Fishing Hat

About 2 weeks ago I made a fishing hat / bucket hat using 2nd Time Cotton by Knit One Crochet Two:

I think the hat turned out fantastic. I had planned to do Annette's Fun in the Sun Hat from last Summer's IW Crochet, but, in my typical style, I mostly winged it. I did reference a few patterns here and there for various parts of the hat.

Will I buy the yarn again? It's hard to say. I did like working with it a lot. It's 75% Cotton and 25% Acrylic, so kind of smack dab in the middle of Sugar'n Cream and Cotton-Ease. What drives me crazy about Cotton-Ease is that it stretches like there's no tomorrow. At least the hats that I've made out of it have stretched after a few weeks of daily wear. This hat doesn't seem to want to stretch that much, so that quality may turn out to be pretty great in a hat. And if that's the case, I may invest in some more in the future. Lately I'm obsessed with hats, so I'm always on the look-out for a good hat yarn. I would prefer this yarn to be a little less pricey, but that could just be my LYS. I noticed that compared to a few other shops, this one tended to be on the high side. However, the selection was great and we're not exactly overflowing with yarn stores in this area, so I'll definitely revisit the store again.

Free Pattern: Too Hot Pot Holders

I needed some new pot holders and, if you're like me these days, it's hard to justify buying something you know you can make.
2 balls of Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn (2.5 ounces each)--I had some leftover after making 2 potholders.
J Hook

Holding two strands of yarn together, chain 6. Join with a sl st to form a ring.
(I hate weaving in the ends so from this point forward, crochet over your yarn tail to avoid this step)

Work 12 hdc into ring. sl st to first hdc, ch 1 and turn.

R1: hdc in next two stitches; 3 hdc in next stitch; hdc in next two stitches. ch 1 and turn.

R2: hdc in next three stitches; 3 hdc in next stitch; hdc in next three stitches. ch 1 and turn.

R3: hdc in next four stitches; 3 hdc in next stitch; hdc in next four stitches. ch 1 and turn.

R4: hdc in next five stitches; 3 hdc in next stitch; hdc in next five stitches. ch 1 and turn.

Repeat this pattern of adding one hdc on either side of the 3-hdc corner for a total of 17 Rounds.

You should end with hdc in 16 stitches, 3 hdc in next stitch, hdc in next 16 stitches. Fasten off and weave in end.

I find that with a ch 1 instead of ch 2, you don't have to sc around the edges for a finished look.
Let me know how it works out!

(c) 2008 by April Magnuson. You may not reproduce this pattern or any part of it for distribution or sale. You are welcome to sell any completed project resulting from this pattern without prior permission from me.

Few More Self-Striping Pictures

I'm pretty happy with the yarn. And the face scrubbies actually. There are a handful of other ones that have more subtle color changes. Definitely livens up the kitchen cotton I think. Sara made a few bath sets and put them on our etsy store that have very soft, beautiful colors. There's a billion projects on there that I have not blogged about if you want to see what I've been up to.

Sugar'n Cream Self Striping Yarn

Super quick post. I had quite a few emails from people asking that I post photos of the self-striping Sugar'n Cream. Well, here you have it. I made a kitchen towel to hang on the oven door. I haven't blocked it yet so it's out of shape and crooked, but this gives you an idea of how it stripes. This particular colorway is Holiday Stripes. In the photo it looks red and green, but in person it looks pink. I wouldn't have even thought it looked holiday-ish, but regardless I'll probably keep this in a drawer until November or December, and have it be one of my holiday towels. I'm probably going to make 2 more with the remaining 4 skeins I have.

Birthday Loot

First of all, thank you for all the happy birthday emails I received today!

How about some loot?

Saturday afternoon Mom and Dad took Sara and I on my birthday shopping spree to the Elegant Ewe. First off, the store was loaded with crocheted projects in addition to knit and woven projectsm which was awesome. Second, I got some great yarns and I'm so excited! This is 2nd Time Cotton by Knit One Crochet Two, which is 75% cotton and 25% acrylic. I plan to make Annette Petavy's Fun in the Sun Hat from last summer's Interweave Crochet. It will be my fishing hat. The colors are great.

Second is O-Wool. 50% organic cotton, 50% organic wool. It's so soft and lucious. This will be a nice hat as well.

Third we have Hempathy by Elsebeth Lavold. I plan to make a newsboy/baseball style hat.

nd finally, two skeins of Noro for an earflap hat for next winter.

I know I'm planning 4 hats but I'm a hat person. I will wear the hemp and the bucket hat in warm weather. The other two will be my winter hats for next year.
I also wound over a mile of yarn on Saturday. The top two balls are Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold purchased in October. The middle two are wool that I picked up at the Knit and Crochet Convention last summer, along with the bottom ball, which is 700 yards of Peruvian Alpaca. I'm not sure what these will become but I forced myself to wind them before I played with the new stuff.

Mark got me some buttons from an antique store:

And a gift card for Michaels, which I used on 5 skeins of Cotton Ease in Stone for a shrug, and 3 balls of Hemp for making some crocheted bowls or boxes.

And though I hate football, he got me 4 football movies because for the life of me I cannot get enough of them. I love football movies. Go figure.

Sara and Justin got me a gift card to Victoria Secrets which I used to buy some PJs.

Sara got me some of the self-striping Sugar n Cream.

And lastly, Sara made me an adorable hat that I wore all morning when I was running errands.

So there you have it. Tons of goodies. I'm overwhelmed with yarn. And so excited!

Test Results

This is just a copy of an email because I'm too lazy to retype everything.

Hi, I'm sorry I haven't written sooner about my most recent test results. It took a while to get the results and talk with him so I didn't know much of anything for a while. I did talk with him last week though and the gallbladder test was normal. He says that even though I have classic gallbladder symptoms he is worried that surgery would not fix my problem since I have had 4 normal tests on my gallbladder. So, he is treating me for non-ulcer dyspepsia given my current normal tests (they have tested me for everything and everything is negative). Basically, it still could be gallbladder or it could be something else, but the likelihood is that its non-ulcer dyspepsia. He is treating me for this and if I get worse or I stay the same and don't respond to treatment, he will reasses me in June and may decide at that point to send me to surgery.

Doctor's are divided about non-ulcer dyspepsia and what causes it. Basically your body acts and feels like it has an ulcer but there isn't one. It's painful and can be chronic, or it can be episodic, or it can be acute and then disappear. What they're divided about is the cause of it. Some believe it's a reaction to stress. Others believe its a condition that occurs after a virus when the GI tract is weakened. Still, others believe that its linked to the gallbladder. In 50% of patients with this disorder, gallbladder surgery fixes the problem, so it could be related to bile back-up or an over-production of bile. Though there's a 50/50 chance I'd be fine after surgery, he wants to wait and see how I respond to a new treatment over the next few months before he makes that decision. I did not respond to acid blockers like Nexium and those types of drugs over the last 4 months. He is weaning me slowly off of those right now. He's doing it slowly just so my body can adjust. I'm down from 2 pills a day to 1 and doing fine. After 3-4 weeks or so I'll come off of it completely. He's switched me to a liquid medicine that coats the stomach but does not stop acid reduction. It is a medicine that will heal an ulcer or gastritis after about 90 days. I'm on a 3 month course of it right now. Interestingly, I didn't notice much at first but now I'm feeling better and better. It's been about 3-4 weeks. I used to have a chronic gnawing pain in my stomach all the time. That has gone away to a large degree, and only happens for a short time every few days. I've only noticed this huge difference in how I feel over the last week or so. Prior to that I felt sick every single day. I do not know if i can eat a normal meal yet because I'm a bit frightened to try. When I eat normal foods in the past, I'd end up in the ER. So, I'm slowly increasing my fat intake and that's going well. When I feel a little more confident I'll try to eat a semi-normal meal on a Saturday evening, so if I have to go to the ER at least it will be a convenient time. I've gained 3 pounds this month and am actually finally up to 100 pounds though, so that's very good. I used to get sick after about 2-3 grams of fat. Now I can tolerate 6 to 8 per meal with no troubles, so long as its not greasy and oily. I think slowly adding more fat each week is working well for me. Rushing it might cause problems. I don't know if it's this non-ulcer stomach pain, but the treatment is working. I don't agree that in my case it's related to stress because I feel so great these days in that department (thank you Mark!). I do know that I trust the doctor and I feel confident in how he is treating me. He doesn't agree that my issue is stress either. He said usually in those situations someone will lose a few pounds, but not the 23 pounds I've lost. He knows my stomach is ill, but unfortunately some of these weird stomach and digestive problems are hard to diagnose. He said my diagnosis is not static, and he isn't afraid to change his mind if the non-ulcer dyspepsia treatments do not help. I do seem to be responding to this medication though so that's something to be very happy about.

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