job, a “have to,” a burden. It is my home business, a small and enjoyable one, and though I take it seriously, I want to want to do it.

Right now, I want to do it so much that I don’t feel like going to my day job.

I like my job, in general. I have absorbing work to do, a nice office, being downtown is (usually) fun, I really enjoy my coworkers, I am treated with respect and though of course I wish I made more money, I actually believe I am being paid a decent wage. I am blessed, and I am grateful to have a good job. So I should embrace the change in pace, and remind myself that times away from the knitting are healthy and will keep me interested.

But still, Monday morning… is kind of a painful moment. Right? I just want to keep going with my knitting. I have this fantasy of what “Cottage Industry” means, and I yearn to live there. But instead I put on my stupid shoes and go out the door, on time, even.

The knitting will still be there tonight.

PS: Oh, Sherlock, you marvelous, horrible jerk. You warned me not to make you into a hero. Why do I love you so?

Soft Perfection Easy Extra Long Cowl

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This cowl is for beginner to intermediate knitters. I am a firm believer that any knitted project that can be viewed from both sides should be attractive on both sides. Therefore, this cowl is made with a lovely double sided stitch that gives a woven sort of look. The cowl is long enough to wrap twice around the neck. I hope, if you’re in the market for a cowl, that you’ll give it a try. You can find it here on Ravelry.

I’m finding my stuff on some really, really interesting sites, by the way:

Geekcrafts.com did a nice little feature on me (and have talked about me before, which was news to me!), and so of course now I love them sooooooo much

Fashionablygeek.com as well, wrote a really kind piece (thank you!)

A series of really cool/geeky Tumblr users are spreading the message, as well, though I won’t link those today, since they are pretty much just pics

Also, Geekartgallery.blogspot.com and Blog.loveknitting.com

And io9!

Neatorama put the There and Back Again Story Scarf on a list, too, which is awesome.

Like a game of telephone, the facts are morphing a bit, the further the story gets from the source, but I am really enjoying this Google search game: find the reference!

Thanks, everybody!