Unoriginal hat finished!

Unoriginal hat #1

I finished this hat the day after starting it. I LOVE it! I’ve worn it on most of my Xmas shopping trips. I was a little worried since wool is typically itchy for me, but this was wonderful! Thinking of making more as gifts.

Works in progress….

After several attempts at the Dwarven Battle Bonnet for Jesse (which he is now refusing to wear!), I had a spate of startities, followed by frog- and ripitis. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t bother putting a project into Ravelry until I’ve got it done!

Over the weekend, I finished up some new wrist warmers for mom. These are using some acrylic yarn I had lying around. I started them right after Claudia’s husband died because I felt the need to knit something in his memory and an urge to have a project finished. They’ve been languishing by the side of the bed, but I was determined to finish them over the weekend.

Nana's Wrist Warmers

Nana’s Wrist Warmers

Bailey also kindly modeled them, though I was instructed to just take a photo of her hands.

Nana's Wrist Warmers

Nana’s Wrist Warmers

Now I just needed to find a project that used bigger yarn. I finally chose “An Unoriginal Hat” by the Yarn Harlot because it’s a beautiful hat and would let me test out cables before knitting “Fetching”. I’m using a gorgeous Malabrigo Chunky Yarn in a gorgeous Brown and Pink colorway.

Unoriginal Hat in Progress

Unoriginal Hat in Progress

I’m modding this by knitting an extra set of cable repeats around, casting on 70 stitches instead of 56. Using a size 11 needle with the awesome Harmony circulars from Knit Picks.

Jesse’s Battle Bonnet

Jesse's Battle Bonnet

The battle bonnet is now done!

It “only” took four tries, including the ill-fated Dwarven Battle Yamulka, which Bailey stole for her stuffed animals.

So, one down and two more to go. Jesse also wants the Blond version and Ben wants one as well.

Next up will be some more subtle wrist warmers to wear at work. The striped ones get me odd looks sometimes and I don’t feel they are suitable to wear to meetings unless I happen to wear my purple sweater.

Jesse was having too much fun posing in it so it was hard to get a good photo.

UPDATED: Once it was blocked, Jesse decided he wanted the nasal bar on this one, so it has a tad bit further to go.

Knitting Meme

The official rules are mark with bold the things you have knit at least once, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest. I’m changing it up a little. I am going to bold the techniques I have done. I italizcising everything else because, truly, I want to try it all. My notes in parentheses.

Afghan (does a doll afghan count?)


Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire (have crocheted with silver wire though)


Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up

Mittens: Tip-down


Knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting

Participating in a KAL

Sweater (short attention span – planning to make a baby sweater)

Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn

Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with banana fiber yarn

Domino knitting (modular knitting)

Twisted stitch patterns

Knitting with bamboo yarn

Two end knitting

Charity knitting

Knitting with soy yarn


Toy/doll clothing

Knitting with circular needles

Knitting with your own handspun yarn


Graffiti knitting

Continental knitting

Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns

Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book


Teaching a child to knit

American/English knitting

Knitting to make money

Button holes

Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting

Norwegian knitting

Dyeing with plant colors

Knitting items for a wedding

Household items

Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars (including today while waiting to vote!)

Olympic knitting

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn

Knitting with DPNs

Holiday related knitting


Knitting for a living

Knitting with cotton

Knitting smocking

Dyeing yarn


Knitting art


Knitting with wool

Textured knitting

Kitchener BO


Knitting with beads


Long Tail CO


Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting

Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn (including today while waiting to vote!)

Stuffed toys

Baby items

Knitting with cashmere



Knitting with synthetic yarn (including today while waiting to vote!)

Writing a pattern



Knitting with linen

Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO

Freeform knitting

Short rows

Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers (including today while waiting to vote!)


Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine (including today while waiting to vote!)


Knitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting

Knitting a gift

Knitting for pets


Knitting with dog/cat hair (does it count it it’s accidental?)

Hair accessories

Knitting in public (including today while waiting to vote!)