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Gifties: Black Kitty Hats

20 Dec

My cute little nieces live in Salem MA, and they have a black cat named Spooky. So of course I wanted to make them black kitty hats for Halloween!

I wanted the girls to have the hats by Halloween, but I started them later than I should have. To ensure that I could quickly make something at the correct size without any time-consuming experimentation, I used this Animal Winter Wear pattern by The Craft Frog because it’s geared specifically for toddlers and children. Also, for the ears, I was inspired by the ones found in this Crazy Cat Hat pattern by Brenda K. B. Anderson.

I should note that I have terrible luck with sizing hats. They rarely come out the size they should, even when I’m following a pattern for a specific size. I’ve tried making swatches to figure out the gauge, but I must be pretty terrible at gauges too because it doesn’t help. But because of time constraints, I think I talked myself in to believing that these would come out perfect the first time.

And here they are! They didn’t come out too badly. Sewing the ears was the toughest part, because I had to make sure they were sewn on symmetrical, and that the ear placement on the hats were relatively similar to each other.

To add a little pop of color to the hats, I crocheted and sewed on these little pink triangles.

It was only until after I finished up the hats that I decided it would be a good idea to test how big they came out, so I attempted to try one on.

Yikes. If its a little too big for a 30-year-old, it’s probably going to be *very* too big on a 3-year-old. Oh well, Halloween was right around the corner, so I sent the hats to my nieces anyways.

I don’t have pics of the girls in their hats, but I can assure you that they’re huge on them.

I love making stuff for my nieces, so they’re going to learn very quickly that “it’s the thought that counts.”

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Gifties: Isa’s Tulip Hat

8 May

I found the perfect spring hat to crochet for my friends’ sass-ily adorable daughter, Isabel: this delightful little Tulip Cap! I used Cotton-Ease yarn so the hat would be light-weight and easy to wash, plus I really like the dark pink color. (Extra thanks to Melanie for providing the perfect yarn!)

Cute! I was worried it would be a bit small, even though, according to the pattern, I made the correct size. I can’t figure out if I’m terrible at making hats, or if the issue’s really with the patterns and not me. 😉

You can’t really see them in this pic, but for some reason, there are holes at the top of this hat. It’d be easy enough to whip-stitch them up (which is what is suggested in the bag version of this pattern), but I decided to keep them. Perhaps the hat having air holes will help keep Isa cooler in the warmer Spring months?

Isa and her mum came by my work to see me and a few other buds, so I was able to present the hat to them in person.

Awww, what a cutie patootie!! (And hooray, the hat fits!)

Isa’s mum also shared this pic of Isa rockin’ her new hat during playtime.

I also heard that the hat made it down to Chile during a recent trip. How cool is it that something I made ended up in another country??

I really like this hat. I think it’s lovely, and it was fun to make. I’d definitely make it a bit bigger if I ever make it again. (I guess I should start making gauge swatches before starting a project, instead of jumping right in…)

Gifties: Thomas the Viking

10 Apr

When my excellent friends Kyle and Carrie were expecting their first child, I decided to welcome him in to the world with a bad-ass viking hat! I found this cute pattern online, and thought I’d give it a shot: Warrior Baby Helmets

It’s hard to take accurate photos of a hat if you don’t have a model to don it for you. Since there was a lack of babies in the vicinity at the time, I somehow thought it would be great to toss it on to a nearby cantaloupe. I guess it’s doing an all right job of showing off the hat, but, it just feels weird. Anyways, what a cute hat, right?

I made the 6-12 months size, so the little guy could grow in to it. I decided to use Super Saver yarn (my jam!) so it would be strong and durable enough for rough-and-tumble play, as well as easy to machine wash/dry. Plus I thought the stiff yarn would hold up the horns well. But after making this, I realized I totally could have used a softer yarn, and I totally will if I if I ever make this again.

Note: This was my first time making “bobbles”. They were easy and fun!

It was also my first time making horns out of two colors of yarn. It was easy to crochet, but not easy to sew on to the hat. I think I sewed and re-sewed the horns at least three times before they were relatively evenly-placed. This was a fun hat to make, but the only thing stopping me from making another one any time soon is having to sew on these blasted things.

Thomas William graced us with his presence last summer, but it took awhile before I was able to send out his gift, and even longer for me to post about it (Sorry, my poor, neglected readers!). But there are no hard feelings, as nothing stopped Thomas from immediately trying on his new chapeau.

Thomas the Viking, posing with his daddio, and striking fearsome adorableness into the hearts and minds of the public. The hat’s a *bit* big, but hey, it’ll fit perfectly in about 8 or 9 months!

Gifties: Winter Knits

19 Oct

It’s Fall in New England, and the weather’s starting to get chilly again. Which is a great reminder that I never posted the knittery that I made as gifts last winter!

For some reason, the color theme for this past winter seemed to be greeeeeeeeeeeey. But grey goes with everything, right? Though this first item, however, is actually black:

It’s a neck warmer I made it for my friend Diana for her b-day! I wish I had a photo of her wearing it, but all I have is this crappy pic of it laid out on top of my laptop.

I wanted to make something simple that could be worn with anything or worn underneath another scarf for super cold days. Since I was using a solid black yarn (Bernat Satin Solids in Ebony: soft, and easy to take care of!), I decided to go with this (I can’t share the pattern because it’s a free Ravelry download instead of a link) because of the interesting “mistake rib” that happens when you K2, P2 in rows with an uneven amount of stitches. I really like how this came out; the combo of the yarn and rib made a really soft and snuggly scarf! I’m not the biggest fan of the button holes though. Also, the buttons I chose, though I LOVE them, seem to be surprisingly a bit too small.

This next item is a hat I made as a Christmas gift for Tim’s dad. He didn’t have a hat, and he’s a WW2 buff, so I knit him a WW2-style watch cap! Here’s the link to the pattern: http://www.cocoabeachyarn.com/patterns.html. I used size 7 needles and Caron Simply Soft Heather in Charcoal Heather.

I first made the “large” size, but that was GIGANTIC so I frogged it and made the “medium” size.

“Medium” was the way to go! (I guess WW2 soldiers have giant noggins??)

I really like how this hat came out. Also, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Tim right now for being such a good sport about modeling my men’s knitwear!

Next: My bro John wanted a grey scarf. Scarfs come in all shapes and sizes, so I sent him some possible patterns to choose from. He went with this cool option that is knit length-wise: http://mirthful-menagerie.blogspot.com/2008/10/sweet-smell-of-accomplishment.html. Got myself a pair of size 9 60″ circular needles (invested in a set of Options Interchangeable Nickel Plated Circular Needles, and got a 60″ cable), and rocked some more Caron Simply Soft Heather in Charcoal Heather (So soft! And such a great grey!).

Who knew knitting a scarf length-wise would be such a lovely thing?

Also, it drapes well. I used to not get what people are talking about when they say that, but now I do.

And finally, the last grey item of the season: Tim’s buddy from work found out that I knit, and it turns out he’d been on the look out for a new scarf. The only prerequisites were that it needed to be grey, “warm as a mofo”, and “built for a large human”. Also probably some kind of mix of wool and acrylic. I really liked the soft bulkiness of the Mistake Stitch that I used for Diana’s neck warmer, so I grabbed some Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Charcoal (pre-approved by Tim’s friend), and knit using the mistake stitch for 6 feet. I ended up with the heaviest scarf I’ve ever seen (but it sure is warm)!

I wasn’t sure how the Thick & Quick was going to work up in a scarf, especially a scarf featuring mistake stitch ribs. It’s pretty dense and heavy, but it’s super warm!

Also, it definitely fits a large human.

I have some more cold-weather knittery planned for this Fall/Winter that I’m really excited about, hopefully I’ll be able to share some more fun stuff soon!

Homestead: A Hat For Me

21 Dec

I found this really cute pattern for a winter hat, and decided to make one for myself.

Here’s the pattern: Iceland Earflap Hat

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Claret; I was afraid the color was a little too meat-sauce-y, but it turned out to be the perfect wine-ish color that I was hoping for! And I just used the size 10 circulars and did Magic Loop (my first time, and it came out pretty good!).

I like this hat because of the cute little point at the top! Though the way mine came out, it looks a little more acorn-shaped. I still think it's cute. And I love ear flaps!

Decreasing and finishing off the hat was fun, and I really like how it came out!

Thanks to Tim for taking a break while shoveling out the car to take these pics!

First big snow of the year!

Gifties: Caps for Kids

25 Nov

A bunch of us at work donated hats and scarves as Christmas presents for Caps for Kids. Here are some pics of what I made.

Newborn Baby Hat – Rolled Brim:

This is the first hat I ever made, so it's totally ladder-city. But it's uniform so it looks like I did it on purpose. Used up some left-over yarn (Sugar 'n Cream in Faded Denim), but ran out so the hat's a little shorter than the pattern suggests.

Finished it off with an i-cord, but the way I weaved in the ends, it looks like a pumpkin stem!

Purple Scarf:

My friend Melanie gave me some Homespun yarn, and I'd never knitted anything with this kind of yarn before, so I started with a simple project. At first I used size 7 needles & CO 36 stitches. This made a REALLY wide scarf, so I turned it into a cat bed for my friend’s kitty. Tried again casting on 20 stitches; it worked fine and was wide without being too wide!

The scarf being modeled by my lovely sister Amelia! The color is "Baroque" and it's really pretty.

Homespun Hat:

Since Homespun is so soft, I wanted to make a nice hat with it. This yarn color is "Fiesta."

The colors are really nice! Reminds me of one of those giant multi-colored lollipops. This pattern is really simple and easy, and it comes out quite nicely.

What it looks like on! (The colors are way off, but at least you can see what it looks like on.) Since it fits me, then it's probably going to go to an older kid.

Fiesta Scarf:

Since I had leftover "Fiesta" Homespun yarn, I made a scarf with it. Used size 9 needles, CO 18 stitches, and knit until I had no more yarn left.

Amelia is a champ and is modeling this scarf, too!

Melanie is in charge of mailing in the caps and scarves. She says there are three whole boxes full! Way to go, Teamwork!