My challenge to myself this time is to finish as many WIPs as I can. So...during the Opening Ceremony I wove in ends on my beautiful Janet Beret, then during the first commercial break I tossed it and a lacy headband into the sink for a nice soak. I left them there for about 30 minutes, and at the break after that I put them into rinse mode. After a few minutes of draining, during which I collected an old towel, both got rolled up in the towel and squeezed nearly dry. I pulled out one of our 12" plates. s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d it over that huge plate, then threaded a tapestry needle with about 5' of size 10 crochet cotton. Using that folded in half, I put the needle through all the edge stitches around the brim, then started pulling -- and pulling -- and pulled the opening closed to about 6" across. I tied a bow in the crochet thread. This opened up the lace, and drew the brim down so it would dry smaller, and fit better. Which it does! Love it when a plan comes together.
I've worn the headband to work, it looks really nice and as I recall it was a really quick knit. The only issue I have is that the lace I used is stockinette based, and wants to curl in at the side. Blocking improved that, and of course you won't see that when it's wrapped around a skull, so it's ok.
2/20/14 Update: Over the weekend, Disco presented me with two pairs of fishhook dangly earrings she'd made for me! I wore one pair up to the office yesterday and had 3 ladies ask if she had anymore ready! Are you listening, DiscoDame? I need to get some pictures, and put them here. Also, Disco has said she'd model the Arden mitts for some photos, and I mean to hold her to that.