January 7, 2010
Who better than I? Grandma always used to say that. I don’t think Grandma really did all that much for herself but she always said it to me – so yah, let’s all do something for ourselves. We’re just as important as all the people we take care of. This I made for myself after a brutal two-hour shoveling session during the first big snow storm of the year. I LOVE it. I don’t look great in a hat but it is very effective – very warm – very soft. The pattern is http://throughtheloops.typepad.com/Thorpe.pdf and the yarn is Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky – the color is Golden.
Did I mention that I LOVE THIS HAT?
Update March 2, 2010: When I made Justin’s Thorpe, I added a pom to the top. I liked it so much I added a pom to mine too. Here’s a pic of mine with the pom added…..
People were cold – we can’t have that (kidding – they were warm but it adds to the mystery). Here’s what I made for Mom. The yarn is Yarn Bee Soft Delight Extremes – the color is EX brown. This is NICE yarn. It is double-stranded with Regia loden sock yarn. Maybe you can’t tell from the picture, but it is a keyhole scarf and a pair of fingerless gloves – very luxurious.
This hat and gaiter set was made for Dad. The hat is double thick and reversible. The camo yarn is Red Heart (ickkkkkkkkk) and the other yarn is I Love This Yarn (and I do) – the color is coffee.
…that wasn’t Dad…this is Dad…he likes getting his picture taken.
For Aunt Betty, I crocheted a scarf with the Yarn Bee Soft Delight Extremes – again EX brown – the second strand was Simply Soft – a pretty dusty rose color – unsure of the technical color name.
This link http://tinyurl.com/98a8uv will take you to the pictures from the ice storm we had while Mark was in the hospital. The pictures have captions and I think an ice storm is pretty much self-explanatory. The wind chill at one point was -39. Today’s temperature is -4 with a wind chill of -12.
The first day of the storm we lost power. Mark was still in the hospital but his hospital did not lose power – it is a little over an hour away from home. The power went out at about 3:00 a.m. and I didn’t wake up until 4:00 a.m. so it was already starting to get cold in the house. It was 62 degrees in the house so I lit a bunch of our bigger candles and votives. I also took four dinner plates, covered them with foil and filled them each with tea lights. It took me fifteen minutes to light them all but I remember when the kids were little and they were snowed in with my parents, my parents had lit candles to keep a little heat in the house and it really does help. It was 62 in the house when I lit the candles and it was still 62 in the house when the power was restored several hours later.