Sunday, January 29, 2012

Still making hats

I joined a new charity group on Ravelry called Hearts for Warmth. One of the campaigns right now is a hat blitz to send to the African country of Lesotho. So I'm still making hats.

This first hat is a pattern is the Waffle Hat by Gail Bable. I used Lion Brand Wool in cocoa and Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride in rust.

The pattern keeps it interesting and it knits up quite quickly. I made most of this hat sitting in the hospital waiting room while Scott was having a bone scan done. We were there from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The bone scan showed no sign of the infection they were checking for so it was a good day.

I actually started the hat for Scott but he didn't like the stitch pattern so I finished it for the hat blitz. If he had liked it, it would have been solid cocoa but once he didn't want it, I jazzed it up with the rust stripe.

This next hat is an earflap hat made from Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted in wild oak and rust. The pattern is "Kim's Hats" from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" by Joelle Hoverson. (You can click on the pictures to see them close up.)

This last hat is not for charity. I made it for the 3 month old son of one of Ariane's friends.

The pattern is the Pilot Hat and it was knit in Vanna's Choice worsted in olive and Vanna's Choice Baby in lamb.

I made the baby size since Ariane tells me that Mark is a little peanut. I sent it back with Ariane and haven't heard if she gave it to Kate yet.

As soon as I finished the baby size, I cast on a toddler size hat in the same yarns. That hat was finished tonight but I haven't had a chance to take a picture of it yet. Not sure who will get that one. It's too small for the Lesotho campaign. It's also made from acrylic yarn and not wool so it wouldn't be appropriate even if it were the right size.

I haven't been able to get a picture of Scott's fair isle hats yet. He always has one of them on and the other one tucked away somewhere. I am going to make him another brown hat because he doesn't like the ribbed one. It stretches out too much and doesn't stay on his head. As soon as I find a brown yarn he likes, I'll make him a beanie style hat. So, on to more hats!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

It's hat season!

So my son, Alek, sent me a text message that prompted a conversation that went like this:

Alek: WB is jealous of my winter hat and wants you to make him one.

Me: Really. Does he deserve one?

Alek: That question made me laugh. A lot. And prompted his response of "your mom is awesome."

Alek: So I'd say he deserves one.

So I looked in my Ravelry projects to see what pattern I used for Alek's hat, searched the stash for some appropriate yarn and made this hat for WB.

The pattern is the "Nothing but Ribbing Beanie" from "Knit a Dozen Beanies" by American School of Needlework. The yarn is Universal Yarns "Moods". Unfortunately, this yarn is discontinued. I liked working with it.

After I finished this hat, Scott decided he really liked it and wanted one in brown. So I dug through the stash again and found a skein of Patons Classic Wool in chestnut tweed and made one for him. It was a little large for him so I threw it in the washer and then into the dryer for 10 minutes. It shrunk just enough to fit him the way he wanted. But now he wants one made on smaller needles so it's a little tighter on his head.

Now you have to realize, I already made Scott two fair isle hats. After his surgery in October, he complained his head was cold and he wanted a hat to wear inside. So I made him a hat in green and tan. Then he wanted another in blue and cream. He wears them all the time so how can I refuse to make them for him?

Next time I will post pictures of his fair isle hats. I took pictures of them but they are on my laptop which currently has a virus that needs eliminating. I'll have to take more pictures and put them onto my netbook which I am using now.