New hats for Autumn :)

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. It has been a lazy weekend for us, well for me, not so my other half. I had a sore back yesterday so I took it easy. My other half built us two bed side tables out of old pallets. He was very productive! The bed side tables are awesome.

Today we have been on a walk (the back is a lot less sore today) and now we are about to play a board game. A perfect Sunday.

Knitting wise I was in a bit of a conondrum earlier in the week. I was at a loss as to what to knit. I hadn’t lost my mojo I just didn’t know what to make. So my other half requested a hat. He specifically asked for the same pattern that I knit him last year but in blue. So I pulled out the Barley hat pattern and he pulled out some blue DK yarn and off I went. An evening later and he had a new hat to keep his ears warm this winter. Following the success of his I decided to make another one, this one for me. For this one (also with the Barley pattern) I used leftover sock yarn from this pair of socks and some random purple sock yarn and held them double. The result was a lovely autumnal hat which will keep my ears warm this autumn/ winter. Here they are 🙂 Both modeled by my other half.

Following the hat knitting I cast on a pair of socks in Regia Arne and Carlos wool and I also started a sampler blanket in purple aran weight yarn. Yer… remember a while back I swore never to knit another blanket that involved seaming… well it seems I forgot that when I cast this on! Oh well. For this blanket I am knitting squares using random stitch patterns. I am using a book entitled 400 knitting stitches (should keep me busy). The aim is that it will be a throw for our bed… the reality is it will probably be a lap blanket or a baby blanket. Whatever it turns out to be, I love the first two squares! More on that soon, now it is game time.

Have a lovely rest of the weekend.

A new hat!

Hello everyone,

How are you? Have you got any good plans for the weekend?

I have a project to share with you that I actually made last weekend, this is a new hat. I decided I wanted a bobble hat, so I looked into my stash and dug out some Rowan Alpaca colour that my other half bought for me one birthday. I had it in two colours and decided it would be a great hat. For the pattern I used Gather by tincanknits. The hat used a smocking stitch, this was completely new to me so it was good fun learning it. I think the effect of it is great, and I really love this hat. I think the stitch would look lovely on some mittens, and also a little jumper. Don’t you think? This hat has been well road tested and I can confirm it is as soft and warm as it looks!

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It did a great job of keeping my ears warm on a windy walk around the lake, I reckon the bobble adds to the warmth of it.IMG_9857

A close up of the smocking stitch. It was so easy to do and it looks so magnificent.

A quick baby hat

Hello everyone,

How are you all doing? I hope you have lots of lovely crafting filling your life currently. I still have two projects on the go (my hand dyed socks and my crochet ripple), but I quickly whipped up a baby hat. This hat is to go with the elephant I knitted for my friends baby (due in March).

I very vaguely followed this pattern in the newborn size. However, I didn’t do the ribbed brim, I did a rolled brim by just knitting all of the stitches from the beginning. I think a rolled brim adds a certain cuteness to baby hats, and it means it should fit for a while longer. I needed to knit this yarn in a vaguely gender neutral colour as they haven’t found out what they are having. I decided to use some yarn I had leftover from my autumn blanket. The yarn is Sirdar Crofter in the bracken colourway. It is mainly green/ cream but it has bits of purple in it. I thought this would be a great colour to make the hat in, and I had spare yarn. The hat was an easy knit and knitted up in an hour or so. Nice and easy TV knitting. So here it is.

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I think this and the elephant should make a good gift. I am going to pass it over to her either tomorrow or Friday. I hope she likes it! My next knitting plans are to get my hand dyed socks finished so that I can cast on some for my other half. He is sad he only has three pairs. His feet are big! Anyone else know what I mean?

Busy in Santa’s workshop

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all looking forward to the holiday 🙂 If you are anything like me though you will be ignoring the fact that it is a week tomorrow as you will be buried in crafting projects/ shopping/ being busy! Today I have a few Christmas knits to share with you, none of the recipients know about my blog so I am free to share with you!

The first of these is a knitted toy raccoon that was requested. The recipient found the pattern in a magazine (the Prima magazine to be exact) and thought it was really sweet and asked me to make it. She requested that it be in the yarn shown in the magazine (debbie bliss cashmerino DK). The pattern was a bit strange, and unless requested to I probably wouldn’t make it again. It was all knitted flat, with the body and the head knitted as one long piece… from the bottom of the back up to the top of the head and then down to the bottom of the body. It was all a bit weird, but it did end up looking like the picture, so I guess that is good at least! The yarn was a dream to work with, so soft! Thankfully I doubt it will need much washing as I am not sure how that yarn would hold up to a trip in the washing machine, but as the recipient is an adult with no children, I think it will be okay. So, without further ado…. here is the finished raccoon.

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I couldn’t get his face to look right whatever I did, so he ended up with button eyes. As he isn’t for a child this is fine. The ribbon around him adds a nice festive touch don’t you think?

Right the next Christmas gift I have finished (well actually gifts) is a hat and mitten set. This is for my brother’s girlfriend. I didn’t know what to get her so I decided to make a nice chunky bobble hat, and with the leftover wool I made some matching mittens. I used katia peru yarn (a delightful mix of wool, acrylic and alpaca) and my gosh is it soft! The hat itself used a ball and a bit. I got the hat out of a ball, but the bobble used up some of the next ball! The mittens used the remaining yarn. The hat is so warm and I hope it will be well received, even if our weirdly warm weather doesn’t allow her to wear the set for a while! So…. here they are!

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I hope you are almost done with your Christmas crafting!  I will be back soon to share some more festive joy with you 🙂

Another hat

Hello all.

After finishing my last hat I decided to make my other half one so his ears were also warm this winter. I followed the Barley pattern from the Tin can knits simple collection. I have made one before and loved how warm and squishy it is, so decided to make another one. I made it extra long as per request as my boyfriend likes it to cover his ears. I used leftover yarn from my Caribou cardigan, so the hat is made out of cascade 220 superwash in the lichen colourway. It is a very easy pattern and the yarn is a pleasure to knit with. So all in all, a very fun and relaxing project!

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A finished hat

Evening all,

I posted a while ago about a hat I had cast on. It was a fingering weight hat out of some special madeline tosh I got when I was away for the first time in America. Well I finally have got around to taking a picture of the finished hat. It has been languishing in my cupboard for a couple of weeks now waiting for a photo! So here it finally is.

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I am very happy with how it turned out. It will be perfect for when the weather cools a little more.

We have been nice and busy this weekend. I saw my friend and her new baby yesterday. My gosh he was adorable. He is at the age where he is just starting to smile, so cute. Then today we went blackberrying and made blackberry jam. Now waiting for our roast to cook. A lovely weekend, but why do they go so quickly!

New project in the works

Hello all,

How are you all doing? I hope you had fabulous weekends.

Since finishing my blanket and my socks I have cast on a couple of projects. The first of these I will tell you about today. I decided I would look forward to when it starts getting a bit cooler. Now like most knitters, I have a fair few knitted accessories (hats, mittens etc). I did, however, decide that I wanted a new hat, a hat for cooler days that don’t quite require a worsted/ aran weight hat. So, I dug through my stash like any good knitter and pulled out a ball of 4ply perfection. I happened to have a ball of madeline tosh light 100% superwash merino in the baroque violet colourway. I had been saving it for something special. It was a present from my other half when we went to San Francisco in December with my work so I knew it had to be something nice that would remind me of that trip and allow me to feel the super soft wool on my skin. I decided against socks or a shawl/ scarf and went for something I knew I would wear all the time in winter. So with it I cast on for a hat and with the remainders I will make a pair of fingerless gloves. Here is my progress on the hat so far, aren’t the colours to die for? The wool is unbelievably squishy too, it is as much as I can do to knit it and not just squish it!

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I don’t think this will take me long to knit. Despite being 4ply the rows are flying along. I am knitting it on 3.5mm needles from my interchangables (I got these as a present from work for passing my PhD viva).

I am very much looking forward to putting it on my head. I may never take it off it is so soft! I will be back soon with my other cast on. Until then, happy crafting.