No Foolin’

I’m going to let you in on a secret.  I HATE practical jokes.  My father was a master of physical comedy, and the Knight loves a good prank too, but I don’t share their sense of humor.  I’ve found that most pranks are actually mean-spirited, going back to a line I heard as a child about there being no such thing as an innocent joke.  All jokes mock someone, or something…

I’m also sorry to say that with my hectic schedule – thanks to the Tall One for feeding us last night – I took photos of Ann‘s goodies, but failed to download them.  Instead, you’ll get that other FO report from the weekend’s productivity.

Meet my Beach Bad Hairday Hat

Pattern:  #24 Crocheted Sun Hat, from Knit Simple.   Thinking that I crocheted loosely, I went down a hook size, so the hat doesn’t fit me and the brim is more floppy than the model.  Still, I love it, and as soon as I settle on a color and a cotton, I’ll be making another for me.

Yarn:  Lion Brand Cotton, in natural.  I like it a lot.  It’s softer than some plain ol’ cottons, but I can’t find it locally anymore.

Hooks:  Everything but the last round of single crochet was done with a G hook, and that round was done with an H.  Boye, of course.

Verdict:  It would seem that my crochet gauge is spot-on.  I either need to learn to swatch or at least follow the pattern’s recommendations.  Luckily, I have a friend with a cutiepie whose head should fit within…

I also neglected to share a prize I picked up on Saturday.  A friend owns a GREAT gift shop here in town, and she had a spring fling a couple of weeks ago.  I won the door prize. 

Do you know Mariposa?  I love their tableware.   I have a thing for stars and starfish, so I’m looking forward to finding a reason to use this.  That will mean entertaining somewhere other than the firehouse, no?  If we make it back to the beach this month, I might have to take this along, just for atmosphere.  I’m sure Gretchen is refined enough to appreciate tea and treats on this tray, on the front porch, if no one else is…

You need a close-up of the starfish.  I think one of the reasons I’m falling for Mariposa is because it suits my life.  I like to use “stuff” that makes me happy.  That means the Knight uses them, and the dogs will be around them…  Mariposa gets that, which means a lot more of their products will be coming home with me and heading out as gifts.

21 comments on “No Foolin’

  1. anniebananie says:

    I love that hat! Can you convert the crochet pattern to knit for me? 🙂

    That try is simply adorable. I think it will suit Gretchen and her tea party at the beach quite nicely!

  2. anniebananie says:

    Oops – I can’t type. I should have written “tray”. Blame it on the rain…

  3. Kathy says:

    That hat will look cute on that special little person:)
    The tray is very nice for beach entertaining:). I’d find something nice for here but we all know Mr. Bettis and his manners.

  4. Sue says:

    My kind of hat. I love hats and ones with floppy brims attract my attention every time. Unfortunately, I don’t crochet. My mom always did that for me. You need to make it in a bright color next time. I’m also attracted to bright colors.

    They tray is neat, perfect for a beach house. Rob would use it for cheese, crackers and fruit, his favorite snack.

  5. Nancy says:

    ooohh..I love your hat! If you’re interested..I have lion cotton in my stash in a few colors…no natural though. let me know. And that tray is so perfect for the beach. I’ll have to google mariposa…Palma would love it too1

  6. nichole says:

    Cute hat… glad you have someone it’ll fit!
    LOVE the starfish on the tray… very pretty!

  7. gaylen says:

    That hat is stinkin adorable! My local Freddy’s carries that yarn in limited colors, I have to go there today to do banking – let me know what colors and I’ll pick some up and drop it in the mail.

    Love the tray – and by refined do you mean Gretchen will be eating off the tray without leaving slobber behind? I sure that’s what K meant about Mr. Bettis and I know that’s what Beau would do. Love it though. g

  8. Sue J. says:

    Oh, I just love the hat, Chan! Already in my queue. Seriously, I love it!! And the tray is lovely, too. going to have to check out Mariposa.

  9. Marjie says:

    I think as we have all the stuff we need, we tend to turn to getting stuff we really enjoy using. At least, that’s the way my world is turning.

    And your hat will be adorable on that little cutiepie; her mama will be so pleased!

  10. Dawn says:

    That hat is adorable…I need to make me one for when I’m gardening and watering! So cute! Love the tray too…I love anything beachy. Oh and the whole fool’s day thing I feel the same way…not funny!:)

  11. Anita says:

    Love the hat! Really cute!!

    And that tray is great, I love the starfish…. hey, you have a starfish mug you could use! 🙂

  12. MrPuffy says:

    I’m with you. Not a fan of jokes or April fools.

    That’s a really cute hat – some lucky youngster will surely appreciate it this Summer! You so need a beach hat ~ and so do I. If you find a great pattern for one that’s knit let me know.

    Love your new platter ~ how can it not make you smile to use that!

  13. Robin in VA says:

    My oldest son is the master of jokes too! Happy April Fool’s Day!!!

  14. You I don’t do that whole foolin’ mess either!!

    LUV the hat!!!!! 🙂

  15. I agree with you bout jokes…non too practical and hardly ever funny for the “butt” of the joke. Lovely tray. Should be very nice for tea with Sissy, or anyone else!

  16. Bubblesknits says:

    I can assure you that a certain little person is going to ADORE that hat. 🙂 Actually, I think I want to attempt one for me, too.

    CTJen got me with a good one today. I think the address is Anyhow, it’s the April 1st post. lol

  17. AlisonH says:

    I could have used a hat like that today; it’s very cute.

  18. alison says:

    The hat is wonderful, such a fun shape. I agree with you on the joke front.

  19. Miss Me says:

    must learn to crochet… that hat is sweet.

    and mariposa – meow! what lovely things. they don’t have retailers listed outside the us, but they do have “buy on the web” as an option. gotta love online shopping! (i am currently coveting the canoe shaped servers…)

  20. Natalie says:

    So pretty. The hat and the plate. 🙂

  21. Darcy says:

    I love your beach hat very prety:)(((Hugs))))) Darcy

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