In other news, my sister is getting rid of all her rubber stamping equipment so my other sister and I are going to make a trip up there to take what we want. I am looking forward to the ride over to the peninsula in a nice air-conditioned car. My ex-rubber-stamping sister is changing her studio into an in-home office, so some of the equipment for her many hobbies has to go. Her loss is our gain.
Speaking of hobbies, this week I have been working on the hats for the rescue mission, and have been thinking that my taste in hats might not go over well with a more hip, urban bunch of people. Even people down on their luck don't want to look frumpy. Melissa told me about a book she saw called 'Get Your Crochet On!, Hip Hats & Cool Caps'. There was luckily one lonely copy left at the bookstore so I grabbed it. The book is full of very stylish hats and caps which will soon be finding their way to the mission. In the meantime, I was researching kufi caps, a name I confess I had never heard before, but I knew what I wanted - a straight-sided cap like the ones people wear in West Africa which are made of fabric and also of tapestry crochet. I remember how dignified and elegant the men at the Black Family Association dinner we attended several years ago looked in the caps, usually accessorized with a matching scarf. It was amazing how wonderful the two items looked with a suit or tuxedo. I love African fabrics, but I digress.
Anyhow, I found an old Simplicity pattern of mine that included a cap like that, so I measured it and crocheted one to fit the measurements. I tried out tapestry crochet on the sides, and I really like how it turned out. It fits snugly and was fun to make. I can use some of my many crossstitch patterns for the tapestry crochet.
So I spent the week crocheting and knitting and scaring squirrels. We are getting our first crops- cucumbers and summer squash, and the basil is ready for the first picking.