And it IS a good evening! Why, you may ask. Well, I tidied away all my sewing stuff that had been moved upstairs for the sewing day with my friend. So the dining room table is clear again. And then I went through all my yarn bits and pieces in my craft room. I love doing that periodically because I tend to forget what’s there. Most of it is leftovers. Most of it I still like and intend to use up some day.

However, I tend to say Yes when offered yarn and more often than not it is old acrylic. Old scratchy acrylic that someone’s been storing in their spare room for, oh, about 20 years! I don’t want to seem ungrateful, but whilst I do love acrylic I don’t love the rough stuff. So I filled a clear bag with a tonne of old acrylic, plus some elann esprit in a rather unbecoming beige, and in fact I put all my multi-coloured esprit odds and ends in a Ziploc bag to give away too. I think I know someone who can get some use out of them. I also have a load of old knitting needles (all my local thrift stores have a bazillion knitting needles but no crochet hooks – what’s with that!?). I decided that as I have my Knitpicks Harmony set (now Rainbow Wood) and a full set of Milward straights from many moons ago, I didn’t need miscellaneous straight needles, many of which are numbered in the old Canadian/UK system.

It feels so good to declutter. So good in fact, that I went back to the email from Willow Yarns which told me that Willow Wash was on sale for 20% off, and I may (ahem) have ordered a few (25) balls of the stuff. Well, it’s pretty, and I know it feels nice and soft to work with. I have only seen a small number of the colours up close, so I ordered one of each colour, excluding the white, cream, greys, browns and black. Bright colours are definitely my thing these days. There are 36 colours total, so when you take out the neutrals, you get about 25. And they are $3.07 a ball right now, and when you order over $60-worth you get free shipping in Canada.

Well, that parcel will be one to look forward to.

So, it’s Friday, and the car is packed with my farmers market stuff ready for the morning. Only three more weeks of that particular market to go, though I have two more events scheduled in September. And then maybe some Christmas markets after that.

Have an awesome weekend!

Edited to add: this is my 1190th blog post – wow!

This could get addictive. Yesterday I was looking at the meagre stash of fabric that I have and thinking I’d like to make another bag like the purple/green one I blogged about recently. I couldn’t bring myself to cut into any of the fabric pieces. Today, though, I did it, because I now have a person in mind to receive one of these bags so I am motivated!

The rainbow fabric is one that came in a bag of cotton fabrics that a friend was destashing, and the blue spotty fabric came from the Fabricland moving sale.

I spent longer on this one. The handles are longer too, as I wanted it to be more of a shoulder bag. I pinned everything before sewing, clipped curves, generally took more care to do it right and it paid off.

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Here’s an update on the current projects. I don’t remember whether I showed you this…

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This is my Gio hat pattern in the Loops and Threads Zoomba – in a lovely shade of turquoise that goes brilliantly with the turquoise accents on my ski jacket.

This…

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is a reversible hobo bag that I made today by following a tutorial online. I did bookmark it but can’t remember the name of the site now. Will have to check and update…ETA: verypurpleperson.com

These…

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are the WIPs. The Brick sweater is finally to the bottom ribbing stage. I could easily have had it finished by now if I hadn’t been making stuff for the market. And the denim blue project is a prayer shawl in James C Brett Marble Chunky.

Have to love you and leave you, as they say…it’s time to make dinner. Sewing obviously builds up an appetite!

Rather than edit my Gio Hat pattern post again, I’m adding this as a new post.

I’ve been out most of the day, so vegged out all evening, finishing up a book (Dean Koontz’ 77 Shadow Street) and messing around with Facebook and Ravelry. However a day without even a sniff of yarn is just not right, so I picked up the failed flower that I made the other day, unravelled it, and made another. Here’s what I did…

Make a magic circle, ch1, 5sc into circle. Don’t join, keep going in a spiral, make 3sc into each of the 5sc. Fasten off, thread the yarn tail onto a large-eyed needle, push the needle through somewhere in the centre of the flower to encourage it to spiral a bit. Fasten off and weave in both yarn tails. Use a thinner yarn to sew a 1-inch button to the back.

And hey presto, abracadabra, higgledly piggledy, you now have a detachable flower for the hat that can be positioned wherever you like.

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I was going to name this Zoom or Snappy but there are too many patterns with those words in the names on Ravelry. So I am calling it the Gio Hat (pronounced Jee-Oh) because there are only nine rounds and Gio means nine in Mandarin.

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This is a very basic hat but I am assuming you have some crochet experience and I don’t have to explain everything to the letter.

Crochet hat with peak

Super bulky yarn (6 on yarn label)
I used Loops and Threads Zoomba – it’s a 114 yard ball, and I used approximately 65 yards
10mm crochet hook
Gauge 6sts to 4″
(The best way to check gauge is to work the first three rounds. The resulting circle should measure 6″ in diameter.)
To fit head 22-23″ in circumference, measured over ears

Abbreviations:
Ss slipstitch
Ch chain
Dc double crochet (treble in UK)
Hdc half double crochet (half treble in UK)
Sc single crochet (double in UK)
St stitch
Rnd round
Rep repeat

Rnd 1: Start with a magic circle, ch3, 10dc into ring, ss to top of ch3 to join (11 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch3, dc into same place as ss, 2dc into each dc around, ss to top of ch3 to join (22 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch3, dc into same place as ss, 1dc into next st, (2dc into next st, 1dc into next st), rep instructions in brackets around, ss in top of ch3 to join (33 sts)

Three rounds complete, diameter of work is 6″ for crown

Rnd 4: Ch3, dc into next and every st around, ss to join (33 sts)

Rep rnd 4 until a total of 9 rnds are complete. Hat is approx 8″ deep from magic circle to edge.
Ch1 and fasten off.

Peak: lay hat flat with end of rnds at back, working edge at top
Mark centre 13 sts (or just start crocheting about three sts in from the right hand end)

Join yarn in marked st on right, ch1, sc into same st, hdc into front loops of following 11 sts, sc into marked st, ch2, turn (13 sts)

Using hdc, dec over next two sts,* hdc to last two sts, dec again, ch1 and fasten off

Weave in ends.

*decreasing with hdc
Wrap yarn around hook, insert through stitch, pull up a loop – three loops on hook
Wrap yarn around hook again, insert through next stitch, pull up another loop – five loops on hook
Wrap yarn around hook, pull through all five loops on hook

Bonus baby version:
I referred to bobwilson123’s hat sizing guide which tells me that a 14″ circumference hat will fit a 0-3 month old baby. It also says I should make it 5.5 – 6″ deep.

Accordingly, my tweaks to the above pattern are as follows:
Only work the first round plus one increase round (the one where you work two stitches into each dc all the way around) for the crown. Then work straight for a total depth of 6 rounds. Mine is about 5.5″ deep.
Peak – worked over 8 sts instead of 13. Only one row.
In other words, join yarn in an edge st, ch1, sc in same st
Sc6 in front loop only
Sc1, fasten off

Yardage used: about 35 yards

Gio Baby

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Bonus flower for Gio Baby:
See later blog post – link here.

This yarn is appropriately named. Zoomba makes projects zoom!
I made two more of these hats tonight, the red colourway is called Wild Fire and the purple is Passion.
I have my design notes written out on my iPad so I think I shall publish it. It’s great if you want a 1-hour hat!
I will make a new post with the pattern soon.

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Another new design, hot off the hook, though it’s not very imaginative. Just a double crochet (treble UK) hat with a bit of a peak.

I originally started knitting one, thinking of a simple cabled hat, but it wasn’t going well so I deferred to the hook.

This yarn is Loops and Threads Zoomba, a super bulky weight acrylic. I used a 10mm hook so this was a really quick hat.

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I bought three colours of this yarn. This one is bright pink and is called Snappy – the others are purple and red.

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And just for fun, here are the fabrics I bought yesterday at Fabricland’s closeout sale.

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