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Friday, July 27, 2012

On The Needles

Last week while shopping, I realized how close Christmas is for a person that loves to hand make gifts.  This year the kiddos will be getting new hats as one of their gifts.  I saw this Amazing yarn and knew that it would be the perfect yarn for the little girls.  It's a wool/acrylic blend, a little fuzzy and very soft and warm.  After spending too much time on Ravelry, I found the perfect patterns for each of the kiddos. 

This pattern is called Rainbow Hat and can be found here. The instructions say size 5 needles and to cast on 112 with fingering yarn.   This is worsted weight so I cast on 80 stitches.  It's a perfect fit.  

These were my wool toe up socks but with each stitch, I liked them less and less so I took them apart.  I think I am going to skip toe up, keep doing what I love to do--cuff down and call this my lesson for July.  I will cast on the gray socks as soon as this hat is finished since those are the needles I need for these socks.

And just for the fun of it, this is Miss Blue.  She is a very naughty girl!  She decided she liked this flower pot for her afternoon nap.  See how bright white her ears are?  This means I get a pretty white egg from her. She is such a good layer that I don't want to upset her so I leave her alone.

What's on your needles?  See Judy L's gorgeous shawl and see what others are doing here.


Nancy said...

The rainbow hat will be a hit with the little ones. I haven't tried toe-up socks, but those I know who have knit them always go back to cuff down.

My knitting has stalled this summer, but occasionally, I work on Oddball blankets.

fancystitching said...

LOVE the rainbow hat! I LOVE doing the toe-up, because I get use of all the yarn. It took some getting used to because the gussett and heel did not turn out quite as neat as cuff-down, but I've gotten better. I like that I can get a better fit by trying the sock on as I go, and I can better judge exactly where the heel turn needs to be. I never did get the knack of fitting with a cuff-down approach, and knit about 4 pair before I got something that even remotely fit my foot. However, a lot of that was because I was a VERY beginner to knitting, and especially sock knitting.

BUT... to each his own, and if cuff-down works best for you stick with it! It's all about finishing and liking what you have made, and sounds like you have a winning method for you!

Now... off to post for "On the Needles" for the first time... I hope.

Judy Laquidara said...

What kind of hen is Miss Blue? She's so pretty. That's such a neat picture of her in that pot.

You're getting so much knitting done. Are you going to kit all the caps using that same pattern? I need to try come caps, don't I?

Unknown said...

love the yarn...i actually have some of that floating around here somewhere...one of these days i might get to it...