Saturday, November 24, 2007

Glam Rock Ski Hat, aka Vince's Tundra Hat

Here's the finished Glam Rock Ski Hat, I had fun needlefelting lightning bolts onto the earflaps! I used Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky to make the outline (just winging it by eye), then filled in with more yarn. I then added some BFL fibre on top.

More pictures on Flickr.

I used two patterns for this hat, mostly the Amelia hat from the SnB calendar, and also Woolly Wormhead's Scrappy Flapper.

Update 6th April 2008:

I have written up my pattern notes and made them available as a PDF.

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PIF gift!

I received a lovely PIF gift this week from Piglottie:

A fabby project bag made from one of Kaffe Fassett's amazing fabrics, and two handmade Piglottie Productions cards! I loved the first bag that Piglottie made for a swap in reds, yellows and oranges, and I was made up to receive one of my own. Thanks again PL, it really made my day!

I wish I was having some measure of success with my own PIF project plans though! I think I have settled on a pattern now, but not after much cursing at my own knitting ability this week - possibly the onset of a bit of a cold going through me.

Anyway - here's some pretty yarn!

Top to bottom - Posh Yarn Lucia in "Gigue", Posh Yarn Helena in "Evocative", and yarn Yard sock in "Sandstorm" with a 50g contrast skein of "Bitter Chocolate". Yummy! I bought enough Helena to make a tank top as I loved the muted colours and the idea just crept into my head ;-)

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

How Many Hats?

The post title being a tribute to a sketch from "Armstrong and Miller" last night, which had me in stitches. I missed the first episode last week (probably still in mourning as "Not Going Out" had ended), it's absolutely hilarious and one of the songs is still going round in my head.

Speaking of hats I do have one to show you. We are having a KAL on the Mighty Boosh group on ravelry, for the hat Vince wears in the episode "Tundra". Mine is knit in Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Chunky (Red Ink), fudging a couple of different patterns together and winging it to some extent. I did a single crochet (US terminology) edging all the way round to stabilise the edges and help reduce curling, and the cords are in i-cord.

This is pre-blocking, it's now blocking on the slightly precarious combination of glass head on upside-down bowl, with some bubble wrap to pin the flaps and edges to. Once dry I'll be adding pompoms, and then some needle-felting to turn it into a Glam Rock Ski Hat :-D

I've not really touched any other knitting since my last post, but there are a few things to show. First up a gorgeous skein of Yarn Yard sock in shade "Conker":

And Posh Yarn Laura in "Moorland":

I was lucky enough to win two prizes in terri's recent fundraiser raffle on the Crafty Threads forum - I picked a Kool Aid dyeing kit:

and the Amy Butler "In Stitches" book (which has all the patterns neatly stashed in a pocket inside the front cover):

In books, I've finished "Postcards" which I thoroughly enjoyed, and have now dug out Neil Gaiman's "Stardust" as it seemed timely! If you've never read any of his novels I definitely recommend "Neverwhere", which was also adapted for television.

I've also finally invested in a set of straighteners, in the end I went for BaByliss Pros instead of GHDs. These things are just genius. My hair is ever so thick and tends to kink and curl, the difference is incredible!

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