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Grapes from Odessa

Pattern: Odessa by Grumperina

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in 13 Grape approx. 44 grams

Needles: 3.5 mm / 4 US, 4.0mm / 6 US

The final acedemic family hat not including the BlueCap which is not finished yet. Another really nice pattern it is clever and wonderful, the second thing I’ve knit from this designer. It worked quite well even with using a lighter weight yarn than called for. The Debbie Bliss worked up to a soft yet sturdy fabric and I’m really pleased with this as is the giftee.

 

Hurricane Claudia

Pattern: Hurricane Hat by Andrea Goutier

Yarn: Rowan Kid Classic in Lipstick approx. 33 grams

Needles: 4.5 mm / US 7

The second hat in my week of power knitting. I love this yarn it ends up being so soft and lovely. I am not sure if it was the greatest choice for this pattern as I think it lacked the stitch definition needed to make the swirl really pop. It was an easy enough pattern to follow though the way that I made the decreases could have been easier. If in the future I will do decreases in this sort of pattern like those found in the Odessa hat. None the less, the giftee loves it so job well done.

 

 

Pattern: Silver’s Sock Class by Kristin Bellehumeur

Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Wool Solid in Grey (approx. 84 g)

Needles: 2.75 mm / US 2

I started these way back in April as a first project for my mom to get back into knitting. However, she is not ideally suited to the intricacies of sock knitting so I finished off the first one in mid June and realized I’d made them too long to fit my mom but the perfect size for my father. I started the second sock in late August/early September and finished them just recently.

I am quite proud of the fact that I’ve gotten much better at knitting on dpns without getting laddering. Though my stitch picking up for the gusset is horrible and leaves holes up the edge, I really need to figure that out before I start my next pair of socks.

Last Friday I managed to get my mother to take me past our local yarn store so I could pick up some sock needles for my Jaywalkers. Incidently she was going to a baby shower on Sunday and had been racking her brain as to a present. While we were there she was admiring some baby sweaters and asked me offhandly if I could knit a baby hat as a present. I said I could so we purchased some yarn and went home. The hat soon was joined by booties and we went out again for needles for the hat and another ball of yarn. Barely a day and a half later I had knit a hat and booties which personally I think are the cutiest things and they went over very well at the baby shower.

Gooseberry

Pattern: Gooseberry Hat by Suvi Simola

Yarn: Katia Sugar 4 ply in 3505

Needles: 3.5 mm / US 4 dpn

This hat is truly adorable and a very fast knit. The pattern calls for sport weight yarn but with the needles called for and smaller yarn my gauge was still a stich lower than the gauge called for. Personally I thought the hat came out a little large but I think the baby can grow into it.

Saartjes

Pattern: Fleegle’s Seamless Saartje Booties by Fleegle

Yarn: Katia Sugar 4 ply in 3505

Needles: 2.5 mm / US 1 1/2 dpn

These booties are I think what I’m most proud of. Each bootie took me about three hours to complete. I made the mistake of attempting them with dpns which is not the easier ordeal, I’ve since bought a curcular needle that I can try them out on. Learning the Turkish cast one was interesting and usefull, I’m always interested in learning new techniques.  Of course, the straps and buttons were being completed mere minutes before we had to make it to the baby shower. These are something I would definately make again.