Saturday, December 22, 2007

What I've been doing when I really should be doing something else entirely...

Big announcement coming soon (maybe within 2 weeks) and some major family/work/holiday obligations are taking priority over everything else, but I managed to sneak in a little extracurricular knitting in anyway. I finished the We Call Them Pirates Hat for my son. I used worsted weight yarn and size 5 needles, both larger than called for in the pattern, and got the required gauge (go figure). But the hat came out way too long- I don't think it's a pattern problem, it's that my son likes shorter hats. So I felted the hat a bit by hand. It was still too long, so I folded up the lower border as a hem (that's a small head form, by the way). It's drying now. I think he'll like it. Pattern available free here:

And I was drawn to Nanette Blanchard's Black Forest Braided Gloves- the design is so striking, and the colors pop so well. I decided to use a little free time this Holiday (while the grandkids colored at the kitchen table) to start a pair as a gift to myself. I'm using Knit Picks Palette- Navy (which looks black in my scan) and Grass, and size 1 needles. I'd never done that braid stitch before, but it came out beautifully- Nanette's instructions were clear and easy to follow. I don't know how much time I'll have to work on these, but I hope I get them finished so I can wear them. (pattern for sale here: )


Lil Knitter said...

My son said "OMG, Mom, that's an awesome hat?!" His words exactly. They do seem to love the skulls and pirates. It amazes me how quickly you knit up these awesome patterns...I still haven't gotten the courage to take the plunge. Still playing it a little safe here.
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

love all the patterens you post. Learning two color kniting. Have trouble with the tension. Plan on making fingerless gloves first.

Merry Christmas