March 04, 2011

Praise for the Granny Square Hat

I received this note regarding the granny square hat I sent out last week:

"It arrived before we left, and it was PERFECT!  She loved the fit, the colors and especially the tassel, so I'm glad you went ahead with that.  Your detail and expert craftsmanship showed in every stitch, and we were all totally impressed."

I'm glowing.

March 03, 2011

Voted Best Hat!

 I just found out that the penguin hat I made months ago for my mother's friend was voted 'Best Hat' by everyone on the vessel National Geographic Explorer! How exciting!

 Here she is off the coast of the Antarctic peninsula.

Commission Completed and Sent, Whew!

I finished this commissioned hat last week while we were visiting family on the north island of New Zealand. It is one of my original grannie square hats, with a knitted top and sassy tassle. A friend of mine ordered it for her mother's birthday.

I put in a lining of some stretchy polyester that looks a little like crushed velvet.  Very cozy without too much bulk.

I was almost walking out the door to run into town to send it to the recipient, when news came that the Christchurch earthquake had just struck. From that moment on, everyone in the room was glued to the TV, watching live footage from the devastation in the city. We were especially worried, because so many of our friends were in Christchurch at the time *and* we have a house there.

So, that hat got mailed a few days later, as we made our way south back to our disaster-stricken town.

I am happy to report that no one we know was hurt or killed, but are plenty of people that lost loved ones. My heart cries for them.