Sunday, February 20, 2011

Top Hats

Well done guessers - I am indeed making Tetsubou which I fell in love with as soon as I saw the pattern before Christmas. It's such a distinctive hat with that double hem framing the face isn't it? Being so patient before I started work on it was all the justification I needed to splurge on some of the super delicious Fyberspates Scrumptious to make it with. Rachel, you are the randomly selected victor so I hope I used the gift feature correctly on Ravelry!

Tetsubou has reached the end of the knit flat stage but no further so I've got some other pictures of top hats to share today. I was absolutely delighted to be sent a couple of Susan B Anderson books for review from Workman Publishing and I have dallied a little before writing about them so I had time to form a firm opinion of them.

First up is itty-bitty hats. Has it got you at hello?
Seriously cute babies abound in this beautifully styled book. It's got the magic spiral binding which makes knitting a pattern from a book so much easier as it lies flat and doesn't try and close on you. It's a substantial hard back book, heavy paper and absolutely faultless in terms of presentation. 
It begins with a couple of explanatory chapters that make me think this would make a lovely gift for a new knitter. Susan writes with a friendly style and explains the materials needed and covers the basics of knitting through all the techniques needed for the projects in a clear and accessible way. 
 Then come all the super cute and inspiring patterns.
 They're nicely laid out to keep guiding newer knitters and build on experience.
I think baby hats make a great welcome baby gift, slightly more realistic than some of the things I've dreamed of making my pregnant friends. There are plenty to choose from in here and if you wanted to try and convert any mums-to-be into knitting mums-to-be this might be the perfect book to do it. Give them the yarn, needles and book and then you'd have them time to go knit a Tetsubou for yourself :o) 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The sideline

Yus, actual knitting, done by me with something delightful from the collection.
Ooh it makes me happy looking at it. Here's a little fun for you, who can name the hat pattern I'm knitting from this start of a double folded hem on straights? Answers in the comments and in a few days I'll randomly pick a right answer and gift you the pattern to your Ravelry account (or another pattern of your choice if you have this already :o)

PS - If any knitter reading this still hasn't got a Ravelry account - I encourage you to sign up - it's free and, well, marvellous.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Abundance

The yarn coffers are brimming; there's been a lot come in this last week or so and for a moment or two I was feeling a little overwhelmed. 
January Sock Club Yarn 
My knitting time is not abundant at the moment and on the days when I don't knit a stitch all these pretty things seem over indulgent and my plans for them pie in the sky. 
Fyberspates Scrumptious Chunky and 4-ply for His 'n' Hers Hats
There are worse things to indulge in though and there's no sell by date on these beauties. Maybe I should  describe collecting yarn as my hobby rather than knitting, that's just a sideline!
Bought from the lovely lady at Crafty Yarns near Swindon - two skeins for a super squishy cushion cover
Even if I don't get all these new things knit soon perhaps they'll inspire me to get my stash storage sorted out. It was a job for the quiet days between Christmas and New Year at the end of 2009 so even with my ability to avoid anything too much like housework it's about time I got round to it.
Bargains from Wool in Bath - all the colours I wanted for the Sheep Yoke Cardigan
I've got a better idea, I can just go knit instead.
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