Monday, November 16, 2015

Got a head? Get a hat!

Ok so it seems I have a little hat bug. It started with this cute little dear hat. E was bought it as a present several years ago and she never got around to making it .The yarn and pattern having been kicking about in various bags and on bedroom floors so I decided on a whim to make it up. I have to say that I was pretty pleased with the results as it knits up super fast on 6.5mm. E decided she was too sophisticated for the end results,but O likes it and I for one think it suits her. 
I added a little kid silk haze that I had in stash to the inner ear for extra fluffiness and whilst I was rummaging through the odd balls I got inspired to make a few more hats. 

Next came Snawheid by Kate Davis.
The dark grey was Excelana that I bought ,a few years back, to make M's tank top and then abandoned as it just didn't show up enough. It worked well as a hat though, I really like this yarn it has good stitch definition.and makes a warm cosy fabric so coupled with a great pattern makes for a satisfying project. E has wanted one of these for a couple of years so this one was for her. It seems that other people like it too as she has been complimented on it a couple of times on her commute to Uni.

After that came this little cutie
inspired by one that is very popular on ravelry at the moment it again was super quick and easy, the slowest part was charting it out.
It is made from some odd balls of Shetland that I had . O got this one too for the days when she doesn't want antlers :)

I still have yarn left in Excelana  from M's tank top and the blue and the orange were a perfect match for this in Rachel Coops book Toasty  2, so last week I put this lovely knit onto the needles.
This is my favourite! It is for  my DS I although both of the girls have given it their seal of a approval. I just love it! Such a cheerful,fun,pattern. 
I have immediately cast on another by Miss Coops, still in leftovers,this doesn't have a home yet and I haven't got far enough to start the pattern but I think it won't be my last hat as there are still more odd balls in stash and my hat obsession seems to be growing. 
 Do you have a favourite hat of the ones I have made? Or do you have suggestions of ones I should make?
let me know A xx

Sunday, November 08, 2015

I Found My Mojo In A Bag Of Sock Yarn

Hello did you miss me? I missed you!
I think seven months is the longest I have ever been away from my little blog but it turned out that I had nothing to say. After I knit my Snowflower sweater, way back in March, I was full of enthusiasm and ideas and then all of a sudden I wasn't. Nothing on Ravelry or in blog land inspired me. I cast on a Cardigan in June but after the ribbing it just languished in a corner I came home empty handed from both Woolfest and Yarndale. I was actually considering sending my stash to the local charity shop (I know right? Definitely odd behaviour).

Anyway towards the end of September my mum decided she was having a clear out. When she retired a couple of years back she had thought about learning to knit, it never happened ( it turns out she is too busy to ever sit down and learn). So she came and dumped all of her yarn on me. There were lots of random bits and pieces but down at the bottom of the bag was a very basic sock book and a ball of Patons North American Classic Wool Worsted. I think I might of bought them for her on a trip to Canada but I can't be certain.

They were quick! Really quick! A sock a day, so much fun, lovely cosy socks. I raided her oddments and created another pair using up every scrap of the ball.

They are not my usual colour choice, but I will gift them back to my mum as a little something for her Christmas stocking. With every stitch my mojo returned.

I have sorted all of my yarn; cast off my cardigan and begun a journey into the world of hats. All stories for another day so till then

enjoy your crafting

A x

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