Bearded Lady

Weather:  26* & Sunny

TurtleFurIt’s freezing outside!  I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find a ski mask.  I went to town the other day and Tractor Supply had some bright neon yellow face masks for $6, but I just can’t stomach that color.  Sportsman’s Warehouse had one – ONE – black one with the old-school 2 eye holes (ugh) for $8.  And something called Totally Tubular by Turtle Wrap for $13!  For heaven’s sake, it’s an unfinished piece of rayon tubing.  I later discovered that it’s $18 on their website.

I found a balaclava – a ski mask (since when was something so simple given a fancy name!?) – in a Real Tree or Mossy Oak print that also looked like it was rayon-y for $22!!  Balaclava_storeAre these people crazy?!?

Recently as a flea market a vendor – who was selling crocheted hats – had commented on liking mine and my husband’s.  He told her that I made them and then she really started raving.  Gave me her name and particulars and said that she would gladly sell my creations if I gave her a price.  Me, crochet for money?  My husband had broached the same subject just days before when his coworkers had requested hats like his and he had suggested I sell them for $12.  I told him he was crazy.  You can buy them all day long at the dollar store.  Well, uh, no, not anymore.  Not unless you’re willing to pay $5-7 for a cheap, machine-knitted thing.  But the ones in the Sportsman’s Warehouse were out of this world expensive.  For a hat!!

That was it.  I was leaving.  Uh oh.  Gloves.  Pink gloves.  Pink, insulated gloves – on clearance!!  Yeah, they made a sale…

But Joann’s was in the same shopping center and I was betting they had rayon and Mossy Tree stuff.  I picked up 3/8 yard of fleece for $5 and 3/8 yard of “performance fabric” for $3 and a skein of Lion Brand’s Homespun, Wild Fire yarn for $5.

First the fleece.  I found this tutorial online and produced this.  BalaclavaI still have to buy some fold-over elastic, because I was totally not thinking when I left the store.  Otherwise I would have bought some pink thread.

Then on to the rayon tube.  Working with that fabric wiggling all over the place drove me absolutely nuts and after putting it on, I’m convinced the Turtle Wrap version must have a lining or be a better fabric.  TurtleWrap

Incidentally, this is the hat I was wearing that the vendor-lady raved on about.  The pattern is called Divine on Ravelry and I made mine out of baby blanket yarn!  My husband’s hat is the same pattern, but in a thinner, regular yarn.  He has three: one in black, one in navy and one in sage green.  (Actually, I made him 2 in sage green to match his favorite new jacket, but he said the thicker yarn was too “fluffy”, so I guess now it’s mine.)

I had been looking for a crocheted ski mask pattern online before I went out galavanting, and the Knight and Skyrim patterns were just to die for, but the beards were the best and I made up one of those too.

After all, I am a big fan of Mick Dodge…  😉

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