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December 13, 2009

Finished: Elliot's Modified Gnomey

For those of you who don't know yet, my big sister Rae has a knack for a) producing cute offspring and b) convincing me to knit things for them. She stumbled across the Gnomey Hat a while ago and before I knew it I was signing up to knit a couple for the Rae-spawn.

this is the angelic profile shot.

Since I generally dislike knitting with bulky yarn, the stash didn't turn up much (I just checked. I have a whopping...4 skeins). So I grabbed a couple hanks of Stonehenge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool I'd already designated for an Elliot-hat and decided I'd make it work*.

Even with the yarn held doubled my gauge was way off, and I wanted to make the hat a skitch larger than written. So I did some dodgy math and cast on 53 stitches (because it's always a good idea to cast on a prime number of stitches when making a hat???) and just knitted something resembling a Gnomey. Most importantly, I did a garter band at the bottom and approximately followed the instructions for making the top pointy, which is all that really matters anyway.

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Yep, that's the Tomten. Click to slightly embiggerate

Once I plunked the proto-hat on Elliot's noggin at Thanksgiving it was pretty obvious that I'd made it way too long for a toddler (it fit me nicely though!) so I folded up the garter brim and attached the earflaps under that. Never one to refuse an opportunity to include a pom or two, I happily made a couple nice puffy ones and threw in some braided ties for good measure.

Not counting patience highest on her list of virtues, Rae also showed up at Thanksgiving with a partially knitted Gnomey, which she finished over the weekend as well (though I would like to point out that I finished mine first...because I am competitive like that).

So now Rae can tool around town with two intriguingly behatted children in tow, which I do believe is what she wanted all along.

this is not the angelic profile shot

Vital Stats
Pattern: Gnomey Hat, by Adrian Bizilia (Hello Yarn).
Yarn: Stonehenge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool, held double (lakeshore and antique rose). This yarn is amazing…all soft and cushy and lovely. I'll definitely use it again.
Needles: 10.5 DPNs
Raveled here

*Rae had given me one of the colors a while back on the condition that it be used for woolies for her children..see how she operates?

December 3, 2009

Well hello there, December!

It's odd. I suddenly find myself smack dab in the holiday season feeling rather lost and bewildered. In a normal year I'd already have a few months of holiday knitting under my belt and would have been counting down the knitting days remaining. But this year...knitted gifts are a little thin on the ground. I've completed one hat, started in on a baby sweater, and I've got almost one of those purple socks finished. How totally unlike me! I feel like somebody should confiscate my knitter badge.

Hattity hat hat hat*

To be fair, I promised myself that this year I would not push myself to the edge of exhaustion by knitting ten bajillion gifts, and I am absolutely on target to meet that goal. But it's strange, because it turns out that the last minute panicked knitting frenzy is a bit of a tradition for me, and it doesn't quite feel like the holidays yet because I'm not surrounded by spreadsheets and half completed knitted goods. Seems I need to work on finding my happy medium.

Anyway, tonight I was going to blog about the hat I finished over Thanksgiving, a modified Gnomie that I made for the wee nephewling (who is getting less and less wee by the minute), but I seem to have forgotten my camera's memory card at work. So instead you get a little bit of a ramble through my brain and a photo of one of last year's unblogged Christmas gifts. Enjoy!

*{Koolhaas, for my BIL Ross, knitted in Rowan Magpie Tweed Aran (discontinued), in a long-forgotten shade of reddish-orange.}