FO Friday – Pink Hat

A little one this week. Here is the little pink hat that I finished up yesterday for Mum’s colleague:

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Ravelry Pattern Page: Easy Hat (knitted in the round)
Ravelry Project Page:
Nikki’s Pink Hat

I do love this pattern, it’s really simple, easy to knit up, very quick and very adaptable. This is the same pattern that I used for the Minion Hat in this post¬†and it comes in a variety of sizes, not just newborn. Which makes it perfect really! I’m going to use it to make a few hats for my baby too next week as I’ve been told to take some in my baby bag, which I haven’t even started yet!

I was going to add a little flower to this but I’ve discovered that half of my books are still at the MILs, including all of my flower books (of which I have many!) so we need to get to Ikea, buy our bookshelves and install them ASAP so that I can have my books back!

Mum says that her colleague loved it and commented on how tiny it was, I don’t think she quite realises how small they come out!

This is project number 4 out of 28 ūüôā

WIP Wednesday (on Thursday)

I actually wrote this out yesterday and intended to post it with photos later on, then had a nice long nap and forgot to take the photos <<blush>> So, here it is, a day late!

Well I still have two projects on the go…. <<whispers>> but I may have added a third.

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The third project is actually just a little hat for my Mum’s colleague who is going on maternity leave at the end of this week. I have a load of pink Rialto (or “Fucking Debbie Bliss” as it has been christened in this house!), I’m not the biggest fan of pink to be entirely honest, but I was after some more reddish ones and just buying what was available to see what colour they were! Anyway, I digress, Mum’s colleague is having a little girl and is apparently big on pink, so I thought I’d run my stash down a little and make a little pink hat, maybe some mitts too if I get time.

Obviously I’m still working on my little Sherbet Ripple blanket and the jumper. The blanket has had no progress, I’m all crocheted out at the moment thanks to those ripple blankets and I’m really enjoying being back on the needles again. Though I am planning to crochet myself a relatively large basket soon as a WIP basket, probably out of two or three strands of DK, as I don’t have one and it may be nice to make one.

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The jumper now has a front. That’s kind of it really. I’ve made it a centimetre longer to cover a bit more of the back, I’m not sure if it’d be needed but I hate having a cold draft on my back so I wouldn’t want baby to¬†have it! And that’s it for now! Until next WIP Wednesday!

Life goes on!

Everything has been quite busy recently, as is always the way!

We have yet another new rat, though this one has been loaned to us to keep our old boy company until he dies, we’re glad that we did go down this route as he is much much happier now, and the boy we’ve borrowed is lovely. His name is Ben, he’s a little younger than Howl and is extremely friendly and sweet.

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Unfortunately, we discovered that Howl has a tumour on his manly parts a couple of weeks ago. Given his age and his constant respiratory problems it’s not something we will be having removed as if the operation¬†doesn’t kill him it’ll cause him an unnecessary amount of stress for something that likely won’t¬†prolong his life by much. At the moment it’s not bothering him what-so-ever and it’s stopped growing for now, so we’ll just keep monitoring and see how it goes. Right now he’s very chuffed to have a new friend and the only thing slowing him down is old age (and even that isn’t stopping him, it’s just making him a bit more clumsy!) But that’s the way it is with rats, tumours are a very common problem and deciding whether or not to have them removed is something you have to consider for each situation.

 

I’ve been crocheting quite a bit. I made a small collection of hats and squares for Woolly Hugs, I’d show you pictures but apparently my husband decided to delete them all as they were ‘really blurry’ -_- I do have one that I took on my phone though! A nice khaki hat!

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This has also been made recently…

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It’s actually a¬†cocoon style hammock for my female rats, but the buttons, sock and Ashi’s mane got added because why not?!

I’ve been working on various other things, nothing big but all needing to be finished! I’ve also ordered the yarn I need to make a single bed sized blanket for one of my charges. I’m leaving my job in September, so I’m going to attempt to make each of my three charges a ripple blanket. I seem to have a rainbow themed going on with my previous gifts for GC (See the stegosaurus and unicorn) and she’s asked me for a rainbow blanket in the past, which made her easy. CC is quite chilled and has a pretty cool bedspread which has coloured camper vans so his blanket will match that but I have no clue what colours to use for SC. SC is 3, her favourite colours change every week and her bedroom is a very nice but quite muted coloured nursery still which will likely change in the next few years so I can’t tailor it to that. So I’m at a loss. I’ll work out what to do with her blanket later on!

I may have mentioned the two bags of Bonus DK before, basically a lot of acrylic¬†yarn that I bought for toys a long time ago, before I discovered the wonder that is Stylecraft Special DK. I have been trying to get rid of this without much success, so I’ve given myself until the end of June to get rid of as much as possible and then it’s going to be donated, because I’m bored of it taking up space now! So any yarn-hungry projects you can think of, please spam me them!

So why have I given myself until the end of June? Well, because we’re slowly packing everything we want to take with us away. We are moving back to Essex in September as Nick has a job with Network Rail and will be based in London. We are hoping to stay with friends in July/August, so most of what we own will be slowly making it’s way to a charity shop, or to Essex, and we want to take as little as possible with us to our friend’s house.

And that’s pretty much caught you up on everything ūüôā

Wavy Moss Hat

I love [UK] moss stitch. Love it. It’s my favourite stitch despite the effort. I don’t often use variegated yarns but on the rare occasions that I have, I’ve used moss stitch. There’s something really magical about moss stitch, IMO. It’s very simple but it creates a lovely texture. It also properly brings out the colour in variegated yarn projects.

I was browsing Ravelry trying to find a pattern to use up some Cascade Rabat I bought in a sale a couple of weeks ago. I was eyeing up some colourful Noro Kureyon but it was double the price and whilst I wanted to treat myself, I wasn’t going to go all out slightly regret my sensible head talking me out of it now though. But, anyhow, I came across this pattern:

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Ravelry Pattern Page: Wavy Moss Hat
Ravelry Project Page:¬†Nikki’s Cabled Moss Hat

It’s gorgeous! I love it. Beautiful and simple pattern and really easy to make. Though in hindsight I prefer the beanie to the slouchy hat, I think that I suit beanies more.

I was trepidatious about the colour changes in my yarn as the cable band is knit first and in the product the colour change would be horizontal. You then pick up the stitch on the ‘side’ of the band which form the top of the hat and that colour change is vertical on the finished product. I am also not a fan of cables being done in variegated usually, I love cables but they often get lost in colour changes or yarn that is too dark/light to really show it off. But it’s turned out nicely despite both of my concerns¬†and they don’t bug me enough not to wear it. I now want to make a matching cowl. I don’t actually like the cowl that the same designer made to be this¬†hats¬†pair, I’m just going to modify the cable band and make it wider. Not sure if I’ll add another cable to it though yet. Decisions, decisions.

WIP Wednesday

Don’t you love coming back to an old idea? I do!

I frogged a project in 2012, a Binary Heart, because I just couldn’t get stranded colour-work to work for me. For a while I’ve been thinking of having another try at it and making it into a baby blanket, so that’s what I was working on on my day off yesterday. I managed to find the pattern¬†notes in a notebook I’ve barely touched since then and have redrawn it and started putting notes down for it. I’m quite excited by it despite the fact that I still cannot do stranded colour-work!

I have started doing a tension square¬†for it too, to get the sizing right, and I’m using the tension square as an experiment to try out different styles of numbers, well, zeros given that ‘1’ is simply a line! But I’m also testing sizes too.

I’ve also finished that hat, though it needs a button and I have none that are suitable so I’ll be popping to The Works tomorrow to see what they have.

I was going to post some pictures on here too but my darling husband seems to have changed the settings on our camera to save the raw images, and we don’t have a program that allows us to open those, so my photos are unopenable until he sorts it out tomorrow! Pain.

Long weekend and WIPs

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I wish by Long Weekend I meant a weekend away, but no, I was working. It’s a good thing I love my job though! I was proxy parenting my youngest charge for the weekend and it was fun, but very tiring. I was supposed to work yesterday as well but my boss took pity on me when she saw me late Sunday night and told me that they didn’t need me, so I woke up at 9:30, sat in my PJs all day whilst knitting, supervising the rats free-range time and generally chilling out. I did manage to finish half of a hat though! (Sorry for the potato quality, I’m learning how to use my camera still!)

Today will be much the same with some housework and coursework thrown in for good measure. We also have a dance lesson this evening which I’m beginning to regret booking but I’m sure that I’ll enjoy it once there…

Warning: Self indulgent eczema moan after the break!

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The helmet hat

So, my mother is a paddler and has an event coming up, kayaking down the Liffey Descent in Ireland, and she asked me to make her an octopus hat (she¬†originally posted a picture to my FB wall of Chuthlu thinking it was an octopus…).

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I happened to have some more fluorescent yellow and an orange that wasn’t far off being fluorescent, and this was the result. It’s¬†the most hideous thing that I have ever made, but it amuses me so I am not too ashamed to post it!