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:
hey guys - debbie stoller here again. happy to see your reviews so far! I'm heading out on book tour soon, and trying to figure out which projects to take with me to show in person. Please post here (or email me) the projects you are liking the very best. There are only so many that i can take along with me, since i travel by train and need some room in my suitcase for my own stuff as well, but the items that excite you the most are the best ones for me to bring. thanks!
Hope this isn't too late, but...
There are two that I would love to see in person. The first is the Naughty/Nice scarf, because it would be cool to see the "trick" in person, to get an even better idea how it would look to the average person on the street, versus to the wearer.
Also, the Biker Boy sweater, because I'd be interested to see in person how the patch attaches and works on the sweater.
Oh, and also the Deady Bear, cuz it's just so freakin' awesome and would be very cool to see in person!
Crazydoglady, can you tell us what the ratio of knitting to crochet projects there are?
I just did a quick flip-through, and I counted 40 projects total, 4 of which were crochet: 1 hat 1 scarf (well, 2 scarves, one pattern - when rolled up they look like a smiley face or sushi! so cool!) 3 sweaters
Some of the fun projects in the book include knit stuffed beer bottle pillows, entrelac socks (made out of cascade fixation), a felted messenger bag with an intarsia image of a casette tape on the front, a dead teddy bear that has been impaled by a bee, a scarf that looks like the brooklyn bridge, one of those hidden images scarves that has a pole dancer on it, and a sweater that looks just like the one worn by Ernie on Sesame Street. Oh, and a knitted balaclava that looks like the masks worn by the Lucha Libre wrestlers.
Plus lots of other nice scarves, hats, sweaters and socks and other things in a variety of levels of conservativeness/craziness.
I GOT MY COPY LAST NIGHT!! Wahoo! I picked it up at the local Barnes and Noble right before my weekly SnB. When I held it up to show it off to the 20 or so people there, there was a chorus of "oooh!" and "aahhh!"
I am super impressed with this book - there are so many great patterns! And there's a nice, wide variety, too. I found things that I my husband (29yo engineer), father (late 40s, computer science, rock climber/hiker), father-in-law (mid 50s, pretty conservative engineer) and my little brother (19yo art student) would all like. Pretty impressive!
I can't wait until everyone else gets their copy so we can compare notes
Thanks for all the great compliments The socks ended up going to a friend who has a baby girl two months older than my son, and she seemed pretty excited about them, so I'm hoping they get some good use.
Now I'm about 2/3 done with the first sock of a pair of Bartholomew's Tantalizing Socks. Loving them!
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.