Can you believe it?! I actually have THREE finished object reports for you. I’ll do two of them together in this post, and the third… soon. But first, if you want to hear about the fur-girls’ annual check-ups and Sissy’s latest eye pressure check, it’s up on their blog. I can’t say enough how blessed we are to have two fabulous veterinary practices caring for our dogs.
First up is the Flame On baby hat. OMG. Why didn’t anyone – other than Kathy and Kathy – tell me how fabulous colorwork/stranded knitting is?! I’ve done bits before, but this is the first finished object, and I’m over the moon now that it’s blocked. I should have taken a before photo, but just envision a little, lumpy, frumpy bowl…
Anyway, it seems that I just had to vent about my blocking block. Thanks for listening and understanding!
Project: Baby Hat 1-12. I know, name inspired by all the yarn companies I gripe about, but I have so many friends having babies from now ’til … oh, about 7 months from now, and I have a feeling several of these patterns will be done more than once.
Pattern: Flame On. AWESOME pattern. No changes, other than to splice in more orange on the top because I ran out of green.
Yarns: Yes, plural. The orange is a Gypsyknits fingering weight of unknown fibers (wool, but otherwise, dunno), because it was part of the snarky “Chan hates orange” birthday gifts Kathy and Anita gave me a couple of years ago. It was held double.
The green was leftover from a project of yore, from what is now Sunflower Yarns. Both are just yummy, fabulous bases with great colors.
Needles: DPNs, size 7. Actually, the very first DPNs I ever purchased… metal whatever brand from a major craft store.
Verdict: Can’t wait to do another. And if you’re a stranded noobie… block it before you panic. Like lace, stranded knitting NEEDS at least a light block to relax those floats and to allow everything to mesh.
Project #2 – Baby Hat 2-12. Actually, both of these will probably go to Baby #1 of 2012, due any day now. This hat is more large preemie to newborn sized, and is fairly thick. Flame On is nice and thin, and after blocking, probably fits 3-9 mos. or so, making it a good choice for late spring… I hope.
Pattern: Fetching Inspired Hat. I made a fair amount of modifications to this pattern. I cast on 45 stitches on smaller needles, and added the minty (clover – love yarns that name their colors!) green when I realized I was running out of the neutral.
Yarns: Patons Shetland Chunky in Aran (as in… those fab Irish fishermen sweaters?! get it?) and Patons Beehive Baby Chunky in Quicker Clover. I like the Beehive about 700 times more than the Shetland, especially for a baby noggin.
Needles: Those same beloved #7 DPNs. If I had it to do over again – and I will, but without the Aran color – I’d use #8s or #9s. The hat is rather dense and doesn’t have much give. I’ll advise the new parents that a nice bath and drying it over a large glass or vase will make it a bit bigger, when needed.
Verdict: Not a bad pattern, and very easily modified to fit virtually any head. Thanks Ruth, for putting this one on my radar!
What’s your favorite baby knit? I’m positive that before the late summer babies arrive, I’m going to get tired of hats. I also have at least four super-dear friends who “need” more than just a hat for their bambinos, but since at least one of them reads my blog fairly often… well, let’s just say there’s more than one reason I’m number baby projects! 😉