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TWiP: Close to Home

This Week in Pictures, Week 33, 2021

Unlike Week 33s past, the 2021 Week 33 did not involve any beachy day trips, weekend getaways, or intercontinental travel. I barely left the house. On the plus side, I did manage to procure a bouquet of zinnias, which inspired some photo play and kept me plenty entertained.

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TWiP: Window Box Chicken

This Week in Pictures, Week 31, 2021

I don’t know how the time manages to pass so quickly, but it always does. It’s August already. I feel like the summer just started, and yet we’re only a few short weeks away from pumpkin latte season. I’m starting to feel a little desperate to make sure I’ve availed myself of enough summer joy while it’s still here.

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TWiP: Instant Gratification

This Week in Pictures, Week 30, 2021

It’s been a little over two years since I bought my first instant camera, and in that time, I’ve taken a few photos that I love, and a whole lot of photos that are kind of terrible. I don’t know what keeps me plunking down my hard-earned cash on yet another pack of film, or worse, a whole new camera to love/hate, but here we are. As of this week, I’ve got four instant cameras and two and a half photo albums full of evidence of my misadventures. I do think, though, that I may have finally turned a corner with my latest purchase…

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Twin beanies

Hat in progress

We have friends who are expecting twin girls soon, which gave me the perfect excuse to try out some incredibly soft yarn I’d had my eye on.  It’s called Latte, it’s made by Ella Rae, and you won’t believe what one of the ingredients is:  Milk!  Working in a yarn shop is teaching me that there are certainly some odd things that can be turned into yarn.  Most of those odd ingredients, though, at least seem spinnable in some way.  Milk, though?  I don’t really get how that works.

Hats in progress

At any rate, it makes some pretty soft material.  I only wish these hats looked as nice in person as they do in the pictures. I started out using the Sweet and Simple Baby Hat pattern, but ended up ripping out the first one and doing my decreases differently.  I also should probably have trusted my gut and gone with pom-poms on top like I’d originally planned…

Maybe I am hyper sensitive to every single flaw, since I know exactly where they are.  I hope that’s true.  I had a few difficulties with these, and if I hadn’t been finishing up the last one at 10pm the night before the shower, I would have started over with a different pattern.

Finished hats

I recruited a couple of dirty naked Cabbage Patch Kids from the toy box to be my models.  I hope the hats look as nice on real babies…

p.s. If you landed here after Googling the term “dirty naked,” I’m sorry to have subjected you to a discussion on knitting.  I imagine that’s not at all what you were after.

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  1. Your p.s. made me laugh out loud.

  2. The beanies are adorable but the ps made me sputter coffee on my desk!

  3. I love the little pointy tops. Anyone can put a pompom on a hat, but those look really unique. I admit that I would totally wear one of those.

  4. I love your twin beanie hats and I especially love the I-cord tops. I’m not a fan of pom poms. I like to decrease to a 3 or 4 stitch I-cord and knit until it is long enough to tie in a knot. I’ve heard hats like that referred to as umbilical cord hats. And all baby hats need some degree of a point or I-cord.

    Great job!

  5. I love the pointy hat tops and I’m glad you didn’t cover them up!

  6. So Cute!

  7. Hehehe I imagine not! What adorable little hats. Seeing them on the Cabbage Patch Kids brought back so many memories. I was 18 when I got mine. A boyfriend got it for me. It is a little guy in a sailor suit. Gave him to my daughter and she is now a teen. Funny, I thought they were for young children. Seems as though they’re for Big Kids too! 🙂

    1. I never had a Cabbage Patch Kid. Those were my SIL’s dolls – she gave them to my boys, who promptly stripped them and left them for dead in the toybox, LOL! Poor dolls.

  8. This is so neat. I would have to say, as a person who is allergic to milk, I wonder if the thread would be a problem. You know casein in milk (what I am allergic to) is the part of milk that makes things stick together. It is in all kinds of foods. Never heard of threads with milk though. Love the dolls and liked the P.S. HA!
    I am going to take a knitting class this Saturday and will show her these pictures and mention the threads. My crochet hook is going to get lonely.

    1. I decided I wanted to know more, so I found this article online. Look like technology has to get a bit involved before it is spinnable, but it’s still interesting.

  9. Ditto to all who said the ps made them laugh out loud. Me too! Thanks, I needed that!

  10. I’m just catching up on your blog, well one has to take a break from the books sometimes. Hats are gorgeous and like everyone else the PS has made my day. That light relief from educational theories was just what I needed. Thanks

  11. I’m glad you all enjoyed the PS. I have to admit, I amused myself, too 🙂

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