The Field Of Blood Hat

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Center of Hat

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“The Field of Blood is a British crime drama television series adapting Denise Mina‘s The Field of Blood which is set in 1982 and The Dead Hour which is set later in the same decade. The first series of two episodes was broadcast on BBC One on 8 & 9 May 2011 and a second series of two episodes was commissioned by the BBC in 2012 [1] which aired on the 8 & 9 August 2013.” – Wikipedia

The main protagonist, Paddy Mehan (played by Jayd Johnson) in The Field of Blood was wearing this fabulous hat during one of the episodes. Pausing the program and taking pictures is the pits! Sorry, I did the best I could. The center of the hat was totally out of focus, but you can still see the “wheel”. My question is – this is crochet right? And to all crocheters – Have any of you seen a pattern like this? It kinda looks as if its a star. Was it constructed from the center and worked outward? It looks as if there is a crochet brim. Is this worked afterwards? I REALLY like this hat and would like to be able to make a similar one.

QThanks for stopping by. Enjoy your craftiness.

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A Farewell to Psych: Love the Hat

Ok, it was a corny, silly show, but I really liked Psych and I’m sorry to see it go. To me, it was one of those feel good, “light” TV programs perfect for viewing while knitting, spinning, or all around doing something else. Watching one of the re-runs Lassie Jerkey, first aired on 13 March 2013, I had to laugh at this scene. Immediately grabbing my camera to take pictures off of the TV, I replayed the scene until the dialogue was written down properly. The scene focuses around this hat. I totally love the slouchy hat. It’s worn by the character Kate Favor played by Kate Rogal:

Hat worn by character Kate Favor

Hat worn by character Kate Favor

Scene: Carlton Lassiter (aka Lassie), played by Timothy Omundsen, had just fallen into a stream. When he got out, Kate covered his head with her hat to warm him up.

Lassie is now wearing the hat.

Lassie is now wearing the hat.

Dialogue:
Lassie: What kind of wool is this?
Kate: It’s an angora blend I think.
Lassie: It’s delightful!
Kate: I know, right?

Totally love that “fiber talk” made it into a snippet of one of my favorite TV shows. I’d also like the pattern for the hat. Looks so comfortable, and just think how soft it is.

What’s With This Ball Of Yarn?

q8~I just bought what is the worst ball of yarn I’ve ever worked with. The yarn is called Coffee Beenz by the Plymouth Yarn Company. The pattern I’m knitting is one of my favorite hat patterns for men: Canadian Winter Hat from Sally Melville’s Book 2: The Purl Stitch. We’re headed to Montreal this week and the hubs needs a warm hat.

Canadian Winter Hat - knitting with worst ball of yarn ever

Canadian Winter Hat – knitting with worst ball of yarn ever

I’m using double strands so I’m knitting from both ends of the ball. Within the first 1/4 of the ball there were already four factory joins in the yarn! GRRRRRR! I don’t think I’ve ever had a ball of Noro that didn’t have a join, so I’ve come to expect that. But 4!!! in the first quarter. Sounds as if this ball should have been dumped. Do yarn stores purchase seconds? THEN, if you look at the label you’ll see that there is another end which showed up. Hummmm, THREE ends in this ball? I haven’t knit down to that end yet. So very annoying. If I didn’t have to have this hat done ASAP, I would have driven the hour to return it. Yes, I know it’s not the yarn store fault, but this ball SUCKS!! I was looking forward to an enjoyable knit. Sigh…….

Back to Montreal! We’re heading up this week to stay with my brother-in-law. He’s lead architect on the largest hospital being built in North America. We’ll be there for a week.  Any ideas on sites to see, places to eat, fiber stores, etc will be appreciated! We’ve never been up for a visit so we’re totally excited!

“It Never Rains in Southern California”

q8~The lyricist for that song must be someone who has never lived here and must have had a “no-rain-in-Southern-California” dream.  It’s one of those cold, yucky, gray, drizzly, day that we do get here – sometimes!  I know those of you elsewhere are thinking “what a baby”.  I’ll agree.  It does mean I’m not outside dyeing today. Durning our Northwest Trip it was COLD- rain, sleet and snow!  I have tons of sun hats, but very few winter hats.  I was complaining about my cold head and wonderful sister Barb made this hat for me:

We saw the yarn at Acorn Street Yarn shop in Seattle.  The yarn is Odisea by Fil Katia.  The pattern is Urchin by Ysolda Teague.  She also made one for herself in the darker color way.  Barb has dark curly hair and I have blond straight hair.  Where’s the justice?  I hate pictures of myself but laying the hat flat just did not do it justice.

Have you ever started a project that you just HATE?  While on the trip we decided it was time for us to try knitting socks.  We’ve knitted booties, but not socks.  I purchased a wonderfully soft yarn by Debbie MacComber.  It’s Petal Sock yarn color way Blueberry.  I poured over tons of sock patterns, I knit quite a bit of lace but wasn’t sure if I wanted a complicated pattern for my first pair.  I’m not even sure what pattern I decided on, but I do not like it.  After hours…… sigh……  I’ll have to quite worrying about turning heels, picking up sides, or whatever and find a pattern I really like.  This is what I have:

After a whole day of spinning yesterday, my hands begged me to take the day off today.  I plan on practicing the long draw again tomorrow.  I did order a book Celia Quinn recommended, Handspinners Handbook by Bette Hochberg.  With postage it was about $10.  What a good deal.  I’m anxious to see all of the tips.  I downloaded the iSpin app that quite a few members recommended at the workshop yesterday.  Now I need to spin something so I can try it. lol