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I saw this pattern by Susan B. Anderson and just HAD to make this baby hat. It is called Sweet Peas and can be found as a download for $5.50 here.

The idea was to make it for grandson Asher, but seeing as I didn’t pay close enough attention to the size, I messed up and made it in a 2T. The AshMan should be wearing a 12 month hat this winter so this one is up for sale.

Anyway, the pattern calls for two skeins of Tahki Cotton Classic, but I used “what I had” in yarn… the green I used is Vanna’s Choice Dusty Green acrylic 3.5 oz yarn. The blue has a chenille effect and is TLC Amore. The color is Seagrass and the yarn is 80% acrylic and 20% nylon worsted weight.

So I was knitting the hat when in walks a baby. Oh yeah. She is only 16 months but I figured a little baby head is better than no baby head, so I put the tips on my size 7, 16″ circulars and plopped the hat upon said baby. It just so happens she is the cutest 16 month old on the planet, so she made my little hat look soooo cute!

Here’s the adorable result!

This was shortly after a scrumptious spaghetti dinner…

Anyway, I finished the “peas” yesterday and since my little model had to go home, I photographed it with a towel stuffed inside, hence the lumpiness!

So there it is in a nutshell… or pea pod… I enjoyed making this so much that I will be making a few more in the next days. This one whipped up in no time at all and besides, the AshMan needs one and there is something in the water here as several friend’s babies are due soon. I think there will be a whole GARDEN OF PEA PODS on my knitting needles!

I forgot to mention that I took the hat to church and tried it on a baby head and it fits a 2-3 toddler just fine!

Thanks to Susan B. Anderson for her delightful designs! And by the way, check out Susan’s new Spud and Chloe line of yarn here!

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So Ninja Man and I talked about what to do with the dingy patio furniture. Replace it or paint and recover?

I started shopping. Patio furniture during a recession is at a prime… and not a savings prime! To get the tilty, swivel, rocking chairs and the glider would have run several hundred dollars, so that was all I needed to know, and the project was underway.

We decided to redo our patio furniture, which meant removing rust (Ninja Man) painting (Ninja Man) and sewing cushions (yours truly). I had a roll of fabric in the garage I’d been saving for something like this, since I never really liked the fabric it came with to begin with. I had forgotten what I paid for it, but Ninja reminded me that I didn’t pay full price… I got it for 75% off the regular price… that made it about $3 a yard.

Here’s what the original set looked like after baking in the sun for just 3 years:


Ninja went out and got some supplies. Meanwhile, I measured, cut and sewed, and voila! A brand spankin’ new set, just ready for summer! By the way, I covered the existing cushions since the fillings were still in good shape. Just another way to save big $$ on a project such as this!

I’m looking forward to the lazy porch days in our future. We hope to screen in this porch someday, but for now, I’m just delighted with the outcome!

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This photo is property of the NCSU alumni student newspaper. 21 year-old Joseph Carnevale created this Barrel Monster out of, you guessed it, highway department road hazard barrels. I happen to love the creativity of the Barrel Monster, though Carnevale was not within the law and has a few legal issues due to his artistic expression at the expense of the DOT.

This was in North Carolina, by the way…

What a hoot!

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Something New!

You guys might notice that now I have Google ads on my blog! Yep, I’m giving it a whirl.

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Well, the camera has been on the fritz and I haven’t been able to post pix to go with my topics! I didn’t think you guys would want to just have a ton of text, so I’ll keep this short… I’ve been:

SEWING!

THRIFT SHOPPING!

READING A NEW AUTHOR!

PLAYING WITH MY CRICUT MACHINE!

KNITTING!

More to come as soon as I have some pix I can share! Please subscribe if you’d like updates!

Okay, okay, I’ll post one of the last pix I was able to upload: This is the infamous Trapper Jack! He is a critter wrangler extraordinaire! We called him to wrestle a 6 foot gator from a pond in the neighborhood and he just happened to have this little guy with him at the time! Trapper Jack is afraid of nothing… and I mean nothing. Alligators tremble, snakes shiver and critters cringe when they see him coming. I was so impressed, watching him work.

Here he is with a 4 foot gator that he caught on his way to our neighborhood and later released in a more remote area.

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