Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Christmas Poem and a Pattern

  First, a sneak peek at the new pattern... Next I have a silly poem for you! Then, a little Christmas present for those of you celebrating: A video for the Double Crochet Cross Stitch Hat is at the end of the post!

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
The air conditioner was blasting because of my spouse;
The thermometer outside showed very warm air,
And the high humidity had frizzed up my hair;
I tried products and brushing to smooth out my head,
But I should have covered it with a cap instead.

And Rip van Winkle shirtless with a cat in his lap,
Had just settled down for another nap;
When out in the yard there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to the window to see rain start to splatter;
And a few little kitties making a dash,
To protect themselves from a horrible splash;
We live in Florida, so we should always know,
That's the way the weather will often go.

As the time to feed cats was soon drawing near,
I got their food ready and donned my rain gear;
By then the weather played a dirty trick,
Because the rain had stopped rather quick;
So outside I went, and the kitties came,
As one by one I called them by name:

"Here Scooter! Here Pop Tart! Here Fluff and Booger!
Come Zombie! Come Boots! Come Innie and Sugar!"
"No, that's not your bowl; Are you trying to start a brawl?
They're on top of the porch and climbing the wall!"
Sometimes all these cats make me want to cry,
But I continue to feed them so that I can try
To spay and neuter a chosen few
Because there are people who don't have a clue.

They see five cats in my yard, so to them it makes sense
To dump a few more over my fence;
Now there's cats in my yard and cats on my roof,
Sometimes just like magic - There's more. Poof!
But enough about the cats that are running around,
Because I have a new pattern; It's worked in the round.

Working this stitch can be such a hoot,
And it makes dense, stretchy fabric to boot;
I'd never worked it in the round but thought I'd give it a crack,
Plus I made a video to help you stay on track;
This stitch in the round can be a bit scary,
So with this video you won't have to be wary;
I think this cap would be warm in the snow,
But I live in Florida, so I don't really know.

At least it works to tame frizzy hair underneath,
So you won't get it caught in a holiday wreath;
It's stylish enough to wear to the local cafe or deli,
And you don't have to fear washing when it gets kinda smelly;
For it's made with the Cakes I snatched off the shelf,
While not even bothering to be ashamed of myself.

It's really great yarn to cover your head,
Maybe keeping you warm while you play on a sled;
Or while you stand in the snow because of that jerk
That cut you off on your way to work;
This hat is probably wearable by both chicks or bros,
Plus there's a scarf to match that's worked in rows;
The 20% wool of Cakes won't make your skin bristle,
Since nobody wants a hat that's scratchy as a thistle.

It's fast to work with the double crochet's height,
So you could make this project all in one night!

  I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to get the patterns I planned posted before the holidays... I wasn't planning on getting sick again. This hat was created during one of my sick days, and it was faster for me to put together a video. There will be a written pattern coming sometime... Sometime when the words on the screen stop blurring into nonsensical lines. For now, here's the video tutorial for the Double Crochet Cross Stitch Hat, with a kitty included:

  Well, I'm off to work on another video! I don't celebrate the holidays, but I do hope you enjoy yours. Have a merry Christmas; a happy Hanukkah; a joyous Kwanza; also happy Festivus, Malanka, National Eggnog Month, Yule, and all the other less-known celebrations that happen around this time. If I've missed a celebration you observe, then please be sure to let us know about it in the comment section so we can all learn about it. And as always:

Happy Crocheting!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sick Days

  In the past few weeks, it seems like everybody has had a "touch" of something, so I'm sorry if you're sick, too. I didn't just get a "touch" from that something... This time it knocked me out with a right hook, kicked me while I was down, dumped me in the gutter, and then a stray dog showed up and lifted its leg on me while I was in the mud. The garbage company came by a short time later, mistook me for some junk, and hauled me off to the local landfill.

Anybody else feel that way lately?

  So I've had Dan Bell videos playing nonstop between the fever dreams and teeth-jarring shivering. (He always makes me feel better.) When I've been able to pull myself out of my semi-unconscious state, I've been crocheting. Bloggers don't get paid sick days! (Wait, anybody know how we can get that?) This all started the day after I began filming a video for my latest project, which of course, means that task is now on hold. C'mon, paid sick days!

crochet, hat, scarf, lace, Caron Cakes

  I always feel so unproductive if I'm not working on something or at least doing laundry. Don't tell anybody about that load that's been left in the dryer for two days now! I feel even more unproductive if the project I'm working on gets put to a stop by reasons out of my control. Obviously, speaking of crochet there... I see no reason why Rip van Winkle can't walk his own butt out to the laundry shed to get his own pants, especially when he's the one that got me sick. Even on my (exaggerated) death bed, I'm feeling useless since I haven't met the deadline I set for myself.

crochet, scarf, Caron Cakes, double crochet cross stitch

  But wait! Are you kidding me? That must be the fever rotting my brain... How in the world can one feel so worthless when so much work has been done? Simple: None of it is done. It's all a start, though, so I suppose I should feel a little better about not getting out of my recliner unless I have to. At least I've managed to keep the cats and Rip fed. And the extra patterns I started are all a head start on something.

crochet, hat, Caron Cakes, double crochet cross stitch

  However, it all got me thinking in that overthinking way of mine, and I think I may have stumbled across a theory with some evidence to back it up: Maybe having a house full of works in progress isn't healthy for your mental heath. Sure, it's fun to start that new scarf with that new yarn! We all know it. But when you realize that you haven't seen part of your couch in over a month because none of your work ever gets finished (I'm always burying a WIP with another WIP), maybe it starts to feel like a pile of uselessness staring you in the face.

crochet, WIP's work in progress, clutter

  Or maybe I'm all wrong and that's just the fever talking... It may be possible that I shouldn't allow myself to think at all in this state. I do know one thing for sure: That pile of WIP's on my couch is now buried under a string of tangled lights, some stuff that Rip was supposed to take to work, and the blankets he threw there after he was over being sick. Now it just looks like holy crap, how long has it been since you cleaned your house?... But I do clean. Just not the couch. Or that one corner we won't even talk about... Sigh, this happens all the time.

  It all starts with me putting a few things in a place, and it becomes a little cluttered-looking. Then I guess Rip feels like he should add to the mess. It makes me get so frustrated that he's adding to the stuff that I'm (usually) trying to organize, so I just ignore it instead. Pretty soon, it becomes so bad that you could hide a dead body under there. And it all leads to rambling posts that get me thinking clutter is as contagious as this cold. But the virus that is clutter can spread to your brain, too.

crochet, expanding lace, Red Heart Super Saver

  If you are overjoyed at the sight of your pile of projects, then please don't change. For the rest of us, I think it's time to clean up and finish some things. A lot of people in the knit/crochet world act like it's kinda cute that you started another one, but I know I've reached my limit. I need to work to achieve that "I did it!" feeling of finishing a pattern, instead of the "I did it again" feeling of moving on to the next thing.

crochet, scarf, Caron Cakes, double crochet cross stitch

Happy Crocheting!
PS - The scarf and hat using Caron Cakes will both be FREE patterns/videos! But I won't say "coming soon"... We'll just hope that they will be.

crochet, free patterns, hat, scarf, Caron Cakes, double crochet cross stitch

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