My first non-hat project of the new year! Okay, so I actually started this a long time ago....like maybe December of 2010. It was put aside in favor of the year of hats project and it took this long to pick it up again. I am glad to cross this one off my 'knitting to-do list."
Watch and be amazed:
It starts as an adorable little mouse. Can't you hear it squeaking away? Then something crazy happens:
Oh, wait for it, wait for it.....POP! Now it's an elephant. Super awesome.
This pattern is from a great knitting book called Itty Bitty Toys by Susan Anderson. It has adorable patterns and I particular love the author because she's from Madison! I even have my very own signed copy. I did modify this particular pattern. It is actually supposed to be a cat that turns into a mouse or a lion that turns into an elephant, but I thought it would be way cuter to have a mouse and an elephant reversible. This little yarn and stuffing charmer is a birthday gift for a little flesh and blood charmer that I know who is having a birthday soon! I will posted pictures once the gift has been delivered.
Other projects in the works:
I want to make Squeaker an Advent calendar this year. Naturally, it has to be a knitted calendar. My great friend Amanda made one a few years ago--24 little stocking hung by the fireplace with care. I absolutely loved the idea and I plan to copy her. I'm going make 24 little mittens though. I'm starting now, because I figure if I can make a few mittens a month between now and November, it will be way better than trying to make 24 mittens in the month of November (which is what I would typically do) and being completely sick of the project.
Also, a baby sweater! I found a fabulous pattern on Ravelry for a top down baby sweater and it's on my needles now. I hope to have some pictures soon.
Well. I'm done. I actually made 52 hats in 52 weeks. Looking back, I can't believe it. I did a rough calculation and I knitted at least 100,000 stitches in that time. Wow. If only I had a dollar for every stitch.....
Here were the work horses of my year:
2 sets of size 6 bamboo circular needles, 16 inches. I made every single hat this year on these needles. I bet they are glad to take a rest now.
My other never-leave-home-without-it standby:
My handy-dandy knitting kit. It has my essentials, like scissors, a tape measure, a crochet hook. Plus the really important things like chapstick and hand-lotion.
So, what now? It makes me sad to think that my blog is all done because I knitted my year of hats. I went through my list of hat ideas and I still have a bunch I want to try to design and make. While I don't think I am mentally prepared for another year of a hat a week, maybe a hat a month? Here's what's still on my list:
2.Robin hood hat
11.Sweet pea hat hat
15.Princess leia hat
16.Darth Vader hat
That's almost 2 more years right there. Plus, I have all sorts of other knitting projects in mind.....Let's do that then, shall we? My new blog is a year of hats--a new hat for every month, plus some other fun knitting stuff on the side.
Well, Squeaker is napping, so I'm off to knit something completely un-hat-related!
I finished the very last hat in plenty of time to meet meet the year-deadline. Whew. I then spent the next 3 days trying to get Squeaker to leave the hat on long enough to take a picture. Most of the time we wound up with something like this:
Finally, I was able to offer an attractive enough bribe for him to sit still for a couple of photos.
Crackers are amazing things.
This hat turned out so cute. I wanted it to look very different from the first penguin hat and I think I succeeded. I love the floppy little penguin feet and I particularly adore the giant pom-pom. I also stuffed the belly just a teeny bit so it has a nice plump look to it.
The hat didn't stay on terribly long, but the cracker covered baby was so cute I had to take more pictures.
Oh, so sweet! This little cow hat turned out great! I took a lesson from the giraffe hat I made and created a spotted pattern, complete with darling ears, and the best part:
It has 2 colored ears--one black, one white, as JM said, "Just like a real cow would." Heehee.
Squeaker looked particularly darling in his tiny bib-alls and flannel shirt. He now knows "hat" and will regularly point to his head when you say that word, or if you (or anyone else) has a hat on. It is, of course, stinking cute.
I love this hat! It was a pretty simple intarsia pattern. After spending a lot of time trying to draw some complicated pattern on various bits of scrap paper, I decided to go the easier route. It is a series of octagons in a row, with the two rows staggered. I considered making a third row, but ran out of green yarn. Or so I thought....I finished off the hat then found another entire ball of green. Whoops.
I love the crazy star pattern on the top! It turned out better than I had hoped.
My two turtles. Oh, right, you may not know this--the chocolate lab is named Turtle. 'Cause she's a chocolate turtle. Clever, I know.
Squeaks got a sit-n-spin for Christmas from his aunt and uncle and cousins. He LOVES it!