off the camera and onto the blog

I took a look at what was on the camera that you might be interested in. To start, here are my morning glories – blooming at last. I tried to get a shot of them with the sun behind, as they were literally glowing, but of course, the glare was a bit pronounced. Not sure why they wait until the last-minute to bloom, when the plants are nearly done, but so be it. They are lovely and green all summer, then they start to die back, and bloom like crazy in the process.

morning glory vines

backlit morning glories

Last Friday while I was NOT going to the fair, I did go to a local institution that I have never been to before. It is called H.O.M.E. (I haven’t a clue what that stands for), and is a whole community designed to provide employment and shelter for homeless people in our community. I had heard that they had a great shop where all the artisans sold their work, and I finally (8 years later) got a chance to stop in and check it out. Some of it was what you would expect – crocheted toilet paper covers and the like, but they had a lot of nicer crocheted and knitted things, lots of quilts, pottery, jewelry, leather goods. A wide array, and some of it really well done. Almost all of it priced way too low, of course, but that is a topic for another post. I did manage to find a few nice things – the pot holders are for a Christmas present, and were a ridiculous deal. The coasters are for us, and they are great! They are double – the center is two coasters joined together by the trim. Really well done, and nice. And – wait for it – $3.75 for 4. Absolutely ridiculous. I asked at woman who works there if they accept donated things to sell, and she said no, it is consignment, the creators do get some of the money. So this lady, God bless her, is sitting making these really nice coasters and probably not earning enough on them to pay for the thread. WHY?

HOME pot holders

HOME coasters

Last thing on the camera is a picture of this hurricane hat – which I learned about through my WordPress reader, but I can’t for the life of me remember which of you posted about it. If you tell me, I will give you lots of credit, because I like this pattern. I modified it slightly – I am testing a ponytail hat, and so I added a slit just below the change from ribbing to pattern. I liked it, but my teenaged tester thought the slit was too low, and I should raise it up about three inches. I will, and will keep trying until I get that right, then tell you how I did . (Hint: It ain’t rocket science). I will also modify the basic hurricane hat pattern though – to a cyclone pattern? Anyway, the current pattern calls for you to knit 9, purl 1, on an odd number of stitches, so the purl moves over one each row. I found it annoying to have to count, and to have to purl right BEFORE the purl on the last row. So, instead of ADDING a stitch when I finish the ribbing, I am going to DECREASE a stitch. Then, I will purl the stitch right AFTER the one in the row below, so no counting! The swirl will go the other way, hence the change in name. I will also have to change the decreases a bit, to do them right after the purl instead of before, and I may have to lean them the other way, I will let you know what I figure out.
The other fun thing about this hat is that this is yarn I dyed using tropical punch Kool-Aid and a few drops of red food coloring. In the crock pot, with about 6 cups of water and 6 caps of white vinegar. I left the wool in a hank, did not wind it in a ball, and it came out nice and heathery. So this weekend, I played with more Kool-Aid and yarn, wait until I get photos of that experiment!

hurricane hat

That’s all that is on the camera at this time – thanks for slogging through this post of very random things I am thinking and doing!

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