Thursday, November 29, 2007

Knitting?

Hey, I finished something!



This is the Lace Edged Woman's Hat from the Head Huggers site, which actually specialises in chemo cap patterns. I just found the hat and thought it would be nice for Princess. It's knitted in a wonderful yarn called Sirdar Balmoral, a lovely blend of 72% wool, 25% alpaca and 3% silk. I have fallen for this yarn big style, which is a mistake as it's discontinued.

This hat is a good fast knit...I made it in an afternoon, and I'm not a quick knitter, and it took just under 100yards of yarn. I made the small size as recommended as I'm a loose knitter, and while it's a good fit for my bigheaded six year old it's also stretchy enough to fit me, nearly, and I have a big skull. Excellent pattern, ideal for a st minute present I would think.

I bought the yarn on Tuesday, in one of the charity shops in Haddington. They had a huge basket of vintage yarns, mostly acrylic but I did find a 1oz ball of Patons "Nylox" sock yarn (80% wool 20% nylon) in a rust colour that will coordinate perfectly with the left overs from my Anastasia Socks. Four 1oz balls of dark ruby 4ply Patons "School Knitting" in the same wool/nylon blend, also for socks. Two 1oz balls of Lee Target "Motoravia" 100% pure wool 4ply in dark pink, for socks or a scarf for Princess Top prize find though was the one and a bit balls of the Balmoral. Gorgeous yarn! Total cost for 8 balls of very useful and good quality yarn? £1.60, or $3.20 USA. I LOVE charity shops!

I've also been plugging on with the Dead Parrot and I've finished all the sections for my 3timesChic sweater. I doubt I'll be finished it for the end of November though, given the current swamp of chores i have waiting. Oh well...not to stress out about a sweater. I want to finish it though so I can get onto knitting something else. My very favourite old zip-up hooded cardigan has finally worn out under the arms after three years of almost constant wear. It's not mendable, so I need to replace it with something. I quite like this, the Zip Cardigan by Lorna miser, but there are lots of contenders out there.

Oh, and I finished painting Lad's room and am just waiting for the paint to dry before I shove all the furniture back. It looks a little more blue than I hoped (it's two coats of cream over a very strong sy blue) but there's no time now to put on a third coat of paint. Anyway, I'm going to have floor to ceiling shelves round three and a half sides of this room before I'm finished. No-one is even going to notice the paint colour has changed.

6 comments:

Queen of the froggers said...

The hat is great! Well done on the decorating, I hate decorating but like you am always the one with the time to do it!!!

gourdongirl said...

Well done on the FO. Better make a big thing of telling Derek since he thinks you NEVER finish knitting anything! David and him have lengthy conversations about this on a Sunday as I throw "daggers" at them and threaten nasty things with my pointy sitx!

zippiknits said...

Hey... That's beautiful, and soft looking. And it's Pink! Lovely!

I love decorating but it's been awhile since having to do it. Soon, I'm up again for it. Painting and draperies mostly. It's been very fun following along on the house renovations. Good Job!

yvette said...

that is a cute hat, I too love charity shop shopping, especially if you get goodies like yours.

Annie said...

Very pretty hat. If nothing else, you will know that the color has changed!

Liz said...

Oh Lord; Balmoral. Yes. I have about a ball and a half which started out as the black/white combo and got dyed purple somewhere along the line. Totally gorgeous yarn. It does felt like mad if given rough handling, but it's definitely one of those 'why on earth did they discontinue *that*?' yarns...