Weekend Knitting.

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Car knitting early Saturday afternoon.


This weekend we drove outside Lyon to visit an aunt and uncle*, and I took the opportunity to do some car knitting. Fiber Trend's "Berry Cute Hat" [thanks, Patricia!], Cotton Fleece and Arabella Zodiac. By the time we got there, I was nearly finished with the green band and border. My husband, the kid and the uncle went for a walk while I "took tea" with the aunt (oh, how fancy!), so I was able to pull out my knitting and work on the berry portion. Voilą what I had as of yesterday morning:


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Can I sing the praises of Cotton Fleece? Damn, that's a great yarn. Makes for fun and fast knitting. I think I'll knit a pumpkin hat, too.

*I love this aunt and uncle. They're Spanish-French, so it gives them a kick when I sprinkle my French with words in Spanish. Plus, the aunt knows how to make Spanish white wine cookies and orange cakes. Whenever she knows I'm coming to visit, she'll make some especially for me and I end up shoveling about 50 cookies into my mouth and polishing off half a cake myself. Gluttony at its finest!

And speaking of cookies but totally offing on a tangent, my son and I spent another weekend afternoon making chocolate chip cookies. The mixer we use is one that my mother-in-law sent us. It's a retro mixer! My husband used this same mixer when he was a kid to bake things because it's lightweight. [Awwwwwwwwwww.] The cookies were very good, but they didn't come out like American chocolate chip cookies, which is what I was aiming for. They came out more like tuiles, probably because of the ingredient substitutions.

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And for the foodies out there, here are some gratuitous shots of my Captain Destructo making chocolate chip cookies, French-style.

Hippity Hop!

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Just how cool are these glasses???
Thank you, Silvia!


More surprise goodies in the mail: The lovely Silvia thoughtfully sent over some fun glasses with sheep and rabbits on them. They're so excellent I can hardly stand it, and I'm keeping them out on permanent display because they make me smile. Hippity Hop!

Knitting news: I finished the berry hat! Knit following Fiber Trends Berry Cute Hat pattern and using Cotton Fleece and Arabella Zodiac.


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[Click me and I will give you another view.]


I gave this hat to my son's teacher for her one-year-old toddler to wear, but before I sent it to her I enlisted the help of my neighbor's baby to model it. The decreases for the crown are well-planned and do not interrupt the berry pattern in the slightest, so shaping remains neat all the way up to the top of the hat. The Cotton Fleece is a great yarn, to boot. All in all, a fun knit and even more fun to give as a gift. I've already cast on for a pumpkin hat with a stem, using the Fiber Trends Pumpkin Hat pattern [thanks, Patricia!] and some Cotton Fleece in orange [thanks Carolyn!]:


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(This one will go to my neighbor's baby.)


On another note, there was some good knitting television on last night: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ["No. Wire. Haaaangeeeeers!!!*"] The first time I saw that film I was about 11 or 12 and some of the scenes had such an impact on me I was able to re-enact them practically verbatim while watching the movie for the second time last night. But I had forgotten one scene that I couldn't help noting this particular time: Joan Crawford's character, Blanche, knitting while waiting for her crackpot sister Baby Jane to bring her meal. Ms. Crawford was knitting using straight metal needles and her right hand to hold the working yarn. Yep, Joan Crawford was a right-hand thrower. ["No. Continental. Kniiiittiiiiing!!!*"]

*Picture Faye Dunaway wearing white face cream and a totally over-the-top enraged expression as she screeches that phrase. And if you haven't a clue as to what I'm writing about, rent Mommy Dearest.

A pumpkin hat for you!

While we're on the subject of hats...

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!*
Honk if you love that movie. [Honk, honk!]


Knit using Cotton Fleece in orange and Arabella Zodiac in dark green. This, like the berry hat I knit last week, is a Fiber Trends pattern**. Very quick knit and a well-detailed pattern. I admit: Some might find the band to be rather fiddly with the number of circs required to put it together, but I like it because it makes for invisible seams and allows the leaves to sit straight up. I also like how the decreases for crown shaping never interrupt the pumpkin pattern, and there are instructions for creating a crook in the stem. Very clever. Une vraie citrouille!


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He was drinking a bottle when I snapped the shot...
[Click here to see the top of the hat.]


I've already given the hat to its recipient, my knitting friend's son. He wore it on the very same day I gave it to him, and I got to see the hat on his little noggin as his mother and I walked to pick up my son at school. How fun it was to see parents compliment him on his pumpkin head without them knowing that I had knit the hat. Hee!

On another note, I have to show a snail mail surprise I recently received because it is just too funny not to share here. Click to view the surprise:

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A set of custom-made Skinny Rabbit note cards with mailing labels from Morgan! Notice how the rabbit is wearing a tutu, cape, holding knitting needles and flying like an action hero? Hehe. I cannot begin to describe how much it made me smile when those cards came in the mail unexpectedly. And that, my friends, is why Morgan is a golden goddess.

*It is one of my favorites, although Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown and Have a Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown give it competition.

**After I showed photos of the berry hat, I was surprised that not everyone knew about these hat patterns. They've been around since 1995! You can get purchase them from Fiber Trends and I recommend them for a fun, quick project.