It's Monday and I have something to share that just didn't fit in anywhere else. Well...a couple somethings, really.
One of the groups I belong to on Ravelry is solely dedicated to Doctor Who swaps (yes, I'm a total geek, get over it). We did our second Doctor Who swap and I received my package on Friday from KniftyKnittingMom in Fresno, CA.
It had lovely things and I'm going to show them to you :)
When I opened up the box, this is what it looked like (yes, the envelope was even upside down - I thought I'd be completely realistic rather than turn it around).
Upon taking out the envelope and the half of a bubble envelope, I found this:
Little Man couldn't resist getting into the box with me. I didn't want him to break anything (if there was something breakable) so I had to keep deterring him. He was not pleased.
The first thing I pulled out was a curiously wrapped red.....something (turned out to be chocolate). It was red, obviously, with a little label that read "Bow Ties are cool!" If you're not familiar with the newest seasons of Doctor Who, the Doctor (played by Matt Smith) wears a red bow tie...and adamantly claims that bow ties are cool.
I discovered that there were several of these scattered throughout the package.
The next thing I pulled out was a bar of emergency chocolate. Now, perhaps I'm a bit misguided but I think all emergencies require chocolate...
The next item I pulled out from the box was a little notions case (from Nancy's KnitKnacks, if I'm not mistaken). It is, of course, Tardis blue :)
A large bar of European chocolate followed...I'm surprised I haven't scarfed this down yet.
Sock yarn? Yes, please. Zitron Trekking XXL was the brand of sock yarn I used to make my first ever pair of socks (that are way too large in the cuff but otherwise are lovely - I wear them around the house a lot). I know this yarn is grand so I was excited to have it in my stash :)
Something breakable. See? I was right to not let Little Man help pull everything out. He probably would have broken this. I'm not sure if it's microwave or dishwasher safe though I suspect that it is...I'll have to ask. Of course, it has a Tardis :)
I'll admit that when I first pulled these out, I was a little confused because I couldn't determine what they were. Silly me. How could I not recognize stitch markers?
Hand lotion. I always always always have dry, cracking hands all winter long. I'm just that way. So, I spend most of the winter slathering my entire body in lotion (not just my hands). So, this will be used...
I found a couple of tea bags, some hot chocolate mix, and some hot apple cider mix. I took two photos because I couldn't get it all in one photo properly while I was unwrapping everything. So, two photos.
See, I could not shake Little Man. He was very interested in this. He wanted to take this away from me....but I wasn't crazy about having Tardis blue nail polish all over the living room. So, I kept this one pretty well hidden.
And my handmade gift: a Tardis blue cowl...with buttons! I'm not sure how to wear a cowl without looking silly so I'm going to have to get some help in that department, preferably from someone that has some fashion sense (as I have little). Seriously, I took a self-portrait of me wearing this and I look a little silly...I just don't think I'm wearing it correctly. No, I'm not going to show you.
So....that was my swap package. I still can't show you what I sent out because, well, I didn't exactly photograph it...I did photograph my handmade project and I can get a photograph of the yarn but I didn't actually photograph the box. Silly me.
Anyway, Little Man approved of the package.
And now for something completely different...
On Saturday, I started work on my Snail Hat (pattern by Elizabeth Zimmermann). I picked a bulky green yarn I had in my stash (Sprout by Classic Elite Yarns) and started working on this project. It went quickly and by the time I quit working on it on Saturday, I was almost halfway finished. Dear Bob do I love bulky yarns...
There it is. My little "work station" on the bed. I had my book, my yarn, and my project bag. I was using some little sheep stitch markers that I received in a swap awhile back. I wasn't sure they'd fit on US #10 needles but they did.
Anyway, I finished said hat last night...
It does do a spiral toward the top. I'm not exactly sure I did the top correctly per the pattern but it works so I'm just going to go with it. I was hoping it would come out child-sized but it didn't. It fits me...oh well. I suppose if I go down to a worsted weight that it would become child-sized. I'll have to make another one.
Pattern: Snail by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Needles: US #10 Addi Turbo 16" circulars & US #10 ChaiGoo Bamboo DPNs
Yarn: Sprout by Classic Elite Yarns in Galapagos Green - these come in 109 yards/skein and I had quite a bit of leftover (I'm thinking I have around 1/3 skein left so around 30 yards)
Size: Well, it fits me...that wasn't the intention but that's how it turned out...
Modifications: I started out by CO and immediately joining in the round followed by 1x1 ribbing for 3 rows (the pattern has you work five rows in garter stitch before doing the increase and then joining); the top may not be done how the pattern specifies but the directions were a little wonky for the top so I'm not surprised that it may not match...whatever, it worked.
So, that's what's been going on around here...
I hope you're all having a lovely Monday. Perhaps there will be something new on Wednesday. Or not. And maybe I'll be able to show you something else on Friday...maybe. We'll see.