Thursday, December 01, 2011

Thorpe Is Off Of The Needles

I just finished knitting the Thorpe Hat for my youngest DD.  She's been wanting me to make one of these hats with the ear flaps and the braids for a very long time.

Thorpe by Kirsten Kapur, Raverly link here.  I purchased the yarn sometime ago and I CO almost immediately and I think that I had this hat finished all except, for the braids in about 2 days, but then I wasn't too sure of the size, which is a medium.  So, I CO another hat and I knitted it for the Large size, but when my DD tried it on, she decided that she liked the way that the medium hat fit her.



I wasn't too sure of the ear flaps, I had miscounted the number of ridges that was called for in the pattern, so I was going to re-do them, but my DD insisted that they were just the right length for her.

So, I left the Thorpe on the back burner for a few weeks until I decided what to do if anything.  Well, our weather has gotten decidedly colder and my DD says that she really wanted to wear this hat now.  Last night, I did the half double crochet thing (ugh!) all around the hat and tonight. I did the braids tonight.  My DD is thrilled and she plans on wearing it to school tomorrow.  I'm really grateful that I have a kid that likes to wear my hand knits.  She likes to wear them, but not model them.

I used Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn in Denim Ombre and US size 9 needles (Knit Picks).  The pattern says to CO on 4 sts. on DPN's....are they kidding me?  I did this entire hat using the Magic Loop method of knitting in the round.

The Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn is a beautiful yarn, I really enjoyed knitting with it, but a sales lady at Michael's Arts & Crafts told me that it was being discontinued.  Guess I'll have to go shopping for something else.  ;-)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holidays and Busyness=No Knitting

 Holidays and Busyness=No Knitting

It's been over 2 weeks since I visited my own blog.  I guess that I won't have all that much to post or blog about until after the holidays....and that's just terrible.  This is almost unacceptable.  A girl's got to knit sometimes you know.  (Knitting content at the bottom of the page.)

Our Thanksgiving was very very nice.  I cooked for a household of 14 people.  We have a very modest home, so it was a bit crowded but nice.  Along with all the other household stuff that needs to done, I prepared two 12 lb. turkeys and stuffing and 4 pumpkin pies, (my husband's Grandmother's recipe) and an apple pie.  The trick to having a relaxing Thanksgiving on Turkey Day; I did all the cooking and clean up on the day before, 16 hrs. worth.  On Thanksgiving, my daughter and I prepared the mashed potatoes and the gravy while the turkey and the stuffing was re-heating in the oven.  For once, I wasn't too exhausted to eat or to taste the food.

I didn't bother to go out on Black Friday, but chilled at home and enjoyed leftovers. I had hopes of getting some knitting worked on, but that didn't happen.

So...here it is Cyber Monday, and instead of looking at the sales for Christmas gifts, I'm looking at knitting patterns.  Go figure....it's in my DNA and I can't help myself.  Thanks Mom!

Here's a couple of patterns that I wish that I had found earlier in the year. 

For Thanksgiving:  Spud & Chloë Tiny Turkey (Free)

For Christmas:  Wee Nativity Set

Hope to get back to my knitting soon.  Enjoy the holidays and enjoy your family.  Everyday is a gift.

A Little Lavender Shrug