Start and Finish Itis

I had a massive case a of startitis last week, but it’s resulted in a couple of fairly quick finished objects.  Hats seem to be my new socks; they’re just as portable, faster, and for good causes.

First,  we have the Head Hugger Inside Out Chemo Cap.

Pattern:  I did this in the round, because my goal in life is to avoid seaming.  I also used smaller needles, and will use smaller still when I make this pattern again.  This pattern in a cotton was recommended by a cancer survivor in my knitting guild.  She said it was comfortable, soft and easy to wear.

Yarn:  I’m in love again.  This time, it’s Ty-Dy, in Tealberry.  It’s either not quite worsted weight, OR its drape is so much better than your average cotton, but either way, I had to go down TWO needle sizes from the pattern to get gauage, and honestly, it’s still probably a smidge big, especially for a woman with little or no hair.  It’s so soft, so pretty, and I wish I’d done the Clapotis in it after all.  There are two variations on Clappy that I like, so it’s not out of the question…  The only drawback is this isn’t a machine wash cotton.  Hand wash, line dry, so it’s not ideal for a lot of things I generally use cotton to knit.  Pity.

Needles:  The band was done on #6 Knitpick steel Options, and honestly, I think that’s the best looking part of the hat, in terms of the knit of the fabric.  The rest of the hat was done on #8 bamboo circs of unknown origins, and particularly once I got into the decreases, no amount of caution could prevent a few sloppy stitches. 

I do hope that whomever ends up with this hat think it is worth the trouble to hand wash. 

Both the hat and this little monster were done for Sublynnminal Healing.  It’s a Ravelry group, but if you’re interested in donating to a great cause, I’m sure you can contact Ann directly and she’ll accept your donations.  I get the pleasure of submitting my items in person later this week at our monthly lunch date.

Pattern:  Lovable Toys from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, in the rabbit version.  (Duh?)  Can’t see me doing this one – in any version – again.  I hate holding yarn double, and even knitting it with a bulky weight, I still wouldn’t have enjoyed it.  I mentioned above that I hate seams, and I think there were a million on this bugger.  No changes at all, other than substituting yarns and going down a needle size.  I just don’t think it’s that cute, but maybe some little person will love it anyway.

Yarns:  The body was done in Red Heart Baby TLC White Sparkle.  Pardon?  There’s nothing baby about this yarn.  It’s too rough in my opinion, unless you’re using sandpaper for wipes on the tot.  It should hold up well as a toy, I guess.  It’s pretty though, and I guess that’s why I bought it.  I used Lion Brand Fun Fur for the ears because I didn’t have any angora and wasn’t using Kidsilk Haze on a child’s toy.  Besides, I wanted it to be machine washable.  (I hate eyelash yarns.  HATE them.)  On top of it all, it’s just not as cute as I thought it would be.  I used scrap cotton for the eyes, and Lion Brand Baby Homespun scrap for the nose, because that was the only soft pink yarn I could find. 

Needles:  I think I used my big ol’ plastic darning needle most of all, but I used two Addi #5 circs for the knitting.  Love my Addis, I do.

Since I’m in search of a machine wash and dry cotton blend for a special baby blanket I need to start, I cast on for the Floppy Brim Chemo Cap immediately upon finishing the Inside Out.  This will either be my June donation to Sublynnminal Healing to my guild’s ongoing collection.  I would like to do at least one hat for each group monthly, starting now.  I guess that means I owe River City Knitters two hats at the next meeting, for May and June. 

For the record, the cotton blend isn’t bad.  At this point, if I can find ANY cotton blend in the color – soft purple? – the mother to be has requested, I’ll buy it.

I did some shopping yesterday too, but Sissy has just gotten in trouble for not coming when the Knight called her, so I need to go broker peace.


18 comments on “Start and Finish Itis

  1. graceyas says:

    love your knitted items They are so cute, I want to do at least one more animal before I send this month’s box to ANN! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  2. Nichole says:

    Great FO’s – and charity knitting at that!

  3. Amanda says:

    You got in a nice amount of FO’s during the week!

  4. MrPuffy says:

    The hat and the bunny are both great. I love the fun fur for the ears – too cute! Both will be well loved. BTW, I love to wash handknits by hand and have never put anything into the washing machine. It’s like washing a baby for me. It comes out all clean and new.

  5. Wendy says:

    Sarah finished the hats that we did and I have to mail them off. They’ve been sitting here for a few weeks. I feel bad, but eventually they WILL get there.

  6. Mary says:

    Love the FO’s..especially the bunny, thats so cute!!!

  7. Amy says:

    Aww – what a cute rabbit!!!

  8. crimsonpurl says:

    Luv all the charity knitting items!

    I am workin’ on a few small pieces too! :o)

  9. Bubblesknits says:

    I love the rabbit! 🙂

  10. graceyas says:

    stop by my blog and vote for your favorite shawl one lucky winner gets yarn, there are several ties at the moment so give me your input too!!

  11. StarSpry says:

    The chemo cap looks great! And the rabbit really is cute. I’m sure whoever gets it will love it 😀

  12. Barbara says:

    Did you look at CottonTots? They make super soft 100% cotton yarn. Great yardage for a great price and a really nice purple color. I would strongly recommend it. (Plus, if they don’t carry it in your area, I would be happy to drop a skein in the mail to you, just ’cause you should have the opportunity to try it.)

  13. gaylen says:

    I think the bunny is cute! So sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy it as much as possible. I need to get more hats going. g

  14. KM says:

    I was going to say Cotton Tots too. I knit with it last summer. It’s super soft. Not expensive at all. And I have seen it in light purple/lavender.

  15. anniebananie says:

    I love the hat. And contrary to what you think, I think the bunny is adorable. It couldn’t have been that bad, could it?

  16. Nancy says:

    Oh, the bunny is cute! I looked at those toys in the book and thought I might try, but I’ve run out of knitting time and lose a whole week next week. I hate seaming as well, so maybe it’s better I didn’t. I wonder if “RockStar” would be considered a toy? That, I know how to do!

  17. Anita says:

    I like the bunny, he’s cute. 🙂

  18. fireflynights says:

    Cute little bunny.

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