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Monday Mumblings: Donating Hats

Yesterday in church, it was announced that they were collecting knit and crochet hats. Someone said they were giving them to the school for kids who need hats. The paper in the bulletin, however, said they’re collecting them to send to a city mission with Thanksgiving boxes. Either way, I knew I had a bunch of hats I’ve made over the last few years. So after we were home, I started going through all my projects. I was right. There are a lot.

In total, I found 62 hats. wpid-wp-1445874042899.jpg

I sorted through them in a couple different ways,  because apparently I’m a dork. First,  I seperated the Knit from crochet hats. There were 37 knit hats. And 25 crochet hats.

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Crafty Tuesday: More new hats

I have finished working on two hat projects in the last week and started two new projects, one of these another hat. I don’t know why, but it seems most of the patterns I find that I like and think I can do, are hat patterns.

Finished:

Soft Berry Hat:

This is the one from Lion Brand Yarn. That I used Lily sugar n cream yarn instead of the Lion Brand organic cotton it called for. It took me about 8.5 hours to finish an adult sized hat.

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Best Baby Cloche:

This was a crochet pattern I found on ravelry. It was my first time attempting to crochet a hat. And I think it turned out looking nice. It was a pretty quick project. Only took about 3 hours to finish. Actually only a little over 2 hours for the hat. Then, I had a little trouble with getting the flower started.

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In Progress:

Easy Knit Mittens:

This is another pattern from Lion Brand Yarn. It requires a bulky weight yarn. I figured I could make a pair for both of the kids. Starting on my daughter’s first since she’s outside more during the cold. Plus one of the mittens I made her last year is falling apart. I’ve been having a little bit of trouble with the start of it, but that has more to do with me not paying attention than anything else. First I forgot to cast on the right number of stitches for the pattern size. Did the smaller amount instead. Then, when I realized that(after I had the cuff done), I casted them back on…onto the wrong needles(you start it on the smaller needles and then switch to larger ones). I realized that after only about half a dozen rows. So, I had to rip them back out. I now have it started again and am back to the point where I realized I was using the wrong needles. Hopefully now I can stop making stupid mistakes.

Crochet Monkey Hat:

This is another pattern from Ravelry. I have the main part of the hat finished after only an hour and a half. One thing about crochet, it does seem to be quicker than knitting. I still have to do the earflaps and the monkey ears.

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Coming Up:

After I finish this pair of mittens, I’ll be starting on another pair. I don’t expect that to be finished before next Tuesday. I’ll probably be finished with the monkey hat either today or tomorrow though. And after that, since I probably still won’t have the yarn to finish the crochet bag I started last month, I’ll be working on a Roll-up Pencil Case(which I’ll actually probably use for my hooks).

Knitting Wednesday: Finishing Projects

I didn’t post last week, but I have been getting projects finished during the last two weeks. The first of these was the slouchy toque I’d been working on.  It doesn’t look like it turned out all that slouchy though. Thinking I should have made it longer maybe.

Slouchy Toque

I also finished working on the Minnie Mouse hat last week. It turned out pretty nice. I even figured out a way to make the ears without too much trouble.

Minnie Mouse

I think I could have made the bow a little bigger, but at least my daughter likes it.

Even her brother likes it

I also finished another of my cause hats, this one a beanie with a cabled brim. I had to knit the brim flat then pick up stitches along the edge to start the hat.

Beanie with cabled brim

I have started another cause hat, but I only got two rows knitted Friday, and didn’t have time to work on it over the weekend as we were busy with my daughter’s birthday party. So, no pictures of it yet.

The other project I’ve finished this week is a crayon caddy. I found the pattern for this on Lion Brand Yarn’s website and thought it looked cute. You can’t fit a lot of crayons in it, there’s only 8 pockets(well, only supposed to be. I accidentally seamed 9 pockets). But, I think with some modifications, I could make it bigger and be able to hold more.

all laid out

Rolled up

From the top

Other than the new cause hat, my needles are actually all cleaned off. Of course, I have two other projects I plan on starting today, so I’ll have three different ones to work on.

 

Knitting Monday: St. Patrick’s Day Hats

I decided I wanted to make some St. Patrick’s Day hats at the end of January. I had a few ideas and sketched them out in an old sketchbook of mine I found in the closet. Now, I’m no artist, but at least they looked like hats and I could get the general idea of what I wanted to do.

The first hat I did was a shamrock hat. I knit it in all green, Limelight in the Caron Simply Soft yarn I had. I thought if I knit it in stockinette stitch, I could just purl some of the stitches and get the design I wanted. I even took a sheet of graph paper and figured out which stitches I would need to purl for this design. Unfortunately, my charting skills are not very good I guess. Because when I finished the hat, it looked more like a blob than a shamrock. So, I tried another idea. This time, I knit all the rows, except for the brim which I did in moss stitch, and when i was finished took some yellow yarn and in duplicate stitch, stitched on a shamrock. This one looked more like a shamrock, or at least you can tell what it is. And it was my first time doing duplicate stitch, so I was pretty happy with it.

shamrock hat with purled design

duplicate stitch shamrock

The next hat I decided to do was an Irish flag hat. This one I started with a ribbed brim in orange(Mango according to the label of the Simply Soft yarn I used) for about an inch then continued in stockinette stitch with the orange until I had about two inches. Then, I switched to white for another two inches before switching again to green(Limelight) which I finished the hat in. Then, I went back to the brim and picked up some stitches on the side with all 3 colors and started knitting some ear flaps and I-Cord ties. This took a little bit of figuring to make it work, but I think it turned out pretty nice for pretty much making it up as I went.

Irish Flag Hat

The next hat I did, I refer to as the “Bit O’ Green” hat. I did this one with a rolled brim, which I think gives it more of a girlish look. I knit in white for about 2 inches, then switched to green for one round and on the next two rounds did some stranding with both colors, then another round of just green before switching back to white until the hat was 4 inches. Then, I repeated the stranded band and finished the hat in white.

Bit O' Green Hat

After I finished that hat, I decided to make another shamrock hat. This one I knitted with white and attempted to do the duplicate stitch shamrock again. This time I drew out a shamrock on graph paper, but the petals(is that what they’re called) of the shamrock still weren’t quite proportional. I added ear flaps and ties to this one too.

Third attempt at a Shamrock hat

I enjoyed making these hats and since I did them all in a size for a newborn, they were pretty quick to knit up. Working on another hat now, but this is more of a spring hat, would maybe even be good for Easter.

 

 

Knitting Monday: Turtles, Turtles Everywhere

Earlier this month, I decided I wanted to make something for my nephew who was turning one. I looked through the patterns I all ready had, but nothing stood out to me. So, I did a new pattern search on Ravelry and found this one. Thought it was really cute, so decided to try it. This one knitted up pretty quick so I decided to make it a friend as well.

A pair of turtles

Then, just a few days after I opened for business, I got a request to make a ninja turtle hat. I couldn’t find a pattern for a knitted one(although I did find one for a crochet hat), so after looking at some pictures I came up with an idea of how to do it. After working out the details, I started on the hat. I had planned on getting the money before starting on a project, but since I had not done one like this before, I wanted to be sure I could do it before taking any money. It only took me about 2 days to finish it. I was pretty pleased with it since it actually turned out pretty much the way I had pictured.

First attempt

The customer wanted something a little different though(mask a little lower and wider with wider eyes). So, I started on another one and made some adjustments for what she wanted. And I think the second attempt turned out even better.

Second attempt

Making this hat did give me some confidence that I can make my own designs, instead of just following someone else’s pattern. I have some ideas now for other hats as well that I’m hoping to make.

Knitting Monday: Open For Business

I haven’t really talked about this on here, but at the beginning of the year I decided to start trying to sell my knitting. I had been thinking about it for a bit and was looking into what all I needed to do to start. So, at the beginning of the year, I bit the bullet and sent everything into the state. I got my sales tax license a week later. I set up my shop on Etsy and started a page on Facebook. Yesterday, Brown’s Novel Knits went live.

I published my Facebook page on Wednesday and had 24 likes before I officially opened for business. And yesterday, I got 26 views on my Etsy shop, but no sales yet. I don’t have a lot of items up yet, just a few hats & bibs. Working on some more things and hoping I can get more of a variety. I’m not expecting to make a lot of money from this, but hopefully enough to supplement our income. Plus, it will give me somewhere to send my projects instead of having them sitting around the house(and my kids can only wear so many hats).

Hoping I make my first sale soon. But, I’m going to try to remain patient(not an easy task for me) and keep the knitting needles moving until I do(well, and after).

Knitting Monday: Hats and More Hats

I all ready shared the hat that I basically knitted without a pattern(and I didn’t even stick to the one I did write up). Well, I decided to knit up another hat for my little monster man once I got some double pointed needles so the decreases would be easier to do. I got some of those from my MIL a couple weeks ago and started the hat last weekend. It only took me about 4-5 days(about 12 hours total) to finish it. The pattern I used has instructions for adding earflaps onto it or you can make it without them. I figured my little guy would not keep a regular hat on, so I made his with the earflaps and ties.

the finished hat

modeling his new hat

And of course, since I made her brother a hat, my daughter wanted one as well. So, I’m making her one with the same yarn I used for the scarf I made her last winter. Right now, I’m about halfway through the actual hat. Then, she told me she wants the earflaps on it so the hat can flap its wings. I swear I don’t know where she comes up with half the things that come out of her mouth, but they certainly do make me laugh.

half-finished hat

Once I finish her hat, I’ll be starting another one. This one for the little man’s Halloween costume. Hoping it will turn out the way I see it in my head.

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