Wednesday, August 30, 2006


A couple of weeks ago I began making my Christmas knitting list. In its uncompleted state it was overly ambitious, but unwaivered I pushed on and began assembling the supplies for some of these projects. The first was a hat for my dad. He had suggested (likely in jest) that he wanted a skull and crossbones hat for Christmas. Well, ask and I shall deliver.

we call them pirates for dad 2
Sorry about the weird picture. I was trying, but it's almost scary. I had to make it black and white, because my skin tones were frightening me in color.

Pattern: We Call Them Pirates from Hello Yarn.
Yarn: Devon from Elann (100% virgin wool, unshrinkable, sport weight)
Needles: US 4, 16" circular
Started: August 27, 2006
Finished: August 30, 2006

we call them pirates for dad 1
we call them pirates for dad 3

This was a really fun project. It was my largest attempt, yet, of multi-coloring stranding (or whatever you want to call it). Once I got started, this hat flew off the needles despite the size 4 needles. The yarn label says "unshrinkable," but I don't know what that means. However, I'm going to test it out, because I would like for this baby to shrink just a bit. My gauge was off (what else is new?) so I added an extra panel to accomodate. Unfortunately, it came out a bit larger than I had intended.

Next up: Felted Kureyon bag for my mom. I'm also looking into some leather handles to finish it off. I have an idea in my mind. I'm loving the Felted Floral Bag created by Eunny Jang last year. However, I decidedly do not have her skill or eye for detail, so we shall see. But I love the way she finished this bag, so I'm hoping to do something similar only in a different shape, without the floral motif, and in Kureyon stripes.

3 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Wool Winder said...

Great job on the color stranding!

Liz said...

LOVE the hat! I think I'll make one too. Great job!

BAM said...

OOOh, what a fun hat....I get a kick out of the skulls!`

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