OK, I Know It Kind Of Looks Like I Knitted A Condom

To be more precise, it looks like a knitted condom on top of my bottle of astringent. It is actually a hat for a baby but I have no baby or baby-shaped item so that my masterpiece could be modeled in all its glory.

This is what I did this weekend and I am so proud! As proud as anyone could be who knitted a hat that looks like a condom. I recently purchased a loom knitting kit and some yarn so I could amuse myself and learn something new this winter. I tried using knitting needles decades ago but didn’t have the patience for it. That might have had something to do with my mother from whom I received the lack-of-patience gene and the only person who tried to teach me how to knit.

It didn’t turn out well.

A couple of months ago while I was looking for something to do, I happened upon loom knitting and checked it out on YouTube. I found some videos, it looked really easy and I bought a loom set and a book. Look at all the pretty colours.

This blurry picture is the yarn I bought. It’s from the Deborah Norville Collection. I don’t know much about yarn and the reason I bought this is because the package had 3 bunches of yarn and I really liked the red colour. The label calls it “Really Red”. Bonus: it’s anti-pilling! That and it’s from Deborah Norville who I last remember seeing on the Today Show. Deborah Norville is into knitting! Who knew?

Now, it’s time to knit. I’d show you the book I bought but… I never used it. I also never used the instructions that came with the loom set. What I did was go running back to the internet and I used the video by mikeyssmail that convinced me to give this a try.

I found it didn’t take long to get into a rhythm. Reviews and other videos I looked at said it only takes about 45 minutes to an hour to do a small hat. It took me just a little over an hour and that included looking at the video to get me started. My ears have been bothering me all week so it also made me really happy when I tried doing this lying down and found that I could still do a simple project such as this.

Here’s the hat just before I take it off the loom.

This picture shows the loom upside down so you can see how the wool looks as things are progressing. As you knit, the project gets tighter.

By-the-by, that beautiful, white background is my new pillow. It has some kind of material that absorbs heat so that I can feel cool. The shipping weight is 4.2 pounds so it is heavier than regular pillows but it is comfortable, feels cool to sleep on and my head doesn’t feel warm. It’s $39.98 from Amazon.com. Apparently, I’m getting it at 50% off the list price but so far so good. I may get another one, even at that price. Heat, humidity and hot flashes be damned!

Well, this is the finished project. I didn’t follow any pattern or number of rows. I just kept going until I wanted to learn how to cast off and finish the hat. Not bad for a first try.

That sure is one happy, sleeping baby! Well, it’s the closest I can get to a sleeping baby.

And that’s how I taught myself to knit a baby hat that looks like a condom.

Sunday Quotes – The Journey

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A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
John Steinbeck

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
John Steinbeck

Come dress yourself in love, let the journey begin.
Francesca da Rimini

If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.
Dan Rather

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Carnival Season 2012

I saw these pictures of Carnival Season 2012 from In Focus, the news photography blog from The Atlantic and I wanted to share. The photographs are from various carnivals that were held this year and they are  spellbinding  and simply amazing. You can find all the pictures here and here. I can’t do them justice because I have to reduce the size of the pictures to fit my blog but click on the links so that you can enjoy almost 80 pictures of Carnival.

Members from the of Salgueiro samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on February 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Performers from Diablada group wearing bear costumes take part in the carnival parade in Oruro, Bolivia, on February 18, 2012. (Reuters/David Mercado)

A member of from the Diablada Urus group, dressed as an angel, during the Carnival parade in Oruro, some 200 km (124 miles) south of La Paz, on February 18, 2012. Partying and religion mingle in Bolivia’s Carnival celebration in Oruro, a mining and commercial city of more than 200,000 people. (Reuters/David Mercado)

Dancers of Uniao da Ilha samba school parade on a huge float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 20, 2012.

Fleambeaux Carriers march alongside the Captain’s float in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, on February 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Revellers of Rosas de Ouro samba school wait their turn on the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, on February 18, 2012. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

People take part in the 128th Nice carnival on February 18, 2012 in Nice, France. (Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

Musicians dressed for carnival perform at the Luzern-Carnival in Lucerne, Switzerland, on February 16, 2012. The history of Lucerne’s carnival can be traced back over more than 600 years and is best known for its individually hand-crafted masks and costumes paraded in the town’s streets and squares by thousands of revellers during the three-day carnival festival. (Reuters/Michael Buholzer)

A member of Mohacs Busok (Mask-people from Mohacs town) steps out from their local base on February 21, 2012 prior to their carnival masquerade. The Busojaras (Hungarian, meaning “Buso-walking”) is an annual celebration of the Sokci (Croatians) living in the town of Mohacs, Hungary, held at the end of the Carnival season and ending the day before Ash Wednesday. The celebration features Busos and includes folk music, masquerading, parades and dancing. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

Revellers from the Renascer de Jacarepagua samba school take part in the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, on February 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

A dancer of the Porto da Pedra samba school parades on a float at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on February 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A reveller from the Sao Clemente samba school takes part in a parade on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, on February 20, 2012. (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

Weekend Links

A bit of a snowstorm is passing through. It’s not leaving as much snow as predicted, but the winds are strong and some of what is falling feels like baby chunks of ice. So, I’m staying inside for the rest of the day. I bought myself a book of puzzles and a magazine of storage tips and ideas. I’ve decided it’s pancakes tonight for supper and I may change into my pj’s because it’s a snow day. But, before I get off the computer for a while, I’ve put together some links you can check out this weekend for when you want or need to take a break.

If you feel like reading something historical, 5 of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been digitalized.

Maybe The British Library has something that would interest you, such as the original version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

If you enjoyed Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov has composed over 29,000 images of unique pastels-on-glass with his son Dimitri and created an animation adaptation.

Museums and galleries are creating virtual tours for those who would like to visit from the comfort of their home. Here’s a link to an Open Culture article that highlights a panoramic virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

If you would like to travel to Venice for a few minutes, Open Culture also has a couple of short videos of A Day in Venezia.

Pictures, we’re told, are worth a thousand words. These Natural World photos from Boston.com show that sometimes 1,000 words are not enough.

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Insomnia

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sleep, you beckon me

back to bed with promises

of dreams sweet and happy

lying still, restless

toss and turn,Sandman watches

sleep’s fate in his hands

alone with my thoughts

no magic dust, insomnia

a night’s cruel mistress

Sunday Quotes – Art

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An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Charles Horton Cooley

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A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
Hedy Lamarr

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A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
George Edward Moore

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A picture is a poem without words.
Horace

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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
Oscar Wilde

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Chronic Illness Links

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Cancer touches all of us. Here’s a powerful video that Linda made titled What Breast Cancer is and is not!

U.S. scientists are developing new ways to help virtually treat people with depression such as a smart phone that will detect your mood and a medicine bottle that tracks pill usage.

Another invention is from the University of Toronto that will detect cancer and infectious diseases in 15 minutes not days or weeks like it is now!

A study shows how Tai Chi is helping those with Parkinson’s disease have better balance and reduce falls.

Stem cells will be tested on children six weeks to 18 months old with sensorineural hearing loss. The ultimate goal to reverse hearing loss.

The director of gynecologic oncology at the McGill University Health Centre says research shows ovarian cancer starts outside the ovaries and should be renamed pelvic cancer.