First things first: Happy Chinese New Year everyone!
On to the knitting:
In my quest to get Inkling to wear a hat for more than 8 seconds (his car hat I knit him to match his jumper lasted 8 seconds, previous record was 6) I have resorted to my TV nemesis, Paw Patrol.
After a lengthy discussion with a 2.5 year old over his favourite character (Zuma and Chase, he won’t have one, it’s not fair) his favourite colour (blue and green, maybe orange) I have up and watched several episodes with him whilst knitting in a sulk.
Then I saw it.
Ryder (the boy who looks after all the pups) wears a red and blue knitted beanie in the winter/cold weather episodes. That there, was the solution to my problem!
I followed the Basic Family Hat by Yarnspirations Design Studio (free pattern) changing the colours to match and added the Paw Patrol logo on free hand at the end.
He wore it for thirty five minutes! Paw Patrol came to the rescue!
In a few years I will look back on this and laugh…I hope…
Have a good weekend everyone!
Starting total – 704
Wool used – 7 (none this week sadly) Wool bought – 0 Wool given – 0 Wool gifted – 0
First of all I shall start with this weekends activities – The Winter Battle of BritNerf! Fridays battle as held in a skatepark, and I’ll be honest, it was chaos. I hit it too hard, too fast, and hadn’t eaten properly because of driving all the way up to Scotland, and about half way through went all wobbly. Once I had eaten and recharged I was good to go, and 15 seconds into humans Vs zombies, I got tackled and had I been on anything other than the smooth skate ramp, I’d have been fine, but instead went down, along with the ‘zombie’ and landed hard on my left wrist.
One of my fellow team members immediately called in first aid and I had an ice pack on it in under a minute and a very thorough apology from the Zombie. After twenty minutes I realised my wrist was definitely sprained and the drive to Rabbies was rather painful.
Worse still, I couldn’t knit. The horror!
Saturday saw the main event, a close quarters combat scenario, and in this set of games in tight narrow corridors with small areas to hide and hunker down and also to snipe the ‘enemy’ – myself and Engel where in our element! Despite my sore wrist making me unable to prime any blasters (thank goodness for flywheels!) I lasted the majority of the games, and instead only had to call it quite after being literally smoked out.
Asthma and smoke bombs in confined areas, not a great combo. I missed the last two games and due to even more smoke bombs, decided not to dart sweep and instead tidied the resting/set up area.
And despite taking it easy on the wrist, no knitting on Saturday either…
Overall, a great weekend, made better by good company and my sister’s fantastic sweet treats and her adorable dog, Missy. I wouldn’t go to the effort of the four hour drive for the skate park again, despite being fun, just not quite my cup of tea, but for another close quarter game? Definitely!
I’m just doing some research into gas masks that would be suitable for nerfing in, and which I can easily purchase filters for…
In knitting news, I shipped up my holiday knits, some very boring but incredibly good stash busting dish/washcloths!
In more interesting knitting news, Engel managed to somehow sell one hat to two people. He nearly sold it to three before it was realised. What hat was it?
My dead Blinky hat! The original was a commission that fell through (hence why I now ask for half payment up front) and was never actually photographed and recorded anywhere. This is the second, and as most have probably already guessed, made following the free Knitty pattern Fish Hat [Dead or Alive?] by Thelma Egberts.
That’s enough nattering for now, I need to rub some life back into my legs following this weekends mad activity! Mine aren’t too bad, more stuff than sore, Engels though…
Starting total – 576
Wool used – 105 (0 this week) Wool bought – 63 (I fell off the wool wagon hard this weekend, there was a few absolute bargains of wool I really like that’s being discontinued so I stocked up…33 balls…In fairness, my guilt from doing this meant I bought Engel a Hades (a very, very big Nerf blaster!)) Wool given – 163 Wool gifted – 31
Total – 665 (If I buy one more ball, it’ll be the number of the beast! Or would that be knit of the beast?)
The first two are made pretty much as written, but with red rather than pink wool, and I just played about with the colour placement/changes to make the bootees match the rest of the set.
Very pleased with how it came out! Can’t wait till the baby arrives to send them!
In other knitting news I’m still ticking away on a different ongoing project, and not sure when it’s going to stop, but it’s been great for using up all my odds and ends and scraps! Which means the wool count is going down pretty quick!
More about that in a week or two when I hopefully decide I’m done!
In non knitting news, it’s been a busy week at work and a fun weekend – a wooly playdate with Sisterix which included a wander down some trails, a hedgemaze for the kids, and a stroll through Broadbottoms Midsummer yarnbomb!
If your in the area, it’s in until the end of June and I do recommend going for a stroll! Though maybe in drier weather, we had to time our stops to view the various pieces between rain showers!
Today it was another playdate at the Didsbury beer festival, I was designated driver but had a good time catching up on all the gossip and getting a bit of knitting done!
That’s all for now.
Starting total – 576
Wool used – 46 (12 this week!!)
Wool bought – 13
Wool given – 155
Wool gifted – 31
Its sensible in that this is possibly the only hat I have made for me without cat ears…and with it being fair isle, it’s so warm and cosy! A must for the recent cold snap we’ve had. The pattern is free and can be found on Ravelry, Lovecraft’s Bane – Cthulhu Hat by Lisa Wilt
Engel decided to share a photo of it with the Nerf 3D printing guy and…
Not one, but two more Cthulhu Hats were requested! One is in the colours of the Cthulhu mittens just made, and the other in khaki green and dark grey for a more muted version.
Want to see them all together?
So much Cthulhu!
On the downside, as I was casting off the rib portion on the final hat, I snapped one of my favourite dpns…such things happen, especially when working on 3mm needles, but I was not impressed!
Ah well, invoking the elder god’s do call for sacrifices to be made…
Starting total – 576
Wool used – 18 (2 this week!)
Wool bought – 13
Wool given – 4
Wool gifted – 0
Total – 575 (Woohoo! Finally getting the stash numbers back down!)
In preparation for a trip to Disneyland Paris we’ve been working through classic Disney movies with the little terrors, and Engel, as he hasn’t actually seen most of them, but anyway!
One of the first ones we’ve watched was the classic 1951 Alice in Wonderland and immediately Felix fell in love with the Cheshire cat. Inkling seemed particularly fond of the dodo and the walrus, but to each their own. During the movie, Felix reminded me that I had promised to knit her a new hat this year, and she knew just what she wanted…
Made this based on the free pattern: Matilda’s Eary Hat by Thelma Egberts. And to go with it…
Made these following the free pattern mini mitts by jessi koontz. Inkling fell in love with them so…
These are made in the smaller size and with a length of icord to go between them so he doesn’t lose them…
Well, it’s been a busy week with work and family visiting, so I shall leave it at that!
Starting total – 576
Wool used – 5 (Another one bites the dust!) Wool bought – 2 Wool given – 0 Wool gifted – 0
Back in June, some of you may remember that I knitted a number of hobgoblin hats. (It spanned three posts, so three links.) Not too long afterwards Rabbie came to visit – a great weekend even if nothing went to plan – and brought her hubby, Missy and a very good friend of there’s, now known as The Goblin King.
This is due entirely to him running around, wearing Engels hobgoblin hat (based on the Wychwoods Hobgoblin ‘King Goblin’ beer) to humour a then four year old despite it being 30C…
Anyway, he’s gone down in Felix’s childhood history as ‘The Goblin King’ and frequently brings him up as such in conversation.
So, it had to be done. Drumroll please!
A King Goblin hobgoblin hat, just for the Goblin King! (Once again used the free pattern Oblio’s Cap by Emily Anna Bingham)
The hat has been photographed with Engels hat and a bottle of the relevant beer so you can see what it’s based on. And a keg of straight up Hobgoblin.
Engel likes his dark beers.
Though he humoured me by getting a bottle of the IPA Hobgoblin so I could get a photograph of each hat with the relevant beer! They make a good set, don’t they?
The plan is to post the hat up to the Goblin King for Christmas, with no explanation given as to why he’s recieved it. Just for the giggles.
That is, if I can get Crumble to give it back…
Starting total – 622
Wool used – 84 (1 used!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 12 (5 tiny balls have been added that I was allowed to hand dye!)
Wool gifted – 0
Hee hee…I do love a good pun…seriously though, I finished my mystery creation!
An octopus hat!
Much like the story behind the aviator hat, Rabbie saw a crocheted octopus hat, and demanded suggested that I should make her one…that was back in March and put on the back burner until now as I couldn’t find anything pattern wise that was remotely doable.
With her birthday coming up, I resolved to just wing a pattern instead. I have to admit, I’m fairly pleased with it! Especially the tentacles!
After much debate, I have posted the pattern up as a free pattern! You can find it in the free pattern section, or just click here. Not sure if many people would want to wear an octopus on their head mind you, Rabbie is certainly a one of a kind individual…
Speaking of Rabbie, I’ve just come back from visiting her in Scotland for a birthday bonanza! (More about that on her blog.) In short though, BBQ at other sister’s, murder mystery with this sister, a rather soggy doggy fun day, birthday cake bonanza, Walking With Dinosaurs arena show (so awesome), Kelpies, soft play, trampoline park, back home. That was crammed in between driving up Friday and driving back down Tuesday. No wonder I’m tired!
Oh, another cheer for the Hot Flash Dash on Ravelry:
Knit! Knit! Knit!
The dash will end in a bit!
Purl! Purl! Purl!
You’ve all done really well!
Starting total – 622
Wool used – 57 (1 since last post)
Wool bought – 8
Wool given – 6 (1 as a birthday present!)
Wool gifted – 0
Following on from my last post, Hobgoblins, I have finished Engel’s request of making two more…
Engel’s hat, based on Wychwoods ‘KingGoblin’…
And for Inkling, Wychwoods IPA Hobgoblin…
Both based on the free pattern Oblio’s Cap by Emily Anna Bingham (I increased the sts and rows for Engels hat, decreased them both for Inklings)
So, it only took me making three hats to get my original one back, just in time for another spell of hot weather… sigh…
I have, however, managed to cast on Peter Rabbit, fingers crossed he’ll be fine next post, but no promises I won’t get distracted and/or my knitting commandeered!
On a tangent to that, I was looking at ‘top 25 scientific knitting patterns’ and one of them was a computer hat – a beanie featuring CRT monitors – and I showed it to Engel asking if he’d like a hat like that.
About a decade ago I knit a green night cap (it was vaguely supposed to be based on Links hat from The Legend of Zelda, but I was winging the pattern whilst taking turns playing the game, so take that as you will)
Anyhow, I have thick hair, so in the winter months after I’ve washed it at night, I pop on my hat and go to bed (yes, I know going to bed with wet hair is supposed to give you a cold, no, it doesn’t actually give you one and no, I won’t hairdryer it as the only times I tried took an hour and it was still damp in places).
This past winter, Felix had taken to stealing my hat when she had her hair washed, and I would steal it back when I washed mine. A few weeks ago she pointed at a t-shirt Engel was wearing and stated ”I want a red night hat like that!’
The t-shirt happened to be a Wychwood brewery Hobgoblin T-shirt (the classic ‘lagerboy’ one).
After we explained that the red hat was a hobgoblin hat, it was agreed that she would return my green one in exchange for her own hobgoblin hat.
Its a bit big, but she’ll grow into it (I know I generally don’t post photos with people in, but I wanted to get one showing the drape and Felix refused to let me put it on anything else!). Made using the free pattern Oblio’s Cap by Emily Anna Bingham – very easy pattern to follow, and a pretty quick, simple knit all things considered.
Which is good, as Engel has pointed out that there are more Hobgoblin beers, in fact, the King-goblin would suit him, and wouldn’t Inkling look adorable in the IPA Hobgoblin hat?…