You can't really tell from these shots how wee this little hat really is, so I shall include baby for scale:
How friggin' cute is Cooper? Good job Kathi and Mike! Once again, it's hats off to Hello Yarn for this awesome free pattern they offer. You have to check out their free patterns page. This is my second pirate hat. Number one was knit with heavier yarn and was intended for me, but my freakishly large head just would not go in it. (I keep telling myself I need a bigger head for all the extra brains I have, yeah that's the ticket...) This version was knit with Dale Baby Ull at about 8 stitches to the inch. I used size 0 needles for the inside facing and size 1 for the remainder.
One more show and tell item:
One little lonely Komi sock. He may be lonely for awhile because I can't face number two quite yet. This was a whole lotta knitting, folks. I kept jacking up the pattern because I tried to KIP with this project, and it's just not KIPable. To top it all off, the damn thing doesn't fit me. It's too tight at the ankle and too long in the foot. What do you know, a perfect fit for my husband! feh....
See the lime green waste yarn? That's where the heel will go. Probably should have used something with a bit more contrast, but oh well. Once you knit the cuff and the foot of the sock and decrease and graft the toe you go back to the waste yarn and yank it out, pick up the live stitches and make yourself a heel. The heel is basically like making another toe!
Found these two really awesome books at one of my local yarn shops this week. I have seen the mitten book on Amazon and was kind of ho hum about it because of the consumer reviews I read there. Most of the complaints were the lack of color images. When I saw the book in person, I bought it despite the fact that some of the pictures are b/w. It's an awesome book, here is a small sampling:
See what I mean? Cool stuff! Who cares if some of the pics are in black and white! The other book is called Twined Knitting. Twined Knitting is a Swedish knitting technique where two strands are used and twisted after every stitch. I had never heard of this book and was totally intrigued so I grabbed it. I haven't been able to put it down. Check out some of my favorite things:
Bluebird Swallow mittens, knitted, fulled, and then embroidered. Sigh....I love them.
Lots of interesting history....I love love love the sleeve on the bottom left....
Have you seen the article on the NATO website about the Latvian Mittens made for the NATO Summit in Riga? Thank you Karen (at the Studio) for telling me about it! A task force knitted 4,500 pairs of Latvian mittens for the Summit guests to wear. There is a gallery of mittens from different regions of Latvia, hundreds of pictures. Go look, it's fascinating!
I finished these up yesterday afternoon while hibernating in our basement. There was just too much football going on upstairs...We've been in the middle of ice and snow coming and going for the past three days and nobody was going anywhere or I would have retreated to the coffee shop up the street.
If my house caught on fire, and I only had time to grab one knitting book from my library, I would grab Mostly Mittens. (I would get the dogs and cat out first, of course!) I love the geometric colorwork and the patterns are fairly easy to memorize even though they look pretty complicated. There's alot of bang for your buck here! This is pattern #20 from the book. I used Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering in Silver Sage and Tornado Teal. I made a little boo boo on my corrugated ribbing, so the purl columns are actually garter instead of reverse stockinette. I kind of like it though because of the extra texture and I might even do it again on purpose.
I've been wanting to try the socks from the book and had decided on Louet Gems Pearl for the yarn but my LYS only sells the Opal so I ordered online. My purchase arrived late last week, just in time since I finished the mittens yesterday! I'm always a little worried picking colors off the monitor but I was not disappointed when I opened the package. They look awesome together.
I finished Kirju over the weekend. He is the secret project I was working on as mentioned in my previous post. I gifted him to Kristin yesterday and he's living happily next to all of his cousins (you know, the yarn and fiber) in her craft room.
Back view...The pattern: Estonian Sheep Puppets, from the Summer 06 issue of Spin Off. I used Shetland Spindrift for the knitting and some scrap yarn for the embroidered face. I stuffed his head with some leftover roving I had from a wet felting project I did last year. I'd like to mention that the pattern is a little bit fiddly. It takes a little bit of thought to start the pattern in the correct place to get it centered in the middle of the puppet. It's not really spelled out for you. I placed my end of round at the side and I wish I had placed it at the center back. Also, the pattern for the ears doesn't mention that you need to knit four less stitches between the decreases on each subsequent decrease row, it just says to repeat from * four more times. Nevertheless, it was a fun project and isn't he cute?
Look what I found at the library, through Interloan. Two of them came from the Pierce County Library in Washington, and I'm not sure about the third. I can't find anything in the book that indicates where it came from.
Pardon me while I settle into my comfy chair to peruse....
One pair done! Wish I could get the color right...the red is not rust but a deep wine color. The green is close, but not this yellow...
I like them so much, I started a second pair:
I'm using Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering. I love this stuff! It's so soft and lovely. Not scratchy at all like the Norwegian wool I made the first pair from, or the Shetland wool I'm working with at the moment. Yes, the green mittens are on hold until I can finish a secret project. heh heh heh