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Busy Hands

February 13th, 2014

As you know, we’ve been watching the Olympics.  I’m not one to sit around and do nothing, even if I’m watching TV.  I like to keep my hands busy doing something. Usually it’s writing and working on my computer that keep my hands busy, but all the cozy hats people are wearing at the events made me want to crochet.  Luckily I scored some lovely yarn at one of my favorite yarn stores on Tuesday.  I set to work last night working on a hat for a friend.
crocheted hat
It turned out just how I had hoped, a beautiful mix of colors and textures.  Araucania Liwen yarn was used in two different colors crocheted together since the pattern used a chunky yarn (here’s the pattern in case anyone is interested).  I need to make  a pompom for the top and then send it off.  It’s too bad I didn’t finish it sooner, my friend would have been able to put this hat to good use during the cold weather in the midwest.   At least she’ll have it for many years to come.

What’s your favorite busy work to do when you don’t want to waste time? 

10 Comments to “Busy Hands”
  1. Angie on February 13, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I love the colors! The two yarns compliment each other well. I love gifting something that’s made by hand. It’s so much more personal and unique than picking something up off a sales rack.

    My busy work is either crocheting or mending.

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  2. Adelina Anderson on February 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

    My go to projects are crocheting socks. Keeps me busy and I always have one in my project bag in the car.

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  3. Marina C on February 13, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Knitting socks.
    Our daugther is a vet student, and she wears clogs a lot. She has a whole collection of colorful self stripping yarn socks, and I am starting a collection for myself. I also make them for special gardening friends who appreciate hand made items.
    My sock are well travelled, I even knit in the car – only when not at the wheel :-)

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  4. Kit Duffield on February 13, 2014 at 8:44 am

    pattern for hat?

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    • Susy on February 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Sorry, I forgot to add it, just did.

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  5. daisy on February 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Love the hat. I am just learning to knit, so that is a good way to busy myself while waiting at appointments, in meetings, etc. I hope to learn to crochet as well. Your friend will be warm indeed!

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  6. Nebraska Dave on February 13, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Susy, I’m kind of like you as well. I just can’t sit and watch a TV show with out doing something with my hands. I’ve kind of slowed down this winter but my hands busy task while watching a TV show is making a chainmail vest. Yeah, you heard right. Such a guy thing, huh. Would that be considered guy crocheting? Chainmail has been a passion of mine for several years. I started working on this a couple years ago when time permitted. I started with the real metal rings but had to switch to aluminum rings because the weight just became too much. It’s very time consuming and takes thousands of rings to make a vest. When the vest is finished it will weigh some where between 35 and 40 pounds. I really feel for those horses that had to carry a man and a full set of armor. They had to be one stout horse.

    I see you are under a another Winter storm warning for heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Time to break out the luge sled again and have the Maine winter Olympics right there on your lane. :-)

    Have a great Olympics/crocheting day.

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  7. whit on February 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I usually have a hard time knitting and watching tv, unless it is something I don’t have to see to understand and can just listen to the show. Usually, I like to just sit and knit in silence. When I am stressed or have had too much interaction with strangers, knitting is what mends my frazzled soul. And the more frazzled I am, the more intricate the pattern of stitches becomes. There’s just something about focusing on complicated stitch patterns that helps restore my sanity.

    Knitting socks is my gig right now. I had a friend I met online send me a few skeins of yarn and ask if I could knit them for her. She is a retired farmer in Colorado. In between socks for her, I’ve knit socks for my kiddo, me, and my folks. Next pair is for my hubbie. Your hat is gorgeous! Just the thing for a winter day, or a cold night!

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  8. Reid on February 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I browse seed catalogs while watching the olympics. I have most of my seeds by now, except some that I will buy locally. I do it mainly to learn about new varieties.

    I also sharpen fishing hooks, correct students’ tests, or grade other homework.

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  9. Chris on February 21, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    What a beautiful hat! :)

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