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My mother-in-law is often passing things on to me that she can’t use. Happily, since she’s also a knitter, this means that sometimes yummy bits of yarn come my way out of the blue! I know, seriously, I’m a lucky gal. So here’s what I did with some of her leftovers. This hat was knit up out of many little odds and ends of Noro Furin that she had leftover from a project. And there literally were about 6 or 7 separate bits of it, some of them tiny balls that only had enough yardage to cover about a row or two! But I hacked ’em all together, I did. Thankfully, the Noro is such a chunky/wonky/multicoloured yarn that my knots just blend right in. And they’re not even big knots to begin with, since I am forever hooked on Jane Richmond‘s magical, nearly-invisible knot for joining yarn. Seriously, you need to check thisout, folks. It will change your (knitting) life!

Right, the hat. The pattern is called Capucine by Adela Illichmanova. It’s basically constructed like a bonnet, but then you add some fun fluff like pom-poms and tassels to make it less Little House on the Prairie and more hipster whimsy. Check it:

As I was rapidly running out of my Noro bits, I padded out the pom-pom and tassels with some leftover white Bernat Baby Coordinates Chunky (that I had hanging about ever since I knit my second Bazan shrug). My only complaint with the giant pom-pom would be that it’s rather heavy and weighs the hat down a bit. Since the hat sort of just sits on your head rather than hanging on via any kind of ribbing/elasticized part, the heavy pom-pom slowly pulls it back and down off my head. But only a bit. I may cut the pom-pom down, even though I enjoy its oversizedness, to make the hat more wearable. We’ll see.

Truthfully, this hat is a bit on the funky side for me, so I think I’ll need to be in the right mood to sport it out and about. But is is pretty fun, and I love the colours. I enjoyed knitting it, too! I followed Hoppipolla’s modifications to the pattern to accommodate this yarn, and thankfully the sizing worked out perfectly (the hat apparently runs small even with the correct yarn, so I had my doubts). It was pretty quick and satisfying. Must be why I enjoy knitting hats so much, even though I’m starting to collect a hat graveyard in my front hall closet… hats that are enthusiastically knit and then only rarely worn. What the heck, me? Gotta stop doing that.

Maybe this fun and funky number will get me outta my hat-wearing slump.


Pixie boy

“Squashie”: knitting model extraordinaire

Time-travel with me, will you?  The year was 2011…

When I was still all kinds of pregnant last summer, my pregnant Ravelry pals organized a secret swap. We’d put together a fun care package for a randomly-drawn fellow preggo that had something in it for the mama and the baby-to-be. The package I sent was to my friend, C, who was expecting her eighth (yes, you read that correctly) baby. (Seventh boy, to boot!) I included a bunch of fun stuff for her (some local honey, some wool roving, some earrings, a silly kid’s book, etc), but the item I made myself was this goofy/adorable (goofdorable?) blue pixie hat.

This is the second time I’d knit the Stella Pixie Hat, and I love how this one turned out. This time, as a more experienced knitter, I had wised up enough to know that I should follow the recommended needle size/yarn weight/gauge written in the pattern. And lo and behold, it actually turned out… (gasp!) to be baby-sized. Success! (My last one was big enough to fit my own head… but oh well, a giant toddler bean will do it justice in the future, I’m sure.)

Baby J: much more lifelike

And doesn’t it look great on her little boy? Back when he was a newborn (when this picture was taken — if you look closely you can even see his little newborn peely hands!), he had the perfect squishy old man face to make him look like a garden gnome in it. Now, he was born in the summer, in the southern US, so it wasn’t exactly seasonally-appropriate back then, but hopefully it’s getting some wear this winter now that things have cooled off. Thankfully, it’s super stretchy so will last him a while.

Enjoy your hat, baby J!


Pumpkin head

My husband rarely gets terribly worked up over my knitting. Don’t get me wrong, he’s very supportive and usually pretty impressed with whatever recently finished-off project I’m waving at him from across the room, but I usually just get a “that looks great!” and we leave it at that. I have to say he definitely took a double (or triple) take at this baby pumpkin hat, though. He declared it to be Pretty Frigging Cute and had a bit of a twinkle in his eye picturing our roughly-3-month-old future baby wearing this around Halloween this year. And I have to agree with him. It makes me feel the squishy feelings a bit.

The pattern I used was the Kürbis baby hat. Yarn was Patons Canadiana. My only gripe with this project was that I chose to knit it using sock-length (read: super short) double-pointed needles that were wooden and grabbed at the yarn too much. So it was kind of a painful experience for my hands, forcing the yarn around the needles endlessly. But that’s my own fault for buying them! Or knitting so tightly. Either way, lesson learned, self.


Lazy knitter’s greenish round-up

How long ago was St. Patrick’s Day? This would have been a good post for that day, I tellya. Everything is green(ish)!

I’ve been a lazy knitter lately, and an even lazier blogger. So this post is an accumulation of the last three projects I’ve (slowly) finished off, and don’t they all go together kind of well? That was a happy coincidence.

First up: yet another soaker using the Punk Knitters pattern. This one was done in the newborn size (the others I’ve made have been small). Not a whole lot of news to report there.

Next: in an exciting twist, I made a whole different kind of soaker. This one was the Curly Purly Soaker pattern (free pdf download). I knitted this one up with some beautifully soft 100purewool, and it isn’t even the tiniest bit scratchy despite being 100% wool. I love it!  Also I got to learn how to make that pleated waistband. Neat, right?

Lastly, I knit up an Apple Hat in the remainder of the supercool variegated yarn I had left from making the tiniest booties in the world. I find myself in need of a balloon or something else sufficiently round and small on which to model baby hats, as I couldn’t for the life of me get a good picture of this thing. It was either totally squashed…

Or pitifully and poorly rounded-out on my hand!  Honestly. I searched and searched my house for something to use but everything looked so awful and misshapen since the hat was quite stretchy!  So you’ll just have to use your imagination.

My next knitting project is going to be a gift for a surprise package I’m sending to a fellow preggie down in the US. Stay tuned!

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Fluffy toddler hat with a pom-pom

Well, that didn’t take long.

Here’s my first ever pom-pom!  I followed a simple tutorial I found online and it was a breeze. I had to steal a piece of cardboard from work so I could make the pom-pom form (like two cardboard donuts)… because today at lunch was Knit Club!

The pattern is Oliver’s Earflaps, which is a free download on Ravelry. With this thick yarn (super bulky) and large needles (7 mm), this knit up in a freaking blink, guys. My girlfriends can attest — I cast on and was finished the body of the hat in just one lazy evening on a friend’s couch!

I think I’ll put this one towards the charity donation, too. Why not!  If I want one in the future, I will always be able to make another one in a flash!

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Stripey chapeau for charité

At my job, a bunch of gals have gotten together and formed a Knit Club, which I obviously joined immediately. We decided that, what with the upcoming holiday (and chilly) season, we’d spend our time there knitting some items to be given away to a deserving charity (perhaps a low-income public school, a homeless shelter, etc). So I decided to knit up this little hat to donate. The pattern is the Rochefort Chapeau by the lovely and talented Whitney Van Nes at the Purl Bee.

I modified it slightly to be able to use the materials I had on hand. I used worsted instead of DK weight yarn, and used 4.5mm needles instead of 3.75. So that meant I had to modify the number of stitches (bigger needles + bigger yarn = fewer stitches to compensate). I ended up casting on 84 stitches instead of 112, but basically followed the pattern as written from then on. Okay, so the math didn’t work out exactly perfectly, but it was close enough.

Do you like the tassel? It was my first one, and I kinda ad-libbed it. Next up: a real pom-pom!  (Someday. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.)


Butterscotch and a button

I just finished knitting this adorable buttoned toddler hat (called “The Republic” hat, as the original, adult-sized design was inspired by a way overpriced Banana Republic item). I knit it with cotton yarn in a colourway called “butterscotch”, which is basically just a nice way of saying mustard.

I am loving the bright blue button my girlfriends picked out to go with it… it’s so… bright!

For anyone needing a quick project, I would definitely recommend this little hat. It only took me a few hours, tops, spread out over two days.  I’m not sure about using cotton, however, as the garter stitch band (the bottom ‘opening’) is quite loose.  Not sure if that’s the cotton or if that’s just me, but I suspect the fibre might be to blame!