Friday, October 20, 2006

Radioactive Pirate Hat Done

Pattern: We Call Them Pirates by Hello Yarn
Yarn: Green - Kokon 35% cotton, 35% silk, 30% microfiber
Black - ggh superwash merino wool
Needles: size 3, 16" circular; size 3, 7" dnp; size 1, 12" circular

My freind Doug (sorry, Ladies, he's married) agreed to model the green pirate hat. I finished it last night and steam blocked it. This hat is so much fun to make. It turned out smaller than the black and white one because the green yarn was a slightly smaller gauge. I really need to make a least 2 more of these for nephews. This one will have to go to one of the younger ones because it should fit loosely. I will have to experiment with other yarns and/or needles on the others.

Here is a detail of the lining. I decided to do it with the green since I had a lot left over.

I think the next one will be turquoise and black but the center row of skulls will be green. I'm pretty sure that I have enough of the green for that.

I can also picture this with a bright handpainted yarn for the skulls. Whadda ya think?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I get trampled by a buffalo and knit another Pirate hat

This is my second "We Call Them Pirates" hat by Hello Yarn. I plan to do the next one with bright turqoise and black. This one is a very bright lime-green but it looks washed out in the photo. This pattern is so much fun and works up very quickly.

I love that the folks at Hello Yarn included a blank chart as well. I have a book of charted celtic designs and have already worked one up. I won't be able to start it until I finish with the glut of Christmas presents though.

Check out the Fall Cable KAL 2006 blog. The design is lovely. Seeing all the projects and talking about mine has got me itchin' to finish my Soft Shoulders sweater that I started 3 years ago. I posted photos of it on the blog here.

On a side note, I found out that I am allergic to buffalo - the hard way. A friend at Social Knitting Night at my lys, Y2Knit, had some buffalo yarn that she was using to knit hats. She passed it around and everyone felt how soft and yummy it was. Right away I felt like I had an eyelash in my eye and I rubbed it. BIG MISTAKE. My eyes felt like someone had thrown dirt in them. I rinsed them out at the shop and then went home and rinsed them some more and finally had to put drops in them before I could get the pain to stop. No buffalo for me. Unrefined wool does the same thing. Does that mean I can never spin?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

"We Call Them Pirates" Finished and Gifted

The camera isn't working right now. The rechargables won't hold a charge so I'm waiting on new batteries to arrive. I finished the "We Call Them Pirates" hat and gifted it on Sunday. It went to a very deserving college freshman who loves hats. He works at our favorite pizza place, Asaro's, and always take the very best care of us.

I started another one with bright lime green skulls on a black background. The green is a different yarn and I am getting a smaller gauge on this hat. I am going to put it on some waste yarn and try it on this evening to make sure it will fit. I may have to start over on the next size needle.

I'll post pics as soon as possible.