The Good Earth

Today I took full advantage of the holiday atmosphere of the weekend and slept in until almost noon. My nephews made a small attempt to get me up at some point in the morning, but my ninja-like sleeping abilities easily overcame their pitifal foray into my room. I was up at my mom’s place in the hill country, a place that is very well suited to all sorts of activities including sleeping in until obscene hours.

After I got up, I helped my mom out with some knitting and then pitched in with my stepdad to do some work in the garden. That turned out to be a lot of fun. We were firming up some raised beds on either side of the garden whose siding consists of pine beams stacked three high. Until today, they were simply stacked on top of each other and held in place by wooden pegs driven next to them. But today we reinforced them with nails made out of foot-long sections of iron rebar. I used a pair of boltcutters to cut the rebar into nails, and then Dan and I took turns using a very long bit to drill holes through all three layers of pine log. When we were done, the beds were very firmly shored up. I also uprooted some huge okra plants that were taller than me and cast them onto the compost heap. By the time I was done I felt all agricultural.

I finished the second Dr. Seuss hat just a few minutes ago. It’s still not quite right, but the basic pattern is this:

Cast on enough sitches in Lamb’s Pride Bulky to fit around your head. Knit flat in stockinette for about five inches, keeping a selvedge on each edge for sewing up later. On the right side, begin decreasing by doing the selvedge edge, slip one stitch, knit, and pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch. Knit across until three stitches from the end of the row and then knit two together, knit one.

Keep decreasing until you run out of yarn or you have about five stitches left. Run the yarn through the remaining stitches and weave in the end. Take a contrasting yarn and seam up the selvedges with an X stitch or whip stitching, whichever you prefer.

The hat I just made is a little too loose on my head, and I ran out of yarn before I was really ready to finish, but I ended up with a perfectly usable hat. I cast on 67 stitches which seemed correct given my crown size and my gauge. I’ll try it again with with 63 stitches as soon as I can get some more yarn.

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  1. Amanda Says:

    Thank for the directions! I think my little who needs one. Right after I read him Horton Hears a Who and How the Grinch stole Christmas….again.