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Hats 113 and 114: Live Long and Prosper

It's just 'cos I thought it'd show off the earflaps best, really...

And there we have it, I am up to date with the hat-knitting!

I love the yarn in the one on the left, it was random-act-of-kindness yarn, but I’ve run out. I also used up the last of that yummy Sirdar Country Style DK on that stripe.

I have no idea what the yarn is for the hat on the right, but it’s got lovely stitch definition and it’d make lovely baby clothes.

Back to reading now – I’m having a whooshy head day, and reading helps distract me from feeling like I’m falling over when I’m still sat down!

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 95-97: I haven’t stopped… much

A shoe box with cute little yarn cakes, three hats and a book

The leetle hat on the far right is Jarol Hyde Park DK

Knittingnanny on Ravelry sent me this wonderful RAK package. I am really looking forward to the book, and when I’ve read it I’m going to set up a reading ring so that lots of people can have a go too. I’ll almost certainly register it on BookCrossing beforehand, though I think you won’t need to be a member to join in.

And I just love the bright colours! The yarns are wrapped up so prettily, it was a joy to open the box and see them all sat comfortably bundled up. Love (1).

So, big thank you to Knittingnanny, I am going to enjoy using this yarn.

Regarding the epic delay, I’ve been feeling pretty manky, and also excited about some projects of my own, so I am two hats behind. I am going to try to catch up this evening. Here’s what I’ve been working on.

Click here for the sockulator to have a custom sock pattern.

First I finished a Noro sock, I have been dying to knit with the Noro stuff, because it has an awesome reputation. Anyone who knows me understands my revulsion at matching socks on my own feet, so I never have to knit the second sock of a pair. 🙂 Second sock syndrome? What is this?

Then I made a totally seamless hot water bottle cover that looks suspiciously like a crocodile, so I named him Brock. I may do a tail and some leg(gies), and write up the pattern for anyone who wants to make him too. 🙂

Blue hot water bottle cover, with EYES!


I promise, I will get back on track now.

ETA: Onoes! You can’t put links in captions, even though it acts like you can. Okay.

Sockulator (non-Rav link)

Jarol Hyde Park (Rav link)

Epic amounts of stash

Groovy leetle balls of yarn

Note the little tiny bunches - great, and totally useful, as the hats are so small. From Dravenxiv. 🙂

You will not believe how much wool I have now. Seriously, you, my readers, have rescued me! I’m never going to be able to make boring hats again, not even if I try really hard! Random Acts of Kindness for the win. 🙂

First of all, here’s the load I got from Dravenxiv today, forwarded from my old address (it may have arrived sooner, I don’t know).

Pretty little balls, all thoughtfully labeled

A very kind note from Doodles, too!

Then there’s this tidy sample from Doodles, who has fab taste and has kindly labeled all the samples. This is great, because it means I can tell you what the yarn knits up like and then tell you what it is, in case you want to get some of it.

And finally, the epic box of yarns from Turtlegnome, who must have a lot more space in her stash cupboards now; this means that either I will be taking the yarn to charity knitting events or I may have to knit a hat a day for 7+ years. Wow.

Huge box of fascinating yarn.


So, I am very grateful indeed to all of you, and I need never run low on yarn again. 🙂 If anyone would like to help me out, show their projects some lurve on Rav. Thank you so much for your very unexpected yarn-generosity!

Scraps again!

Eight very colourful and different balls of DK yarn.

I think they look quite tasty.

Look what pmcblonde sent me. 🙂 They’re so beautiful, they could be an air hostess. They’re so beautiful, they could be a part! Time! Model! (YouTube link)


I just love all the colours, and they looked so pretty in the winter sunlight.

Please say thank you to pmcblonde by checking out her Flickr stuff or her project page, both of which are very much knitting pr0n. Seriously, people like her keep this project ticking along – I can’t knit other projects fast enough to have unwanted scraps of DK to keep me going! Thank you. :):):)

ETA: She said this on Rav: In there is rowan soft lux, some dk hand dyed by Woolbird, some hand dyed green/blue yarn (possibly by Wyndwitch) from the early days of RAK, some matchmaker dk, regia 6ply, and some unknowns (grey and the lavender).

Hat 16: Sheepy beanie

Plain white stockinette hat

Hat 16: Nothing to report

This hat is really boring, and I have no excuse. Mostly I was trying out the yarn, which I’ve never used before. It was one of several balls of scrap yarn that were sent to me on the Random Acts of Kindness forum on Ravelry, and the sender very kindly included labels for all of the yarns! This one is labeled Bergere de France Berlande, which, miraculously, is on Ravelry.

I have to say, it is yummy to work with. Sewing-wise, it got a bit strangly. But to knit with, it’s got a fascinating texture that I enjoy and I can imagine that something a bit bigger than an Innocent hat might feel great in scarf or similar. Shame it’s discontinued, eh?

Ooohh, and a shameless plug. 🙂 I have a new sock pattern for sale, it’s called Spiralicious. Here it is on Rav, and here it is on Coriandr. Thank you for paying attention for this shameless plug. /shameless plug

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