This is the hat where all of the contest entries will go. I was originally going to use the Short One's cowboy hat that his grandfather bought for him, but then I came to my senses. Like many first time mothers, I stuffed as many cute knit hats on my progeny's head as I could while he was young and helpless and not yet coordinated enough to pull them off. (Maybe it's just me, but I feel it's every mother's prerogative to dress their helpless infants in as many cute outfits as possible before they're old enough to complain about looking "dorky". I mean, if you can't take advantage of your own children, whom can you take advantage of?) This is one of them. Although there are several pumpkin hat patterns floating around the 'net, I didn't care for how any of them shaped the crown, so I ended up writing my own. I knit the hat with Patricia Roberts' Cashmere THAT I BOUGHT AT CLOSEOUT (I can hear all of you U.K. knitters gasping with horror) from String Yarns when they were getting rid of the line. I figured it out, the hat cost about $10 to knit, okay?? Okay? Not that I'm feeling defensive about this, or anything.
Actually, I am actually quite fiendishly good at sniffing out deals on cashmere yarn (I know of two sources at the moment for sale Italian-milled cashmere - if anyone's interested, just leave me a comment) - I love knitting with luxury fibers when I can, and I live in an area of the country where I can make good use of garments knit with them. I knit several items for the Short One when he was an infant with cashmere or cashmere-blend yarns, and only one item was really costly. It was a receiving blanket - I made the one from the Debbie Bliss Workbook - out of the recommended Jaeger Cashmina - even on sale, it was really pretty costly. It had been the prize of my stash for several years, but it made a truly wonderful blanket and was well-used - the Short One slept in it every night for the first months of his life and then it turned into a stroller blanket - so I don't even feel very guilty about it.
Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes. I actually have a cute photo of the Short One wearing the hat, but I'm afraid I just don't feel comfortable posting it. Somebody put up a link to my blog from a porn site over the weekend, so I've been getting some odd traffic lately. If any veteran bloggers have any suggestions on how to handle this type of situation, I'd welcome input.
The Little Something Wicked Contest is still open! Please go here to enter.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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