Thursday, June 6, 2013

What Was I Thinking??

     I don't often share too many of my crochet projects here.  Mostly because I don't have time, and also because I think of this blog as rather a story telling kind of place for me.  But today I have just been so preoccupied with this project I decided to write about it as a kind of vent.
A vent as in --What the heck was I thinking?!?

      Okay.  So here is a fine little cloche hat, something for some reason I have always wanted to make (and to wear).  The pattern was easy, it was fun to use two threads held together (which I have never tried before), and the shape of the hat is just right.  So, the problem? Well, isn't it--glaringly--obvious?  Look at those colors!!  It hurts to look at.  This is not a hat for an adult woman to wear.  It is more the cotton candy colors of a six year old girl.  What possessed me to buy this yarn?  (Which wasn't cheap, by the way--it's a silk/merino blend.)
     I also bought a skein of bright orange yarn the same day.  What was I thinking??
     I am pretty sure I will never really wear this hat.  After I get over my disappointment, or whatever it is I am feeling about this thing, I might like to make another one in a sensible tan and brown.
     If you are reading this blog, and know someone who would like this hat, please let me know, and I will send it to you.
     So--now that that is out.  I want to mention something else crochet related.  It reminded me of this:

These little cactuses grow on my back porch.  I love to keep cacti here, and now have several that have outgrown their pots and have had to be moved elsewhere.  Sooo--you will see why I loved the little crafty work below so much that I had to take a picture of it in the shop.

These are so happy--retro mugs and crochet cacti!!  I am definitely going to try to make some of my own crochet cacti!  And I won't be doing them in hot pink and bubblegum blue either.  I'm all for desert tones right now, as might be expected after that last venture.


  1. I like your hat! Maybe you should try wearing it before you give it away, really wearing it out and about in public. You might decide you chose the exact right colors after all.

  2. The crochet cactti are great, they look perfect in their colourful mugs.

    I like your hat, but I'd prefer to wear one in more muted colour myself too. I feel a bit self-conscious wearing hats and usually try to hide under one camouflaged to match my hair!

  3. I think your hat is very cheerful (it reminds me of my Operation Marigold Hat). Worn with a very neutral coat, it would make a bright pop of colour. But then I really love bright colours so I am a bit prejudiced. :)

    Those crochet cacti are adorable.

    P.S. Silk and merino are such delicious words, especially together.

  4. I like the pointy handles on those mugs - very unique.

  5. is funny isn't it when we think we should be a bright colour person, but realize we are not, well not in the hat department anyway. It would make a lovely gift! it is actually rather sweet, I haven't tried making one of these yet. Gentle colours would be lovely too, good luck, Heather x

  6. I still buy random colour yarns without any real thought - I become a bit like a child in a sweet shop when I'm confronted with yarn (or fabric) and get a bit over excited. You should definitely use that pink, blue and orange yarn for the cactus flowers! I love the crocheted cacti, they are brilliant and would be great fun to make. x