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FO: Colour Me Pretty Hats

Winter’s coming!  Must be time for new hats.

Well, it’s Autumn anyway, and you know that I’m a total hat addict, any excuse for a hat knit… And while knitting a hat is fun, knitting two is better.

Hard to believe, but these two cute Colour Me Pretty hats are my first time knitting any of Elena Nodel’s gorgeous patterns. Surprising mostly because she designs gorgeous patterns, mostly for little girls. And I do love to knit for my girls! I have quite a few on my want list for this winter, and I have serious difficulties deciding which ones I love the best. I think Paprika might win out for the next cast on for Miss 5.

I had lots of fun knitting these hats. First up was one for Miss 5.  I made hers from some bright pink Spotlight Moda Vera DK weight yarn, with white contrast. The pattern suggests that you can use multiple colours for the different colourwork parts in the hat, with even a rainbow of colours shown in the chart. But having looked at the projects on Ravelry, I decided a simple contrast would be effective. Also I wanted to knit this from stash. I managed to get this out of one ball of yarn – just!  I had nothing at all to spare when I cast off.

**note my attempt to get a photo of Miss 5’s four missing front teeth being foiled by a cheeky tongue!**

I followed all of the instructions but I got the first bit of colourwork a little bit tight. I’m pleased to say that the rest is okay, and the second hat was fine.

Of course no sooner had I knit this than a second hat was required. In green. Some children are SO predicable!  But with no cute greens in stash, I needed a quick trip to the yarn shop… I grabbed some lovely Naturally Loyal DK in a lovely light green, which Miss 3 loves. She knew exactly what it was for when I unwrapped it. And insisted I cast on right away.

 

Each of the hats took 2 nights of full on chart following to knit, plus a bit more time for the easy bits. I did enjoy it despite this – I’ve rated it as Medium on Ravelry – nothing especially difficult is involved, but it does take a lot of chart following to get this done.  That said, I’d do it again if I was asked. But I am all out of small girls to knit for!  Ah well, there’s always the matching sweater I could knit…

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Benji at the beach

I’m really pleased to announce that my new pattern Benji is loaded up  and ready for sale.  It has been in testing for the last couple of weeks and I got such great feedback from my fabulous test knitters – it saw an extra couple of sizes being added to the pattern, and some instructions for making a custom fit beanie, because despite what some patterns would have you believe, one size really doesn’t fit ‘all’ very well! 

I have knit five of these in different sizes while I was developing the pattern- Miss 2’s above was knit first, and is a little tight – moving up a needle size didn’t change the gauge but it does change the way the fabric behaves – so, I really recommend you use 4.5mm needles for a more flexible fabric. 

Miss 3’s was knit next. I adore the 100Purewool yarn – the hats for all us girls are in this yarn – this is the undyed and the Quebracho. Delicious, and topped with a Buttons By Benjii button it’s really popular with its owner.  In fact the fourth hat I knit is indentical except in Newborn size, for her not-so-anatomically-correct baby doll.  I didn’t photograph this one yet because it’s minus its button. I *know* I have one more from this set somewhere, but the *where* is currently alluding me.

And then one for me…

In Chocolate and (I think) Lust.  I love it – I think this may be the first beanie I’ve ever owned. Certainly I’ve not been a fan before, but it fits well and is super soft and really warm.  I’ll definitely be getting lots of wear out of it.

And the final version was the man-sized one. The Robot button was custom made for me – a gift from Nicci at Buttons by Benji.  The yarn is John Q Heathers – and it took just a smidge over 1 ball (thank goodness for another ball in the stash!) and the variegated yarn is some Wool Company Seaweed.   Heathers is not the softest of yarns, but it passes Dh’s scratch test, so that’s good.  And another good fit 🙂

All these pictures were taken today at Oakura beach. Sundays are, for us, usually a family day. Sometimes it includes visits to friends, fortnightly we visit the library, and sometimes we just hang out at home. Today Miss 3 suggested we went to the beach. She dressed herself in short shorts and a t-shirt with a long-sleeved shirt underneath. The sun was shining in through the conservatory, warming the house up. She suggested she pack her togs. Despite the fact she is ready for summer, and it was a beautiful day, there is no denying the fact it’s still winter here. She was amenable to suggestions of warmer clothes and we packed a snack and headed off. I packed lots of beanies for a quick photoshoot while everyone played. DS made a hut out of driftwood, the girls found tiny shells and threw sticks into the river.  Everyone wrote (or ‘wrote’) messages in the sand. And eventually we all packed off home, tired and hungry. Miss 3 commented in the car “We came to the beach because I thought of it.”  And what it brilliant idea it was. Thanks sweetie!


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