Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Making Things and Keeping Warm

My NaNoWriMo Word Count: 6,048 words thus far!

I’ve finished a new knitting project and found a way to show it to you that doesn't involve twisting myself in a knot trying to wear my new creation and photograph it at the same time.
All it required was a quick trip to Michael’s yesterday to buy a wood plaque meant for making a clock, a length of dowel rod, a Styrofoam ball, and a small bottle of blue acrylic paint.

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Back at home, I painted the wood pieces and let them dry. I stuck the Styrofoam ball on the dowel rod about an inch or so to make a hole in which I dripped craft glue before placing the ball back on the rod.

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A fat quarter meant for something else was put in use for this project instead. I trimmed all four sides with pinking shears, wrapped it around the foam ball, and secured the whole shebang with a rubber band disguised with a blue ribbon.

So, what is this very odd balloon-appearing contraption?

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It’s a hat stand so I can show you the new cabled hat I knitted. Giddy with my success on the balaclava a couple of weeks ago, I jumped right on a hat project for me. Hmmm...in looking at my photo, I'm thinking a set of these balloon things would make for great party table decorations. Isn't it amazing how one thing leads to another?

Anyway, it’s awfully cold early in the mornings lately when I’m out walking. A hat is needed to cover my ears and forestall my predilection for ear infections. I used the free pattern found at the Head Huggers blog.

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By the way, my husband and I performed our civic duty and voted by mail for today's elections.


Thimbleanna said...

Very pretty hat June! Will it get cold enough in Tucson to wear it? I love your hat model too!

Diane Schuller said...

Wow June, cabling is not easy and this looks so great! But I have to say that it seems so unusual to have a wool hat in a place where there are blue skies, green grass and no snow! :~)

Storybook Woods said...

Oh my gosh, LOVE it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxo Clarice

shenry said...

The hat is definitely cool... but the hat stand outshines the hat. Totally awesome

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the cable pattern of your hat June. It looks like fine Irish knit. The hat stand is genius!

I'm surprised to hear that your area is so cold in the mornings! We are still having rather mild weather here.

FinnyKnits said...

Whoa cable lady! That stuff is hard. It makes my mind melt. Congrats on this FO - very very nice.

And that hat stand ain't too shabby either.

Bridgett said...

So far, so good on NaNoWriMo!

Great idea for displaying your wears too.