Yes, it is hot, isn't it? Even here in the beautiful Willamette valley, where the average high/lows for July are 82/54, yesterday was 10something/72, so it is quite ridiculously hot for here. We tried to keep cool by taking the dogs for a short hike in the Coast Range yesterday and then over to the beach in Florence. The hike was pretty...along a creek...but had some, ah, interesting problems with trail markings. As a result I'm a bit sore today (picture me scrambling up a dirt wall in an attempt to follow what ended up NOT being a trail). The beach was foggy and cool and it felt almost sacreligious to put on a jacket so the dogs could play in the surf. A good day.
Two things to show you. First is a knitted wire-and-bead votice candle holder that used some black and gold beads in assorted shapes. While this looks OK, I worry it comes close to the tacky 'fish net art' that we see at beach houses (you know, a bit of netting caught up with 'objects d'art'). So I'm going to try this again on smaller needles with smaller beads, all in one color, to try to make this a bit more elegant.
Voila, the felted beret from the book "Hats, a Knitters Dozen". This is the best felted beret pattern...instead of knitting in the round you knit it side to side with short rows to make the puffy sides, and you end up with a nice brim that doesn't need elastic or anything like that. You end up grafting 45 stitches together to close it but I don't mind the kitchener stitch at all, and if you do you could probably do a 3-needle bind off and have a bit of a seam but still a nice beret. This was done in a heathered purple Cascade 220 (one skein) and is posed on top of a lamp shade!