Posts Tagged 'pink'

Hats 168 and 169: Craft Caddy from The Knitter

Pink folding box with 3 pockets, and two hats perched on it

Sleepy kitteh cameo

This is the free craft caddy I got with my £1-for-3-issues offer of The Knitter. 🙂 Admittedly, it smells of plastic for a few days after you unwrap it, but I’m finding it really useful because I can always locate the list to tick off the hats. Speaking of, check out the hats today! One has a go-faster stripe. I guess technically they *all* have go faster stripes, but hey, shhhh.

ETA: By the way, I have started the April Challenge on and it is really good! What a relief to get all this stuff out of my head when I start my day. Also, I am already a turkey. *beam*

Hats 162 to 165: Textured

Stroke screen for full texture appreciation

Voila, I am all up to date with the hats! I thought this day would never come! Two of them, the hats with purple in, are a fascinating combination of textures – the purple is rough, and the pink is smooth, slippery cotton. They’re great to feel with your eyes closed.

This is what I will be reading tonight, relevant, hey? Soon I’m going to be starting a Ravelry bookring, and this book will be registered on BookCrossing to make it easier to track.

Today I did epic planting and gardening, and now I’m watching Glee and working on my sock yarn blanket. I just watched the pilot of Glee, so for people who remember the closing song, here is a Spotify link for you.

Hats 160 and 161: Spot the hats

It's hidden in plain sight!

A clue? You want a *clue*?

Here are two hats made with that pink Luxury Soft Cotton DK by Sirdar. (In case you are curious, it’s a very splitty and slippery yarn, but makes a nice soft fabric with a lovely drape.) One is using some of the 5-ply from the Epic Shawl.

As you can see, I got my issue 17 of The Knitter through the post today. It was in a special offer – I get three issues worth £5.99 in the shops, plus a free craft caddy, for £1! Yes, that is ONE BRITISH POUND.

In other news, I have made a nice header! I win!

ETA: You may enjoy following my friend Mazzle’s blog, which can be found over at – do iiiiit!

Hats 115 and 116: Epic Fame

One with a blue fringe, one with a pink brim and red bobble

It's the crazy wool again! Run awayyyyy

Today I managed to catch up a bit on the hats I’ve not been making for the past couple of days. It’s been a bit stressful and tired here, and I’m sorry I’ve been a bit lax. I should do three tomorrow, if I can.

But, today was also exciting! Because I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

It has always bugged me that crafters on Etsy, Folksy, etc etc, undervalue their crafts and then undervalue everyone else’s, too. But it’s not something I’m furious about, because there’s no way anyone can make a living by knitting. People on Rav get really caught up in issues about:

  • Copyright. “What if I design a pattern and then someone else knits it up and sells it? I find that offensive!” (If you wrote a pie recipe and someone made one and sold it, you wouldn’t be owed a penny, so shush.)
  • Undervaluing. “Someone on Etsy (or similar) is selling wristwarmers, custom made, for £/$/€ 5! That barely covers yarn costs. How are we meant to make a living if people aren’t charging sensible money for their time?” (Some people are silly and don’t value themselves, and that’s nothing to do with you, so shush. I have to say this to myself sometimes.)

But the great thing is, neither of these things matter. Because if you were to charge sensible money for your hours of knitting time, no one would buy it. It’s basically impossible to make a living from actual knitting. (Selling your patterns, if you work hard, is possible.) In this particular handmade craft site listing, I point out the time taken to knit a very simple item, convert it to money (a bit over minimum wage), add on extra expenses, and then mark the price at this realistic amount. It’s a pair of stockinette socks, and it’s priced at £208.70. (ETA: There’s a discussion on Rav here, if you’d like to join in.)

The page has had, since 11:30am this morning (about 12 hours ago), 1624 hits. That is, to me, phenomenal. More than four times the number of visitors this blog had when Innocent promoted it. It’s been retweeted on Twitter 30 times that I know of. That is like FAME. None of the people that saw the listing had this blog URL though. 😛

Exciting, hey?

Hats 111 & 112: Gender neutral

Rosa the kitteh, with two striped bobble hats

Rosa is a feminist kitteh, she approves.

So, two hats today! I am only one hat behind now. The first hat is misc pink acrylic with stripes of Sirdar Country Style DK (very nice indeed), and the second is blue and pink – gender neutral, once again chosen by Sir Kirsty.

I could just do one more hat tonight and be up to date, but I’ve had a busy few days and now I’m tired so I’m going to read in the bath. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm bath.

Hats 109 and 110: Pushy

One with ear flaps, one with a bobble

Observe how the hippie turns an unwanted disk from a plug-and-play tech into a coaster.

Yesterday was a Big Day. Sir Kirsty was hear to witness some of it. First of all, in the morning I asked @innocentdrinks to promote my blog. They did, and over the course of the day I got nearly 400 hits! Woo. 😀 Below is a little graph of the hits, compared to other days.

Under 50 for every day except yesterday, when it went up to 375 views!

Back down again today, I notice. 😛

Also, I made these two hats, one with earflaps. Kirsty picked the colours for both, and insisted on earflaps. She’s so pushy!

And finally, I got some awesome earthy woolly goodness through the post from the gorgeous Jae, who has done some lovely things for me in the past. She is lovely; if you see her in the street (she’s oop North), give her a cuddle from me.

5 balls and one cone of yarn! And a very sweet note. :)

I particularly like the look of the stuff on the cone. 🙂

Hats 107 & 108: Bleh

Multi-coloured stripes and ridiculous fringe - two hats


I’d like to say something interesting about these hats, but all I can think of is “Bleh”. I had some episodes of things to catch up on, which were very bleh, especially the last ever episode of Dollhouse. And I was just fulfilling my duties as a Big Knit knitter (two a day until I’m back on track), until I can kick back and do the nice relaxing things like have a bath, and try out the eBook reader, and such.

I do like the mad fringe, though. And I’m only 2 hats behind now.

Rosa is staring at me, so I’d better see what she wants. Kthxbai!

Hats 104 & 105: Surprising hat

A blue hat with a mad fluffy brim and a pink-ish hat with bobble

The camera fell over

So, I made a hat yesterday and I found this blue fuzzy one in the box and I’m confused about whether I’ve counted it or not so I’m going to work it out and get back to you.

In other news, I have an eBook reader, Mattie may be guest-blogging sometime soon, and it’s a lovely day!

This smoothie hat could’ve been modeled on an actual smoothie bottle, but I wanted to tell you about this organic tomato ketchup you can get from Lidl which is cheaper than Heinz. Buy it instead, and help to save the little ecologically diverse and helpful buggies and birdies and stuff!

Hat 79: Low on scraps

The hat, on a bottle in the scraps box, with a woefully small number of balls


I’ve done it before and I’ll probably do it again. Voila, a photo of the hat, but cunningly inserted into the scraps box. It’s a bit like Where’s Wally, and it also sneakily shows you how little wool I have left for hats so that you feel guilty and promise to send me more. Oh, and it shows my snazzy interchangeable needles and the checklist.

It’s probably best for all concerned if you ignore the big ball of pinky orange acrylic. I use it in such small doses in actual hats to preserve the optical health of you, the good readers. But in such a large amount…


ETA: Oh yuss, and I sewed the knitted patch onto Sven’s ear flap (Rav link), voila again:

Woof, clearly

Hat 78: Yesterday

Yellow and orange hat

The awesome blanket is slightly bigger, but that's okay 'cos it took longer

This is yesterday’s hat – the first of the new year, 2010. Two-thousand and ten sounds cool, but twenty-ten sounds more futuristic. I like the latter more.

This is made from random yellow DK acrylic stuff and Debbie Bliss “Cathay”, and I’m running seriously low on scraps. I predict that in a couple of days I’ll be down to that fugly pink and the fascinating purpley twisty stuff. Uh-oh.

On the bright side, I finished Sir Kirsdy’s scarf:

Pink 1x1 ribbed scarf with variegated yarn and my label on

Oooooo, it's so pretty, you knows it is

And later on, I’m going to see Sven to sew the knitted patch onto his amusing hat. Photos to follow.

Much progress! A satisfying start to the year.

PS: This post has some great tips for keeping new year’s resolutions, that will work on your brain, all year round! Top Ten Mind Hacks for Making Your Resolutions Stick

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