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.
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
Bailey also kindly modeled them, though I was instructed to just take a photo of her hands.
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
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.
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.
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?)
Knitting with metal wire (have crocheted with silver wire though)
Knitting with camel yarn
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
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dyeing with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars (including today while waiting to vote!)
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn (including today while waiting to vote!)
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn (including today while waiting to vote!)
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
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
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair (does it count it it’s accidental?)
Knitting in public (including today while waiting to vote!)
Jesse: ooh, it’s cold outside. I hope I don’t need to wear a hat.
Nana: why not?
Jesse: Not until Mama makes me that new one.
Baby squash hat finished
Needs blocking but it is done. Glad to finally finish something. Finished it up during last night’s Stargate Atlantis and did the I-cord during last week’s Dr. Who. Didn’t make it through this week’s Dr. Who because I fell asleep. Had saved last week’s so I could watch them both together.
I was a looooong 2 weeks at work, working 2 weekends in a row. Didn’t get any knitting done. But, the project is almost done and will be delivered Monday. 🙂
A friend at work had her baby two days ago so I had a push to get this done. It wasn’t intended for her originally but started as something that could be done quickly (didn’t know it would take almost a month when I started it).
Just stocked up on some goodies from the Interweave Hurt Book sale…
- Knitted Babes
- Folk Hats
- Wrap Style
- Gossamer Webs Design Collection
- Beadwork Creates Earrings
- Hip To Bead
- Crochet With Wire
- Knitting With Wire
I stopped at the Kirkwood Knittery this morning because of their big sale. I was hoping to get some more sock yarn for $1 like I did at the Super Bowl. No luck on the sock yarn, but I did get:
2 skeins Quellón by Araucania Yarns
More Sitar from Nashua Handknits
1 Skeins in Brilliant Dusk
2 Skeins in Jungle
1 Skein in Earth
Noro Hana Silk
4 Skeins Lavendar, 4 Skeins Purple, 4 Skeins Lavendar, 8 Skeins Teal and 8 Skeins Green (of course)
And, Lasso Collinette in Mint Chocolate.
I also had a little help taking the photos.
So I’m still alive in the Killer Bunny swap!
Hybrid Franken Bunny (Ravelry link to project) made it in time.
My favorite part is the giant fluffy tail. The pattern calls for a smaller crocheted tail, but Frankie needed a giant tail to enhance his ninja skills.
Next up: Killer Bunny 2 (Ravelry link to project).
Every day I expect a small assassin to be waiting in the mail and every day I’m alive one more day.
We’ll see how long it lasts. With being sick and having to re-start, KB2 is off to a slow start. I also should have started sooner, but I didn’t know if Frank would make it in time and I wanted to finish the Cozy Socks.