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Flame Cap

December 17, 2008

As my yearly Christmas cap for my cousin’s son I made the One for All Cap by Tuulia Salmela.  It was a quick knit and other than the three rows with three different colors, was relatively easy.  I put a 1×1 ribbed edge on it, and it came out quite big.  It’s for a toddler, but I’m told he has a 19″ head, so it might not look totally ginormous on him.  If it is huge, my cousin assured me that they will hold it until he grows into it.  Eh, his father can wear it, it will match his tattoo.



Monkey in the Middle

November 18, 2008

I jumped right into making another pair of mittens, this time for my 7 year old.  Her only request was monkeys.  So I whipped up a monkey pattern on the generic norwegian mitten graph (bananas on the other side), dug up some sock yarn (knit picks and some leftover painted tiger) and I’m gettin’ ‘er done.  The sock yarn made them smaller, but they are turning out to be the perfect size for her hands.

Becca's Monkey Mittens

Toasty Hands

November 16, 2008

I never thought I would find a knit project that I could complete in less than a weekend, but I found it in Adrian’s (from Hello Yarn) Norwegian Mitten pattern.  Each mitten takes just a few hours to complete, depending on the intricacy of the pattern used.  I made my own pattern, but I think if I make them again, I will either design something simpler, or go with a pattern found online somewhere.

Not only were these a quick knit, but they use a lot less yarn than I anticipated.  I had a partial skein of black wool and 2 balls of my handspun.  A pair of mittens used only half a skein and half a ball.  My youngest child wants me to make a pair incorporating monkeys into the pattern.  I have some orange-ish handspun that I think would work nicely, and need to see if I have some solid brown wool in my stash to make it work.

These were the first mittens I’ve ever knit, and the first fair isle I’ve ever attempted.  This pattern may eventually give birth to several handmade gifts for friends and family.

Norwegian Mitten Norwegian Mitten


November 12, 2008

I’ve neglected this poor little site for much too long.  It seemed to have coincided with my not doing ANYTHING with fiber during that time.  Life has been busy, and now that it’s colder, I’m knitting again.  There is also lots of waiting around and practices for my kids, so I have some more time to knit.  I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago, so spinning is out for a while, but I’ve been dying to get back to it.

I need to do some maintenance on this site, and I might switch designs, but I’m planning on updating again soon.  I recently updated on Ravelry as well.


October 10, 2007

I finally got my invite for Ravelry!  I had nearly given up, I was #295,654,326 or something and I still had half that amount in front of me a week ago.  They did an awesome job of getting those invites up!  I’ve got a few things up and I can see it’s going to be a giant time sink when I start really getting into it.

If anyone wants to add me as a friend, my Ravelry name is headcase!

Proud Mama

September 26, 2007

It’s starting to rub off!   Finally!  My six year old is on the couch repeating, “in, across, around, and off”.  It’s her shorthand on how to knit.  She has completed three rows flawlessly and I couldn’t be prouder!   She knits very loosely, but that actually makes it easier for her to move the stitches around.  She has a pair of kid’s needles she’s using that are exactly the right size for her small hands and fingers.  My 9 year old is crocheting daisies.  We’ve picked up a few booklets about learning how to crochet and I think we found one that works for her.  It will work better if she quits asking me what a yarn over is every 10 seconds and actually looks at the book.  Honestly, she will not believe or listen to me anyway.

Oh well, she’s pitched it across the room in frustration, so there goes that.

You say Po-MAH-to-mus, I say Po-MAY-to-mus

September 16, 2007

Wow, finally got these socks off the needles.  They were put down so many times I was getting worried that I wouldn’t finish them before my mind wandered to something else.  I’m very happy with how they turned out.  I used size 2 US needles and Fortissima Socka yarn (60% superwash/25% bamboo/15% nylon) in color#0005.   I used one 100g ball and there is plenty left over.  It took me until somewhere on the leg of sock #2 for the pattern to really click in my head, which was great, because then I didn’t need to be checking the pattern every two seconds to make sure I was doing it right.

Next up for socks?  Socks for dad!