Posts Tagged ‘hats’

A very silly hat indeed

July 5, 2008

Crocheted hat, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

Made this in the last few days–just messing around. (The “flower” is just an earlier attempt at a circle that went wobbly, for example.) It’s big enough for an adult, for me, but I think it’s best suited to an eight-year-old. So daughter wore it tonight at the fireworks on the beach–we figured she couldn’t easily get lost in a crowd in a hat like this!

Thanks, Mrs. Cannon!

July 2, 2008

Crocheted hat, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

I learned to crochet granny squares in Girl Scouts in the 1970s. Some thoughtful leader (probably Mrs. Echon) took the time to find a left-handed mom (Mrs. Cannon), who could teach the left-handed girls at a separate table. It’s maybe the most useful thing I ever learned in scouting, if you don’t count the chant for making a square knot. “Right over left and under, Left over right and under,” I whisper that every time I tie on a pendant.

But thirty years later, I was still just making granny squares–without further instruction, I never learned any other way to crochet. I’m not great at following diagrams or patterns, so books weren’t helpful.

Then I caught on to the wonder of YouTube instructions–video crochet, aha! I’m still not good at following instructions–the beret above was made by not-following instructions for a cloche hat–but I learned some new stitches and some new principles, and now I can make a hat, whee! (I should make a more colorful one next time–these are colors I like, from my stash of random yarns, but they don’t photograph well.)

Happy Mothers’ Day!

May 11, 2008

Huntington statue, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

I’d wear a helmet all the time if it could look like this one. Y’know, just in case.

The panel at the Huntington yesterday went fine–very audience-friendly presentations, no big tech mixups.