New-England-Warm Hat

February 20, 2013

So much knitting and crocheting, but so little blogging! Here is a hat I made for my dad using the technique of thrumming. I took a mitten class at Metaphor Yarns, but once you know the technique, it can be applied to anything.
Thrummed Hat FO
Here’s the inside, showing all the bits of wool roving which makes it so warm.
Thrummed Hat FO inside
The pattern is made up out of my head with a fold-up brim for extra warmth. The grey is Cascade 220.

The report from Eastern Mass. is that it is warm. Mission Accomplished.

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2 Pairs of Gloves Update

January 8, 2012

I just received this wonderful picture of my gloves being worn. That is a knitter’s favorite kind of picture — or, at least, this knitter’s favorite kind of picture:
Boys & Gloves


Sock Monkey for My Favorite Monkey

March 1, 2011

I made this hat for my favorite little monkey, to keep his head warm this winter:
Sock Monkey Hat FO
The pattern was the Sock Monkey Earflap hat from Trappings and Trinkets.
Sock Monkey Hat FO
The brown and cream yarn was Cascade 220 Superwash; the red is Minnow Merino Superwash.
Sock Monkey Hat
The only modification I made was to crochet round eyes and sew them on instead of using buttons.
Sock Monkey Hat
This was a fun and fast knit and I may just have to make another one in my size!


Happy Birthday ES!

September 16, 2010

My dear friend had a milestone birthday and I couldn’t be there. We used to live less than a mile away and now I live 200 miles away and I MISS HER. I wanted to make her something special and useful. I came across the fingerless gloves, Handed Yes, Fingered No. I discovered this pattern via the Rainey Sisters, one of the most-read blogs in my blog reader.

Handed Yes Fingered No

This pattern is great because 1) it comes in small, medium and large sizes, and 2) it is not symmetrical – the left and right hands are made to conform to one’s actual hand shape.

Handed Yes

I used Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran which is merino wool, microfiber and cashmere and wow, do I love this yarn. It is squishy and warm and great to knit with. It only took 2 skeins (with leftovers). I see some more gloves out of this in my future.

I made the medium but they turned out to be a little big. It seemed like it would fit OK on the wrist but I didn’t want the hand part to be floppy, so I decreased about 4 stitches at the wrist to snug up the hand. I decreased every other rib, so that the hand part on the back of the hand has alternating K2 and K1 ribs (instead of only K2 ribs). I also used a regular rib instead of the broken rib, so they are very stretchy.

I added buttons which I got out of Grandma S.’s button box. Sending the love from generation to generation.

Handed Yes


Summer is for Ice Cream

August 25, 2010

I was browsing Ravelry for baby hat patterns and when I came across “Soft Serve” (Ravelry link) I knew I had to make it:

Soft Serve Baby HatOur former next-door neighbors will be parents in October so I hope their baby likes this whimsical hat!

It is knit from fingering weight acrylic (from my stash) on US 3’s. I had to modify the pattern because the 0-3 month size came out to be 10 inches – way too small. So I picked up stitches along the cast-on edge, increased 12 stitches evenly spaced, and did another band of stockinette and another band of seed stitch. Now it will easily fit a 12-14+ inch head. I also changed the “swirl” on the top to make it more ice-creamy.