Posts Tagged ‘hat’

Red Light Specials

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

While sitting indoors fighting off my cold, in the hazy days that follow Christmas and Boxing Day festivities, I finished off these two lovely hats.  I’m quite taken with the Red Light Special Pattern.  I love how different it looks with each new colourway I’ve light specialThe blue one was started on Christmas day, but not quite finished in time to be under a tree.  It has already been delivered to my sister in law, and the orange one will be given in the near future to a very big fan of orange who needs a bit of extra warmth and encouragement this winter, specially since we’re finally getting lots of snow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a closer look at the pattern.  I bet you can’t make just one!

A Hat Fit For An Olympian

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

This past week has been an exciting one!  We had a secret santa exchange in our class, and one girl, a young rower, had asked for her secret santa to get her Will Crothers for Christmas.  Will is one of Team Canada’s men’s 8 rowing team that won the silver medal at the London Olympics. [youtube]

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Photo courtesy of Will Crothers

He’s a local guy, and a distant cousin of mine, so I sent a few emails and was thrilled when Will agreed to come and visit and sign a picture for my student.  She was incredibly surprised, and giddy all day after his visit.  My students enjoyed the opportunity to touch a real silver medal, and to talk to an Olympian.

Will CrothersTo thank him for going above and beyond, and making a young rower’s Christmas wish come true, I gave him a hat that I’d knit this fall.  It is the Red Light Special hat, one of my favourites.  He told me that he’d wear it often.  My students offered me a very big complement: they didn’t believe that I’d knit it.  They were sure I had bought it.

Thanks Will for making this a very memorable week!

Secret Santa

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

‘Tis the season for giving.  I love this time of year!  The weather gets colder, and it just seems sensible to wrap up in warm woolies.  I’ve been taking advantage of the long evenings to whip through a few gifts for the secret santa exchanges that I’m involved in.

My three high school classes are all exchanging gifts.  Each person is limited to $5 to prepare their project.  These limits have brought up all sorts of discussions generally starting with “you can’t buy ANYTHING for $5″.  I am a firm believer in creating gifts.  For $5 you could bake cookies/cake etc, draw or paint a picture, or in my case, I choose to knit.  I’m curious to see what gifts get exchanged.  Last year my gift was a Christmas tree ornament and a can opener.  I still use the can opener to this day!

Here’s what I’ve made for my secret santa students:  Here’s a slightly modified version of the “End of May” hat (ravelry).  secret santaI knew that I didn’t have time to knit up the hat at the gauge that was specified, so I used heavier yarn (acrylic so it’s not itchy) and worked 3 pattern repeats rather than 4.  I also didn’t work the internal lining, but rather did ribbing for one hat and a Latvian braid for another.secret santa

The yarn is scrap from my stash.  The red is not actually red, but more of a “radioactive salmon” hot pink/orange colour, which seems to be quite fashionable amongst the youngsters these days.  This yarn was rescued from the GAP where it was used as part of a display, but going to be thrown out afterwards (shameful!).  I remember the day when a big bag with many balls of fluorescent yarn appeared in my office–thanks so much to Rachel for giving me some.

secret santaThe third gift I made is a pair of 100% wool mittens (Sean Sheep brand from Walmart, purchased AGES ago). It’s a very cozy softly spun single ply yarn that sometimes didn’t hold together under tension.  I knit these mitts with extra long cuffs, then decorated them with snowflakes embroidered on top.

I hope that my students realize that although their gifts cost me less than $5 to create, they are worth much more.  I invested my time, and my care to create something specially for them.  I have high hopes that teenagers can appreciate these gifts.

Dragon Baby Set

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

A friend of mine has just had a baby.  This is no ordinary baby, it has been nicknamed a “dragon baby” for the last little while.  I spent this rainy weekend knitting up some lovely warm and “dragony” things to drop off at my friend’s door.dragon babyThe hat is what came up on a ravelry search for “Dragon Baby”.  Here’s the pattern, from the blog SpinKnitUp.  I have knit it with the most dragony green from my stash.  It’s a good quality sport weight acrylic that should be easy to care for, and will last for years!  dragon hatThe pattern really looks like dragon scales!

To complement the hat, and use up the last bit of my yarn, I mashed two patterns together to create some cute dragon booties.  bootiesThe patterns involved are Dino Baby Booties (ravelink) which didn’t have a pattern available–but I loved the picot teeth idea, and the Monster Booties pattern.dragonI am not sure how well the booties will stay on, or how long they will fit a growing baby, but they certainly will be a cute addition to the dragon set.

If you are curious, here are my instructions:

Follow the monster bootie pattern for the sole of the foot. I used garter stitch rather than stockinette stitch.

When picking up for the top of the foot, pick up in “tooth colour” the number of stitches required for the rest of the bootie.  Knit a round, then work a picot edge (YO, K2tog) around.  Knit a round.

Join in main colour and knit the round, joining the edges of the picot together by knitting the live stitch with a loop from inside, several rows down–the first loop in “tooth colour”.

Continue working the monster bootie.

I hope that these will keep the little dragon baby warm and cozy this winter.

Knitting Hats For My New Sisters

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

This past fall things have been busy around here.  It was family wedding season–my 2 brothers got married 5 weeks apart!  Amidst the excitement of hair-dos, fancy clothes, learning to walk in tall shoes, practicing readings, and lots of great food, I’ve been knitting hats.  If these hats look familiar, it’s because their originals have been blogged already!

hurricane hatThe Hurricane Hat that I made last year for sister-in-law #1, a hat that was cherished enough to appear in engagement photos, had a run-in with some gasoline (I’m still not exactly sure of the details) but in any case, the hat has never smelled the same since.  Lucky for all involved, there was still some of the same Cascade Ecological Wool in my stash.  The pattern knit up like a dream, nice and quick, just like the first time!

The second hat is for sister-in-law #2, it’s a replica of the “Those Could Be Mountains” hat that she modeled with my brother years ago.  It’s knit from the same ball of Cascade Ecological wool that I used for the hurricane hat.  I love that yarn since it is so soft and warm.  My brother is too sensitive to wear wool (or at least that is his claim), but this didn’t make him itchy immediately like most hats do.  I think he wore it for an hour before he started scratching.those could be mountains

I gave these hats to them as part of their wedding present.  They needed them for their wintery honeymoon in Quebec!

Hat 62: a felted cowboy hat

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Is it possible to knit a cowboy hat?  That’s been a question bantered about our team for the past few weeks now.  One of our mentors always wears a cowboy hat….and we wanted to make him a hat that would suit his personal style.

After checking ravelry and seeing a few crocheted cowboy hats, we expanded the search elsewhere online and found this hat which is knit large and felted.


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My first stop was to get some Cascade 220 (I used 3 skeins), in our team colours, and cast on.  very large hatThis hat took about a day to create.  It is loosely knit on very large needles with the yarn held double.  Before felting it looks like quite a floppy mess.feltedAfter 2 hot washes and cold rinses in the machine it became a nice stiff fabric that had shrunk significantly.  I stretched the hat over a small mixing bowl and used clothespins and string to mold the hat into a cowboy hat shape.

After drying it should hold its shape quite nicely.  I’m looking forward to the final results!

Hat 61

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Hat 61 was made in a warehouse.  hat61I’ve been spending lots of time recently in a warehouse, or otherwise occupied with robotics related business.  This past week we saw the end of build season.  Our robot is now in a bag and we’re preparing for competition.

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And Then There Were 60

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Over the past few days since Christmas I’ve been hibernating.  It’s dark, and cold, and it’s cozy inside where I’m organizing things…cooking a bit…and knitting a lot.

Here are the hats that I’ve made over the past few days.  They have been made in preparation for the kickoff of the FIRST robotics build season (Jan 7th).  Our team is growing, and as such the new heads need new hats!

Hat #56 was started earlier in the month, but finished in the past few days.  The robot and number glow in the dark.

Hat #57 is a very stripey hat with bit of glow in the dark yarn in there somewhere.

Hat #58 is a little special.  It fits like a bucket hat, or a cow boy hat depending on how you fix the brim.  The brim is worked as an attached i-cord over a wire, so the hat can take on a variety of shapes.  This was a bit of an improvisational knitting task.  The original cast on edge which was going to be the brim ended up close to the crown of the hat.  Fingers crossed it will fit properly!Hat #59 is a more traditional hat, like the earlier versions…with robots knit right in.

Finally, hat #60 is knit in more subtle colours to suit the intended recipient.

I’m very much looking forward to handing out these hats on kickoff day!  For more information about our robotics team check out the K-Botics website and read the blog.

Holiday Knitting

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

I’m looking forward to wrapping up some of my recent knitting, but decided to take some pictures of things first.

The first is the Lotus Hat knit from a bamboo cotton blend.  I LOVE the turquoise colour, and how the lace pattern works out, particularly at the crown of the hat.  lotus hatThe stitch definition of the bamboo cotton blend is lovely, but next time I knit this hat I will knit it on circulars.  The yarn is slippery, and when the lace pattern falls off the needles it was often tricky to get all of the slipped stitches back on properly.  I absolutely love the pattern though, and it looks much more complicated than it really is.  I lengthened the hat a little because this is intended to be a chemo cap, so the extra bit of length can cover the entire head comfortably.  I’m not sure how the bamboo/cotton blend will last–it is not elastic like wool, so it might stretch with wear.  It is easy to care for though, machine wash and dry.

The second project, fresh off the needles tonight is a pair of mittens.  These are the Spruce Mittens, from the Fox and Geese and Fences pattern book by Robin Hansen.  mittensThese particular mittens are knit in a dark brown and lighter brown wool (Georga wool, which is surprisingly soft and silky despite being 100% wool).  The cuff is seed stitch because I do not like to do a lot of ribbing.  I’m not sure who these mittens will be for–I took an informal poll at work today to see if they would suit both men and women, and the results were mixed.  What do you think?

If not clear from the picture, I’ve been busy with some baking and cookie decorating too!


Hat #55

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

This hat is a particularly special hat.  It is the first hat that I’ve ever knit out of sock weight yarn.  It was an experiment in the scale of a pattern.  The very same robot charts look quite intricate on this hat!

robotsIt is knit out of superwash merino wool, and it is so soft, warm, and stretchy.  All the additional time and care were definitely worth it!  I think that this hat will be worn lots, and appreciated for the warmth and care and time invested.  I look forward to see this hat on the head of a smiling K-Bot soon!