Hats Off

I’ve been busy creating gifts for Christmas this year.  I am a big slacker this year.  Last year I was at least halfway done by now.  This year I have barely started.  I am getting more ideas in mind and I am feeling better about my choices.  I’ll share more when I’ve completed the projects.

I have attempted a couple of failed projects.  The first was a hat from one of the magazines I purchased last week. The hat is called “Pop Corn Hat” by Scarlet Tayler.  You can find it on page 76 in the Creative Knitting Magazine.  Cute hat, fantastic yarn, ( I used Patons Decor in New Teal) but wrong needle size.  The hat turned out too big and I ended up frogging it.  I will make it again later on smaller needles. 

The second failed project was another hat from the other magazine I picked up.  This hat is in the Vogue Knitting fall 2010 .  It is a fair isle hat called London Calling.  You can find it on page 76.  This was an “I knew better and did it anyway” error.  I used worsted weight yarn when the pattern called for DK and I didn’t use the right needle size.  I love the pattern, but the problem is similar to the Olympic Reindeer hat in that the pattern is large and my girls do not like slouchy hats.  They like their hats tight-fitting without the extra height. This hat fits around, but is too long.  I may give this hat another try or modify it to fit with worsted weight yarn.  We’ll see. 

I did take pictures of both hats so that you can see what I am talking about.  Back to knitting.

Olympic Reindeer Hat

This my 4th Reindeer Hat.  I think I finally have it just the way I want it.  This one is a nice fit for a woman.  Back in March I showed you what I then thought was my final Olympic Reindeer Hat.  I guess I was wrong.  I needed another hat to gift out in October, just in time for winter use . It really is a nice looking hat.  I can see why they are so popular.

I used Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn on US size 5 needles.  You can find the chart and pattern directions on Ravelry.  Helena Bristow was nice enough to reverse engineer the chart.

Fall 2010 Knitting Magazines

 While I was browsing through the new patterns added to Ravelry I noticed a hat.  It is a Fair Isle pattern done in different shades of blue with a touch of wine.  I’m not sure why this particular hat caught my eye, but I really like it.  I found out it was available in one of the new magazines out on the stand – Vogue’s Fall 2010 issue. I haven’t bought knitting magazines in years.  I used to subscribe to a few, but I found that they were mostly filled with ads and patterns that I wasn’t interested in, so I ended up not renewing my subscriptions.  I thought I would keep this hat and magazine in mind and the next time I was in Joann’s I’d take a look and see if the magazine was still available.

My next stop was to Joann’s for a big weekend sale.  I am busy making Christmas Gifts and I needed more yarn.  While I was walking up to the check out I noticed the magazine with the hat in it.  Then I noticed another magazine that had only accessories in it – Creative Knitting Fall 2010.  I ended up buying both magazines.  I’m not sure if I got my money’s worth, they sure have gone up in price! But, I did enjoy reading them and I found a couple of hats in the accessory one that I am considering making.

Cable Legwarmers – #2

Cable Legwarmers ~ Back & Front

This is my second pair of the cable legwarmers I am making for Christmas gifts this year.  The first pair I completed was done in a creamy white called Fisherman.  I’m not sure yet who will receive those.  My daughter-in-law asked for dark grey, so this pair is for her along with the Cables & Bobbles Hat I previously shared with you. 

I really like this pattern.  It is well written and easy to follow.  The pattern is called Mosey Legwarmers by Susan Power, published in Knitty, Spring 2008. 

The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Oxford Grey.  I love the shade of grey.  It will go with almost any outfit.  For the 1st pair I ended with a rib.  This pair I made exactly like the pattern.  I’m not sure which I like better.

2 Birds Cross Stitch Bookmark

I thought I’d share another bookmark I made.  This one is a cross stitch pattern from page 63 of Lesley Teare’s 101 Weekend Cross Stitch Gifts.  The book was printed in  2005.   

I love birds.  I love looking out my window and seeing the many varieties of birds that happen by.  Some stick around.  Others land on the deck railing, stop to say hello, never to be seen again.  Sometimes I am able to catch a photo of them.  Other times I am not as lucky.

This bookmark was for one of my daughters for her birthday.

Christmas Cookie Murder

I just finished another of Leslie Meier’s cozy mysteries, Christmas Cookie Murder.  This is book #6 in her Lucy Stone series.   

In this book Lucy hosts the annual cookie exchange in her home which turns out to be a disaster in more ways than one.  Then, if that wasn’t enough, one of her guests is found murdered and another of her guests husband is arrested.  I love how Leslie can write books that have more than one topic going at a time.  This book not only has a murder to solve, but also includes teen drugs and alcohol, volunteer fireman, police stings, and the trials of trying to keep a weekly paper profitable and still print real news.

A good quick read that I really enjoyed.

Hat Heads

While I was at the library picking up some mystery books I was drawn to this knitting book all about hats.  The author, Trond Anfinnsen, spent a year knitting hats for all of his friends.  Each hat was created with the receiver in mind.  I really enjoyed this book, his hats and the stories behind the hats.  If you are a beginner in knitting hats or in designing your own hats, he guides you through the process. 

I found a few hats I am thinking about making for my family in the book.  I love the swirl hats and the combination of colors he used.