Hello my friends! How is your week going? I took this photo of just one of my patches of Snowdrops in the farmyard when I arrived home yesterday. They are closed up due to cold temperatures and rain.. aren't they wonderful? These are under one of our plum trees up behind the chicken coop.
I started AND completed this little blue boy hat for Taci's "Hats for Brazil" project. I experimented with this design - making the round double crochet crown as in my "shell hat" pattern. I thought the ribbed design would be appropriate for a boy. I don't think I'll do this again, but it still turned out okay.
I hope a little newborn boy in Brazil will be kept warm with this little cotton hat.
I succumbed to an auction of 15 sets of vintage faux tortoiseshell knitting needles on eBay not long ago. I actually was hoping for at least one set that was a bigger size than my 4.5 mm ones that are similar to the US size 7. But I was in error and all of these are smaller than what I thought - the size 10 in these are pretty narrow - whereas the size 10 US is pretty big. :-) OH WELL! But I do plan to do a giveaway very soon of one of these pairs of needles and a skein of my precious KnitPicks organic marshmallow cotton. So, one of you will be sent a pair of these. :-)
I'm still head over heels in love with these faux tortie needles.. the colors of the light shining through them.. the flexibility and warmth to the touch. Do keep an eye out in your charity and thrift shops for a pair of these.
I need to tie these together with something less unattractive than these rubber bands. Do you use the longer or shorter ones? What do you knit with the finer gauge needles?
How would you suggest I clean these? I'm wondering if I should use a bit of warm water and a drop of dish soap? Thoughts?
If you are a regular reader, you should remember the Christmas themed porcelain tea light lanterns that I got when I saw some on Nicole and the Bee blog. Nicole is so sweet that when I could not find any, she found some and sent me several links. I had wanted one that I could enjoy all year when I put the xmas ones away. I found this one and fell in love. It took a while to get this, I bought it on Bloomingdale's website, they had to order it from Paris! It arrived today and I lit it up in our dim living room and am thrilled with the beautiful images.
As you turn the lantern you see Hummingbirds in different poses with gorgeous flowers and leaves.
I can almost hear the hum of their little wings!
I am now going to work on making some Valentines.. what are you up to today?
((hugs)), Teresa :-)