Cotton Caps

The days pass quietly. After yesterday’s bright sunshine, the partial cloud cover of today struggles to dampen, the earth, human spirits. But it is Friday. Friday now brings cheer into our little world. The afternoon will bring Attila home, for two whole days. Although the rhythm of this experience called weekends is familiar, having experienced a five day work/school week through most of my life, weekends have a new sweetness to them, having been long lost, and now found.

Yesterday I crocheted a second cotton cap. The first was densely stitched, odd shaped, and tight fitting; perfect for tending camp fires, and working in the bush at the Rideau Camp. Its only fault was that it could be mistaken for a chemo cap, which could be misleading. What was needed for public adornment was a cap that would reveal my head of hair, to make it obvious that it was merely a pedestrian sort of cap.

The second cap is a crocheted mesh, fitting loosely. It should not be mistaken for a chemo cap, and therefore is more suitable for a quick trip to the grocery store, or a walk in the park.

Neither cap is meant for warmth. They are both created with cotton yarn, so that they are absorbent, cool, and will control unruly hair. I don’t look good in hats, but on bad hair days (most days) it is nice to have something to contain the chaos.

DSCF0612 cotton hats Two crocheted caps. They are made with the same cotton yarn, using a single crochet stitch on the left, and a half double crochet stitch on the right. The cap on the right was made yesterday, and is meant for public appearances. The cap on the left was one of my first real crochet projects, was quite experimental, and will be worn working in the bush.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

7°C
Date: 5:00 AM EDT Friday 12 May 2017
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Pressure: 101.6 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 7.4°C
Dew point: 5.7°C
Humidity: 89%
Wind: NE 4 km/h

Quote

“To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold.”
Archibald MacLeish
1892 – 1982

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4 Responses to Cotton Caps

  1. Bex Crowell says:

    I am so impressed with your caps, Maggie. And I know you are, too. They are just right. I should probably wear one too, even in the house, on days like this when the hair is just not fit for civilization. And don’t you just love it when you come away with a piece of work that is Functional? My passion seems to have evolved to making bags – mainly to keep my current crochet works in. I have about 4 blankets and 2 ponchos all going at the same time right now! I don’t quite know how that happened, but I just pick up one, or the other, or the other, or the other, or the other, or the OTHER and work on it a little at a time. The one poncho that I first began ran out of yarn and I thought I’d ordered some new, but I think my order got mixed up and I may have to go check that out. I have way more yarn than I need to keep me busy probably for the rest of my life here now. So bags keep a-comin’! and blankets.

  2. TopsyTurvy (Teri) says:

    Very nice! It’s interesting to see the different patterns created using the same yarn and just a different stitch.

    Time for you two to start getting out and about for spring/summer. I believe our forecast for next week is for sunny and temps around 70F. Enjoy!

  3. Bex, I do love functional creations, they are satisfying on so many levels. I began a bag, using the pattern you recommended, and have been working on it all weekend. I am loving it! I have antique yarn, that I have had since the late 60s, early 70s, and I am using it up by making the bag. The first yarn is awful. It is synthetic, scratchy, two plays that split constantly and then break down into individual fibres if handled very much. Sometimes I have to start a stitch over three or four times to get the hook between the right strands in the yarn. Almost through with that yarn now! Then I am moving on to an equally old ball of yarn for the strap. Once I have used all the old balls of yarn around here, I can buy more without a whiff of conscience.
    You make such beautiful blankets and bags Bex, I like your baskets too!

  4. Thanks Teri, the difference it quite striking. I am hoping that eventually I develop a feel for how a specific yarn will look made up into an item with a specific stitch.

    Your are right, the season for working in the bush at the Rideau Camp is fast approaching! We had better prepare for black flies, I think they will be abundant this year, we have had so much rain!