Christmas, Handmade Gifts, Hat

Done!!!! My Christmas Crafting Is Done

I knit these last two Barley Hats up for Christmas gifts and then I renegotiated my mental plan to crochet that last afghan. I’m still planning on working on it for an hour or so a day but I’m planning on dedicating it for a gift for Christmas of 2016 instead.  Unless it gets done by Christmas, but I am not holding my breath. I am anxious to get started on my sweater knitting. After all it is that time of year again. 😉 At least that’s how I am choosing to look at it.

Green Barley Hats

I also crocheted a few more of these, and I still have pieces for four more except the arms.

1. Christmas Ornament 2014
1. Christmas Ornament 2014′ & 2015′

pattern notes

 

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Christmas, Handmade Gifts

43 Granny Christmas Stocking Ornaments

I finished my Christmas Ornaments for this year with record timing. It only took me 6 days crochet 43 of them.

Granny Stockingspattern notes

I have an afghan that is almost finished and I’m thinking that I might make a few more hats yet. I am very close my goal of finishing my Christmas knitting by Halloween. After that I have not one or two but three sweaters planned. I am looking forward to creating some one of a kind garments. More on those after my yarn shopping trip this weekend. 😉 Hope you all have a happy safe weekend!!!

 

Handmade Gifts, Hat

Toasty Heads

I haven’t been able to post a lot of finished objects lately because I have been saving them all to share in one post. 😉 I LOVE KNITTING HATS!!! They make such a quick and practical gift.

Barley Hatssee my Ravelry notes here

First up I have the Barley Hat Pattern by Tin Can Knits. I knit both of these hats with yarn that I dyed. The first hat was dyed with Greener Shades Acid dyes and the second hat was dyed with Earl Gray Tea. These two hats will be Christmas gifts for my parents.

Turn a Square Hats see my Ravelry notes here

The last four hats were also knit with my hand dyed yarn and the Turn a Square pattern by Jared Flood. I experimented with this pattern a little bit. The cuff on the first two hats (red tones) were knit with a K2P2 ribbing. On the third hat (orange and yellow) I used the tubular cast on provided in the pattern. I am not a fan of this method. The hat cuff is too snug. It is supposed to be adult sized but it is really snug on my head. So it’s going to my scrawny 11 year old son instead. For the fourth hat (tan) I knit a folded over cuff. It worked up really cute but it was a pain to pick up stitches to knit the edges together. If I was to use this method again I would use a provisional cast on to see if it helps with picking up stitch’s. I also “forgot” to add the increase stitches after the cuff on the fourth hat so it’s a bit snug. So, my 11 year old will get that hat as well. A boy has got to have options you know.

 

Shawls

The Ashton Shawlette

The Ashton Shawlette was knit with 430 yards (0.24 miles) of bare yarn that I ordered from Knit Picks and then dyed with tea. I used US size 4 (3.5 mm) knitting needles.

I love how the details in the lace turned out so beautifully and it feels so soft and cozy while I am wearing it. I can not wait until the temperature drops so that I can start wearing my hand made shawls.

Ashton Shawl

However, I must admit that this project was not without its frusterations. I started the first section over three times before finally getting the hang of it. Then when I started the last two charts I had to rip it apart and start over 3 more times. Luckily I used dental floss as safety lines after each chart repeat so it saved from having to completely start over each time.

Ashton Shawl

I think that I am going to wash and reblock this shawl with a little starch so that the scalloped edge stays more dramatic. This is the most detailed and intricate pattern that I have knit thus far. I haven’t decided if knitting lace is worth all of the fussing yet or not.