This week I finished up a crochet hat/scarf combo. Actually, I’ve been doing a lot of crochet lately. So I decided that I wanted to do a quick knit project this week before starting on the 5 crochet hats I need to make for upcoming birthdays & orders.
I picked the Lacy Julian Hat. It’s a pattern I’ve done before. It’s super cute, can be worn by a number of sizes because it’s so stretchy. And it’s not hard.
Except this week it is. I don’t know why.
I started it last night. I had to cast on & rip out 3 times because for some reason I was incapable of counting 72 stitches. Then one of the sections just came out weird so I ripped that back. This afternoon I dropped several stitches and couldn’t figure out how to fix it without making it look like crap. So started the whole hat over again. For a 4th time.
And then I made a mistake that I have seriously NEVER made. I’m knitting in the round & I actually twisted the stitches so now I have a pseudo-möbius strip instead of a hat.
Clearly it’s just not going to happen tonight. It really must be time to go to sleep.
I hereby declare tonight a knitting FAIL!
Actually it may be my last for a while. After this hat, I’m going to be out of the gorgeous pumpkin colored yarn I’ve been using and it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to get any more. Curse you Knit Picks for discontinuing the Comfy Worsted in Sweet Potato!!!
I’ve checked a few stores and I haven’t found another yarn I like. Either the color is right, but the texture is all wrong (usually too rough…I mean, these things are going on sweet, tiny baby heads here) or I find a softness I like, but they don’t have a good pumpkin-y color.
This last (for now) pumpkin is being made by special request of the hubby’s cousin. I gave her an apple hat for her baby shower and she asked if I could do a pumpkin for this fall. She doesn’t even know about my pumpkin hat “history.”
Zoe’s Little Pumpkin Hat
Zach’s Pumpkin Hat
I haven’t fallen off the planet, I promise. I’ve been furiously knitting and trying to keep track of a preschooler’s summer at the same time (seriously…the Kiddo’s schedule has changed just a little and it’s thrown my entire world into a tizzy).
So real quick – here’s what I’ve been making lately:
I believe I’ve previously mentioned my affinity for the creation of small hats, yes?
As I was looking at my list of items to create for gifting purposes, I realized that I have a fairly significant number of hats to make in the next few months…no fewer than 6 without having to think too hard. And then it dawned on me…dissertation! (A dissertation is a project/series of projects made during a 3 month period of time during a Nerd Wars Tournament.)
I attempted (and failed to complete) a dissertation in Nerd Wars Tournament 3, but I believe that was because my plans were FAR too ambitious. This time the challenge I will set for myself should be much more achievable, particularly because I already know how to knit hats and some of the patterns are ones I’ve done before.
The Basic Plan – Knit or Crochet 9 hats in varying sizes and patterns between June 1 and August 31
Here’s where the challenge comes in:
- I actually have to function in real life and not yarn-craft all day.
- I will also be participating in other Nerd Wars challenges.
- I want to do this all from my current stash and not buy any new yarn. (This is a personal challenge and will not be included in my dissertation proposal.)
- I’ve knitted plenty of hats, but I’ve never crocheted any. This one could get interesting
So, that’s 3 hats per month. At the moment, I’ve selected 3 patterns which will be used for 5 of the hats. And all 5 of these hats have gifting destinations. I’m just not sure about the other 4 yet. Hmm….
With a month gap between Nerd Wars Tournaments, I have the chance to make anything I want & not have to fit it into some kind of “box.” (Not that it’s generally difficult to find some kind of connection to a challenge, but it’s nice to not have to think too hard.)
Naturally I went straight for a baby hat. (Ya gotta stick to what you’re good at, right?) Really though, between family and friends I have at least 3 babies to make gifts for this summer. One of my “go to” hats is typically Susan B. Anderson’s Little Pumpkin from Itty Bitty Hats, but I’ve already made at least 4 of them and I don’t want to get that predictable. SO, I changed up the pattern a bit and made an apple instead.
I actually used the Simple Baby Cap 2 pattern from the same book since the yarn weight was more like what I was using and I didn’t want to have to figure out the calculations myself…yes, I was math lazy. Then once I finished the decreases, I added a brown i-cord for the stem and a cute little green leaf.
Now I just need to figure out which baby gets this one.
I made another pumpkin hat. Yes…another. There just so easy to make for babies of unspecified gender and my husband’s cousin just had a baby.
This one came at an opportune Nerd Wars time though. One of our challenges this month was to write a haiku & create a corresponding object related to our nerdery. I chose Abby Kadabby of Sesame Street because she’s always poofing things into pumpkins. Hence the hat.
This particular pumpkin hat is the 3rd I’ve made & I think it’s the cutest so far. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the smallest or I’ve just practiced making it enough times.
Here’s what they’ve looked like…
Pumpkin Hat #1 – made back in 2008:
Pumpkin #2 – made earlier this year (2011) for a friend of mine:
Pumpkin #3 – just made 2 weeks ago:
For my first trick this Nerd Wars tourney, I made this –
I bought this super fun washable wool yarn before I decided to get back into Nerd Wars, but once I rejoined and was placed on Team Fraggle (for lovers of all things Jim Henson) there was no way I could avoid making something with a Rainbow Connection theme.
The yarn isn’t only fun, it’s wonderful…soft & easy to work with, but not so soft or fluffy that it gets all over the place. It does have a name – Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi (in Rainbow, of course) – and no, it’s not cheap. 2 skeins cost me $42 at my local yarn store. I am not sad at all about spending the money.
The pattern…hah! Here’s the funny thing about the pattern. I used Ravelry’s pattern search. I knew I wanted a cute hat for a little kid with pom poms because duh, this yarn screams “MAKE SOMETHING WITH POM POMS OUT OF ME, FOR THE LOVE OF PETE!” So I looked at lots of pom pom-enhanced patterns and found one that I thought would come out really cute with the yarn colors, not take forever, and look really nice when done. Unless I’m looking for something specific, I don’t look for a certain designer or another. It doesn’t really matter to me so long as the pattern is good. In the end, I picked Dream Catcher Hat to make, only using one “color.” Guess who wrote it? Yep – Susan B. Anderson, writer of all of my other favorite baby hat patterns and author of the “Itty Bitty” books (Itty Bitty Hats, Itty Bitty Nursery, Itty Bitty Toys).
In keeping with my plan for my Nerd Wars submissions to be usable items that could be gifted or at least played with by my little one, this hat was given as a birthday present to my friend’s daughter.