So I found a pattern in Mollie Makes (website: http://www.molliemakes.com/
although I'm not sure if the pattern will be available there) for a knitted crab cloche hat, which was part of a promotion for this book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Animal-Hats-Projects-Crochet-Fleece/dp/0857831488/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364126077&sr=1-2
. So I got some wool (Mirasol Alpacana) and made the hat and the claws (after several attempts) and looked out some buttons for eyes.
Looks good, doesn't it. Not if you put it on your head, though. I could not, for the life of me, find a way to attach the claws so that they didn't look like odd ear flaps. Also, over the time I was knitting it, I'd somewhat gone off the idea of animal hats, so I just wore it as a normal hat,
(Please excuse the face, it seems I can't smile and take a photo at the same time). This one shows the colour better.
This was also my first time using DPNs or making decreases. The decreases were fine, the DPNs I have now got used to, but at the time I found them so awkward. I have 2 pieces of advice for anyone using them for the first time; 1. it'll get easier, honestly and 2. buy wooden ones - I tend to push the stitches up the needle by pushing one end of the needle against my body, and the ends of the metal ones are a lot sharper.
I realised that this hat manages to cover BOTH my ears when I'm wearing it (I have a few hats that only seem able to cover one ear at a time which is well annoying), so I decided to make another one.
Ears covered and cosy. This ones in Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk, which is a lovely yarn that my brother got me for Christmas.
And just to show off my stitching 'cause I'm so proud of how neat it looks
Thanks for reading my rambles. C & C welcome and actively encouraged.