A Quick Project

Some of you may remember the ill fitting first hat that I made for Jason about one year ago:

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Even though HE looks cute in it, it was too short and only barely touched the tops of his ears.  He likes for his hats to COVER his ears, but he was a trooper and wore it anyway.  Once we realized that it just didn’t really fit well enough to even stay on his head, I told him I’d rip it and make him another one.  Since I haven’t really been feeling any of the love on my current Christmas projects, I thought I would go ahead and get this knit off of my Ravelry queue.  (Which happens to get longer by the day).

Finally I have, and that hat is now THIS HAT:

Much better!!!

Pattern is The Boy Hat, and I used about 125 yards of Cascade Jewel in #9894.  (I have a kitchen scale now, so I can get technical with my numbers!)  This is a thick/thin bulky weight yarn so I got to have a little bit of ‘fun with math’ when it came to the row gauge.  I am starting to learn more about that since my row gauge is always bigger than called for in the pattern.  For this pattern I knit to about 6.35 inches before starting the decreases hoping to end up with a 9″ hat.  Gauge in thick/thin yarn is tricky I found out, but this worked out pretty well.  Yay me!

Here is a picture of the decreases which are kind of cool – even though they were a bear to knit using said thick/thin yarn:

This picture also helps to prove that just because you have a fancy camera does NOT mean that you can take a fancy picture.

I thought about saving this and giving it to him for Christmas, but I am really pretty bad at secrets.  Besides, this is the first thing that I’ve knit for him since we’ve been married.  He deserved to get it now. 🙂

Moving Along

These London Beanies are SO FAST! I was able to finish the grey and black on Friday evening while watching TV. The grey and blue took me a little bit longer only because I was pretty busy on Saturday, didn’t feel well on Sunday and finally mustered the energy on Monday night while watching Dancing with the Stars and Heroes. These will be for my 2 teenaged cousins, Kaleb and Dane.

I’ve used Caron Simply soft for these because: 1) Kaleb is allergic to everything and I am not sure how he would react to wool, 2) They are 13 and 14. If they wear them, I’d like for them to be washable, and 3) I had it in my stash.

With the completion of these 2 hats, I believe that I have everyone on my mother’s side of the family accounted for (except my Mother!). I feel GOOD that I’ve gotten most of my Christmas projects finished and here it is, not even Thanksgiving yet!!

Mousie

My grandmother has gotten herself a new cat, so I decided that I would give it a “welcome to the family” gift.

This is a very quick pattern for any new felines in your life:

I used some Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Oxford Grey and some scraps for the eyes and nose.

He’s ready for his close-up…

So, I had a bit of an “episode” when I picked it up to sew the nose and eyes on in that I picked it up and put them on upside down. I thought the top was a little bit ‘puffy’ but me being me, didn’t think much about it.  I am not going to stress myself out about this, since it is after all, a cat’s toy.

Top, which is really the bottom.

I had to buy a package of 25 bells to get the 1 bell. I have a lot of bells now. I guess Gizmo has a few more toys in his future.

One thing I did is omit the Catnip. I wanted this toy to last more than 10 minutes and really, is ripping open a toy and eating the fiberfill good for a cat? Probably not.

This Baby…

is the cutest baby I’ve ever seen.

London Beanie #1

I’ve been a bad blogger lately, but that is really because I can’t show a lot of what I have been working on. If you are terribly curious, you can always check me out on Ravelry – I am religious about staying updated on there. ha ha.

On to what I can show!!!

Other than my grandfather, there are 3 men on my mother’s side of the family. One adult and 2 TEENS – ugh- I’ll talk about them at a later date – I cannot believe they are teens! (I was 12 and 13 when they were born!!!) To date, none of these guys have been lucky enough to receive a handknit from yours truly. That is about to change!!

My uncle (Mother’s BIL) is a Auburn fan, so when I was digging through my stash looking for colors I thought this would be appropriate. It’s about 1/2 skein of Lion Brand Lion Wool in Pumpkin and some left over Mission Falls 1824 Wool in Charcoal. Next to the orange, it looks almost blue…I won’t tell if you won’t.

This was such a fast knit!! I’d been seeing the London Beanie pattern around ever since I started knitting, but just now decided to make a go of it. I think this took me about 4 hours – so it was nice Saturday afternoon knitting! I am going to be making 2 more, for the cousins, so you’ll get to see some more color combos from my box of scraps. 🙂 I followed the pattern for this one as written. I wanted to make one just like the pattern so I could then determine if I wanted to add a knit round between the decrease rounds. For this one it works out fine – since it fits me I think it should fit my uncle who has dramatically Less hair. 😉

My super nice photographer was kind enough to humor me and take a few more photos:

I like this one, I think it looks artsy.

What’s the point of spending all that money at the hair salon if I can’t show off my newly dyed locks???

Here you can see where I did a jogless join. I didn’t know that it would just make ONE loop – really which looks better? I guess this, but honestly, I don’t love how this looks either.