well, here's an updated version...
that's me being a goof and modeling the set because i'm just so pleased that it's finally done. they're getting ready to be shipped off to denver, co. as a birthday/much belated christmas present for my dear friend julie, so i figured i'd post some pictures while the posting's good.
first up, the hat. i followed the kittyville devil hat pattern from stitch n' bitch, which i'm sure a million other people have done, but i don't really mind because it's such a cool hat when you get it done.
this was my first item ever i knit in the round, and it was my first time using dpns, for the horns. this hat took forever to make mainly because i got nearly finished with it and then realized i'd twisted my stitches somehow and the thing was permanently halfway inside out. so it was my first frogged and restarted item as well.
however, i finally managed to get it done, and much to my surprise, it's a fabulous hat. i almost don't want to give it up, i like it so much, but it definitely suits julie's personality more than mine, which is why i'm totally going to make the black kitty cat one for myself. it's one of the few hats that actually looks good on me, which is amazing since i usually look terrible in hats.
the stitches are somewhat difficult to see due to the fluffiness of the yarn--i used red heart tlc because i'm cheap like that--but that's good in real life because little mistakes are easily hidden. it's bad, however, when attempting to take close-up pictures of how the stitches look, however. the border and earflaps are seed stitch, and the rest of the hat is stockinette.
now, onto the gloves. i got this pattern from melanie falick's weekend knits, and i'm sure i could've gotten these done in a weekend if i'd tried a little harder. weekend knits is another good book full of interesting ideas and unique patterns, but it's a little more rustic than snb. lots of pictures with barns and fields and animals, as opposed to city streets and laundromats. still, some of the patterns are really fabulous, and you should definitely check it out.
i would highly reccommend these gloves to a new knitter who wants to move beyond scarves and try something new, but who isn't comfortable yet to work in the round. these are knit flat on straight needles, and short row shaping helps shape the hand part. the directions are a little confusing at time, but that's only because the pattern features a wide ranges of sizes for all different kinds of hands (definitely a plus!).
i'll probably make these for myself in a fun color like pink or something, because i'm a sucker for some super old-school dickensian style fashion. everyone who saw me knitting them asked, what's the point of a fingerless mitt? to which i replied, do you need one?
of course not.