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A Charitable Kind Of Week

I finally decided to chop off all my hair!  And since I was going to do it anyway, I decided to really go for it and donate my hair to Locks of Love.  They require a minimum of 10 inches (they took 12 of mine!) of hair.  (More specific requirements on their website.)  If you’re considering cutting your hair short for the summer, it’s a great cause that creates real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair due to disease.  Bonus! if you find a salon that supports Locks of Love, your haircut is free!

Before...

Before…

After!

After!

(Also a sneak peek of my “Baaad Sheep” mini shawl!)

Just before I left for my haircut, two other causes came to my attention.  Apparently this is “World Week for Animals in Laboratories.”  The Beagle Freedom Project has put out a picture to put up on Facebook pages in support of legislation to free these animals.  I fully support their mission, and have gone cruelty free myself, and I would invite all of you to do the same.

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Via Beagle Freedom Project:  “The Face of Animal Testing
For the duration of this World Week for Animals in Laboratories we are asking all of our Beagle Freedom Project supporters to adopt THIS PHOTO as your Facebook picture. To recognize those 70,000 dogs still in laboratory cages we are asking you to symbolically take on their identity.”

WEBS is also in a charitable mood.  Now through April 27, 5% of sales will go to The One Fund Boston to help victims of the bombings.  I purchase all my blank yarn from them, and will be putting my next order in this week.  And you should buy some yarn too!  Come on, it’s for a good cause!  (Like any of us needed an excuse to buy more yarn haha.)

So, if you’re feeling charitable too, buy some yarn, hug your pets (and go cruelty free!), and chop off your hair!  It’s all for a good cause! 😀

About Time!

Former ribbed edge to your left, active stitches to your right!

Former ribbed edge to your left, active stitches to your right!

Since my hat had a ribbed edge on it, and I’d decided rather than frog the top half of my hat I’d add-on to the bottom brim.  I picked a starting point and went around picking up one side to every V-shaped stitch. I picked up my stitches just above where I’d started the ribbing.  It was much easier to see the individual stitches that I needed to pick up, and ultimately, easier to pick back the following row.

After getting all the stitches back on the needle, and checking that they were all in the same row, I snipped a stitch TWO rows above (assuming you’re holding the work upside down) the stitches I’d picked up.  (Actually, I cut the very next row above and completely regretted it.  So please, learn from my frustration.)  I then painstakingly picked back the cut row, so that the stitches on the needle were active.  This post from Knitting Daily shows this method in better detail.

I had a pretty good tail of yarn still attached to the knitting, so I knit to the end of it and reattached the ball.  I’ve measured (like 12 times) and am almost done with the reknitting.  On top of that, I finished the “Baaad Sheep” shawlette today too!  Pictures and a patter to come, yay!

So Much Done…

And yet so little to show for it.  It’s been a super busy week, and I’ve actually gotten a lot of knitting done… you just can’t tell.

Driving to and from Grandma’s funeral on Monday I was to car sick to attempt to fix Josh’s hat, but Tuesday I did manage to figure out a way to make it longer (tutorial tomorrow I swear!).  I spent the rest of the day picking back stitches from the bottom.  I’ve never looked at a stupid hat with so much will to have it over and done with!  By the time Josh left for Minneapolis (where the high for the weekend would be 36 *shiver*), it still looked like this…

Picked the wrong time of day for this picture :P

Picked the wrong time of day for this picture 😛

It is well on its way, and I just need Josh and his head back home so I can make doubly sure it’s the right length this time.  Because I love him, so much, but not enough to redo this hat again.

Tuesday we took LS to her first baseball game!  (Where there was also no knitting.)  Having grown up in San Diego, my team has always been the Padres.  Josh grew up in LA and roots for the Dodgers.  Some day LS will pick a side.  Until then, she gets dressed like this…

She will be a confused child I'm sure.

She will be a confused child I’m sure.

Of corse it was cold out, so sadly Daddy won out and they were wearing their matching Dodger blue.

"Take that Mommy!"

“Take that Mommy!”

We took the trolley down to the stadium, and had a great time harassing each other about who would win.  Sadly, my Padres tried to come back a little late in the game, and lost 3-4 :,(  LS was super entertained by everything about being at the game.  The people, the lights, the noise!  She had a blast!  So much so that she completely crashed on the ride home.  We had a great time.

LS's first baseball game!

LS’s first baseball game!

Thursday Josh had to take off for the weekend again.  (His job requires him to travel most weekends January -May.) It’s hard to knit and entertain a 6 month old at the same time, but through naps and staying up past my bedtime I did manage to start adding to Josh’s hat again.

Slowly but surly.

Slowly but surly.

Tomorrow I will get to measure it on the boy’s head and hopefully find a stretchy enough bind off for it.  (Any suggestions?)  I will also put up a brief tutorial on how I picked up the stitches, assuming I can find the very helpful YouTube video that helped me (credit where credit is due of corse).

Anyone else have a crazy week?

 

 

Pick it Up!

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What to do, what to do…

I’ve been working on my husband’s super bland alpaca hat. I even finished it. Then, Mr. Vanilla Hat Guy said it was to short. *sigh*

I decided rather than frogging the top of the hat I’d pick up stitches around the bottom. I’ve been attempting to pick up stitches ever since. I’m really hoping I won’t have to pick out my cast on, and frankly I’m not totally sure that would work anyway.

Anyone have suggestions on adding an inch to a finished hat? This thing is crazy making.

Not Done

Ya, big surprise there!  It didn’t help any that I didn’t realize that Saturday is TOMORROW!  Especially seeing as how the only way I’ve been getting knitting done the last few days has been like this…

Sorry for the bad cell picture, camera wasn't handy :/

Sorry for the bad cell picture, camera wasn’t handy :/

I swear she’s going to learn to knit before she can talk.

I did the math, and it looks like I’ve got about 50 looooong rows to go.  Which seriously sounds like too many.  Then again, I don’t math very well.  I’m also not totally sure I have enough yarn to make it there, and I know that it’s not going to get anywhere near done by morning.  It will probably be 85 and sunny tomorrow any how.

I am probably the slowest knitter in history though, especially considering how long I’ve actually been knitting.  The bum wrist doesn’t help that any either.  With the ever growing Little Sheep to carry around, I’ve been wearing my oh so sexy wrist brace almost 24/7 these days.  I had once found a list of wrist and finger stretches for knitters.  Apparently I need to start those up again.  For now, I’ll just continue on at my snail’s pace.

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On a shop note, I’m about to order some more blank yarn to dye up.  I’m trying to decide to get more of the same merino wool/nylon blend sock yarn (which I do love!, but wool during a San Diego summer, not so much), or, to branch out into some more warm weather yarns like silk or linen.  Any suggestions or favorites?

Well…

I should have said that I’d be blogging more LIFE permitting.  Sadly we had a loss in the family (yes it was expected, no it doesn’t really make it any easier).  We were so happy that Great-Grandma C got to meet LS.  She was an amazing and strong lady, and she will be missed dearly.

We love you!

We love you!

*sigh*  Now that I’ve brought everyone down with me, onto the happy shall we?

We had a very laid back Easter at my grandma’s house.  Including special guest Uncle Andy who was visiting us on leave from his Army training!

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Big group, big ham, big fun!  Little Sheep even got to participate in her very first egg hunt!  (With some help from Grandma!)

Maybe the Easter Bunny should have brought her some tiny sunglasses...

Maybe the Easter Bunny should have brought her some tiny sunglasses…

My Papa always hides Easter eggs around their one acer yard for all the grandkids.  The only problem was, we were never sure if we’d found them all or not (he is a very good hider).  It got to the point where Papa would have a count of all the eggs he’d hidden, so we could tell when we had them all.  Somehow, we still would be finding eggs come July, filled with icky, melted, buggy chocolate.  After one too many of these July eggs ended up thrown across the yard by the ride along lawn mower, Papa started making maps.

This year was no different, except he made the map after the fact and only remembered where 22 of the 24 eggs were hidden.  This has turned into quite the joke hunt, as the youngest of the grandkids (shown below) is 15, and we’ve long since forgotten about the Easter Bunny.  (I guess we’ll be starting up again with LS.)

I love this picture.  It starts out as all of the grandkids humoring Papa, then, it turns into a competition to see who can find the missing eggs.

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Papa with his map, and Katie laughing at our inability to find the last 2 eggs.

You’ve never seen so many adults looking so hard for a few little eggs!

LS was more interested in the tag on the bunny bottom of her Easter gift from her Great-Grandma, than any of the eggs.  But it did make for the sweetest photo shoot 🙂

LS starting to sit up (nearly) on her own!

LS starting to sit up (nearly) on her own!

It was a beautiful day, with not a lot of time to knit *sigh*.  I have been plugging along on my mini shawl though.  I’m dying to have it done by this Saturday to wear to a monthly craft fair that I will be checking out as a potential spot to sell yarn in the future.  Although I might look a little silly wearing a scarf when the temp is supposed to be 80+.  Oh well, the sooner I finish the sooner there will be pictures, and a new pattern 😉

Hope you all had a nice holiday weekend!