This hat is crocheted in a spiral, so you’ll need a stitch marker to keep track of when one round ends and the next one starts (a safety pin worked well for me). I used 1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in cranberry.
Ch 4, join with sl st in first chain to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring – 6 sc.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc – 12 sc.
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 6 times – 18 sc.
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) 6 times – 24 sc.
Rnd 5: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) 6 times – 30 sc.
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) 6 times – 36 sc.
Rnd 7: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) 6 times – 42 sc.
Rnd 8: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) 6 times – 48 sc.
Rnd 9: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc) 6 times – 54 sc.
Rnd 10: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) 6 times – 60 sc.
Rnd 11: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc) 6 times – 66 sc.
Rnd 12: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc) 6 times – 72 sc.
Rnd 13: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 23 sc) 3 times – 75 sc.
Rnds 14-30: Sc in each sc around – 75 sc.
Rnd 31: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 24 sc) 3 times – 78 sc.
Rnd 32: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 25 sc) 3 times – 81 sc.
Rnd 33: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 26 sc) 3 times – 84 sc.
Rnd 34: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 20 sc) 4 times – 88 sc.
Rnd 35: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 21 sc) 4 times – 92 sc.
Rnd 36: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 22 sc) 4 times – 96 sc.
Rnd 37: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 23 sc) 4 times – 100 sc.
Rnd 38: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 24 sc) 4 times – 104 sc. *
Rnd 39 (ruffle): (sl st in next sc, ch 3) 104 times. Finish off and weave ends in.
*Adding 4 stitches per round made the bottom of my hat kind of square. I haven’t actually tried this, but I’m thinking that for a less-square hat, maybe you could do something like (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 18 sc) for rounds 33-37. If you try that, let me know how it goes!
Crocheting has been one of my hobbies this winter. I made myself this scarf and this hat (which didn’t come out the way I wanted it to—I made it a little too big for my head), before making a hat with ear flaps for my boyfriend and designing the hat above for myself.
I started eating granola for breakfast last spring when I got bored with oatmeal, buying it in boxes from Wegman’s, but it was kind of pricey, so I thought I’d see if I could make it myself. I combined pieces of some different recipes I found online and tweaked it until it came out just the way I wanted it. I’ve been cooking up a batch every couple of weeks since the summer, and I’ve found that it’s a great food to bring to work to eat in my office since it’s semi-healthy and requires no microwaving (and since I’m incapable of getting up early enough to eat before I leave)… so I thought I’d share it with the rest of the internet here. I didn’t include any dried fruit in my recipe because I eat it with applesauce instead of yogurt since I’m lactose intolerant. (I originally got the applesauce idea from my Junior Girl Scout leader on a camp out.)
“Wildflowerfever’s Sunrise Granola”
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
½ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup wheat germ (optional… doesn’t make much difference)
¼ cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup vegetable/canola oil
½ cup honey
parchment baking paper
1. Combine oats, almonds, coconut, wheat germ, and brown sugar in mixing bowl. Mix well. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon.
2. Preheat oven to 300°F.
3. In small bowl, combine oil and honey. Mix thoroughly!!! (I use the ¼ cup to measure the oil, then use it twice to measure the honey so it slides out more easily.)
4. Pour the oil/honey mixture over the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Mix until the liquid coats everything more or less evenly.
5. Spread parchment paper over a cookie sheet and spread granola evenly over the parchment paper. Bake at 300°F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool for about an hour, then peel granola off paper in chunks. Store in a plastic container and mix with applesauce to eat.
Notes: It’s important to mix the dry and wet ingredients separately first. I tried it without doing that and the consistency was very, well… inconsistent. Also, the parchment paper is very important; otherwise, it’s next to impossible to get the granola off the pan after it cools. Honey is seriously sticky!
And finally, it’s not really necessary to stir it every 10-15 minutes like some recipes recommend. It’s all spread out thinly enough on the cookie sheet that it cooks evenly without being stirred. (I take this back. Stirring helps.)
1. It’s been a while since I had one of those moments where I realize I don’t know someone nearly as well as I think I do. The biggest instance of this that I remember is when I got an AIM account the summer I graduated from high school and discovered my classmates’ LiveJournals. It was strange to read all of these thoughts and feelings I’d been unaware of in those around me, and it made me feel like I’d been walking around in my own little bubble the whole time. I think I’m still in a bubble.
2. Have you ever met someone who is so amazing that the knowledge that such a person exists makes you excited to be human again?
3. I am really, really bad at writing emails. I type it up, then reread it and tear it apart, second-guess everything I say, rephrase it all, decide it’s hopelessly inadequate, and send it anyway, hoping the person will understand what I was trying to convey. Sometimes I can be weirdly neurotic.
4. I just re-watched Amélie and realized that I can relate to the way she gets caught up in daydreams about meeting her mystery man but is afraid to actually introduce herself, going to ridiculous levels to keep him interested but not too close. The moment when you actually have to face the viability of your dreams is very scary. Nothing ever goes as I envision it, but sometimes it turns out okay anyway.
5. We’re having funding problems at work, and there’s some risk of me losing my job after April. I’m not sure how much risk, but my coworkers have been applying other places. I’m not seriously worried because things will work out one way or another, but I’ve been entertaining myself by coming up with contingency plans:
- Go back to the call center… actually, I’d rather be broke… actually, I’d rather stick a fork in my eye. So scratch that.
- Live off a combination of unemployment, random tutoring, crafting, and buying things at thrift stores and selling them on eBay as collectibles.
- Write my first novel.
- Go back to school for something like library science.
- Join a band.
- Become a groupie for some band or other and follow them around the country… not like I have any in mind… ahem.
- Write a letter to the News offering my services as a copy editor for their online articles, because they really need another one.
- Look into other volunteer programs.
- Open a tea shop/used book store/cafe.
- Go on a CouchSurfing tour of the country and possibly write a book about it.
- Become an amateur private investigator like the guy in Bored to Death.
I really need more sleep.