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Baby William really digs his new blanket.
The hat on the other hand...well that is another story. He looks really peaceful in these photos. This was another project I started this past summer for my baby nephew. I told my sister I could finish it up before I left the Midwest on our summer vacation.
I didn't end up finishing while we were still there, but it was really shortly after and it gave me something fun to knit when I had some down time while we played at the lake. On the pontoon boat one foggy morn I made a bit of progress.
When I wasn't too busy adoring these lovebugs.
They were a little bit tired this foggy morn.
The hat was similar to most of my other ribbed hats. I used some Amy Butler yarn (didn't know she made yarn until our trip to Crafty Planet). It was simple to knit with. I think I used size 5 or 6 circular needles. I decided to just wing the color changes between the blue and brown color. The yarn is a mix of organic wool and organic cotton, so perfect for a brand spankin' new little baby head.
I got the idea to do a double pom pom up top from a hat that my kids had when they were a bit smaller.
Not a knit hat but a fleece number we got as a gift that I loved. I think I liked the idea of a challenge too, needed to vary my predictable hat just a smidge. I guess my sweater gave me some confidence. I used one of my handy stitch holders while I finished one side and then went back and did all of my decreasing for the other point. I am glad I was putting pom poms on there because I did have some little bits that needed covering. I'm generally quite the perfectionist but when you get right down to it, it just needs to keep the baby head warm.
Don't you love my creepy model?
There was a bit of a gap in the middle (between the pom poms) so I ended up sewing that center up just a titch as well, with some yarn of course and it came together just fine. After all of the loose ends were tucked in you couldn't even tell I'd done anything. I think I also realized how I can make it better the next time I attempt a double pom pom on a ribbed hat.
And Baby William, once again, I cannot wait to snuggle you. Hopefully before you are a month old, if all goes as I wish for it to.
I have another special special person in my life that was the recipient of a knit birthday hat, and don't you worry I stuck to that 'oh so familiar ribbed pattern' that I so do love. I couldn't ever tell you the exactness of it, I pretty much wing it every time, but I find myself looking back on this here blog to remember how many stitches to cast on. This time for a 4 year old I cast on 60 stitches. The requirement is that the number of stitches be a multiple of 4 for the pattern to work. I've finally come to this conclusion after a year 1/2 of knitting pretty much the same hat 25 times.
I decided tiny Beeser needed a pom pom atop the knit goodness. This is the perfect way to use up the last little bit of your skein of yarn. Sometimes these particular hats are hard for me to give away, but it is usually just because of the yarn I use and how cozy it is. I just want to wear it, I probably ought to make one for myself. Edie chose this yarn out of my stash a year ago, and it is right at the very top of my list. I heart it! I could make this hat a billion times and never get tired of making it, especially with a good movie in my face, or this time - an airplane ride to New Orleans from Montana. I finished it up by the time we arrived, with the exception of the finishing work because I didn't have a needle or a crochet hook to hide my ends.
I used Sheep Shop Yarn (100% wool) which I need to stock up on because I LOVE it. Another thing I was without was a pair of scissors. Anyone have tips for that on the plane? Here is what I did, and do fairly frequently...
I just fray the yarn until I can snap it off. It doesn't make for very pretty pieces hanging off but it gets the job done. You hide those pieces anyway...so what difference does it make. My husband suggested on our last flight that I use the seatbelt - he's so smart.
One thing that did surprise me about knitting on a plane is you can bring whatever knitting needles you want to - no problem. I was surprised when I brought my gigantic size 13 metal needles, no probs. Just in case I tend to bring the whole lot of them. Thanks to my sister I have a handy place to keep them all and roll them up for transport.
Here is one more sweet photo of Edie that I took only a couple of weeks ago - she is my littlest son's bestest friend. Two peas they are.
Her Mama promised me photos of her wearing her new hat so just as soon as I get my mitts on those I will put them up on our facebook page.
This isn't my pattern, but I couldn't resist this choice for the 'pattern of the week' after talking about how much this Mama loves a good hoodie. I love hoodie's so much I'm knitting one right now...but this would be an awesome simple (shorter) option if you didn't want to knit the entire sweater to go along with the hood. I love the patterns on Purl's blog and Whit must be a genius! This Hoodie Pattern is officially on my list. Plus I'm pretty into making pom poms and there is a wicked cute one on this little number.
Happy morn of 2011 - I'm still working on some of the same projects into our brand spankin' new year. That baby blanket isn't quite complete - but that baby isn't either - still waiting on her arrival. Grandpa Jeff loved his new Packers Christmas hat & from the photos it looks like I could have made it a bit bigger/longer. Looks like you need to plan a trip to Lambeau.
We had/have a houseful of family and friends and all that love I keep talking about. We had a wonderful Christmas and we've had a pretty relaxing week...playing with our new treasures and knitting. My boys scored with Santa - man that guy is gracious, not to mention a whole mess of gifts from other family members and full stockings! Shane got me that amazing game I'd discovered about a month ago and although everyone poo pooed the idea of playing it on Christmas day we had everyone in the vicinity entertained after we powered the Wii up. The whole room full of Aunties, Uncles, Grandpas and Grandmas were passing Wii remotes between one another, sometimes arguing about whose turn it was.
Every character in the game is made from yarn (grossly adorable) and all of the scenery is made from pieces of fabric that you can go behind, between and pull buttons to gather. It is seriously RIGHT up my video game alley!
Even though you all might be tired of my hats...I've got another ribbed hat I've been working on...and I think it might be my favorite. I started it only a few nights ago, and have made progress amongst our company. In fact the knitting seems to be contagious around here. Grandma Melinda (my mother in law) has been knitting since Christmas night, my sister in law (waiting for the newest babe) has been crocheting, and on Christmas night I had the privilege to teach my sister in law Sarah how to cast on and do the knit stitch.
Back to that hat - I also drew my little sister's (Melissa's) name for Christmas and she put in an order for a hat to match these mittens. (That I did not knit - but I wish I could say that I had.)
In the past I've used size 8 16" circular needles to knit my famous ribbed hat. With this particular hat I cast on 88 and k2, p2 the entire way around until I reached the decreasing zone.
I decided this time I'd like to switch up the top a bit, and make it a little bit more fun. I'm definitely going to do a pom pom again (because I love rainbows more than most things on earth) and I think a rainbow pom pom will be incredible eye candy. I hope my sister doesn't think she looks like Rainbow freakin' Bright when this arrives in her mailbox. As the decrease began I kept my work on my circular needles and k2, p2, k2, p2tog the whole way around.
I put a place markers when the first round was complete and then I transitioned to double pointed size 8 needles while I k2tog, p2, k2tog, p1 (the second time around). The third time around I just knit the knits and purled the purls. The next round I k1, p1, k1, and p2tog (the two purls that weren't already purled together). The next time around I k2tog, p2tog. Then I knit the knits and purled the purls over and over again until I thought the hat was looking elf-tastic.
I finished it off by just k2tog until I only had a few stitches remaining and then I pulled the remaining yarn through. I hid all of the yarn I'd tied together from changing colors so many times. I always just use a crochet hook to weave it all in. No sign of the transitions and I love the way it turned out.
I used my favorite yarn since I already had such a selection of colors. I only had to add three more colors to the mix to complete this project and now I want to make 10 more of these. The yarn is from Joseph's Coat and it is called Shepard's Wool. It is not superwash wool, but it is so incredibly soft and warm. * Hand wash only Mrs. gift recipient. * Since I ended up adding several inches to the top before closing it off, I got a little bit nervous about the appearance of the top of the hat. Not to be crass but it looked a bit like a striped wool condom attached to a beanie. Nobody wants to walk around with a phallic looking woolen good atop their noggin. Cindy Lou Who might be cool with it I guess, or any of the Whos for that matter. The pom pom addition really sealed the deal for me! I made the pom pom with a houseful of friends last night and a glass of wine nearby.
So we happily ring in another beautiful year, and I'm grateful for the 2 degree weather today. I can knit all day, play games in our cozy house, and watch Return of the Jedi without an ounce of guilt creeping in. Happy Peaceful New Year to all! Ooh and I can't wait to show off my next project! I'll give you a little hint - it has a tail!