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Sewn Coasters in Action!
As promised, but slightly late… here are some action pics of my cute sewn coasters from the coaster swap. After a long day of selling my clutter in a collaborative yard sale with my friends (and eating delicious baked goods) I needed a cold drink. We headed for the Party Zone in the LCBO which is where you’ll find pre-mixed cocktails so that you can start the party pretty much the minute you exit that place.
I was excited to break out the new coasters this weekend for the first time! Don’t you think they look really cute with the glasses, the pink pomegranate martini and my faux-wood tray? I also purposely included the Canada Dry club soda in the pictures as a cultural reference point. And in case you had any doubts, my friend and I managed to polish off the bottle of pom-tini in about 1.5 hours.ery

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This past month I participated in a craft swap, organized by Donna and Sara at Kindred Crafters. I know I’ve said I got bored with swapping for a while, but this sounded really fun, and who can’t use more coasters? Actually, I don’t think I had any coasters!
Now check out this most wonderful assortment of goods that my amazing swap partner, Sazzie, sent to me all the way from England! It made me blush when I opened it because I certainly wasn’t expecting this amount of extras, and also because I didn’t send that many extras. I sent one. Just one measly extra it was a matching bar towel to go with the coasters I made. My limited knowledge of craft etiquette tells me that I will have to find a way to even things out…
Holy Shmoly Coaster Swap!
You can see more of the coasters and other neat stuff that was sent in the swap in the flickr group. I will add more pics of the coasters and the fabric tray to flickr tonight, when I put these in action.

So when I first learned to crochet, I kinda went nuts. After the blue bunny and the happy poo, I realized I could basically crochet any shape I wanted, and started crocheting all kinds of things. My friend Chris asked me to make him a bearded cap like the one made by Vik Prjonsdottir.

The beard caps refer to a traditional cap called “lambshed-hood” which was used in Iceland by farmers who in heavy snowstorms had to walk long distances between their sheds and to the neigboring farms. The cap covered both head and neck and had only a small opening for the face.

The Beard Caps, 100 % icelandic wool, 3 different colors and shapes
Bearded Cap by Vik Prjonsdottir of Iceland

The thing is that Chris is vegan, so he chooses not to buy wool (sorry Iceland sheep farmers!). I told him to find some appropriate animal-free yarn and I would make a bearded cap for him. Well, months passed and summer came and went, so I finally bought some brown 100% cotton yarn and got on with it! I created my own version of the bearded cap, and crocheted a separate cap & detachable beard with mustache. This way, Chris could use the hat all the time, and the beard only when he felt like putting some extra fun in his day, or some extra warmth on his face. The beard has a small mouth-hole and two buttons, and the hat has two buttonholes just above the ears. There is also a built-in mustache, but now that I look at it, maybe it should have been a little bit bigger!
beardo recipient

p.s. go vote for Chris & Stu at hypercube.ca! (Only an hour left, help these guys win some cars!)