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Wigs and Blankets

Attic24 Dahlia crochet along

As Storm Dennis rages outside and local social media is full of trees falling on cars, high banks sliding across country lanes and coast paths collapsing, I am staying safe and cosy, warming myself up with a wonderful array of oranges, pinks and purples.

The blanket above is my version of Attic24’s current Dahlia inspired Crochet Along. I have been loosely following Lucy’s Colourwash version. I just can’t resist playing around with the colours, using the way Lucy puts colours together as a jumping off point.

This is the 6th or 7th Attic24 Crochet Along I have been part of and I can highly recommend them. They are always rich in warmth and a sense of community, especially if you follow Lucy’s blog and the Hooked on Attic24 Facebook Group.

The first CAL I joined in with was the Cosy Stripe ; then the Neat Ripple, link to Lucy’s pattern here ; the Neat Wave, Lucy used Moorland Colours, I made mine in Dorset Summer Hedgerow Colours; the Woodland Blanket was one of my favourites; and last year was the Sweet Pea inspired Trellis Stitch blanket.

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As the rain beats against the windows and the wind plays music with my photovoltaic roof panels, I have been finishing off a few wig W.I.P.s

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This wig is to add to my collection of variations on my Curly Wig. The basic pattern can be found on Etsy and Ravelry.

This new version could be just the thing to keep the ears warm on a day like today.

Stay Safe and Cosy.

Is it a Hat, is it a Wig?

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My latest variation of one of my basic hat/wig patterns.

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I have added rows of DK yarn in between the main rows of the chunky yarn.crochet chemo wig

I’m thinking I might make another with multicolured yarns of all different weights – it could be a great stash-buster.

The hat/wigs have been worn for fancy dress:  a multi-coloured one, modelled here by my lovely daughter-in-law

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They have been bought for wearing in college plays, as fun chemo wigs, by my nephew and his mates on a zany night out and of course Halloween

Cruella Deville anyone

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Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along

The book I am re-reading and the moment is  Tao of Pooh

An oldie but goodie.

Yarn Along on the beach

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Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along, where she invites us to share a yarny project and a book we are reading.

At last I am reading a novel! This is one of my 16 for 16 challenges, I am on page 133 and am still with it – I’m relieved!

I used to love reading, but nowadays I spend so much time reading and writing blogs that I think that might be one of the reasons I haven’t read a novel for ages. The other reason is that the story has to be cheerful, interesting with very little jeopardy, but not too trashy – definitely nothing to do with war, death or violence – that cuts out a great many.

So far so good with ‘Enchanted August‘ by Brenda Bowen.

I was attracted to it because it is about Maine where Melissa of The Aran Artisan comes from. I’m not sure how much I will learn about Maine, but I’m fascinated with all the very English place names, Dorset being mentioned a lot.

As you can see in the photo above, I was taking a break from Beach Cleaning on Monday morning, (more photos here) by reading and knitting a wig. You can see more wigs, and patterns for them, in my Etsy shop

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16 for 2016: June

These are the targets I have set myself for 2016, inspired by Cathy.

16 WALKS (of more than an hour)

7 done, 9 to go.

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One in June: I pondered whether to include my 4 hours spent wandering round the Cerne Abbas Open Gardens and although this was not a straight walk, I ached the next day so I decided to add it. Cheating? Hmm – only me to judge that one – that’s what I love about this challenge!

A few other walks in June but none over an hour – I thought this challenge was going to be easy to fulfil – must get a wiggle on in July!

15 HANDMADE GREETINGS CARDS

11 done, 4 to go

I made 2 more in June – both using Duck Tape and a Dymo for retro lettering. I think this is super funky, although I’m not sure my 68 year old friend did! The other card is for Miss E, I wonder what she will think.

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14 NEW ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP

7 done, 7 to go

I added 4 wigs in June. It was a relief to finish these 4 wigs which had been sitting in the W.I.P.s box for far too long.

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13 SWIMS

9 done, 4 to go.

One done in June. Gardening takes over a bit at this time of year.

12 GARDEN POSTS

6 done, 6 to go.

I’m keeping up with the EOMV posts and enjoying recording how one border develops through the seasons.

11 HAND MADE TOTE BAGS

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10 TYPES OF HANDMADE BEADS

6 done, 4 to go

6 in June! Hurray! At last I’m off the starting blocks with this challenge.

I have made six types of bead – 5 using Fimo, one using scrap paper and thread.

9 PIECES OF TEXTILE ART (started)

3 started, 6 to go

I have made a start on this appliqued bird. It might go in one of the books or be a stand alone work depending on how it turns out.

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8 MORNINGS of SORTING and STORING

3 done, 5 to go.

Two in June

The garage has been cleared and sorted, and my stash of beads are now in order.         Before Miss E was born my daughter was making fascinators and I was making beaded embellishments and jewellery to go with them. It was fun creating bespoke items for wedding outfits. I ended up with absolutely masses of beads that have been used intermittently since and got in a right old muddle.

A happy morning was spent sorting so they are now in some sort of order – ooo that feels good!

7 PAINTINGS (or other pieces of art)

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6 BUS RIDES (using my bus pass)

2 done, 4 to go

5 NEW TYPES OF EXERCISE TRIED

4 done, 1 to go

So far I have tried Pilates, Belly Dancing, a Dance Class, a Zumba-like class.

4 NEW PATTERNS for my ETSY SHOP

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3 MASSAGES

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2 WAYS TO HELP REFUGEES

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For now I am going to have to stick to crocheting ‘Squares for Blankets‘, but I am still on the look out for a suitable trip to make.

1 NOVEL READ

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Still 2 false starts, they have to be engaging and happy – difficult to find.

0 BEADS BOUGHT

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Thank you Cathy for this inspiration, it is a great motivator.

Getting ready for Halloween

Already people are preparing for Halloween, especially my wonderful American customers. So I’m trying to get some more wigs finished and into the Wild Daffodil Etsy shop, here’s the latest addition:

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Etsy Description: Is it a hat? is it a wig!? You are sure to have fun with this hat/wig. It will keep your ears cozy and warm in the cool evenings.

Hand-knitted in beautifully silky-soft machine washable chunky yarn. Ideal for fancy dress, party wear or as a fun and funky chemo cap.

This one is in a mid-tone purple.
Mid-length with a long fringe to cover the eyebrows.

The twisted rib pattern means that it is a snug fit with stretch to fit all ages, 8 – adult, with a jaunty flick!

I get some really lovely messages about the fun that has been had with the wigs, from fundraising events, bringing a smile to the chemo treatment room, party goers and even a stage appearance in a end of degree show – heart-warming!

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p.s. I sell the patterns as well on Etsy and Ravelry if you would like to knit one for yourself.

New Year, New Pattern

Ta Dah!!!

New year, New Pattern! I am proud to announce a new pattern for my Ravelry and Etsy stores!                                 Exciting!

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This fun Chemo Cap or fancy dress wig joins 5 other designs and ishatw

modelled here so beautifully for me, back in the summer, by my lovely niece. h

It takes me absolutely ages to get a pattern from idea to online shop.                                This one was requested by a customer in America. All my patterns were in Chunky weight yarn, but she wanted one in Double Knit.

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It took a while to work out something suitable and then  knit it – those are the two easy, fun stages.

 

 

The hard part is writing a pattern for others to follow. After that painstaking, brain-aching procedure, I have to put the pattern aside for a few weeks or months and come back to it afresh to test knit it – it always amazes me how many mistakes there are! A punctuation mark in the wrong place and it can all go horribly wrong!

This one has been waiting in the wings for a while as I needed a few quiet days to test-knit and put the finishing touches to it – and this mid-winter break has given me that vital quiet time – hurray! I love my hibernation years. (I only ‘do’ Christmas in alternate years!) You can see what I did with these precious days 2 years ago here.

These knitted wigs are such fun to create and I get such lovely responses from knitters and crocheters, who are often making them to cheer up a loved one who is going through chemo. It is heartwarming to know that a pattern I created just to see if I could, and for a laugh, is larking around the world cheering people up and bringing in some lightness during a difficult time in their lives. We never know what we are really doing do we – we just have to keep doing what makes us feel happy, or what we feel compelled to do as artists, and see what happens – sometimes with happily serendipitous results!!

Happy New Year one and all!

Fun Chemo Caps, Hats, wigs

A couple of years ago, I was hopping around the internet looking for knitting inspiration when I saw a picture of a knitted wig. I couldn’t find a pattern for it so I made one up myself. To get the pattern right I had knitted several wigs.

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which we had fun with at Stonechat – but what to do with them – so i put them in my Etsy shop.

I had no idea what a wonderful journey this would take me on. The first to sell was the Daisy Wig, which  was bought by a woman in America for her friend who was going through chemo and I was told  “she absolutely went nuts for it!”

And since then I have had such heartwarming messages from people who have bought a wig and say it has cheered up an otherwise grim time for them and their families – other members of the family wanting to wear the wigs too!

And of course they still come in handy for fancy dress parties

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This is my lovely daughter-in-law modelling the multi-coloured clown style wig, getting ready to go to a ‘Bright and Tight’ Fancy Dress party.

I have also been asked to make some patterns using double knit rather than chunky yarn0wig 01wig

and I have come up with these bob-styles.

It has taken several attempts to get the shape right – and now to get the pattern perfect for others to follow …….

So that is what I was working on whilst putting my feet up in the Middle East

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swapping our little .beach hut studio at dear old wind-battered Portland Bill (crumbs, have we had some storms in the UK this winter!) for a different ambience altogether.

You can see my new toy in the picture – an iPad – mainly bought so that I could work on the patterns on the beach!!!

So, at one point I was 4, 410 miles from home, on the beach, listening to English radio live on the iPad, whilst reading a Thomas Hardy novel downloaded for free onto the iPad and knitting wigs – surreal?

I love my life!!!!