FO – Ashley’s Hat and 2015 Year in Review

Hi All and Happy New Year! I’m taking a moment to look back on 2015 and the progress I’ve made. I’ve been a crocheter since I was a child; however really took a long time on projects…mostly baby blankets and lapghans. I started knitting in February of this year and am totally gobsmacked by how much I’ve accomplished! Here’s the rundown of how the projects I’ve completed this year:

Crochet: 4 blankets / afghans of varying sizes

Knitting: 1 Scarf, 1 Dishcloth, 3 Ear Warmers, 25 Hats, 5 Cowls, 1 Pair of Socks, 1 Sweater Christmas Ornament, and 5 Shawls (4 of them lace)

I’ve learned a lot and cannot wait to learn more. I’m no longer afraid of dropping stitches, missing stitches and knitting socks. I know I can do it all if I take it one stitch at a time!  My yarn stash is ever growing and I learned which needles suit me the best. I now have three sets of interchangeable needles, as well as every size in the 16 inch bamboos and DPN’s. I can put a hank on a swift and use a ball winder to wind up into a cake without getting the yarn all tangled up. Thank goodness for youtube videos and my knitting group 🙂 All in all, it was a very productive year. I love knitting and can’t wait to see what I make in 2016!

My last and final hat for my grief knitting series is the one I started with. I made this for my sister’s birthday the day before she passed away. I gifted it to my oldest niece, Ashley. I learned how to knit cables and have put my new skills to good use with another hat and a shawlette I’m currently working on.

Ravelled Here: Cabled Hat #L32325

Started and Finished 10/24/15

Needles: US 13 – 9.0 mm 16 inch circulars and DPNs

Yarn: Loops & Threads Charisma in the color Dark Purple

Made For: Originally my sister Veronica; now my oldest niece Ashley

Happy New Year to all my blogging friends! Let make 2016 another awesome year!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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FO – Xavier’s Hat & Santa

I finally got all the Christmas knits for the in-laws mailed off yesterday…more on that once they receive them 🙂 I also signed up for another secret test for a shawlette that I started yesterday. It’s made up of lace and cables and is extremely interesting. I won’t be able to show the finished product until the pattern is out. However, thank goodness for what Santa (aka Hubby) bought me for Christmas!

He asked me to help him out with ideas for Christmas so I put everything on my Wish List, not expecting to get all of it. He surprised me and made my wishes come true 🙂 I am now the proud owner of a Limited Edition 5 inch Sharp HiyaHiya Interchangeable Set. It came with sizes US 2-15 5″ sharp interchangeable tips, 4 cables, cable connectors, tip adapter, panda stoppers, single point adapters, puppy snip, darning needles, knitters safety pins and a gorgeous case for it all! It is definitely helping out with the lace on my current project.

He also got me a very generous gift certificate to Webs, so I can shop to my hearts delight. That is, once I go through some of the yarn I bought myself due to holiday sales 🙂 I also received a knitting book recommended by Josiah from The Sock Monkey. Click the link to read more about Josiah’s review of the book, Fine Things for Plain Occasions. You can pick it up on Amazon if interested. I could go on; however these were the knit related gifts and I’m super happy 🙂

I’ve got two more hats in my grief knitting series. Today, we will take a look at Xavier’s hat. This pattern is available for free on Ravelry and was super easy. I loved working with the yarn as it was extremely soft and had a nice drape once completed. It should also keep his little head warm during the chilly winter. I would highly recommend both the pattern and the yarn. I hope I get a picture of Xavier in it soon!

Ravelled Here: Bulky Waffle Hat

Started and Finished 10/30/15

Needles: US 10 – 6.0 mm 16 inch circulars and DPNs

Yarn: Berroco Comfort Chunky in the color Lagoon

Made For: Grandnephew Xavier (my niece Kayla’s middle child)

If I don’t see you until after, Happy New Year!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Bulky Waffle Hat for Xavier

 

FO – Kayla’s Hat & Christmas Eve Plans

Christmas knitting is almost complete! Unfortunately, I caught a bug and have been sick since Monday. I was completely unable to knit anything that day. I got a little bit done yesterday and have gotten to the halfway point on my last gift today. It looks like everything will be going out the day after Christmas, as I refuse to leave the house for any type of store on Christmas Eve. I am starting to feel better and hope it lasts! Who wants to be sick on Christmas?

My hubby ordered Stone Crab Claws from George Stone Crab in Florida and they will be arriving for a festive Christmas Eve dinner. If you’ve never had them, you must try them out! They are so big and delicious. The company ships them in a cooler with gel packs and guarantees overnight delivery anywhere in the United States. They come with a mustard sauce that is divine, along with a wooden hammer and picks to dig out any bits. We’re having a friend over and will enjoy a nice salad and bottle (or three) of wine from one of our local wineries. I can’t wait!

I’ve got three more hats to go for my grief knitting series and thought I would share my niece Kayla’s hat today. I joked around on my Ravelry page notes that if you made this hat in blue, it would be an awesome costume piece to go as Marge Simpson on Halloween 🙂 It’s meant to be worn slouchy; however stand it up and you see what I mean! This was my second time working with cables and I love the look of them.

Ravelled Here: Super Soft Merino Chunky Cable Hat

Started and Finished 10/28/15 – 10/29/15

Needles: US 11 – 8.0 mm 16 inch circulars and DPNs

Yarn: Loops & Threads Charisma Heather in the color Purple

Made For: Niece Kayla

If I don’t see you until after, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

FO – Danny and Athena’s Hats

I have one more Christmas gift to knit and I am finished for this year 🙂 Yahoo! I just cast on and I think it will be a fairly quick knit. Then it’s off to the post office I go. I’ve already spoken to my SIL’s and they are happy that I thought of them. So, although it will be late, it will be mailed before Christmas.

For this blog, I decided to combine my nephew Danny’s hat and his daughter Athena’s hat. I do not have pictures of either one of them wearing them yet…hint, hint Danny!

Ravelled Here: The Big Hat

Started and Finished 10/25/15 – 10/25/15

Needles: US 15 – 10.0 mm 16 inch circulars and DPNs

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Solids in the color Black

Made For: Nephew Danny

Modifications to pattern: I cast on 40 stitches instead of the recommended number to make it slightly smaller. This was the third time I made this hat and I knew it would need less stitches. I’ve now completed 6 of them and went down a needle size on the other hats to make it an even nicer fit, as it was slightly big on him.

Ravelled Here: Barley

Started and Finished 11/02/15 – 11/06/15

Needles: US 6 – 4.0mm and US 8 – 5.0 mm 16 inch circulars and DPNs

Yarn: Berroco Comfort Prints in the color Sachet Mix

Made For: Grand Niece Athena

This one should have taken me much less time; however I was sick and couldn’t knit for a couple of days. I used of the rest of the yarn from my first Barley hat for this one. I can’t wait to see what it looks like on her!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – Halo’s Hat

Eek! I’m down to two days left and two more cowls to knit! I don’t think I’m going to make it in time to mail by Christmas. Not unless I pay a really hefty fee. You can’t say that I didn’t give it the old college try 🙂 It’s okay though. Lucky for me that I have understanding in-laws.

Continuing with my grief knitting, this one was for my oldest niece Ashley’s daughter, Halo. I knit this hat, then had leftover yarn to make Rhea’s hat (which I already blogged about). I still had leftovers from the skein that went in my pile of scraps. Hopefully, one day, I will make a scrap blanket.

I made some edits to make what I thought would be a good fit. I cast on with 80 stitches on larger needles than called for in the pattern. The pattern does give instructions from Preemie to Teenager; however I thought that 96 stitches would have made it too large even using size US 6 needles. I also used a decrease pattern (which are in my notes on Ravelry) from another hat since I liked it better. Once again, I love this yarn for little girls. It’s very colorful, really soft and has the bonus of being machine wash & dry.

Ravelled Here: Basic Baby Hat

Started and Finished 10/31/15 – 11/1/15

Needles: US 8 – 5.0 mm 16 inch circulars and DPNs

Yarn: RedHeart Gumdrop in the color Cherry

Made For: Grand Niece Halo

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Finished Hat!

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Top of Hat! Looks like swirled frosting on top of a cupcake 🙂

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Blurry pic of Halo that my niece took at their house in Kentucky…I don’t think she likes to stand still 🙂

FO – Rhea’s Hat

Christmas knitting is on full speed ahead! I now have four items finished and one hat almost finished (working on the decreases), which puts me at the midway point. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel 🙂 After I finish this one, I have one child hat, one teenager hat and two cowls left to complete. Can I get it all done by next Wednesday? We’ll see!

Continuing with my grief knitting, this one was for my Grand Niece, Rhea. It fit her perfectly with a little room to grow. I loved the bright colors in the yarn and it looks super cute on her. She’s a New Years Day baby and very close to turning one. She’s also Stacy’s little sister. Isn’t she adorable?

This was the first hat that I worked up completely on DPN’s, as the circulars were too tight for knitting in the round. There was also a mistake within the pattern for the decreases; however I figured it out.

Ravelled Here: Simple Garter Brim Baby Hat

Started and Finished 11/01/15

Needles: US 7 – 4.5 mm DPNs

Yarn: RedHeart Gumdrop in the color Cherry

Made For: Grand Niece Rhea

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Finished Hat!

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Baby Model – Rhea

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Cute as a button!

FO – Charlie’s Hat

Are you getting anxious about your Christmas knitting yet? I know I am! When I advised my SIL’s (sisters in law) I would be making knitted gifts for all of them (9 total) back in October, I thought it was totally doable. Then, my sister passed and I made 9 hats for my sister’s kids/grandkids and one for my niece’s fiance. I also made a hat for my cousin and cousin-in-law, as well as cowls for two Aunt’s while visiting in Indiana.

So far I have three FO’s, one WIP and five still to be determined for the in-laws and I think that they need to be mailed by 12/16 to be on time. Eek! I start Christmas vacation that day, so I’ll see how much I can get done by the deadline. Christmas may be a little late this year 🙂

Continuing with my grief knitting, this one was for my nephew Charlie. As you can see from the pictures, it is way too big on him. Now that I know he has a smaller head, it will be easier in the future to make hats for him. I really liked the colors in the yarn, as well as the softness, and it will keep him warm during cold Indiana days and nights. The important thing is that he really likes it!

Ravelled Here: Hat Shaped Hat

Started and Finished 10/29/15

Needles: US 13 – 9.0 mm 16 inch circulars and DPNs

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Tweeds in the color Blackstone

Made For: Nephew Charlie

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Charlie

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Travelling back to Indiana from my sister’s funeral

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Dropping off Charlie in Indiana (Me and Charlie)