Friday, April 20, 2012
Fancy Pants and Quiet Tissues
I guess the picture was a spoiler alert, but I made a headband to hold my Used-To-Be-Bangs back, and the quasi-french twist in place. Crisis averted.
But wait! Who could have ever guessed that it would become my favorite accessory this week? I have since then worn it to the beach, and to Target, and around the house, and I have looked fabulously stylish. So thank you, awkward length hair, for requiring some crocheted awesomeness. Not having to push my bangs back a hundred times a day has been amazing.
Okay, so the pictures don't really do it justice. It's subtly sparkly and bronze, instead of a brownish rust color. Trust me, it would look awesome in any color though. I am going to make some for Mims with buttons and flowers for when she starts Kindergarten in the fall.
If you'd like to make one too, it was really easy. I have been inspired by Mary Jane Hall recently, with her stretchy crochet techniques, and her garment shaping using stitch sizes. She has several headband patterns, but none that had the vintage-y pinup look that I wanted, so this is what I came up with.
Minor Awards Ceremony Headband
Vanna's Glamour (or other fine weight yarn)
Size D hook
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends
R1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook 2 sc, 3 hdc, 5 dc, 3 hdc, 17 sc, 10 hdc, 70 dc, 10 hdc, 17 sc, 3 hdc, 5 dc, 3 hdc, 2 sc, ch 1, turn.
R2-3: (working in back loops only) 2 sc, 3 hdc, 5 dc, 3 hdc, 17 sc, 10 hdc, 70 dc, 10 hdc, 17 sc, 3 hdc, 5 dc, 3 hdc, 2 sc, ch 1, turn.
R4: (working in back loops only) 2 sc, 3 hdc, 5 dc, 3 hdc, 17 sc, 10 hdc, 70 dc, 10 hdc, 17 sc, 3 hdc, 5 dc, 3 hdc, 2 sc.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Wear to a Minor Awards Ceremony and look fabulous!
I think you could also add a few more rows to make it thicker and it would still look super cute. You could also turn it around so the sassy knot is in the front. In fact, combine those two ideas and you've got a rockabilly head wrap worthy of your victory rolls! Wait, do you wrap up the back if you pin up the front? Okay, well even if that's not really a style, trust me, it would be cute.
One more note about the awards ceremony, where I waited in line for the valet behind Martin Kove (who you would know as the evil sensei, John Kreese, from the 1984 classic The Karate Kid) and walked past Kristin Bauer van Straten (known exclusively in my circles as Pam De Beaufort from True Blood), which I selflessly attended despite the fact that I was at the tail end of a cold. I needed tissues at the ready, because my runny nose waited for no appropriate clapping moment to dig tissues out of a crinkly plastic packet. I needed them fast and quiet. Thus, the Quiet Tissue Cover.
Why yes, my tissues do match my headband! How delightful that you noticed. I pulled the plastic wrapper off my pocket pack of tissues and snugged them into their Minor Awards Ceremony-worthy case. Worked like a charm. Fancy? Yes. Quiet, so as not to disturb those around me? Yes as well! Runny nose problems? Well, yes, but nothing that a couple of stealthy tissues couldn't solve.
All in all, I would call the evening a success. And there was nothing so sweet as getting the car back from the valet and whipping my heels off. I mean, fancy is good, but comfortable is so much better...