Two ta-dah’s on a chilly winter’s day …
15/11/2012 § 3 Comments
A glum winter’s chill has descended today, just in time for me to wear my new hat …
Ta-dah No 1 – my new hat!
On Sunday, on our way out to the New Forest, we stopped at Hilliers Arboretum so I could visit the Material World Textile Exhibition – an annual MUST-NOT-MISS event! Every year, at the very least, I treat myself to a skein of angora mohair from New Forest Mohair and fiddle around making flowers and bits & bobs. This year when we got home, I had a sudden urge to make a hat. It always amazes me that while I’m having these urges, other creators are having them too – all to make the same sort of thing! I had a bit of a surf around the net looking at different styles and then hopped over to Lucy’s blog and there she was, showing a Ta-Dah of her super hat!
I wanted a sort of 20’s cloche that doesn’t blow off in a howling gale on a Cornish clifftop whilst walking the dogs! So I just went round and round in circles and took Lucy’s advice about the increase row to create the little turn up – ‘Thanks Lucy – it’s perfect’! I’ve put a flower low down so it covers my ear – I’d put one the other side ‘cos it’s very effective for keeping out the draughts – but we all know that it’d look really stupid!
I love the way it pulls down low over my mass of rapidly greying curls. When I think of the hours I wasted as a teenager and way beyond, desperately trying to straighten my hair! How dim can a girl be? These days I don’t even use a hairdryer – I just wash it, work a quick slick of conditioner through and leave it to its own curly state! Much easier – and cheaper than fighting with nature. And do you know what? I love it – it’s longer than ever before and I’m rather looking forward to it being a proper grey colour. I coloured my hair for a couple of years and then couldn’t wait for it to all grow out – it didn’t feel like my hair any more. I hope that I’m growing old gracefully!
Ta-dah No 2 – my Adaliza Photobook
Why did nobody tell me about these? They’re absolutely brilliant! Last year I discovered the delights of making my own calendars with Vistaprint and yes, this year they’ll fill family stockings once more! They were SOooooo successful and very reasonable as personal gifts.
A couple of weeks ago I sent off for a Photobook – again from Vistaprint. It arrived on my birthday and what a lovely surprise it was!
All my favourite makes for the year with life-size photos of the crochet stitches, on full page photos – amazing! I’m impressed by the colour, definition and quality too – and I only chose the basic options.
I’ve ordered another one, so that I can show prospective customers photos of all my cushion designs too!
There’ll be a giveaway in time for Christmas soon, but you’ll have to wait for a while until they’re delivered!
Hope you like my new hat – and yes, you’re quite right, you have spotted 2 more skeins ‘cos I simply had to pop back today and treat myself to some more of this delicious soft mohair! Bring on the winter chill, I say – I’ll be ready with a hat to match every cosy fleece!!!