Monday, February 11, 2008

Ravelry and hats

I have been spending far too much time browsing on Ravelry and not enough blogging. I am totally addicted to it. It is so great to see what different knitters have made from the same pattern. There are so many talented knitters and crocheters around.
Clare the Bear visited on Sunday so i got her to model for me - she looks so cute in knitted hats. My favourite finished knit of the last few weeks has to be The Lady Detective Hat from Knit2Together. I made it from my last skein of Noro Iro . I noticed on Ravelry that some knitters had made it from just one skein rather than the two which are stated in the yarn requirements of the pattern and thought I'd give it a go. I was a couple of yards short but managed to find just enough to finish it in my scrap basket left over from the One Skein Wonders Sassy shawl. There wasn't enough for the hat band but it looks great without it. I like the shape and fit of this hat so much that I cast on another one in some Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury tweed. I doubled up the yarn to get a chunky thickness and it knitted up beautifully. The Luxury Tweed is a really nice yarn to knit with and I shall definitely use it again. This hat took just one evening to knit. I made the band this time but have yet to find a suitable buckle for it. I checked out the haberdshery department in John Lewis today in my lunch break but couldn't find one. Tomorrow , I may try Sewfine.
Another successful knit from Knit2Together was the First Hat. For this I used the lovely skein of green Manos del Uruguay that I purchased at Loop in Islington. The hat is very cute. It was fun to knit and I love the yarn. Knit2Together is one of my favourite knitting books - so many good patterns in it.
After a year in hibernation I finally finished off the Grown Up Bonnet, also from Knit2Together. I made one last Christmas as a gift and loved it so much that I started one for myself. I got distracted by other projects and put it aside. It took 2 balls of Cygnet Wool Rich Aran.
On the crochet front, I am about half way through the Chanson En Crochet from the Interweave Crochet website. I'm using Rowan Silk Cotton which is a very nice yarn.There are tons of errata for this pattern, which is a bit annoying. Why can't they just correct the actual pattern for downloading instead of adding and extra page of corrections to refer to ?
I've also finished an In Bloom clutch bag and a Half Pipe Hat - they still need sewing up so pictures next post.