Aw Man…

I finished the hat I posted about last month. It’s ridiculously cute, and based on this pattern.  It certainly doesn’t look like hers, but she has had much more practice at it.  I made it for my niece’s first birthday.

Monkey action shot

Monkey action shot

Neglected to stiffen the ears.  I kept telling myself the stiffener was at my parent’s house, but I think it was actually in my basement all along.  Maybe if the ears had been stiffened, people would have recognized what it was supposed to be.  Or maybe not.  Who knows.

What I do know is that it didn’t fit.  Which is lame.  I don’t know what the happy medium is between hand felting and machine felting, but I certainly missed it.  I do plan on knitting another one, because it was insanely easy, but I’m going to have to be very careful with the felting.

Thanks, Rory

Thanks, Rory

At least someone got to wear it.

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Sneaky Peak

I’ve started my first serious knitting project.  It required learning how to use circular needles, which were so much easier than I anticipated.  I’m crossing a fine line here, posting about this project, because it’s a super top-secret project.  There is someone in blogland who can’t know what this project is.  In the meantime, I feel I’m safe enough showing this WIP picture.

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Yes, it's a hat. But that's all you can know about it.

Okay, I’m not the best with ribbing.  Hopefully when all is said and done, it won’t be that noticeable.  Also when all is said and done will I give credit where credit is due.  If, until then, you notice somehow that this is your pattern, don’t freak out.  Your work is much appreciated, and will soon be rewarded.

Friend or FO?

FOs are, hands down, better than UFOs.  I mentioned some time ago that I learned how to knit.  My first project was a scarf.  Between work, the craft show, and friends and family, it was a pretty slow project as far as scarves go.  Not to mention the fact that I made it a rather tightly knit scarf; which is not to say that I am a tight knitter–I’m not–but I used size 11 needles and only one strand of yarn.

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It’s a solid scarf.  It’s long, and soft, and wide.  It’s perfect for this nasty cold winter we’re having. It’s pink.  And black.  And blue!  Three of my favorite colors, but I had no idea how much I would like them together!  It’s made with Jo-Ann Sensations Angel Hair yarn in Pink/Grey.

Now, here’s a sneak peak at what I’m working on next:

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Are those DPNs?  Why yes, yes they are.

Crunch

I sit here staring at a giant pile of thermolam inserts to Cozy Corset Cuffs waiting to be made, and I can’t help but remember I have a craft show in three weeks.  I have approximately 160 cozies cut out, and most of those need ironing before I can begin sewing.  I have also just realized I don’t have nearly enough ribbon to make 160 cozies, let alone some of the correct colors.

I really just need to get doing.  My electric blanket is making it hard to want to iron.  Warm and cozy versus cold and working?  I think the choice is pretty clear.  But if I want money monies, I have to make sacrifices, no?

So instead I’ll talk about knitting.  I’ve been learning how to knit recently, and after looking up some fingerless glove patterns (I almost wrote recipes… I’ve been cooking a lot lately), I realized something very import.

It’s Fair Isle.  Not a strange pronunciation of feral.  Honest to god, I thought the knitty gritty lady was just silly.  I thought it was feral because the yarn crosses around on the private side.  Like, it’s kind of wild?  No?  Fair Isle.  Crazy.

Seriously going to iron now.  Wish the boyfriend would message me so I could have an even better reason to procrastinate!