Hats and a Koala

We have been on Christmas break, and I have been getting the chance to do lots of knitting.  It’s been great.

David decided that he needed a new hat.  I have a pattern that I have knitted a bunch of times called Boyfriend Hat.  It’s a great hat.  It’s just a 2 x 3 rib with a fun decrease.  I have probably made it at least ten times.  It had been awhile since I made it though, and I’d forgotten to make it a little longer for David’s large noggin.  So it didn’t quite cover the ears as well as David wanted (it’s darn cold in these parts right now, so I can understand the need for proper ear coverage.  I probably should just make him a balaclava).

It’s an ok hat though – we will wear it.  I made it with Plymouth Gina, and it was nice yarn to knit with.  I liked the colors in the hat as well. I convinced my sweet Davey to model it for me.

Davey-beanie-1

It fits him pretty well.  The variegated yarn is really nice.  I’d happily knit more hats with it.

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Since hat number one was not ideal, I began a second hat.  I decided on a Jared Flood pattern that I’d not knit before called Turn A Square.  This is a great hat, and I think it will be my new “go-to” hat pattern.  It’s a lot of fun to knit, and I love how it turned out.  I was able to use the same yarn for this hat for the stripes.  I had some dark gray yarn for the main color, but I have no memory of what that yarn was.  That’s ok though because it was yarn from my stash which is always a good thing.

Jared Flood writes great clear patterns, and I had no trouble following this one.

davey-turn-square-1

I got sweet Davey to model for me again.  He likes to get silly when I take too many pictures.

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These hats both knit up really quickly as well.

So then, I came across the cutest pattern.  It’s a Koala cup cozy.  I had never knitted a cup cozy before, but I couldn’t resist this one.  I made one for a friend, and I liked it so much that I made one for me.

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I was able to go to my stash for this yarn too.  That’s kind of a perpetual New Year’s Resolution for me:  Knit with the yarn I’ve got!

The hat requires duplicate stitch which is always tricky for me to get to look right. For example, the koala pictured above looks like he is a little more dangerous than cute.  I like him anyway though.  Maybe he is saying, “stay away from my coffee!”

I also had to make pom poms.  I am no pom pom expert, so I worry that they will disintegrate at any time.  Hopefully not.

Alexandra Davidoff designed this pattern, and she’s got another really cute pattern for a panda cup cozy on her website as well.  She actually has several designs that I’d like to knit sometime.

My knitting list of things I want to make is LONG and ever growing.

 

Knitting and Knew Year’s Eve Eve

I have been inspired to get busy and finish some unfinished projects.

Last night I finished a hat.  I have made at least 10 of these hats.  It’s the great Boy friend hat pattern.

I’d made a red one for Davey a couple of years ago.  I made it smaller for his smaller noggin, so it’s now pretty small on his now larger noggin.  He agreed to model his new hat for me which I didn’t expect but greatly appreciated.

And a side view!

I made this hat with some acrylic yarn that I had.  Or it might be a wool/acrylic blend.  It might even be Simply Soft.  It is soft though, and it should be warm on his little head.

I also decided to frog what little I had done on the Advent Calendar Scarf.  I took a peek at some of the finished scarves (since the 25 days before Christmas are over now, and ideally I would have been done), and while they are pretty, the sampler look is just not really inspring me.  However, the yarn is, and I hope to start something else with it soon.

I took a few fun pictures of Davey yesterday.  I loved the light behind him, and he was being silly for me.

Then not so silly.

He is so busy most of the time.  He tells me about Lucy “my imaginary friend”, and he  moves effortlessly through several alternate dimensions.  There’s “LucyWorld” – of course that is from where Lucy comes.  Then there’s “WinkyWorld”.  There is another land of superheroes as well.

Ok, it’s time to go outside.  It’s been crazy windy here, but it looks like it has not picked up too much yet this morning.

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve!