Give ’em the old razzle-dazzle!

December 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm | Posted in hats, WIPs | 1 Comment

When I see the colours on the black background of this hat-in-progress, I can’t help but think of coloured sparks, like fireworks.

And so I keep thinking of it as my Razzle Dazzle hat. So that’s what I’m calling it.

It’s my first real jump into using two colours in a single row, and I’m rather enjoying it. I’m knitting it from Paton’s Classic Wool Merino, some leftover colours from various projects. Except for that green; that’s part of a skein of tapestry wool, in approximately the same thickness as the rest of the yarn. I’m knitting it on a US 6 circular, a little tighter than I’d normally use, but I figured with all the colour changes it’d end up a little looser than I’m used to, so I could compensate this way. If it works out, great. If not, then I can rip it back and call it a lesson learned.

I’m fairly sure it’ll fit me. And if it doesn’t, well, I’m more than sure I know a few people who might like it who would fit into it a little better. So that’s a win-win situation.

Jakob is playing hide-and-seek. Can you find him?

Returning with some FOs.

December 24, 2008 at 5:16 pm | Posted in FOs, hats, slippers | 1 Comment

First off, the Aran Isle slippers from the holiday 2008 issue of Interweave Knits.

The hardest part of these was remembering to copy the mistakes I made on the first slipper over to the second slipper so that they’d match. As a result, they’re not entirely like the pattern, but close enough. They’re the right size, they’re fairly comfy, and they’ll be well-received.

They’re knit from 70/30 acrylic/alpaca yarn that was frogged from a sweater. Nice soft stuff, but still washable.

Second FO of the day is a hat for my mother’s boyfriend.

It’s just a simple hat, knit from Paton’s Classic Wool Merino, in black. Nothing to brag about. But he said he was looking for a hat, and I didn’t mind knitting him one, so it all works out.

And now, going back to my old ways, I give you a sleeping Jakob.

Before I sign off, though, I’d like to let everybody know that only a week and a half after my beloved rat Sniffles had to be euthanized, our other rat, Silk, was found dead in his cage when I got home from work one morning. Suffice to say that I haven’t been in the best of emotional states this past month…

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