a notch above trailer trash, erm living…

Or, how to increase the dry storage in your dishwasher with bolt cutters…

Remember, before:
dishwasher

After the other day, a little bolt cutter action, and a lovely bit of plywood (DH did the cutting!).
dry storage (1)

I think I’m ready to cut up some old flannel pj pants into rags. The butt seam got a hole, and they’re a little too threadbare to repair, plus the waistband needs repair, and there’s a big hole along the shin. Got these at the “swap shop” (aka dump) in Rockport, MA twelve years ago. I shouldn’t feel guilty about buying new flannel pj pants, right? I tried a couple years ago, men’s pj bottoms, they shrunk above my ankles… got a good pair in a woman’s tall last year, but they are expensive ($46!). So I still have the two pair, but only one feels good on.

felting FAIL

This was supposed to fit a human head. The hat on the pumpkin is mine for scale. I wanted to wear this at the work xmas party, you know, with bells on the points…
lopi crown second felt (2)

It’s 32 inches, after a machine felting (in which it went from about 40 inches wide to about 42, but shorter), and a lot of work in a pot of boiling water with a potato masher and the washboard, and dips in between in ice water…

It will make a decent cat bed. We don’t have a cat…

Had a great time taking photos of an xmas knit (Ravelry link)… Because we were at the Curtis Homestead (a Kennebec Land Trust property in Monmouth), I stopped for five minutes at Pogo and Marcia’s yurt… and came home with a pound of bargain bin skeins. Like I need more yarn… but I got colors that I wouldn’t chose for me… these make great fingerless mitts, a total mindless knit for me. I like to have a stash of them on hand to give as gifts, and I’m down to only one pair!

5 Responses so far

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    Melinda said,

    November 13, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    Love the hat. Try taking it to the laundromat and washing the heck out of it with a couple of tennis balls?

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    Brenda said,

    November 13, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    Bargain alert: Tons of Lands End stuff at Marden’s last week, including women’s PJs. Quality for cheap!

    Don’t know what to say about the hat. Maybe cut the center and turn it into a shawl (with bells, will still be very festive).

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    Chris said,

    November 13, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

    Do you need a gift for someone with cats?!?!

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    Colleen said,

    November 15, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    Gotta love a 32 inch hat! When I made Seamus’ cat bed, I discovered that thick yarn doesn’t seem to felt as well as thinner yarn (or two thin strands held together). So what colours did you get from Friends Folly?

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    gramily said,

    November 15, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    Sorry about the hat, Lisa. I’m going to send a photo of elf slippers my daughter-in-law made via Facebook as that is the only way I can access the photo. Felting can be unnerving, it seems. The blue hat looks fetching though, VERY!

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