Hermione Hat

Hermione Hat

After knitting many hats for Christmas, it began to get depressing to put on my old $5 Target hat every day. I decided to make a hat for myself. Of course, it had to be geek chic. That’s just how I roll.

Isn’t this hat lovely? Hermione wore it in the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince film.

hermione hatI used this pattern of an interpretation of the hat. I made it as written, not using the possible modifications at the bottom. I think mine turned out quite nicely.

IMG_4497 IMG_4483I think my gauge must have been a bit off because my brim is a lot longer than it’s supposed to be. It’s all good though. I like a rolled brim anyhow. I am very bad though, I rarely check my gauge. Who wants to spend time doing that when you could be beginning the project?

Now I have a hand knit hat, too. 🙂

Big Projects Ahead

Big Projects Ahead

So I’m finishing up a couple little projects I started the year off with and planning and preparing to start the year’s Big Projects.

The first Big Project I am so excited about I can hardly contain myself. Who remembers these sweaters?

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I’m making them! Eep! This weekend a very, very exciting package arrived all the way from the New Lanark Yarn Shop in Scotland, containing the actual pattern and yarn used to make the sweaters for the film. I know, I know, I’m still geeking out about it.

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Three kits, one for each of my children. The pattern comes with the chart for a letter H. It’s so convenient that our last name begins with H. H’s all around! This will be a Christmas present. The only part of this that might give me a bit of grief is knitting in the initial. I spent some time this past weekend clicking around tutorials for intarsia or colorblock knitting and I think I’ve at least got the basics in my head. We’ll see about the execution, however.

The other Big Projects on my list will also be Christmas presents. How adorable are these?

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It’s Purl the Little Knit Girl! You make the doll, Purl, and then there are different outfits for her for each of the little things she goes in. For example, she wears the daisy hat and jumper and fits into the little felted flower pot, so she just looks like a flower in a pot. Then there is a coordinating daisy hat for the child! I thought they were adorable, so each of the girls (my daughters and nieces) will be getting one of these for Christmas.

I’m already worried about budgeting my time. I think I have to plan a month for each sweater and probably a month for each complete Purl set…. which makes a total of 10 months already and it’s the end of January, yikes! I hope I’m over-estimating the time required.

Now, obviously I have to also do something for the boys (my son and nephew). I don’t think they’d be into having a Purl, even if I made it a boy doll, so here’s my plan for them. A football hat and a scarf in Redskins colors to go with it. Not so much a Big Project, but I think it will go over well, and thank goodness, because I have enough of those for now, I think.

Hats and Scarves and Critters, Oh My!

Hats and Scarves and Critters, Oh My!

All the holiday gifts have been given, so I’m at last free to share a bit about all the knitted things I created in the past several months.

IMG_4309My final count was 37 knitted gifts. Mostly I made hats. I didn’t intend to make so many gifts; it happened almost by accident. I made a hat for a hat loving friend. I showed it off a bit and the person who taught me to knit thought it turned out so well that I should make more of them. She proposed that I make the same hat in different colors for each of my sisters-in-law for Christmas. That sounded like a lovely idea, so I made a second one in a different color.

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My second first hat. It’s a slouchy style. Hard to get a good picture without a head beneath it.

After making two, I decided I was bored with the pattern and instead of all the same, each sister in law would get a different hat and different yarn. Then I ran into a bit of a mistake. That bright pink hat in the picture? It turned out a bit small. I decided that would work better for a niece. So the nieces and nephew were added to the list. I also kept hearing how much the guys liked those silly bearded hats. So I added beards and guy hats to my list… and so on and so on until I had a pretty long list of knitted gifts to make.

I really had lots of fun making all these things and I learned so much. What follows are some of the ones that stick out as highlights of my knitting experience from the last year.

IMG_4314The Spock hat. I was really worried about the ears turning out right. My ears don’t have quite as defined a shape as the ones in the pattern picture, but they’re nice and pointy and I think they get the point across just fine.

IMG_4316The Feather and Fan hat. I just adore the scalloped bottom. Mine came out more pronounced than the one in the pattern picture, and as it first appeared beneath my needles I thought I’d made a mistake somewhere. I was delighted to discover I was wrong about that.

IMG_4312The King Charles Brocade hat. The pattern is very subtle, but oh so pretty, and continues nicely into the decreases.

IMG_4318The Tri-Peak. The directions for making the peaks almost scared me off from attempting this one. So glad I went ahead and tried it. It’s actually quite simple and so cute. One stitch at a time. That’s my motto when I get scared of a pattern.

IMG_4311Shilling. I did my first cables here.

IMG_4328Scarves. The one to the right is the mistake rib – the same pattern I used for my very first completed project. I changed it up and added a buttonhole. Confession: that wasn’t my plan. The scarf turned out a bit on the short side and I wasn’t able to get more in the same color. Adding the button seemed like a good solution because then you don’t have to have the length for wrapping. I think it turned out pretty nicely. The infinity scarf pattern is called Diagonality. It looks like traditional stockinette rows except they’re running on an angle. The pattern was really fun and just knit up beautifully.

IMG_4325Smokey the Bear…. er, Granger the Ranger Bear? This was the project I was most nervous about of all, but I think he turned out rather well. He was worked on size 2 needles, which was enough there to scare me just by making me think it would take an eternity to finish. I did a couple other little critter type projects also. I’m glad Smokey was worked flat; I found I greatly prefer that to doing teeny tiny things in the round. I did run into a few errors in the pattern. There were a handful of places where the instructions and stitch count did not match. I made the decision to match the stitch count rather than the instructions and that seemed to work out well.

IMG_4322And some beards. Just because. These were a quick, but slightly challenging project. I found that it needed to be a single sitting project. If I walked away from it in the middle, I pretty much had to start over.

And I’m already making out my yarn list for next year’s projects…