Now, don’t go getting offended.  FO doesn’t stand for what you think it stands for.  It means Finished Object in knit-geek-speak.  I’m joining Ginny for Yarn Along and Nicole for Keep Calm, Craft On to show you the latest thing off the needles:

L’Oiseau’s new hat

And here’s where I blogged about it and explained the specialness of the beads:

I’m very happy with this little number, and super happy with how the beaded tassel turned out.  The beads were gifts from various friends at our baby shower years ago, so it has special meaning.  I’ve learned that the multi-colored round bead was made by our friend Steven.  Still hoping to ID the others as friends see the photo and claim their bead.

As for current projects, this is still on the needles:

Oriental Lily sweater in Noro silk garden yarn

But it’s a bit longer than it was in that photo.  Hopefully it will be finished soon and join the FO club!

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Yarn Along and Craft On

Here’s my contribution to Ginny’s lovely Yarn Along and to Nicole’s Keep Calm, Craft On (Am I a bum for using one post to hitch up to two linkies?):

I’m knitting a hat for L’Oiseau — the pattern is the Striped Skullcap from the book Oddball Knitting by Barbara Albright.  The whole book is stash-busting patterns, and oh how I love stash busting.

This week’s reading and knitting

The special thing that drew me to this pattern, and what you won’t see on the Ravelry post, though, is the bead tassel that you add to the top of the hat.  When friends threw a baby shower for L’Homme and me, I badly wanted to duplicate something we had done for my friend Kira’s baby shower years before.  Ashley, the hostess, asked each guest to participate in a beading activity that is usually part of a blessingway: bring a special bead to add to a necklace for Mama-to-Be Kira, adding our own prayers, thoughts, wishes, hopes, etc. as we strung each bead.  The necklace turned out stunning.

Well, the whole beaded necklace thing didn’t work very well at a couples shower that included children and a camp-out.  Just too much going on, and very few guests remembered to bring beads, and we just ditched the beading activity (the husbands probably would have resisted anyway).  So I ended up with a small hodge-podge of beads instead of a cool necklace.  When I saw this pattern, I knew just what to do with these special, mismatched beads.  I can’t wait to finish it and show it to my dear friends who held the shower for us.

The hat-in-progress and the beads for the tassel

As for the reading, I’ve just finished (last night, so it still counts for this week’s Yarn Along, ‘kay?) This Life is in Your Hands by Melissa Coleman.

I’m going to cry a little more just thinking about it.  What a wonderful, moving book.

Melissa’s father, Eliot Coleman, is a hero of mine — he is one of the foremost experts on organic farming and has been a huge inspiration and teacher to me and L’Homme.  We have his books, we met him at a Georgia Organics conference, we use tools that he designed, and we follow his advice in our farming.  Melissa has written a memoir of life on their homestead in Maine and the tragic death of her sister and its effects on the family.  It was so compelling to get a peek into the life of a hero and his family.  I’m going to sit for a day or too without a book, just to let this one sink in a little.