Bernat Max

I’ve been knitting hat after hat after hat. I’ve had this Bernat Max yarn in my stash for a really long time, so I thought I’d use it. I improvised a hat pattern, using two different size needles – 9 and 10 1/2. I like the size 9 needles one. It fits my 3 year old, and the bigger one can fit me.DSCN0685 DSCN0687

I had a couple skeins of white Bernat Max, and I thought I should make more than just hats, so I made a scarf. I cast on 14 stitches on 10 1/2 needles. The chunky parts of the yarn made an X pattern. I was pretty excited when it turned out that way. It was completely unplanned. I’m really pleased with it.DSCN0688 DSCN0689

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Red and Purple Hat Finished!

I finally finished the hat today that I’ve been working on for a while. It’s for one of my aunts. I used the Be Kind pattern on ravelry. I changed the bulk of the pattern in that I the purl stitches are red and the knit stitches are purple. I have rather fallen in love with stranded knitting, changing colors and so forth. It’s pretty awesome. I’m only modeling it for picture purposes.
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This particular picture has no real purpose except that I like how it looks. 🙂

DSCN0461I actually like the reverse side of the hat better than the right side. I suppose you could wear it however you want.
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This is the right side of the hat.DSCN0434You can wear the solid red part of the hat over your ears or flip it up if you like, as in the rest of the pictures.

On my needles – Red and Purple Hat

I promised my aunt a hat… a while ago. She requested these colors. 🙂 It’s like the red hat society. It should be done within the next week, depending on how my children behave and if I can knit while they’re awake or if I have to do it when they are asleep. 
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I went to the local yarn store today. I haven’t been to the store … wow… since before I was married and that was like almost 4 years ago. It changed a lot. But I found this skein of yarn and I never knew how much you could really like yarn until I saw this one. It’s Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop, color: Bright Spot. I think I’ll make myself a hat out of it. It’s so soft. I just want to bury my face in it.

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Fair Isle hats

I have made two hats recently. This first one is an adult woman sized hat. I used a flower pattern that i found on interest – it was too big though, I had to start decreasing in the middle of the pattern.

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This one is for a baby, neutral colors as they don’t know the gender of the baby. I made the color pattern myself and used a basic stocking cap pattern. I think it turned out well. This one only took me about two days to finish.

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Knitting projects

I knit this one from a ravelry download: A simple seamless dress. I have to say that it got really boring in the middle of the dress because it’s a bunch of knit stitches without any shaping. I put it down for a while during that phase because I just had to do something else more interesting.

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This hat was my first attempt at fair isle knitting. I found the fair isle pattern in a book, and I used a basic hat pattern for the shaping. I realized that you can’t use a connecting pattern if you’re knitting in the round because it’ll look like you’re one stitch off where you join in the round. Also I need to figure out a better way to do the top of the hat as far as  figuring out when I’m decreasing and how to keep the pattern the same visually. This hat is for a toddler, at least it fits my 2 1/2 year old.

A group of my sister-in-laws are making baby oriented products like hats, blankets, bibs, etc. to sell at a local craft fair later this year. So I figured I’d start early so I’d have enough stuff to sell.

New Knitting!

I thought it was time to make another crafty blog.  Especially since I’m in a crafty mood.  It’s spring break and I haven’t knitted a whole lot this semester.  I’ve been busy with school, but I’ve decided that I’m not going to get ‘caught up’ or ‘ahead’ of the homework game this week.  I’m just taking a breather.

I went to the store today to buy some yarn that fits the specifications of some patterns that I wanted to make.  Most of my yarn is acrylic… which I know now is not the best, especially if you want to felt things or have interesting textures.  The best thing acrylic is good for is afghans and stuff like that.  So I decided to make a brown/orange/white one.

I knitted the body of a purse yesterday and now only need to put the handles on, which I can do now that I have the right size of double pointed needles.  The pattern is in One Skein.  I think I might sell these things online, through my mom’s site that she’s starting.

So I bought some wool for felting bowls.  Also in One Skein.

Some ribbon yarn for purse making.  The pattern is in Glamour Knits.  By the way, purse frames are hard to come by.  I found this site, but I’ll have to get a whole bunch of them to get them cheaply enough.  All the other websites that I looked at were more expensive.

These are also some more patterns that I would love to make from that book.

The next awesome book that I checked out is Annie Modesitt’s Romantic Hand Knits.

I don’t know when I’m going to have time or the money to buy all the skeins it will take to make these, but I have to try sometime.  I also have to try making these hats.  I have no idea how, but it’ll be fun.

I’m not sure I can do all this over spring break.  Maybe I’m overzealous.  Did I mention that I have like 10 books that I want to read over break?