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New Traditions

I’m often inspired by the activities I see over at Soule Mama. Fore some time now, I’ve been a fan of her new-hat-for-the-solstice tradition, and I thought we’d try something like that this year.

Now, we don’t officially celebrate the solstice, but there are lots of other winter happenings, and here in Wisconsin we definitely wear hats! So this year, we’re all getting new–mama-made, of course–hats for our annual day-after-Thanksgiving-Christmas-tree-cutting expedition.

Here’s Finn’s hat, all ready to be worn!
This is the Gnomey Child’s Hat, which is available on Ravelry for free! I’ve been wanting to make this hat for so long, but the idea of using circular needles had me frightened–why, I don’t know! They’re awesome! Much easier than double points, I think.

I used a beautiful yarn that I found at Coolclimates on Etsy. The yarn just screamed gnomey hat, and it’s terribly difficult to ignore screaming yarn.

My only complaint–and it’s really not such a big deal–is that the yarn thickness varied quite a bit. For this hat pattern, it really didn’t matter, because the stockinette stitch really hides the variation well, but it’s very noticeable on the inside of the hat.

Oh, I can’t wait for the day after Thanksgiving (for so, so many reasons, actually)! I’ll post my hat when I get around to finishing it (maybe starting it would be good, too). Dadoo’s (that’s what Finn calls him–but not really, because he can’t talk) hat will remain a surprise (I hope!) until the day.

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Scrappy September

Since my husband is back to work as of today (well, officially as of last Thursday, but today is the real deal, with students and all), I’ve decided that now is the perfect time to take on some new scrap-bin projects. You know, with all the free time I have, being the mama of a very attention-demanding 10-month-old.

It’s OK, though. I think Scrappy September will be a month we’ll both enjoy. I’m sure Finn will love digging through my scrap bins just as much as I.

Here’s my plan.

I have had two projects in mind for a while, and I’m just going to break down and start them. The first is this spiderweb quilt, which I’ve been wanting to make for a couple of years now. I was recently inspired by Amandajean’s finished spiderweb quilt. She does beautiful work, and now that I’ve seen hers, I must have my own.

I harbor no delusions of finishing this baby anytime soon, but I really think it’ll be satisfying to get a start on it.

The second project I have in mind is a braided rug. My great-grandmother made beautiful braided rugs, and I really want to carry on that tradition. Of course, hers were made with heavier fabrics than the quilting cotton scraps that I plan to use, but I think that’ll be OK. A good friend of mine has a braided rug (made by her sweet grandmother) which looks to be made from lighter-weight fabrics, and I really like the floppiness of it.

There are several motivating factors at work here. First, I have two tubs full of scraps, and I really need to start using them. Second, in addition to being Scrappy September, it is also Spendthrift September (or Stingy September??) in our house. I do, in theory, have a monthly fabric allowance, but I’ve been trying to resist the temptation to buy stuff the last few months. It’s not easy, let me tell you, but it’s certainly been worth it to, you know, keep food on the table.

Kidding.

Maybe.

In any event, I’m very much looking forward to using up some of my scraps and decorating my home in the process.

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