At Mini-Mikey’s baby shower, Roxanne asked me to make a special hat for a photo shoot, where she will place the baby in a Hunny pot with the beanie…at least, I think that’s the plan.
I searched “mercerized cotton worsted weight” because I wanted something lustrous and this came up: Love KnittingBlue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton. The colors – True Red 641 and Dandelion 638 – are perfect, but I am always hesitant to order online, due to extravagant shipping costs, I searched local yarn shops and discovered that out of the possible three stores near me: one was closed; one I was banned from; and the other had no cotton. The one I was banned from probably has what I want, but screw them! Besides this is for my grand/great nephew and I am willing to skip a meal for him – I shouldn’t miss it.
This is the basic crochet hat that I taught my students today, at their request, at Concepts in Yarn. I don’t even know if mine will fit a baby/preemie, but I wanted to show them how they can accent a basic hat and make it adorable. I loved this scrap baby yarn that one of my students brought in today.
I also showed them – quickly – how to make a beehive hat. Both students are big into crocheting for charity and I thought showing them different ways to accent the hats might be fun.
That’s my magic ball in the background that will be knitted into a purl edge shawl.
I may be partial to my own crochet, but I think my revised version (right side, worked in the round, no seam) looks nicer: the stitch definition is the same on every row. The yarn used in the revised version is a continuation of the same skein of Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby).
As an observer noted on my Facebook page, I don’t usually use/recommend natural fibers for infant items, because of unknown fiber allergies; these are just samples.
I rephotographed the first one because I had folded the brim wrong. As you can see they are the same size for the most part despite the left one having a 25-stitch circumference and the right one having a 24 stitch circumference.
An former customer of mine called me yesterday and asked if I could make some chemotherapy caps for a friend of hers. I love this turban, but wasn’t too keen on the gather until I saw these pictures, which display it properly.
Gosh! I even look Indian. That’s me doing my Norma Desmond impression: “All right, Mr. de Mille, I’m ready for my close-up.”
Cast On: July 8, 2015 Cast Off: July 14, 2015 Scarf Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Hat Pattern: Modified Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold Yarn A:Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3425 Sparkling Rose, Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Scarf Hook: US H/8 – 5 mm Hat Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm Scarf Dimensions: 6 x 58 (L) inches
With approximately 4 skeins left of the Patons Brilliant, I set out to crochet another cowl, but decided in the end to make it a scarf. The scarf is crocheted in the girdle stitch, also known as the moss stitch. My hope was that it would produce a thicker fabric, but with such a big hook it didn’t work.
With some unlabeled yarn left, I started the Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold, which calls for worsted weight yarn. The modification I made was after row 13, where I replaced rows 14-16 with ten rows of front post double crochet, 5 double crochet. After that I did row 17 (single crochet) and then replaced rows 18-21 with five rows of alternating front post double crochet/back post double crochet. The hat fits my 24 inch circumference head tightly, so I presume it will fit most female heads perfectly. The length comes down to just over the top of my ears, so I figure it will fit a female head to halfway over the ear. In other words, a perfect fit. I have had the pattern for so long, but always thought it was too involved to crochet. Now I improvised with a different weight and found the pattern pretty simple. I was prompted to make it as I received the pattern as wrapping on a birthday gift this past weekend at my birthday party.
I still have one skein left; I think I am going to contribute it to my DK weight scraps for a scrapghan in the future.
I had suggested to my sit ‘n’ stitch group – One Skein Short – that we make some scarves, cowls, hats to donate to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship as a thank you for allowing us to meet there. I think I will donate these two pieces as a set.
The project name – Pink Moon by Nick Drake – is a selection from my music library.
2015-08-07: I gave this away to a customer that just bought two of my shawls.
Mom had a yard sale today. I decided to try one more time to sell my wireless Mac keyboard and mouse. No sooner had I put it out there and I sold it, albeit at a reduced price of USD $20 from USD $35.
I then decided I might as well try and sell my crochet/knit items. Well, today must’ve been my lucky day because I sold the items pictured above: Sunflower Hat & Cocoon at a reduced price of USD $5 from USD $50; Second Hand Rose Shawl at a reduced price of USD $10 from USD $90; Mexican Radio Cowl for $5; and C’est Si Bon Blocking/Yoga Mat & Carrier at a reduced price of USD $10 from USD $60. I even made a contact with a neighbor for whom I would create fabric for her to use to yarn-bomb some trees! All in all, I can’t complain. All items were made from scrap yarn I obtained from other fiber artists.
This hooker and his dog are going to eat high on the hog tonight! We are already thinking Carnitas Tacos from El Abajeno. Mmm, mmm, mmm!
I was given this project by the store owner, for a customer who’s daughter had purchased the supplies, but decided not to make the hats for her and her boyfriend. I will admit that I was not a happy hooker when I received this assignment and to be rigorously honest, I entered “angry knitting” mode. Angry knitting was explained to me by a child that came into the store one day with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. When I asked her what angry knitting was, she explained that her stitches were too tight. I have expanded on that definition: focused and intent knitting on a project that is challenging when you would rather be crocheting.
The patterns were well written and the hats worked in the round, an added benefit because I dislike seaming knitting. I am not a fan of DPNs, preferring a couple of circulars instead, but even this proved difficult towards the end of the first hat. On the second, I found an extra set of circulars on the table and borrowed them. Using three circulars versus two made finishing the second hat a little easier. I was asked to make the hats based on the larger size (21 inch circumference): the first one slide right over my head, which leads me to believe my tension was too loose; the second actually grips the head, so I think my tension improved.
I am glad to be done and think this is the last time I will knit something in the round. My index fingers hurt and the tightening of the stitches as the circle closes is not a fun experience, especially when you are trying to knit three together. I am glad that I got over my knitting dislike which resulted from a dropped stitch in my Black And White Cowl, which is a currently hibernating template for the Happy Cowl. I still have to finish the Orange Crush Shawl and a knitting blank, which now I wish I had crocheted versus knitting. Doh! Having done a little yarn reorganization, I also have sorted my novelty yarns from my Japanese grandmother by color and they are just waiting to become scarves, wraps, cowls, shawls…easy stuff. But all knitting will go on hold again, as I complete the Ballet-Neck Tee from Vogue Knitting Crochet Special Collector’s Edition magazine.