Friday Funnies

Parents do some crazy things to get their kids to behave. Especially during the Holiday season. The threat of coal in your stocking is so passé. Now it is all about this magical spying Elf. I don’t know how I feel about an Elf infiltrating my house for 24 days, but I do love how creative people are with their Elf displays. Some of them are pretty hilarious. I might just get one next year and challenge myself to 24 days of Elf humor.

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Afros and Hats

For about 20+ years I chemically straightened my hair. However, when I move to San Francisco, the cost and the fog made me think twice about keeping up this habit. So about 2 years ago I embarked on the journey of transitioning from chemically treated hair to natural hair. I have to say I am really happy I made that decision. I love having the option of big curly wild hair or straight hair. I will admit I am not a “hair person.” I love my hair to be as low maintenance as possible while still looking cute (is this a contradiction?) Therefore, I generally wear some form of Afro.

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However, wearing my curly hair presents a problem when it comes to hats. The hats often end up squishing my hair down, and I get a serious case of “hat head.” Initially, I was quite saddened by this, as I really enjoy a great knit hat. I switched over to making more headbands and wraps, but I longed for a good hat. Especially on bad hair days.

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After a little research I discovered that Tams/Berets were what I needed more of in my life. They have all the appeal of a hat, but they are slouchy enough to accommodate my curls. Tams/ Berets tend not to cover your whole head, which alleviates total hair compression. I have made one Tam so far:

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Nine Dwindling Cables Tam  

This winter I am going to try and expand my hat selection. I am thinking one of these is next:

Veranda Tam by Kirsten Hipsky

Cafe au Lait Tam by Kathryn C

Selbu Modern By Kate Gagnon Osborn

Anyone else have a large hair + hat problem? What’s your favorite hat design/style to make?

Go With It

It didn’t work and it is okay. I took a deep breath and started again. The second try didn’t yield different results. More deep breaths and I started a third time. Eventually, I began to see a pattern form. It didn’t look like the picture, but I refused to start again. I am just went with it.

It was suppose to look like this… IMG_4769-0.PNG(“Open Star Stitch” in A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker)

Yet, I ended up with this…

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(Whit’s Remix: Slouchy Beanie made with Cascade 220 in Persimmon)

The art of knitting can reveal some serious life lessons. I re-learned the value of flexibility. Sometimes you have to try and try and try. #neverstoplearning

California “Snow Day”

No it isn’t really snowing in San Francisco. However, due to “hurricane- like winds” and potential flooding, school was cancelled for tomorrow. Woot woot! A whole day to watch Netflix and knit… Wait do I have enough yarn for a project!?!

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Deep breath! I forgot that I bought a skein of Lion’s Brand Heartland in King’s Canyon on Saturday. Thank goodness for thinking ahead! A whole day and no project would equal extreme knitting depression.

I am making my last Christmas gift of the season using the free pattern Graham by Jennifer Adams. I really like that this pattern is unisex. Depending on how it turns out I might make another for me 😊. Here’s to keeping my fingers busy!

Oh Christmas Tree!

Yesterday morning I was stuck in a rut. I had no idea what to do with the kids I work with at my elementary school. I had no time to prep crafting materials for multiple children so I scoured Pinterest for a winter activity. I came across this cute idea of a pipe cleaner Christmas Tree. An activity that is easy to talk during and works on motor skills? Perfect! The tree featured on the Pink and Green Mama blog is a store bought kit so I got to thinking how I could make it from materials I already had. I rummaged through my craft box at work and lucky for me I had all the necessary materials.

Whit’s Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree

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Ages: Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
Material: Green pipe cleaners, wooden dowel, wooden block, hot glue gun, craft beads, scissors
1) Apply hot glue to one end of the dowel. Place it in the center of the block and let dry.
2) Wrap the pipe cleaners around the dowel so that the two ends stick out. Scissors may be used to cut pipe cleaners in half to vary the length of the “branches.”
3) Hot glue a “star” on top of the tree.
4) Give the child some beads and have he/ she string the beads on the pipe cleaners to “trim the tree.”

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Result: The kids loved it! They were actually fighting about who got to take the next turn. This tree is easy to make and fun to play!
Warning: Monitor small children when using beads!