Oops Hat

Every now and then you make an oops with picking a size. I find it especially difficult when picking a hat size. I find the sizing sort of a personal preference and I often find that hats stretch out more than you think. That being said I chose the smaller size for the “Topiary Hat” I told you about in my last post. It was looking beautiful and half way done when I was able to semi-try it on and realize that it was going to be uncomfortably tight and not slouchy looking enough…

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The lace pattern does look gorgeous though eh! Too bad the hat now looks like this…

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Lol! Poor hat. Oh well, at least I really know all of the symbols for the lace chart now and I’ll be able to whip the larger size out in no time. Stay tuned for take two…

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Bye Bye March Break

I refuse to get the Sunday blues today because not everyone can say that they just had a week off work. That being said where does the time go! I need more days to get John’s sweater done. If you think I even got the front finished you’d be very wrong. If you guessed I started another project then you know me well.

I love the book “Weekend Hats” and have always wanted to make something from it…

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It was hard to pick the first one to do but after going through my yarn stash which has only recently been unpacked from the UK (we haven’t moved yet because the bathroom is still being renovated but I can go over to the house we are renting and get some of my things) I was able to narrow it down to this one…the “Topiary Beanie”…

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It’s got a lovely lace pattern in the front and slouchy at the back.

I discovered 3 balls of Lousia Harding yarn at the bottom of the bucket…

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The gauge appeared to be perfect and the colour would show off the lace pattern nicely so I went with it.

The tubular cast-on instructions in this book were not as good as the one I just did for the Jared Flood leaflet for the “Altair” hat but it worked out in the end and I was off and running…

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I’ve finished 2 of the 3 lace pattern repeats. It’s been a fun one, hard to do a knit 4 together with fluffy yarn but I’m managing!

Love You John!

Sooooooo…John is amazingly supportive about my knitting and sewing but for YEARS now he’s been calmly asking me how his sweater is coming along. In the last year he’s been sounding more “pushy” about it. Don’t get me wrong, I want to knit it for him but once I learn a cable pattern I just get bored and it is very cable intensive! It’s a lovely Jane Ellison pattern from one of her Queensland Collection books…

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Of course I didn’t violate the unwritten rule of “don’t knit a sweater for a boyfriend” and waited until after we were married to start; that’s over 5 years ago now. At least I still like the pattern I chose, nothing worse than coming back to a pattern after a few years and hating everything about it. It’s called “Beck” and I’m using Tahki’s Donegal Tweed…

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I have the back and one sleeve done and I’m almost at the split for the front zipper. I’m really on a mission to get it done. I don’t feel guilty about not getting it done before now but it is a very easy cable repeat so I should be able to manage it by the end of this winter right (which who are we kidding could be until May this year the way things are going)!

Love you John!

Happy March Break

I hope that the start of March Break means the start of some warmer weather! I’m looking forward to a week off too, that’s for sure. Mom and I have been taking advantage of the time to do some shopping. (John has abandoned me for the week to work in the UK.) Of course we went to Guelph to have a bite to eat at With the Grain and to check out the material at Greenwood.

I finally broke down and got some of the Charlie Harper fabric

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I also picked up a remnant of this Dear Stella design…

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You know I love my bikes right!

This fun word fabric will do nicely for a special super hero project I have planned for two lovely little boys…

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I also had to complete my Everyday Eden collection for Alexander Henry…

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It’s just too lovely!

I also got a special treat from mom, an Aneela Hoey charm pack of Hello Petal…

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Can’t wait to get sewing once we set all of our stuff up in the new house.

Finished Flower Hat

My flower hat has been finished for a few days now. It turned out super cute, I think…

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Whilst the hat was fairly boring to knit the flower piece was more fun. Lots of wee pieces though…

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It didn’t take too long to sew them on which was good. I was worried it was going to be really annoying. They really stretch out if you want them too. It seems like it will be difficult to fit the 5 petals around the little circle middle piece but it does work out. I pinned the furthest bottom one first (it looks cute if it over laps the ribbing) and then decided where the rest would go. I left good space for the middle piece so the petals wouldn’t overlap.

Purple Flower Hat

I think I’m on a bit of a hat kick right now. I’ve been meaning to do this Flower Hat by Rebecca Lennox for some time. You can find the pattern here

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It’s a double knit so it’s going pretty fast…

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The wool is from a mill in New Zealand that I got when I was living there many moons ago now. It’s a pretty colour but unfortunately a bit scratchy so I’m not sure why I thought it would be a good choice for a hat but…whatever! When you are done the hat then you knit the four flowers and sew them on. Check out the link I included above which goes to the ravelry page and you can see some other cute hats that people have done with this pattern. I should have read the pattern more closely first because I assumed that the flower was knit into the hat and I was excited to see how that would go, oh well.