RIP funny little elf hat, hello rainbow!

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Rainbow Dash, and myself, with matching hats.

My rainbow elf hat. A wonder to behold, and I’m sure it made people laugh as I got the metro at 6am. But whatever.

A while ago I had a pregnant friend, she’s now had a healthy baby girl, and I can’t remember the kid’s name. Oops. Did I even ask what she was called? Hm. Anyway, I knitted her a little hat, but I liked this hat a lot so I gave it to Rainbow Dash, promising myself I’d knit her another one, after I’d knitted myself one of these rainbow elf hats. Then I thought it would be weird to have me and her baby in the same hat, so I just gave her a pink one and a headband. Sorted.

And on the 18th of December, somewhere between the port and the boat, I lost my hat. Lost, gone. I was on the phone to my mum telling her I’d got the boat okay, when I went to take off my hat and it wasn’t there. But to be honest I was going to make a new one with the colour wheel I had for Christmas, but I’d rather have had my two hats than just the one.

Also, my head is cold because I only came with one hat.

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This is the colour wheel I’ve got.

I did start on the hat very quickly, but I’ve only done 7 of the 22 colours, so it’s taking a while. I do really love the colour range in this yarn though, it’s a DK acrylic and is very cheap. Stylecraft Special can be bought here for under £2 at Deramores, and while it’s not great for big long life projects, it’s great for kids clothing, toys, accessories. At the end of the day it’s just a cheap acrylic.

Also, this was meant to be a Christmas present, until the disaster with my hat happened.

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I finished my Heliopath Vest!

Hanging up and ready to wear. My finished Heliopath Vest.

So there it is. Finished. Done. Sewn in all ends. Worn it.

It’s crazy but this is the first big thing I’ve made for myself in the three years I’ve been knitting. And I’m so proud of it too. It’s not the first thing I’ve made for myself, I’ve done hats, gloves, socks, but I did more things for my kids. And this didn’t actually take too long. The stitch pattern with eyelet lace and cables also kept me amused and the fact it’s a vest means it finishes very quickly. I probably could have done it in two weeks if I hadn’t got distracted by socks.

No makeup, early morning photo.

I used Stylecraft Merry Go Round which I got when I was last on holiday in the UK, around June. I loved the colours, but wasn’t keen on using a 100% acrylic yarn, I’m not that impressed by them, I prefer wool…. But the colours! And it was cheap. I can’t remember how much I paid exactly, I think it was £3 a ball, you can get it here from Deramores for £3.50, which is a great price for something so soft! You get nearly 300m for a 100g ball, and I used just over one for this vest.

And the thing I’ve noticed about this rainbow colour, my shade was actually called rainbow, it goes with nearly every skin tone and with most things, jeans, denim skirts, white shirts, black trousers. It works!

And the pattern is the Heliopath Vest from the Harry Potter Knits that was published in 2013. This is a link to the Ravelry page for more information about the pattern.

  

A photo of me wearing this with a yellow vest top and a mini skirt. Not bad with the vest top…

When it gets to winter I really want to try this over some V necked long sleeved tops, it looks great over shirt collars though.

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A nice photo of it laid flat

I wish there was some shaping around the waist, I’ve got a nice silloutte so personally I’m wanting it. I also changed the order of picking up the stitches, doing the button band before the neckband and I love the way it looks! I think the changing colours really add something special to this pattern.

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And the buttons

And the buttons. Nothing special, no idea when or where they came from. I stole them from my mother’s button box, there were only six and THANKFULLY this only had six button holes. I had to go right through my box of stolen buttons to find some. I thought purple would look nice. I used blue threat as well too.

   

I finished my socks!

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My finished socks!

I made my second sock! No, I never finished my acrylic demo pair of booties, they were too small for Alexandros so I left it. But I did make a pair this time!

I used Sirdar Heart & Sole in shade Super Trooper which my mum bought me 200g (two balls) from Deramores for around £6 each in an offer. This is a 4ply sock yarn, made from 75% wool and 25% nylon in Turkey.

The pattern I used as a base was from a book called ‘knits for fab feet and cosy Toes’ by Anna Tillman. The pattern is on page 120 and is called footlets.

I actually used 3mm needles and made the smallest size to the right length of my feet. I also, deliberately, didn’t bother to match up the stripes.

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The stripes are misaligned, I did it especially to make them more unique.

Which created some really nice photography I feel. But my plan is to make another two so I’ll have some mix and match pairs. I got this pair from around half a ball. I’m also planning on doing the pattern that came on the reverse of the ball band with the second ball.

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And while I was knitting them I kept trying them on. It was a lot of fun.

I kept trying them on while I was knitting them, and they were a lot of fun to knit. I found socks the right level of challenging to stop me getting bored. Turning the heel was fun and fairly easy. Socks are actually very simple, if you can knit on double-pointed needles, pick up stitches and knit and purl two together, you can knit socks.

And wearing them? It was amazing, it was a cold day but I was wearing a miniskirt anyway. Normally I get cold feet, or cold legs. This time I didn’t! I could feel the stitches in my toes, but it was really comfortable like they were massaging my feet. It was so comfortable.

 

So this is one project from my yarn haul down, and I’ve almost finished Sandy’s reach for the stars jumper. Next I can move onto the yarn I brough back from my mum’s. Surprisingly, it’s more socks. She also wants two pairs.

 

Softness

Before washing this yarn was a bit hard. After a quick handwash they were lovely and soft.

Enjoyment of knitting with

Very high, not perfect, not one of the best, but it was very good to knit with

Washing

I like the fact these can pass on the tumble dryer on low, and in the machine. I just prefer hand washing if possible.

Price

Full price this costs £7.99, it’s a midrange price for a sock yarn, the cheaper ones are about £6, the more expensive upwards of £15. I feel for the price it is good value for money. I’ll see how they’re holding up in a few months before I make a final comment though.

Colour

There are some really good colours! I had a hard time choosing so went for the blue, green and gray of Super Trooper. However there are others I want to try too. The only thing that’s slightly disappointing is the two blues are almost the same shade.

Would use again

YES!! Just need to finish up my stash before I can buy more yarn. My next colour will probably be move to the groove.