Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ongoing Projects

Every day or two I pick a project to FINISH.  My desk is cleared off now…so more projects will accumulate there.

Can you guess what this is?

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I designed this pattern last year.  No it is not a winter bikini top for a skinny minnie with no boobs.   I used a heavy chenille yarn that is very soft. 

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The sleigh bell Christmas ornament project is completed.  Well ahead of the 2018 Christmas deadline. I hope I don’t forget about them.

Tall bells with base

I contacted a “bell expert”  who said that these bells on a brass stand were most likely used on a dinner table and maybe the guests used them to ring in the new year.  Since I wasn’t planning any such dinner in the future the bells were taken apart.

There was a screw that held the base onto the bell.  Far Guy removed all the bases and ribbons were attached at the point where the screw attached and then the screw was replaced holding the ribbon firmly in place…it worked perfectly…the extra brass “stands” are now in the button jar along with one small bell without a dinger.   It was a fun project but I am glad it is done.

Still guessing what I crocheted?

Gene and his face mask

No… not a bank robbers mask.  It is a face mask that people with breathing problems can use in the winter…the yarn is heavy enough to keep out the cold and the way it is designed air can be warmed up before you breathe it in.  This one serves a dual purpose as it is soft enough that Far Guy can wear it next to the right side of his face where his Trigeminal Neuralgia resides.  When he puts his parka on you only see his eyes.

We have a fellow at woodcarving that complained about breathing in the cold air…so I made him a mask also.

We struggled for years to find something that worked for Far Guy…we have a whole collection of face masks…that were either too tight, too loose, too cold…this one is just right.   One skein of bulky chenille yarn from wallyworld makes two facemasks. 

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21 comments:

  1. A scarf for the back of the neck only? A belly button warmer? Nope, I was wrong! How clever, and I bet FG will have lots of opportunities to use it before this winter is over. We're still sliding around on the ice down here. No sand, no salt, wait for it to melt. Relief is in sight, though. 70 degrees for a couple days next week. That should do it. Thank goodness!

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  2. Wonderful! Did you have a pattern or design it yourself? I'm sure there are others that would love to make these and/or have them or you could sell the pattern or give it away. So happy for Far Guy and your friend! You are an angel!

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  3. Nice solution! I think Far Guy knows how lucky he is to have such a creative partner. :-)

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  4. I couldn't imagine, but what a great idea for FG...and I hope it keeps his face nice and warm in this awful frigid cold. Have a great Sunday!

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  5. Great idea. I often walk holding my scarf over my mouth.

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  6. That chenille yarn at Walmart is so nice. We don't need another throw so I'm going to have to come up with something else to make from it. This idea looks like a winner for those in really cold places. Here in Kansas the cats' water wasn't frozen this morning for the first time in weeks. Is is cloudy and so dark I could go back to sleep. TWC says 90% chance of rain but at 43 it won't be ice. Yipee!

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  7. Very creative and useful article. It really shows off the blue eyes.

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  8. Great job on creating something that helps Far Guy breathe a bit easier when outside.

    Love the bells!

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  9. Love your pattern! I guess it ties in the back? I found a pattern and the grand girls thought they were neat so I made a couple. As I recall, they involved a bubble stitch!

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  10. Projects off the desk (and completed) - wonderful! I love when that happens! The bells look beautiful! and the mask for Far Guy looks just perfect and that yarn is so soft!

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  11. Haha, from first photo I pictured the item as being much smaller! Glad you were able to come up with such a creative solution :-) I have take a piece of polar fleece fabric, a foot or more wide, and however long it needs to be, and made a tube that serves as a neck warmer, face mask or you can pull it up the back to cover your head as well. I like the sleigh bells!

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  12. Glad you found out about those bells and could use them. Now you'll have to find out how you can use those little platforms? LOL!

    That looks like the most comfortable, warm face protector ever! Nice! :)

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  13. You could use the stands for finger cymbals . :)

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  14. That is a great idea and I imagine it was quite a quick project?

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  15. Praise God for your great idea on the scarf! Our temps were in the teens for a few days this week. I had to get out in it some days and found that air that cold really hurts the bronchial passageways. I, too, used a scarf and it helped a lot. I think mine was a wool blend. It worked better than one I used today that was made of man-made materials. My guess is the crocheted pattern would help keep a person's glasses from fogging up as opposed to the traditional fabrics.

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  16. The face mask is wonderful! What a great idea. And those bells are beautiful. You remind me that I have some brass bells I once-upon-a-time was going to create some ornaments with. Mine aren't nearly so interesting as yours, but still... they are waiting for a purpose. I am inspired again. :)

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  17. I could not guess what that was when you showed it flat. Quite the creative solution to a serious problem.

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  18. Great idea with the masks, and excellent idea picking an ongoing project to work on each day. I bet it feels good seeing each one completed at last.

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