Some days it’s just not meant to happen

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!

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Mice!

In project “Make ALL the hats!” I made this Minnie Mouse hat:

My daughter is thrilled and wears it around the house regularly.

Then my friend asked me to make one for her daughter too…with a matching scarf.

For this Minnie hat, I made the ears a little bigger. I just thought they were too small last time. I’m actually leaning toward somewhere in the middle for any future hats though.

As for the scarf, it’s just a simple striped scarf in the same colors as the hat. I considered putting fringe on the end, but it just looked incomplete. So I tried Minnies instead.

The Minnie Mouse heads are actually pockets!

Of course, my kiddo saw the scarf and now insists that she has to have one too. I guess I’ll just add that to my list of stuff to make for the holidays. Santa has a lot of knitting & crocheting to do this year.

What’s next?

ANOTHER PUMPKIN!!!

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.”

Pumpkin Hat

Zoe’s Little Pumpkin Hat

 

Zach’s Pumpkin Hat

 

Punkin Hat

 

Make ALL the Hats!

Well, I did it! I took on the challenge and I completed it. On my second attempt at a Nerd Wars Dissertation (read “very large project that takes 3 months to complete”) I actually finished. (Get ready folks, this is a long one.)

So, what did I do exactly?

I made 9 hats in various sizes – 5 knit and 4 crochet. Want to see?

A couple of the patterns were free, a couple I already had in my personal library, and a couple I had to purchase. Not unexpectedly 3 of the 4 knit hats are Susan B. Anderson patterns (I LOVE her stuff!).

Anyone who has seen some of my previous posts will not be surprised to see yet another Pumpkin Hat. It’s a HUGE go to for me when making baby gifts…especially when I don’t know the baby’s gender. So, I had that pattern and the Pink Paper Bag pattern already because they’re both in Itty Bitty Hats. The 2 Pom Pom Hats are also Susan B. Anderson. The pattern for them is the Dream Catcher Hat and was free.

The other knit hat – Princess Crown – was also a free pattern. Despite it’s lack of cost, I’m not entirely sold on this pattern. It came out okay, but I didn’t really enjoy the process. There were A LOT of stitch markers involved. It’s possible that I was just grumpy because I was short on time so I will give it at least one more shot before I decide whether or not  I like it.

As for the crochet patterns – I bought the Minnie Mouse and the Cloche patterns from Lizzziee on Etsy (along with 3 other patterns) and I couldn’t be more happy with them. The directions were so easy to follow – which was a big deal for me since I’m pretty new to crochet.  The other hat I made was Hello Kitty and it was from a free pattern. I was dubious at first, but when I got it all finished I was super pleased with the result.

Minnie, Rainbow Pom-Pom, and Princess Crown are for my kiddo. She’s all set for winter and playtime now. Pumpkin has already been gifted and Blue Pom-Pom is a gift as well. Hello Kitty has actually been sold. I’m saving the 2 Cloche hats and Pink Paper Bag to sell at a craft fair.

And more awesome – I already have an order for a Minnie Mouse and I have 3 more Hello Kitties to make for birthday gifts.

Best of all…I finished a dissertation and I’m really proud of myself!

My mission, should I not wuss out and refuse to accept it

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:

  1. I actually have to function in real life and not yarn-craft all day.
  2. I will also be participating in other Nerd Wars challenges.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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….

An apple (in) a day

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.

Pumpkin Hat Evolution

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:

Punkin Hat

Pumpkin #2 – made earlier this year (2011) for a friend of mine:

Pumpkin #3 – just made 2 weeks ago: