Handmade Gifts, Hat

Dragon Pox Beanie Hats 

Hello All 😜 a while back I purchased some self stripping yarn just because I wanted to try it out! The blue shades are just gorgeous and the pinks are pretty cute too. 


I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get three hats out of one skein of yarn. 


RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: several 
  • PATTERN: Dragon Pox Beanie by ALJayKnits *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: one size (adult)
  • STARTED: October 4th
  • COMPLETED: October 15th 
  • YARN: Lion Brand Mandala in the shade of Spirit
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 590
  • WEIGHT
  • NEEDLES: 4.0 mm/US 6
  • METHOD: knit in the circle from the bottom up and closed via magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none 

I have three more skeins of this yarn and three similar yarns so I foresee a lot of hats in the near future. 

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Handmade Gifts, Hat

A bunch of helix hats and craft sale prep

So after finishing up my Christmas gifts and donation hats I decided to knit up a few more hats some for gifts and some for my Craft Sale pile. In fact since I last posted I have knit a total of 9 hats and 12 dishcloths! I’ve also been crocheting on two different blankets. I’d say that craft sale prep is in high gear!

I knit these two Stash Busting Helix Hats for my baby gift pile

I knit these two Stash Busting Helix Hats for my nieces that are staying with us.

I knit these two Stash Busting Helix Hats to drop off at an old friends house when I’m back home next time

and last but not least I knit these two Stash Busting Helix Hats for my craft sale pile

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: several
  • PATTERN: Stash Busting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose  *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: 2 baby, 4 child, 2 adult
  • STARTED: September 29th
  • COMPLETED: October 11th
  • YARN: first 6 hats used Knit Picks Mighty Stitch and the last 2 hats used Red Heart Super Saver
  • HANDDYED: n/a
  • YARDAGE: 810 yards
  • WEIGHT: n/a
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: knit in the round and closed with magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: Baby – 80 sts, 1.5 inch 1×1 ribbed cuff, separate in half (40 sts), knit body of hat for 4.25 inches, k 10 place marker, close as directed in pattern Child –  84 sts, 2 inch 1×1 ribbed cuff, decrease 4 stitches, separate in half (40 sts), knit body of hat for 6.5 inches, k 10 place marker, close as directed in pattern Adult – add .75 inches to the body of the hat before closing as directed in the pattern.

 

Brittany, Charitable Donations, Hat

Operation Gratitude 

Earlier today I shipped my donation packages to Scarves for Troops via Operation Gratitude. This year I sent 15 hats in memory of my Sister, Grandfather, and Father. It’s nice to have the space that I was storing them in cleaned out so that I can start over for next year. I’m hoping to create one a week up until donation time next year. 52 hats is an awesome goal!!! 

Updated to show the tags attached to each hat! 

Handmade Gifts, Hat

Noro Bankhead Hat 

I knit this hat with some yarn that I won for knitting donation hats. I only had 50 grams of this yarn so I ended up knitting a smaller sized hat than usual with all but a few inches of the yarn. I think that it will go into my gift pile. 

This was my first time working with Noro yarn. It is 💯% wool and a bit on the scratchy side however it washed very nicely. It’s softer and it stretched out a little in size when I blocked it. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT:  Gift Pile
  • PATTERN: Bankhead Hats by Susie Gourlay *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Adult Medium 
  • STARTED: September 28th
  • COMPLETED: October 1st
  • YARN: Noro Kureyon color 354
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 110 yards
  • WEIGHT: 50 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: I knit for 6.75 inches instead of 7 inches for yarn management and it’s a good thing that I did. 
  • NOTES: none
Handmade Gifts, Hat, Mittens/Gloves, Socks, Tin Can Knits

September Finished Projects

*this is just a test post to see how I like a monthly project round up

Sport weight socks are so fasts to knit up and it turns into a lovely dense warm sock! These are for my Hubby for Christmas.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Hubby
  • PATTERN: 64 sts with sport weight yarn
  • SIZE: Men’s 10.5
  • STARTED: June 11th 2017
  • COMPLETED: Sept. 6th 2017
  • YARN: Knit Picks bare sport weight – hand dyed by me with jacquards sapphire dye
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 294 yards
  • NEEDLES: 2.75 mm/US # 2
  • METHOD: two at a time toe up magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: I casted on 28 sts (14 on each needle) – inc to 64 sts – knit foot of sock for 8.5 inches – added gusset and heel from the socks on a plane pattern – knit leg for 1.5 inches – knit 10 row 2×2 rib for cuff – stretchy bind off
  • NOTES: next time knit the leg for three inches and the cuff for 20 rounds

The waffle stitch pattern gives fun texture with out a lot of fuss. It’s easy to knit yet at the same time it adds just enough stitch change to keep it interesting.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Daughter
  • PATTERN: none
  • SIZE: 10.5
  • STARTED: April 4th
  • COMPLETED: September 15th
  • YARN: Heels, Toes, & Cuffs with Knit Picks Bare! And Knit Picks Felici in the shade of Bubble
  • HANDDYED: na 
  • YARDAGE: 319 yards
  • WEIGHT: 72 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US 1
  • METHOD: two at a time toe up with an afterthought heel
  • MODIFICATIONS: na
  • NOTES: na

I love the way a ribbed hat looks. I’m not the biggest fan of knitting ribbing. However, this donation hat knit up really well.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Scarves for Troops via Operation Gratitude.
  • PATTERN: two by two by Anne Gagnon *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: July 8th
  • COMPLETED: Aug 26th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Ash
  • HANDDYED: na
  • YARDAGE: 169
  • WEIGHT: 81 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles and magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: I started the ribbing and got tired of knitting ribbing so I switched to stockingette
  • NOTES: hat turned out huge because of my modifications – next time follow the pattern

I love the Barley Hat pattern it has just enough stitch texture to keep it interesting yet at the same time I can knit on it while watching NASCAR and not have to worry about messing the pattern up as I either cheer on my driver or curse out the drivers that get in his way. On a side note… keeping my hands busy has probably saved my remote from being chucked across the room a time or two.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Scarves for Troops via Operation Gratitude.
  • PATTERN: Barley by Tin Can Knits *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: Sept 15th
  • COMPLETED: Sept 16th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Alalfa
  • HANDDYED: na
  • YARDAGE: 125 yards
  • WEIGHT: 60 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles and magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

Mittens are such a practical gift. They along with hats are much needed in my area for several months out of the year.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas gift
  • PATTERN: Maize Mittens by Tin Can Knits *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 15th
  • COMPLETED: December 20th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the Sade of Pucker
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 121 yards
  • WEIGHT: 58 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.0 mm/ US 6
  • METHOD: two at a time via magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

My Grandma saw the pink set of mittens that I knit and dropped hints… This pair is for her!


RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas gift
  • PATTERN: Worlds Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: Sept 20th
  • COMPLETED: Sept 22nd 
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of White
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 133 yards
  • WEIGHT: 64 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.00 mm/US size 6
  • METHOD: two at a time via magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

The helix hat pattern has enough interest to make me keep knitting without putting it down. It’s not a hard pattern at all but you have to remember to drop your current strand of yarn and pick up new strands of yarn in the right places. The stripes do not go the whole way around the hat and it has a spiraled look to it if you look closely.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: My Son
  • PATTERN: Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: one size
  • STARTED: Sept 23rd
  • COMPLETED: Sept 24th
  • YARN: Red Heart Super Saver scraps in the shades of black, bright yellow, and pumpkin
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 101.1 yards
  • WEIGHT: 55 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: next time add .5 to 1 inches before starting the decreases

I also finished up my Christmas knitting with these two hats. I love how they turned out and I will be knitting this pattern again sometime in the near future. The pattern has just enough rib to give it an interesting texture but not enough to drive me crazy. I need to learn how to purl continentally so that I don’t have to flip the yarn back and forth. I can knit continentally but my standard go to is English style knitting.

RAVELRY NOTES

hat on mannequin head

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas Gift
  • PATTERN: Bankhead Hats by Susie Gourlay *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 20th
  • COMPLETED: September 25th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Sliver
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 122.7
  • WEIGHT: 59 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas Gift
  • PATTERN: Bankhead Hats by Susie Gourlay *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 20th
  • COMPLETED: September 25th
  • YARN: Lion Brand Heartland in the shade of Mount Rainier
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE:116.7
  • WEIGHT: 66 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

During the month of September I finished 8 projects that used a total of 4005 ft or 1335 yards or .76 miles of yarn. I also worked on two blankets. 


I hope that you all have a happy, safe, and creative October. Mine is going to be filled with extra cleaning, laundry, cooking, and of coarse craft sale preparations. See you all on the flip side!!! ❤ Missy

Handmade Gifts, Hat, Introvert Personality/ISTJ, Me Time

three more hats

Hey all! I had a busy few days and I managed to whip up these hats as gifts. The first is the Helix hat which was knit for my son with yarn that he picked from my scrap bin. I’m not sure that he planed a Halloween themed hat but that is what we ended up with. I really enjoy knitting this pattern. I managed to knit it from start to finish in one day.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: My Son
  • PATTERN: Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: one size
  • STARTED: Sept 23rd
  • COMPLETED: Sept 24th
  • YARN: Red Heart Super Saver scraps in the shades of black, bright yellow, and pumpkin
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 101.1 yards
  • WEIGHT: 55 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: next time add .5 to 1 inches before starting the decreases

I also finished up my Christmas knitting with these two hats. I love how they turned out and I will be knitting this pattern again sometime in the near future.

RAVELRY NOTES

hat on mannequin head

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas Gift
  • PATTERN: Bankhead Hats by Susie Gourlay *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 20th
  • COMPLETED: September 25th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Sliver
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 122.7
  • WEIGHT: 59 grams
  • NEEDLES:  4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas Gift
  • PATTERN: Bankhead Hats by Susie Gourlay *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 20th
  • COMPLETED: September 25th
  • YARN: Lion Brand Heartland in the shade of Mount Rainier
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE:116.7
  • WEIGHT: 66 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

So, I have finished my Christmas knitting! I have one more donation hat to knit before I ship those off too. I’m going to continue making monthly donation hats for next years donation package while I gear up for this years craft sale the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The number of humans have occupying our home has doubled this week because my in laws are in the process of moving back home from another state. They can’t close on their new house until their old house closes. Luckily they will all be at work and school most of the time so I will still have time to create while I introvert. However, I expect that time to be limited because of the extra cleaning, laundry, and cooking. So. I fear that my blogging for the month of October might be a little sparse. I hope that you all have a happy, safe and creative fall. It just might be snowing when I come back on line.

 

Free Pattern(s), Handmade Gifts, Mittens/Gloves, Tin Can Knits

Worlds Simplest Mittens 

This is Christmas gift 12 of 14! I hope that the recipient likes them! My last two gifts are hats that are being knit with this pattern


RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas gift 
  • PATTERN: Worlds Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: Sept 20th
  • COMPLETED: Sept 22nd 
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of White 
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 133 yards 
  • WEIGHT: 64 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.00 mm/US size 6 
  • METHOD: two at a time via magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none 
Handmade Gifts, Mittens/Gloves, Pattern Collections, Tin Can Knits

Maize Mittens 

This is Christmas gift 11 of 14! I’m so happy to being so close to the end. I have another pair of mittens and a hat in progress too. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas gift 
  • PATTERN: Maize Mittens by Tin Can Knits *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 15th
  • COMPLETED: December 20th 
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the Sade of Pucker
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 121 yards 
  • WEIGHT: 58 grams 
  • NEEDLES: 4.0 mm/ US 6 
  • METHOD: two at a time via magic loop 
  • MODIFICATIONS: none 
  • NOTES: none 

We had some crazy weather this week. A wind storm came up after we had thought that the storm missed us. 


Here are some of the shingles that we picked up in the yard. None of them were from our roof. I’m so thankful that it wasn’t worse. 

Misc. Crafts

Facebook Page 


Missy’s Crafty Mess is now on Facebook for anyone who’d like to follow. If you have a page for your blog let me know. 

Charitable Donations, Hat

August and September Donation Hats 

I haven’t gotten around to sharing my donation hat for last month yet so I figured that I’d just do a two in one post. I hope that you all have a happy and productive week. ☕️Missy

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Scarves for Troops via Operation Gratitude.
  • PATTERN: two by two by Anne Gagnon *free on Ravelry 
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: July 8th
  • COMPLETED: Aug 26th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Ash
  • HANDDYED: na
  • YARDAGE: 169
  • WEIGHT: 81 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles and magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: I started the ribbing and got tired of knitting ribbing so I switched to stockingette
  • NOTES: hat turned out huge because of my modifications – next time follow the pattern

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Scarves for Troops via Operation Gratitude.
  • PATTERN: Barley by Tin Can Knits *free on Ravelry 
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: Sept 15th
  • COMPLETED: Sept 16th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Alalfa
  • HANDDYED: na
  • YARDAGE: 125 yards
  • WEIGHT: 60 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles and magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none
Handmade Gifts, Socks

Bubble Socks 

I finished another Christmas gift. This one is for my daughter. She requested long patterned socks with this yarn.

I have found that I really enjoy knitting socks from the toes up. It’s great for yarn management and it also helps with measuring length. It’s nice knowing that both socks are the same length so now I don’t have to worry about miss matched socks. 

I’ve also discovered that I don’t enjoy knitting the afterthought heel. I will continue to use that method for self stripping yarn but I prefer the toe up gusset and heel. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Daughter 
  • PATTERN: none
  • SIZE: 10.5
  • STARTED: April 4th 
  • COMPLETED: September 15th 
  • YARN: Heels, Toes, & Cuffs with Knit Picks Bare! And Knit Picks Felici in the shade of Bubble 
  • HANDDYED: na 
  • YARDAGE: 319 yards 
  • WEIGHT: 72 grams 
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US 1 
  • METHOD: two at a time toe up with an afterthought heel 
  • MODIFICATIONS: na
  • NOTES: na 

This is the second pair of socks that I have knit with this yarn. The first pair went to my great Aunt Char. 


I still have two 7 gram balls left over from the first pair of socks. So I plan to knit a tiny pair of baby socks with it.  

I’m almost done with my Christmas knitting. Four more gifts to go. I’ve finally decided to knit mittens and hats for those gifts. I’ve had the hardest time picking patterns this year and I am so happy to be close to done. 

I hope that you all have a great weekend. I’m planning on watching NASCAR and crafting. I suppose that I will have to cook and do some laundry and housework too. 

Goals

Organizational Success 

A few weeks ago I shared a trunk that my kind mother bought for me at Hobby Lobby.

Last week I bought a bunch of pencil pouches at the dollar store. So for $15.00 I was able to turn this mess

into an organized storage space

I divided up all of my circular knitting needles and double pointed knitting needles according to size.

I wrote the sizes on the front corners of each pouch according to their US and metric sizes. 

I’ve wanted to organize this mess for years. I had previously been dumping them loose into a tote and I’d have to hunt and peck for the right sizes. Which usually meant scattering them on the floor and using a needle gage on a bunch of double pointed needles just to find five needles in the same size just to finish a hat. 

The funniest thing I noticed is that I don’t own a set of needles in size 9 and I apparently only have one dpn in size 7 unless the rest of the set is in a project bag or hiding some where else. Most of my knitting needles are in sizes 1 – 3. 

Yay!!! What can I clean up next? 

Handmade Gifts, Introvert Personality/ISTJ, Me Time, Socks

Sport Socks

Hey, all! Wow, last week was my kids first week of school and it was insanely busy even though they only went to school for three days. This week has been better! I’ve been getting up a little earlier than normal than I do on school days. I’ve been making coffee and a little something for breakfast and it seems to be giving me a little more ambition to be productive. My allergies are doing better for the time being and I often find myself working on a craft project before I even take my kids to school.

I’ve been coming home and doing a few household chores before settling in with  my knitting and a knitting podcast or two. I’ve been making healthy veggie filled lunches before finishing up with chores and some quiet time in the afternoons. It’s crazy how inhuman the introvert in me felt after being laid up in the house with my foot injury, allergies, and two noisy kids for most of the summer. The balance is good at least until harvest season starts! The crop dust and dying leaves really bothers me too.

I’m finally getting a few gifts checked off my Christmas gift list. These are for my hubby

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Hubby
  • PATTERN: 64 sts with sport weight yarn  
  • SIZE: Men’s 10.5
  • STARTED: June 11th 2017
  • COMPLETED: Sept. 6th 2017
  • YARN: Knit Picks bare sport weight – hand dyed by me with jacquards sapphire dye
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 294 yards
  • NEEDLES: 2.75 mm/US # 2
  • METHOD: two at a time toe up magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: I casted on 28 sts (14 on each needle) – inc to 64 sts – knit foot of sock for 8.5 inches – added gusset and heel from the socks on a plane pattern – knit leg for 1.5 inches – knit 10 row 2×2 rib for cuff – stretchy bind off
  • NOTES: next time knit the leg for three inches and the cuff for 20 rounds