Finished Object – Hermione Hat for Angela

Another long break between posts and many personal excuses. Here’s not the place nor the time. However I will be going on a 160km (100 mile) charity walk with my brother and dog. My Just Giving page can be found under this link.

I’m now on my holidays in the UK, so I’ve been getting a bit of knitting done, and my roomie, Angela, asked for a hat for this winter.

I let her choose the pattern from my Ravelry queue thinking I’d use up some odd acrylic in my mum’s stash. But I didn’t filter the queue and unluckily for us she chose a 4ply pattern. I didn’t really mind, what’s another ball, so I agreed and went off to my mum’s. The first weekend here, while camping in Derbyshire, I cast this on. A week later it was finished and my brother took this awesome photos. The pattern is called Hermione’s Cable & Lace Hat and can be found on Ravelry here. It’s published on another blog but is free. There’s a wide variety of projects and much insperation for this on Raverly. I stuck with the original cream/white colour in the film this was based on, but not everyone did.

The yarn I used was from Hobby Craft, it cost £3 and it’s the Women’s Institute Premium Acrylic, I don’t dislike but I wouldn’t use it again. It made me think of Smoothie, by Patons, which is a DK weight, but the balls are very fragile and fall apart, this was 4ply, fell apart and got very, very tangled, texture wise, once knitted it was lovely. As a ball it was a pain in the ass. I did only use half of it though.

So what did I change in the pattern? Well, I cast on extra stitches because she said it might be small, I also worked an extra repeat to make it more slouchy because Angela prefers her hats like that. And I improvised the decreases because I wasn’t working from the pattern. These cables are good for a beginner who’s got the hang of decreasing and yarn overs. I do love it, and would probably do it again.

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Scandiwegia Revisited

Vanity.

You may remember when I was doing handmade gifts for everyone for Christmas. I made this beautiful hat. I wished I could have kept it. I did write about it here, if you want to read my blog on it.

I promised myself I’d remake it once I had a chance. I was considering what I could change about it, and how to make it more interesting, and then I had the idea of doing it was a rainbow. One day I probably will.

The thing is, I’m not a fan of beanies. However I love berets. So that’s what I did, I tweaked the pattern to make a beret, by doubling the stitches and then following the instructions.

There is a possibility that I’m selling this too. While I was knitting it a friend came up to me and started complimenting it, asking if I’d be willing to sell it. I need money but at the same time I don’t. The real thing is though if I do sell or give away something as simple as a hat I can remake it, I did remake this. And it’s interesting to do a pattern again.

The big rib against the fair isle. I love this.

I love how the grey sets a nice subtle background against the brighter colours. All the yarns are acrylic DK. I used a King Cole Baby Comfort for the grey and the other three were remnants of Phildar Charly, in red, orange and yellow. I used all of the yellow, orange and grey, but still have some red.

I made the rib longer because it was a beret, other wise I followed the pattern almost as printed. When I ran out of grey I used the colours in five row stripes and then finished in red for the decreasing.

The pattern is free from Ravelry, and I really recommend it if you’re looking for a new project. These always come out pretty. It’s here if you’re interested.

I’ve not really got anything else to say, if I’ve forgotton anything it’ll be in my notes. Otherwise you can ask in a comment. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the photos below.

Here you can see the stripes and the top.

And here it was really taking shape.

And an early photo of the fair isle.

Finished Project – Shagging moose hat

I was making a beautiful shawl, from a Debbie Bliss pattern that you can see here. And after a huge disaster with my interchangeable needles coming undone I was forced to unravel the 10cm I’d done in a week. 300 stitches near enough, took me a week and it was ruined. I did write it up here if you really want to see my failure.

I was feeling hugely uninspired and I just wanted something simple that wouldn’t depress me and would help me get rid of some of my acrylic stash. I’d been eyeing this hat for a while after seeing it in a 52 hats challenge group, and I figured I’d go for it. It’s been my third hat this year. I’m now working on my fourth and I still need a pair of gloves…

I had a quick poke though my colours and half thought about making two with inverted colours, one for me and one for Angela, so I settled on a grey from King Cole, Baby Comfort, and a red from Phildar, Charly, both great yarns. I cast on using my 4mm needles for the rib and changed to the recommended 4.5 for the body. Even though I was working with DK I don’t think my tension was too badly out.

This hat is a pattern called Fuck The Cold, exactly how we’re all feeling at winter. it’s free from here and I really think you should knit one. Everyone should. Even your grandma.

I did change a few things, I hid the fuck the cold bit a little by taking out the main colour strip between the stripe and the letters, because I was worried about giving Angela a hat with the work fuck on it. And I made a couple of mistakes in the pattern, but that’s not a big deal, it still looks great.

I did add a pompom too. I like pompoms. I used my amazing Clover pompom marker. They look weird but they’re amazing!

I’ve not got much else to say about this, but you can check out my notes here.

Christmas 2014 – Scandiwegian Star

I didn’t blog this at the time because I was busy with packing to leave for my mum’s, and I only finished it the day before I gave it away. It was the last gift I finished, and it was a bit rushed. So here it is, my Scandiwegian Star. I don’t even know how many gifts I finished in the end. 5? 6? Meh. I did some.

A fair isle star beanie with a pompom. I made it a bit longer than I should have.

Again I was using odds and sods, the black was Charly by Phildar, a cheap but nice acrylic, so was the electric blue. The purple was Robin Double Knit, left over from my Tabitha hat, and the other blue was a Hema cheap thing that I bought for some unknown reason. I love the way these colours work together, the black does seem a bit bold and I’d like to do something similar with a cream, or a white or pale background to see if that’ll bring the colours out more.

The fair isle pattern in progress.

It knitted up very quickly and I wanted to keep it. But then I wanted to keep all the presents I made this year, and I’ve queued them to make myself too.

I didn’t get many photos of me wearing it, but here’s a good shot of the hat with the pompom, pulled down over my face to show the length.

I didn’t really take the time to get brilliant photos of this hat, as it was very rushed and I just wanted to get it finished and get rid of it, but I did it. I made one more Christmas gift and bought a bit of happiness to one more person.

This lovely pattern is also free from Ravelry and can be found here. The projects are beautiful and I really want to make another one. I liked the chart, it was really easy to follow. I recommend having a flick through the projects, there’s some awesome stuff on there. And as always my notes are here.

2015 ramble

So it’s now 2015. A new year, I could set myself new knitting challenges. Like actually finishing the last project before starting a new one.

52 socks? Sounds doable, or 52 hats. One a week. But would I get fed up with it? Hats I can imagine I’d keep going, and it would mean I’ve got enough Christmas presents, but second sock syndrome makes me apprehensive.

Or I could aim to finish one thing a week. Ha, a jumper in a week.

I’d like to make 12 pairs of socks this year, one a month. So if I do one hat and a pair of socks per month that’s 24 things a year, and that would give me time to do things like jumpers for Alexandros. I’m more leaning to this idea where I’ll be studying again and hoping to get a job once I’ve finished that in July.

My main wooly resolution should be to buy no more wool until I’ve knitted all of this lot. Although I think I’ll go look in the sales at Phildar, but after that I’m done. I’d love more cotton, for another Heliopath vest, even though I’ve not finished the in progress one. But we’ll see.

This blog is now around a year old. So it would be interesting to see how it grows in the next year. It’s also interesting to imagine where I’ll be in a year, I’m just hoping I’ll have enough money coming in so I can get my own flat and I’m not in this hopeless shelter this time next year. Either French Hogmanay is bad or the party they took us to was. Either way, I want to move on and I’m fed up with being told I shouldn’t.

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And for those of you who remember this. Yes, I finished the hat. I’ve not blogged it yet. I left the 22 balls in the UK.

My main temptation is to buy this colour wheel again.

I’ve almost finished!

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I said in my last post that I’d lost my rainbow elf hat, probably while coming though customs on my way to the UK. I’ve almost finished v2 though. I’ve got the biggest pompom in the world to sew on, and some ends to sew in.

Overall there’s 22 stripes, each joined with a purl round to blend the colours. It came down to my hips without the pompom so it’s very long.

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To make the pompom I used most of the colours, and two paper plates with a big hole in the centre. It was hard, tiring and to be honest I should have got the giant clover pompom maker, but I improvised.

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I’ve had lots of in progress photos going up on my Facebook, and it knitted up within a week, so it was a good hat. I really want to do one for my son. But shorter.

The yarn is called Special and is a dk by Stylecraft. It’s 100% acrylic and costs under £2 for a 100g ball.

Christmas gifts in progress

Yeah, they’re coming along. I’ve not actually got photos of gift #3 but it’s an orange, yellow and white beret. I’m worried it’s going to be too small. It’s a good fit on me, but I have a small head, I’m going to be careful who I give it to. I’ve knitted it. I’ve just got millions of ends to sew in.

I really imagine wearing this into my next appointment with my psychologist. I know I should.

Otherwise gift #6 is much better. Yup, I’m doing another dead fish hat. I’ve been looking for an excuse, so I used this as one! I’m using more Phildar Charly, it’s cheap, and I got this hat out of 50g in total. I’m going to sew to Xs on for eyes in orange, that’s why I chose such a contrast. I’m hoping the person I’ve made it for will like it, I’m 90% sure he’ll laugh at least. I just need to sew the ends in, neaten up the tail and do the eyes.

You can see the notes for this hat here and for my first dead fish hat here.

I’ve also started the next gift, but I’ve made a mistake so I’m going to have to knit a flower to cover that error up. Oh dear. Next time I won’t increase during a class.

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