Thursday, March 08, 2007
New Knitty is out

I like this, and this, and this.

Of course the Vestee is for the little guy and the other two are for me. As it comes in two sizes - 12 months and 18 months, I will make the larger one - just in case, you know, since he is growing so quickly. I have brand new photos of him to share, but photobucket is playing up at the moment.

Ribena will be ideal for wearing to work during the autumn and spring months. Well, if I expect to be able to wear it this coming autumn, I'd better get started. I am sure I have a few balls of a suitable DK weight yarn somewhere. After all, my stash is large enough!

As for Isabella, well.. I'd like to knit it, but it's too casual for work. It will be something I can wear on weekends. I guess I'd best make it in baby-vomit-proof colours! A 4 ply cotton yarn is easy enough to substitute. I am sure I'll find something in my stash as well.

Another thing I'd love to knit for myself this winter is a shrug. I need something warm that I can wear to the office.

Okay, it may sound like I am currently obsessed with clothes to wear to the office. It's true, I am. I am not quite back to my pre-pregnancy weight yet and there isn't much in my wardrobe that I can wear to work. I intend to go shopping some time in the next few weeks if I don't lose any weight before then. In the mean time, I am trying to scrape together a few presentable outfits that are not baggy (i.e. maternity wear) or obscenely tight.

As I mentioned, photobucket is acting up, so no pictures for now.

I have completed another project that never made it onto my sidebar. A friend of a friend was recently re-diagnosed with cancer and the prognosis isn't so great. She's undergoing chemotherapy at the moment and if it's anything like the last time, she will lose her hair. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose one's hair, in addition to everything else that a cancer patient has to go through.

I decided to make her a hat. I don't know whether she will ever wear it. I don't even know whether it's her colours, but I thought it would be a nice gesture. I was told she likes bright colours, so I chose a hand-dyed slubby yarn in bright pink and light green. It's turned out quite well. It's a cloche style hat. I'll call it "Barb's Hat" and the pattern is as below:

Using waste yarn, cast on 80 stitches on a circular needle or a set of dpns.
Round 1: using main yarn, knit around and join at the end
Round 2-26: knit around
Round 27: (knit 8, k2tog) repeat around
Round 28,30,32,34,36,38,40, 42: knit around
Round 29: (knit 7, k2tog) repeat around
Round 31: (knit 6, k2tog) repeat around
Round 33: (knit 5, k2tog) repeat around
Round 35: (knit 4, k2tog) repeat around
Round 37: (knit 3, k2tog) repeat around
Round 39: (knit 2, k2tog) repeat around
Round 41: (knit 1, k2tog) repeat around
Round 43: k2tog around
Cut yarn leaving an 8-10 inch tail. Thread tail through remaining stitches and pull tight to close. Weave tail in on the wrong side of the hat.

Unravel waste yarn and place all 80 stitches on the needles. Using main yarn, continue as below:
Round 1,3,4,6,7,9,11: Knit
Round 2: (Knit 3, knit into front and back of stitch), repeat around
Round 5: (Knit 4, knit into front and back of stitch), repeat around
Round 8,10,12: purl around
Cast off.

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