Wednesday, December 28, 2011

{Yarn Along}

This was one of those weeks where I feel like I didn't get a single thing *finished*, not only in the knitting realm, but even in life in general.
There were multiple, albeit small, projects (baking, organizing, crafting, art, paperwork etc) that I wanted to complete but just couldn't find the time during the rush of this busy season. I decided to just let them go-there's always next year for the Christmas projects, and valentines day for baking treats.

I did manage to finish a quick little hat for Lotte to go with her legwarmers, the purple really makes her shiny blue peepers stand out.
I used a bulkier yarn and modified the pattern slightly. I think I could have made this a little taller, but it fits her nicely now. If she outgrows it too quickly, I may add some ear flaps to get a little more life out of it.

of course she wouldn't hold still for a picture of her pretty purple hat...

This was the first hat that I knit rather than crocheted, so it was a bit of a learning experience. I could see though how this could become really addictive-I LOVE knitting in the round...and to think, all this time, I've been so scared to try it!

I'm about a fifth finished -(yes, a fifth) on a scarf that I've been working on for my Dad-nothing fancy, just a boring ol' brown wool Dad scarf. Brown suits Dad though, so I think he'll actually wear it. And there's something so cozy and comforting about simple brown wool.

and don't you just love the cake plate under the scarf? My mom made this little bright & pedestalled wonder for me for Christmas!

My reading this last little while has been sporadic and un-eventful. I haven't had enough time for a novel for myself but I'm hoping to squeeze one in soon as I've had reading withdrawal. Any suggestions?I did check out a few books from the library this week on knitting, crochet and baby food.
one of these things is not like the other...

I checked out both "chicks with sticks" knitting and crochet. The crochet one didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know, so I'll be taking that one back soon, but the knitting one has come in really handy. I'm not sure that I'll do any of the actual projects, but the instructions themselves are well written and easy to follow.
It's inspiring me to even try the scary button holes!

To hear more participants' weekly yarn along, visit Ginny's blog here.

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  1. I am a new knitter also after a lifetime of crochet. The scary things are the most fun : ) though I have not attempted a button hole yet. Your baby is precious and adding earflaps sounds like a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Tricia@crunchycatholicmomma.blogspot

  2. awe...sweet baby and sweet hat!

  3. Love the yarn photo on a cake platter!! Too cute! I have knitted very little this past week. Kids are home on break is my go to excuse.

  4. I love the cake stand. It shows off the brown yarn and scarf beautifully. Ear flaps are pure genius to extend the life of the hat.

  5. Lovely hat! And the scarf is such a nice warm brown -- I'm sure your dad will love it!

  6. I love knitting in the round. And this is crazy, too, but I love DPNS. My friends think I am kookoo ;) Anyway, love that platter. That's a good present!

  7. Knitting in the round is the best! I'm coming to terms with my DPN's now too, but that has taken some time. Your cake stand is amazing, your Mom is great! I love the hat, and ear flaps would be an easy way to extend the life of it, that's a great idea. Picking up stitches was another thing I used to hate and now love. So many fun things to do with knitting!

  8. I love your knitting on the cake stand - such a great idea for a centrepiece :)
    The hat is gorgeous. And isn't kniting baby hats in the round just the best thing to do?

  9. Beautiful scarf and hat! I'm hoping to learn how to knit someday, but for now, crochet is all I can handle.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I agree about the details in "Astrid and Veronika." That's why I'm glad I'm reading it on vacation, so I can savor them more fully (well, as fully as possible in life-with-toddler).

  10. How did I not comment last week? I've had the page open all week...

    I'm really liking the dad brown scarf. And of course your sweetie is just delicious in her purple hat!

    Your mom made a cake plate?! Wow, so cool!