LOL! Well, I do have a HUGE amount of cleaning to do, plus I have to do a lot if curriculum work. But, compared to during the school year, I do have a lot of time. I actually have time to read, too (just to make you more jealous )!
I has a skein of CSS on hand (dark country blue) and I just barely made it with the gauge (depends on where I measure it!). I have the habit of giving an extra tug after I complete each stitch (carried over from making amigurumi) that makes my stitching tighter. I'll have to try stitching a little more loosely tomorrow. Although, we do have some pretty small kids at my school, so a smaller hat might not be a problem
Thank you! That city is known as "Plastics City" because it's where comb manufacturing was predominant, and modern injection molding was developed, which revolutionized the plastics industry. The pink, plastic flamingoes were manufactured there until relatively recently. It was fun to work with a little bit of local history and know that my friend's niece will appreciate it, as well.
Thank you! It was a lot of fun to put together, and I loved that I was able to include a photo of the factory. I did feel the urge to wash my hands thoroughly (and repeatedly) after touching the toys But, I think my mom used those same exact diaper pins, so I resisted!