About a month and a half ago, my upstairs neighbor adopted the world's smallest kitten. She is an incredibly sweet, easy-going little cat, but was a little lacking in holiday spirit. So of course she needed a santa hat.
I whipped it up in a couple of hours: Caron Simply Soft yarn, garter stitch border, cast off and then cast back on to make ear holes, decrease evenly every 3 rounds to make the hat pointy, a few strands of yarn for the "pom pom", and an i-cord chin strap to keep it on her. Oh, and at Husband's request, I used a small piece of yarn to tie tip to the side of the hat so it "droops" appropriately.
I purchased a kit from wearwithstyle.com, and it was awesome! The package came with with stamps on it from the places my package had been - like Canton (um, and some other places I can't think of right now because I've already wrapped it ). It had a "Blue Sun" sticker, and the directions came with a copy of Ma's letter to Jayne (it's early and I can't think of anyone's name right now. What in the heck is Jayne's last name?) And the directions were in plastic sheet protectors! And she included stitch markers and a pom-pom. Overall, a really great package. Very impressed
Anyway, without further blathering, here is my hat:
It's for my 19 yo brother for Christmas, but here's a picture of my 1yo son modeling it:
So a few weeks ago at SnB, I got the opportunity to flip through Cat Bordhi's new book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters, and it completely blew my mind! (I am such a knitting nerd that a sock book got me so wildly excited, but there you go)
After much drama I finally got my hands on a copy, and recently completed my first set of trial baby socks. Yay! These are the little learning Coriolis socks, knit out of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, and modeled by my remarkably tolerant 10-month-old son.
Modeled so you can see the fancy symmetrical spirals:
Totally in love with these little socks!
So is anyone else working on this book? I did a search and couldn't find any other messages about it. I'd love to do a knitalong for this book if anyone's interested...
More sock yarn seems to have snuck into my stash, and I bought a skein of yarn to make a gift for a friend last week, but other than that...
I just finished up a very small miter square blanket made out of some random red heart acrylic I had laying around. I originally intended for it to be bigger and use up all of that yarn, but then I discovered I HATED making miters. It was a long struggle just to finish the four I used to make this.
(it actually is square, just a wonky picture that I didn't care enough about to redo. Can you tell I'm over this blanket? )
I'm thinking next I might try making Elizabeth Zimmerman's baby surprise blanket using my red heart. I can't hate it any more than miters!
Thanks for the compliments (on the hat and the kid) - I'm pretty proud of both of them
wifeofbath: You could totally make a viking hat for your daughters. Afterwards, just take several strands of yellow yarn and braid it and attach it to the sides - girl vikings! (Wish I could take credit for that idea, but I saw it somewhere and thought it was a great idea)
So on to new business. First, the good news:
I just finished another pair of socks, which I am completely in love with. I call them my "Candy Corn Socks" because that's what the colors remind me of
The bad news: I had a little accident in the yarn store and bought two skeins of Lorna's Laces sock yarn. I got the color "Blackwatch", which can be seen here.
So there is one advantage to having a stash. When you come across an awesome hat pattern like this one, you can just whip it up that night, without having to go out and buy yarn for it (Made from some random Wool-ease from the stash)
Beware the power of the viking hat: I had my son model it, and he immediately started demanding "More mead, Wench!"
After a disappointing try at making a pair of Breeze, I frogged my sock and instead made a simple pair of toe-up ankle socks, which I am ridiculously happy with. These are by far the best-fitting pair of socks I have ever made. So cute! (made from a lone ball of Koigu I had purchased over a year ago)
And now I'm working on a miter square blanket a la Mason-Dixon knitting, using random partial skeins of Simply Soft I have laying around.
So, remember way back in April when our theme was lace? Yeah... I made a pair of Knitty's Hedera, and actually finished them at the end of May, but just never got my butt in gear and took pictures. So, at long last...
And a close up of the pattern:
I used Rowan 4-ply soft in a much prettier green than you can tell from these pictures.
I really enjoyed making these socks! It was my first time doing twisted ribbing, and I really like how it turned out. I'm not normally a fan of 1x1 ribbing, so that was a pleasant surprise.
I managed to memorize the pattern after a while, and didn't need to look at the chart as long as I was in a rhythm and didn't get interrupted. And they went really fast, until my ball ran out three-quarters of the way through the first sock (used yarn unraveled from another project, and apparently didn't get a full ball). So I cast on the second sock using a fresh ball, and then used the remainder of that ball to finish the first sock! Oi!
Overall I'm pretty pleased with these socks. My one complaint is my own fault - I changed the heel to a short-row heel (because I really don't like the way flap heels feel on my foot), and apparently should have added some plain rows about them because the heels came out really short, so I'm practically walking on the lace section. But other than that I love them!