Sunday, January 30, 2011

another hat???

yes it's another hat....but with 6 heads to keep warm i have a lot of work to do. this one is for rob's youngest daughter, she requested skulls with bones. there weren't any patterns that i truly loved, so i came up with this one on my own.
it even slouches a bit in the back which i just love!!!!
here it is standing up, i didn't have a model when I took the picture. the yarn is cascade 200 wool and the grey knit up so nice!!!! might have to knit myself a little something grey so i get to use it again.
my next project is to give another pair of socks a try with the zauberball starke 6 yarn in the pink and lime green....these will be for me!!!

hope you all had a great weekend! we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel on our upstairs renovations (ps, i hate crackfill dust!!!). only problem is now i have the itch to do more parts of the house. one room at a time i guess.

thanks for stopping by, and have a great night

Friday, January 28, 2011

penguin hat

well my boy sure loves his penguin hat. he was happy to finally get it on and model it for me. the nose was the trickiest part for me, but in the end it turned out ok. the stripped ear flaps are my favorite.....and i even gave pompoms a try
as detailed in a previous post, this hat was made from cascade 200 wool and heathers!

i still have yet to block it and let him wear it, but it will be done this weekend for sure so monday morning he can wear it to school.

next a hat for one of rob's girls, it will again be made from cascade 220 wool. this one will have skulls on it, which was a lot of fun to design.....must get at it.

have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

more hats????

first i would like to welcome my first follower!!!! glad you came over chantal!!!!
totally miss you mon amie, we have to chat soon!

i have to confess, i love making hats. they are quick, and fun! especially with yarn from noro. it is my favorite for making hats. this hat began with the cash iroha yarn (the purple), but i wasn't going to have enough to complete the hat in the robin's egg blue hat pattern from i added the transitions with a little more of cash yarn just because i loved it so much.
not only is the seed stitch band on this hat my favorite, but so is the button! i love the contrast it gives with the tourquois. we'll see how long it last since it is ceramic....maybe i should have bought a back up.

my next hat adventure is knitting a hat for my ds, he loooooves it is going to be a penguin hat! this will be my first attempt at knitting without a pattern. a little scary, but it was fun coming up with it on my own. this hat will be made of cascade yarns, the cascade 220 wool and heathers in black, white, and orange. wish me luck, i've already frogged it once courtesy of the future owner of this hat. almost fell over when he had ripped it off the needles during a little game of hide mommy's yarn.....luckily i was able to save the orange band, but the rest had to go!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

fair isle fun

just weeks after starting to knit....i saw this hat done at a lys that is hosting a class....but once again the "i can do that" set i downloaded the free pattern for selbu modern from ravelry and bought the yarn. 3 days later....i had a hat and now know how to knit fair isle. it was a little tricky at first, but with some help from youtube i think i got the technique down.

this was my first hat, first fair isle and first time using round needles.

for this hat i used berocco ultra alpaca in the cream and purple.....and what's a hat without mittens??? well they are in the works. i am using a patons pattern for the mittens and i'm attempted to adapt it into the pattern from the selbu modern hat. wish me luck, i'm confused already!! haha

then i fell in love with this silk yarn from noro, so when i found this pattern on ravelry i knew it would be perfect for this hat!!! so 2 days later i had another hat, which was way to big for even my big head. so i took out the band and tried to redo it, but it is still to big. wore the hat sliding and even time we would hit a bump it would slide down over my eyes. maybe this will be a fashion hat from now on.

here's my 2nd hat, the faux fair isle

the crown of the hat was suppose to decrease longer so it wouldn't be a bunch crown, but i was getting low on my yarn so i had to speed it up a bit. i do like how it turned out though.

my next noro yarn usage is going to be for this lovely hat.....i'm going to use a purple for the band and a lovely pink variegated yarn for the rest....and i see a big brown button on the side to add some pazaaz.

Monday, January 10, 2011

what a weekend......

this weekend I had a plan....and for once, it worked out

my goal was to finish this scarf that i started back in november. it has been a project that i just worked on here and there when my other projects were getting monotonous....seriously though....knitting a scarf is the most monotonous of all i think. (worse than dishcloths)

there is a little story to this scarf, i had seen one similar to this and fell in love. and since i was starting to knit, i thought to myself "i can do that" i did. but not without a lot of frustration. you see, i had no idea how to get a seed stitch to after about 5 failed attempts i think i finally got it!

rob calls this my dr. seuss scarf. but what is a scarf without a hat. here i was trying to get some little projects cleaned up so that i can start my first scarf, and i decide that my dr. seuss scarf needs a hat. so voila! there you have it! slouchy hats are my new fav...and I can't wait to get some wear out of both of these during the next two months of freezing cold temperatures.

i used the briggs & little home spun yarn and no pattern for the scarf. the hat is a slight modification to the striped slouchy scarf that i found on ravelry....don't you just love free patterns!!!!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

mitts for my boys

i just love these mitts. but i love how much the guys love my knitty goodness even more. it makes me happy that they love the things i have been making and that they each have a wish list. now to just sleep less and knit faster to keep up with their demands.

these mitts were made with cascade 220 and fleece artist mohair (combining these two yarns....a good choice!!!!), and i just used the basic briggs & little mitten pattern for both. Rob's were made with a 4mm needle and the little guys were made with a 3.25mm.

when i initially made the first pair, my little man saw them and tried them on (10 sizes to big of course) he said "oh these are cosy" and he immediately requested a pair for himself. now the two men in my life each have a pair to keep them nice and toasty warm.
i've been eyeballing the burgundy mohair by fleece artist with a plan to mix it with the pink cascade to give the same mitt for us girls!!!! but i have some other stuff in the work first.

hope you had a great weekend, thanks for stopping by

Saturday, January 1, 2011

so how did it all begin???

every time i would go to my nan's house she always had a bag of dish clothes for me to take home. she gave them to me faster than i could use them, but every time she would ask if i needed some i would take them and hoard them away. (she loved that i did this)

she had shown me a few times how to make my own, but all that work just didn't seem to fit. so i continued to hoard hers. well this fall, one night when i was missing her terribly, i went into my dish cloth drawer and my stash was deminishing rapidly. so i dug out some old supplies from my nan and began to attempt a dish cloth from memory.

well this is what I got

now you all know why i kept a stash.

so my next step was to headed over to a local yarn shop, get some needles and more yarn and continued to attempt more dish clothes this time with a pattern that i had no idea how to read. (luckily i got a quick tutorial)

well that got boring pretty quick, so back i went to the yarn shop and had her show me how to make mittens.

and this is what i go.....(and yes the pictures does them justice)

so another failed attempt, but much better than i expected. have to laugh looking at this first mitten with the dropped stitches, knitting when i should have pearled and pearling when i should have knit. but i made it!

that was the first of november 2010...the beginning of the end.
since then i have made more mittens (i'll be sharing those later), even attempted my first pair of socks for my man for c-mas. (they were a hit)

now to just learn to knit as fast as i can buy.
and for you ladies who know my scrappy purchasing habits....yes i am just as addicted!!!

All the best to everyone in 2011