Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Casting on

Although I foolishly promised photos and details of the second sweater last week, I still haven't done that. It is tough to find a moment to photograph and document a gift when the giftee is always present. I can get away with a lot while knitting, but laying out an 8yr old sized sweater to photograph is harder. Instead I have been busy starting other projects. This week, I finished the baseball hat I had begun. It is really cute, and I think the recipient will like it as long as it isn't too big. (I have a hard time with hat sizing, since my children seem to have massive craniums!) I liked the Bimple pattern so much that I quickly made another one for my almost 10 yr old nephew. To spice it up a bit, I added some pirate colorwork. I love, love love it!
Fueled by the hat success, I cast on for another hat. This one is for my youngest niece. I am knitting the Aurora pattern from Bambeanies. I did not make it far before I realized that I had loaned my size 6 double points. I could have used magic loop, but instead I cast on for a pair of fingerless mitts for my oldest niece. My son informed me that she really likes the blue we chose for the mitts. He and Aine both think she will love them as they enjoy wearing theirs. I am knitting the Dashing pattern from Ravelry for them. I hope to finish the mitts tonight and the hat tomorrow.
Joining Ginny for our weekly Yarn Along
Reading has taken a backseat to holiday preparations and elving. I have only read a few pages of The Yellow House this week. Instead picture books, winter stories, holiday craft books and some audiobooks have been the mainstay. We have been listening to the Cinnamon Bear each night for bed. The kiddos really like it. We are also listening to Sacajawea: The Story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the car. My history buff, Eamon, really likes it. I would like to read more about the expedition as well.

18 comments:

  1. I love that blue yarn too : ) The pirate beanie is excellent, thanks for sharing.

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  2. you just amaze me with all that you can do at once. lol i am one project at a time. and the pirate hat... so love that!

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  3. oh my goodness that pirate hat is epic! love the blanket stitching around the earflaps too!

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  4. Awesome hat!! I love the colourwork. Thanks for sharing the dashing pattern - I just might have a recipient in need of such a pair (do I have time, though??). I'm also going to check out Cinnamon Bear. We've been doing lots of Christmas reading and listening lately, too. I've been listening to A Horse and his Boy while I'm sewing.

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  5. The pirate beanie is wonderful!!

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  6. i love your colourwork on the beanie, looks great

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  7. Love the pirate hat! that would be such a hit at my house.

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  8. I am in awe of your hat knitting skills! It is so great. I have start started adding stripes to my hats so maybe soon I can add more details.

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  9. Love the pirate hat! The yarn looks like it would be very soft against the skin.

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  10. *love* the pirate hat! and those mitts will be lovely. Dashing is such a wonderful pattern.

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  11. Whoa that pirate hat is awesome! I love the colorwork. I am amazed-love it!
    xo,
    Angela (Peach Coglo)

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  12. Love the colour of the mitts :) And the pirate hat looks awesome!

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  13. That is a most excellent pirate hat. I've got a similar pattern that DS has been asking me to knit up for him. Maybe after the holidays...

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  14. beautiful blue yarn! ...oh and I love the hat! I should knit one for myself.... I've already knitted 3 this year but you can never have too many hats... :)

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  15. lovely knitting, and i'm sure very happy recipients!

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  16. Woo!! I love that beanie! I said "Oh.. so cool!" and Chase came over to see, too. He is very impressed. :)

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  17. The hat is wonderful!! Really fabulous. :)

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  18. History buff, eh? He needs to spend some time chatting with Uncle Scott. They would have a lot in common.

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