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Day 329 photo. how I relax

December 27. How I relax.

I’ve started knitting again. It’s a great winter activity since you can immediately wear whatever warm goodness you create. It’s also a good activity I can do with my  mom. Sitting around chatting and enjoying time together, each working on our own project.  I made one hat this past week and have started another.  I’ll post patterns when I get time soon.


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Day 314 photo. hat.

December 12. hat.

I LOVE HATS!!!  I make all my own hats.

…and I think this is by far my best self-portrait!


Dove hat pattern

Its kind of a dreary day today. Raining off an on, light snow flurries off and on. I don’t have to work today, and I’m not feeling too well.  So it was the perfect day to sit around the house not doing much, and trying out some new hat patterns.

This is a crochet hat with a lacy, ruffled look. Use light weight yarn. I had some left-over baby yarn laying around so used that.  Find the pattern here dove hat pattern

I’ve named this pattern Dove pattern. I name all my patterns after birds, just because I love birds so I think that’s fun.  Doves are delicate, feminine creatures, and this hat is also a delicate, feminine hat.

mourning dove



The cold weather is upon us, and that makes me excited for my favorite winter accessory…. scarves!

So I did a few quick crochet ruffle scarves. They are simple and fast but add a quick bit of glamour to any outfit. I made a dark blue first, then a sparkly black one.

A basic knit cowl is also fun and keeps your neck warm. A blocky one in warm, golden yellow, and a simple star-stitch in red.

Then I just spent about a week making a nice, long, diamond scarf. This is a really nice pattern.

Now that I’ve got scarves worked out of my system for awhile, I think I’ll turn put my creative hat on and work on something original.

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Blackbird hat & scarf pattern


I call this hat and scarf combo my  Blackbird hat pattern.   I name all my patterns after birds just for fun, there usually isn’t any particular reason for the name. But it’s fun to be wearing it when you see a blackbird, just because I’m weird like that.

Its one of my favorite hats, with earflaps and cables. The scarf isn’t too warm, its good for a fashion accent and matches the hat so is adorable especially with a denim jacket.

I think I’ll re-work the pattern a tad so that it is a little bit longer. It fits my head fine, but I’ve got a smaller head than the average person, and the other problem is that if I tie my hair up in a pony-tail then the hat no longer fits, it’s too short.

I don’t knit a whole lot during the summer ( too much fun to be had outdoors! )

Now that Fall is here I’ll pick up knitting again. I especially like to do it while I’m watching football, since I’m just sitting around anyway I like to be productive.

Dark green yarn is 100% wool.

Light green yarn is wool/cotton blend.

Red Winged Blackbird

Ridgefield, WA