Saturday, March 22, 2008

Celtic Celebrations

In honor of brother inlaw Sean's birthday, it was only fitting that I make this Celtic bookmark, since he's such a fan.

It was made with Aunt Lydia's #3 crochet cotton thread on size 2 bamboo dpn's. I had originally started it with a #10 kelly green and size 1 dpn's. However after ripping it out a few times. I thought it would be better to use a thicker thread. While I'm disappointed that I didn't have the kelly green in the #3, I feel that the lighter color really makes the pattern pop.
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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Hat's Off

I saw this pattern on the Knitpicks website and had to make it. The pattern is from "The Knitter's Bible: Knitted Accessories." I used Knitpicks "Wool of the Andes Bulky" in Rainforest. Currently I'm working on a scarf in the same fiber and color way. The pattern is "My So-Called Scarf." There will be a picture forthcoming.

This had knit up nicely and very easily on size 5 and 7 needles. The most involved part was seeing the eight triangles. I like the way sewing the pieces together with "wrong sides" facing made the nice ribbing. I advise you do a swatch first. My hat turned out a little big, but at least I won't have "hat hair." I was a little worried that the brim of the hat would be too floppy but with the thickness of the yarn I used, it was just fine.

If you are going to knit this in DK weight (which is what it originally calls for in the book), you look into reinforcing the brim wth some interfacing.

This is going to go great with my faux shearling coat which is a dark grayish/forest green color. It will make the red and gold in my had and scarf really pop.

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