Sunday, 4 May 2014

Hera Headband #9 - completed

What a quick and stashbusting knit, this gorgeous hairband took hardly any yarn at all.

A more intricate pattern but the simple, but very effective, cabling is created using twists (knit 2nd stitch on needle, then the 1st one) so no separate cable needle is required. 

I used left over DK yarn to make this so it will match the dress I made.

I would make this again but note if you are tempted there is a published errata for this on-line.

Well #9 marks the end of 'headwear' on my epic knit a book challenge. I've enjoyed making them all but my favorite had to be #5, turbantime. It was fun and different. I don't think I would ever make #2, knothead, again but that is down to personal taste, it was just silly (or I'm getting old!).

As I've said before the only issue I've had with all the hats is size, they were on the small size so if you do have a bigger head or loads of hair you might need to adjust to fit.

Well onwards and downwards, gloves/mitts next x

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Emma's Star #8 - completed

Sorry for the delay on this project, sick children will insist you spend time looking after then and not knitting/blogging, so selfish!

Well Emma's star is done. Am I happy? Yes and No 

I am happy as the pattern is nice, the yarn looks good and it was quick and easy to do.

I'm unhappy as it is supposed to be a BERET and fit a large child/small adult. Now I know I'm a tight knitter but for a the will in the world this couldn't fit more than a child. Number 1 daughter is only 5 and it's snug!

If I had fiddled with needle size I think the pattern would not have been as effective but if I ever remake for an adult then I think DK would give a better size.  Still the daughter is happy.

As for the beret .....

Well I was going to block it over a plate to see if it made a difference but it was pulled on and after an age looking this way and that on the mirror, it was exclaimed "I like it like this", the Emma's Star Beanie was born.

So next project is the Hera Headband, the last head project on the 'knit a book' journey, so until next time


Sunday, 2 February 2014

Emma's Star #8 - knit a book is back

Firstly, well late, but happy new year everybody! 

So this is the first 'knit a book' project of 2014. I'm hoping to get more than 7 patterns done this year or I might never get this project done. If I go at the same rate as last year we are talking about 14 years to get them all done!  Not acceptable, especially as they don't take long once you start.

So far I'm loving it and think my daughter has claimed it as she keeps stroking it and saying "I like that mummy"

I'm using the magic loop technique for the hat. According to the pattern you should use 5 (yes 5!) DPNs. Seriously 5!  I struggle sometimes keeping 4 in the right place when there are only a couple of stitches on each can you imagine 5? Thank goodness for magic loop

Well I'm going to get off and get done more beret knit 

Cheerio for now