Friday, December 10, 2010

A Hat-tastic FO Friday

I love FO Fridays!  I must say the thought of Christmas motivated me to start these hats, but the idea of having FO's ready for Friday got me through weaving in ends and washing and blocking late at night.

At least these 3 are off the needles:

1) This Turn A Square hat calls for Cascade 220 for the background color, and Noro Silk Garden for the stripes.  I was so happy to find a use for another of my black walnut dyed skeins for the solid color.  For the stripes I had a partial skein of AmiAmi Faith leftover from making one of Veronik Avery's Short-Row Hats.  Unfortunately this soft, self-striping yarn is not being made any more, but any self-striping yarn would work in the pattern.

Pattern:  Turn A Square Hat by Jared Flood
Source:  free on Ravelry
Materials:  Cascade 220, hand-dyed with black walnuts; AmiAmi Faith yarn for the striping; US 5 and US 7 needles

2) Knitting this next hat reignited my Manos yarn love.  It's always gratifying to know that a yarn purchase is supporting sustainable economic development for artisans.  Besides, the yarn is great too.  Isn't this Wildflower colorway lovely?
Pattern:  Kim's Hats by Kim Hamlin
Source:  Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
Materials:  Manos Del Uruguay Wool Classica in "wildflowers"; US 9 needles

3)  I have been wanting to knit up my own leafy hat in a solid color for awhile now.  I think this Osprey yarn worked well.  It is so soft and squishy that I wish I could turn the blog post into a touch-and-feel picture book for you.

Pattern:  Falling Leaves Hat (my own pattern)
Source:  free on Ravelry 
Materials:  Quince & Co. Osprey yarn in "Frank's Plum"; US 7 needles

I've cast on for a couple of more hats which I will finish in time for Christmas, but with only 2 weeks to go until Christmas Eve, I won't have time to knit all the gifts I would like to give.   It's too bad, because I'm enjoying the idea of giving away hand-knit items even more these days.  Don't get me wrong, I've made many gifts since I've learned to knit, but at times I wasn't very confident about actually giving them away.  That has changed recently.  I'm not sure if it is because I am more confident in my own skills, or if I just have a greater appreciation for handmade items myself.  I've been trying to come up with a way of getting it all done while keeping things simple enough to hang on to the joy of the season for myself.  I've decided to give a few special people on my list gift certificates along with their Christmas cookies:
The actual certificate may need improving, but just to get
started I made these up in a few minutes on the computer.

What do you guys think?


  1. Love all the hats Shannon and you have very lucky friends and family to be recipients of your beautiful work. I feel fortunate to be one of those friends! Have a great weekend : )

  2. The hats are beautiful...I especially like your falling leaves hat. That yarn really brings out the design. The gift certificate is a brilliant idea. I like the layout and the colors, especially the retroish style presents.

  3. I think the certificate is a genius idea. I've thought of doing this myself. Since I started sewing things have got a little less frantic on the handmade gift front. Sewing is MUCH quicker than knitting - provided you use a machine of course

  4. Wow! All three of the hats are lovely. The Turn a Square looks amazing in those colors! And how gorgeous is that Wildflowers colorway? I've been really wanting to try Osprey, and your purple hat really makes me want to order some. Great job all around!

  5. I love manos and Wildflower is one of my favorite colorways. I'm thinking of giving my mom a gift certificate at Christmas too since she's been driving me nuts about making her more stuff. My mom thinks I'm her personal sweatshop LOL

  6. I think I've mentioned before, I just bought two skeins of Manos Maxima. It's so squishy, I can't wait to find the perfect project for it! I love the colorway of that hat.

    My favorite out of the bunch is the first one. Is it a hard hat to make? I have a skein of Mochi Plus I'd love to use!

  7. Your hats look wonderful. I added the first one to my ever growing queue.

    That certificate is a great idea.

  8. The hats are lovely, the photo shows some of the squishiness, but it would be great if blog posts could be squishable :)

  9. wow these are lovely, that purple is stunning, you sure are fast but i know what you mean about friday making you speed up lol

  10. Great hats! I especially like the falling leaves. I just bought some Osprey-- my LYS happens to be KnitWit in Portland, ME, so I get to pet it in person!

  11. Gorgeous hats, the purple leaves one is just lovely. x

  12. The hats are all beautiful. Really love your pattern! Frankly, the gift certificate is brilliant! May have to steal that idea myself.

  13. The yarn you used for the turning a square hat is just wonderful! (And I wish I could pet that falling leaves hat through my computer screen, too. It looks lovely.)

    The gift certificates are a great idea, I would love to receive something like that. :D Handmade items are the best, and (especially for people like me who are really picky about colours!) getting to have input about something handmade is fun.

  14. All your hats are wonderful! The yarns that you chose really worked out well for each pattern. The Turn a Square is handsomely understated. You can't beat the vibrancy and prettiness of that Manos colorway. It really brings out the playfulness of the hat pattern. And I am dying to knit with Osprey! I also love your gift certificate idea and will be stealing it ASAP. It takes the pressure out of knitting my husband's size 13 socks before Christmas arrives (especially since I haven't even cast on for it!) Thanks!

  15. Great hats! My knitted gifts have definitely improved with two years of knitting practice. It also helps to learn more about yarn -- I'm more confident this year that I've chosen yarn wisely for each of the gift projects.

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