Saturday, December 17, 2005

More Hats

I had made this hat once before for a friend. The yarn is Rowan RYC Cashsoft DK. It is so soft and wonderful to crochet with. I just had to have one for myself! The model is my 8 year old daughter, it actually fits her as well, though a bit loose. The pattern is from Vogue Knitting Winter 2004. The color is truer in the photo on the left.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Gifts and accessories

Been working on some smaller projects these days. Since the weather here in London has been pretty cold I decided I needed a new hat. I've always wanted to work with yarns from Noro. I found this pattern in Modular Knits by Iris Schreier. It was my first project using the multidirectional techniques described in the book. I have to say that at first it a little confusing, and if anything disturbed me (like the telephone), I was totally lost. I really like how it turned out, though it did take me 1.5 balls of Silk Garden even though the book said 1 ball. I had a bit of trouble getting the gauge as well, so it might be a bit bigger than it should have been. I like it though, since I prefer my hats a bit looser. In the end, I was not in love with the Noro. It kept getting twisted up and the colors are a bit of a surprise. There were all of these beautiful purples and plums and suddenly there was deep blue and a very strange yellow.

This next one is from the Loop-d-Loop book by Teva Durham. I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino bulky. It was so nice to work with, and really soft to wear. This is going to be a gift, but I might have to make another one for myself!

This last one is one of my favorite things to give as little gifts. I used a bit of another ball of Silk Garden that I completely hated, the colors were so strange. I chose it because on the outside it was pink, purple and blue, but on the inside were all beige and ugly green colors. I used this pink to crochet a rosette. It looks great pinned onto a sweater or coat. I think it took about 20 minutes to make.