I've had the left over yarn from my bear knitting project just sitting in my yarn basket for ever. The other day when I stupidly left my best winter hat in a friend's car, I decided I needed to knit myself a good back-up hat. My co-worker told me about the Mandlebrot pattern from Knitty and I quickly cast-on that evening.
This is a pattern that can definitely be done in one day, but it took me two because I had to redo the crown. I used size 10 needles for the band of the hat and initially used size 9 dpns for the crown. (I didn't even bother with using circulars, as suggested in the pattern, as I could fit everything on dpns.) Using 9s prooved to create a teeny tiny crown, so I ripped back and redid it with size 13s. Way better fit and slouch, thankfully. I couldn't resist putting a comically large pom pom on top of the whole thing because who does't need a little smile in winter?
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May 28th (Thursday)
Chicago, IL Letter Social
Uncle Art Gallery 7-9pm
1359 N Maplewood Ave
Join us and our typewriters to write some letters together. We will have mail art supplies, stationery, and a few of our old-fangled typing machines available for your use. Free!
May 30th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL OBSCURA DAY 2015
Several time slots available
Enjoy exclusive access to the Letter Writers Alliance Club House in celebration of Obscura Day. You'll see the inner sanctum of operations for the letter writing organization and have an opportunity to write letters and postcards using vintage typewriters.
Your ticket includes free supplies and typewriter time. Donovan, the Letter Writers Alliance typewriter expert, will be on hand to answer questions, troubleshoot cranky machines and make pithy comments. Come join us and type a letter or two!
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June 6th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL Postcard Party
606 Opening Celebration, 10am-6pm
Humboldt Blvd between Cortland & Wabansia
Write some postcards and explore the new Bloomingdale Trail with us. Free!
June 7th (Sunday)
Chicago, IL Mix & Mailology
L.W.A. Clubhouse at 3:30-5pm
Old Fashions and Wax Seals, two old-timey things we love. Learn the secrets of mixing an excellent Old Fashion and making the perfect wax impression on your envelopes. We will also have other wax-like experiments for your mail art pleasure. Our solutions, both alcoholic and artistic, will surprise you. All materials, including liquid forms, will be provided.
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July 12th (Sunday)
World-Wide L.W.A. Book Club
Join Kathy, Donovan, and a special guest Margaret Haas (of Paper Pastries) via live video while we discuss Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Discussion and further info can be found on the Goodreads book group page. Event Page
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