Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny at Small Things again this week.

My life is full of hats, it seems. Last night I cast on this hat for my husband in the glorious Malabrigo I recently bought (the colorway is Garden Gate, if you're interested). Today I realized that I was using needles two sizes too big. Ugh. I neglected to switch them after finishing the Elf's hat just before.

On an up side, I've finally gotten around to starting to reread a series that I love (I honestly don't know how many times I've read these already). Today is The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. If my usual ways hold true, I'll put off knitting and plow through this book in a day or two. Then I'll pick up the second book and repeat the process!

Here are some things I've finished lately:

This is the Elf's Link hat (as in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time). He begged, I've made. He's thrilled. (Ravelry notes here)

This is my "Jane Eyre" shawl. I used bulky and probably shouldn't have. I also had a seriously limited amount of yarn - so it's shorter than I'd like. And I don't understand the neck band/cuff/doohickey at all. It's warm, though. However! Before you all get excited about the color (every one seems to adore it - my middle son helped me dye in more than a year ago) - I'm overdyeing it. As I type, in fact, it's sitting in a black walnut dye bath. I don't do purple and pink, sorry. (Ravelry notes here)

This is Jiji - from Kiki's Delivery Service. I honestly thought he'd be smaller. For size comparison, those are my three year old's hands. Jiji is for the Beast for Solstice. He's absolutely obsessed with Kiki's Delivery Service (and Ponyo - I'll get to that for his birthday). (Ravelry notes here)

Okay, this isn't finished yet. It's a gift for my father for Christmas (we go to their house for family mayhem). I'll finish him either today or tomorrow.


  1. Ha! Ha! I wish my husband would wear a slouchy hat like that. Yours must have a wonderful sense about himself (not that mine doesn't, mind you). I think it is most likely a 'generational' thing. Merry Christmas!

  2. Looks like lots of good knitting going on :)

  3. We must be thinking the same these days because I am in a "hat" mood lately. Love your projects!!

  4. Your kiddos are so lucky to have a mama who can whip out all those great little friends so quickly!

  5. Jiji came out great and the hat looks fabulous on your Elf. Yes, I understand about plopping that wonderful pinkish shawl in a walnut dye bath. I'm not much of a pink-wearing person either... it will look lovely in shades of rich brown, and how can you go wrong with pattern named "Jane Eyre Shawl?"

  6. OH JIJI!! I must learn to crochet!! Ellie loves loves loves Kiki's delivery service - we've got a JiJi bento box and a stuffed Jiji under the tree for her.

  7. I want a Jane Eyre shawl:)) My favorite book after pride and prejudice:)