Monthly Archives: July 2013

Feeding the addiction

I am making a football hat for a friends little boys first birthday. Well I have been to 2 different yarn stores and no football brown yarn!! I went today to a third store and they thankfully had exactly what I was looking for. And it was just by chance because they just got it in yesterday. So yay for good luck.


Perfect football color yarn! What else does a girl with a huge stash of yarn already need? Nothing right? Well yes, I don’t NEED anything else but when you start walking around looking at all the pretty, pretty yarn and you feel how soft it is, well the line between NEED and WANT becomes a little blurry 🙂    When the lady that runs the store tells you the wool is 30% off the line disappears all together and you start sporting girl wood right in the front of 6 elderly ladies making prayer shawls!!

So this also happened. I refuse to feel ashamed. I will own my addiction and be proud of it. Who needs 12 steps when you have such a soft piece of fiber to keep you company. And the lady wound the hank for me. I think I will propose to her next time to see if she discounts needles 🙂 Image

What’s next?

I have spent the last several months knitting hat after hat after hat.  Everyone I know decided this was the year to have babies and what better gift then a cute little hat to cover a bald little human head.  Now that the last hat is in the finishing stages, I need to start on my gifts for Christmas.  Only problem is I have no idea what to knit!!!

I am thinking maybe mittens for the nieces and nephews, hand towels for the inlaws and grandparents. Not sure what will be put on the needles for the men in the family.  I am ready to get away from the round and round of hats for a bit though. Stay tuned for what is to come…

Stripe knotty top Hat

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Size 6 16″ circular needles

Size 6 DPN set or 4 or 5

2 skeins of chunky yarn, contrasting colors

I used LBY Babys first Bulky weight 3.5 oz, 120 yds

Mc Sea Sprite

CC Splish Splash

stitch marker

Tapestry needle

Gauge: 4 sts x 5 rows=1 inch in St st.


With circular needles

With MC CO 64

Place marker
Join round and knit 5 rows
Change to CC and knit 5 rows

Repeat these 10 rows once more
Knit 5 rows with MC

Decrease:  Switch to DPN when it starts to get difficult to knit on the circulars.
With CC
Row 1: Knit 6, k2tog Repeat for round

Row2: Knit 5, K2tog, Repeat for round

Row3: Knit 4, K2tog Repeat for round

Row4: Knit 3, K2tog repeat for round

Row5: Knit 2, K2tog, repeat for round

Change to MC
Row6: Knit 1, K2tog epeat for round

Row7: K2tog, repeat for round

Row8:K2tog, repeat for round(4 sts)

With remaining 4 sts knit I-cord for 8 inches.
Break yarn and with a tapestry needle thread yarn through the 4 live stitches and cinch tight. Thread yarn through  I-cord into center of hat. Tie Knot close to the bottom of the I-Cord

Weave in ends.

Stripe pom pom hat


For size newborn-6 months


Size 7 16″ circular needles

Size 7 DPNs

Tapestry needle

Stitch marker

2 Colors Worsted weight yarn

For the pink and green I used

Red Heart Plush baby 100g/176 yrds

Strawberry MC

Kiwi CC


With circular needles and MC Cast on 62 sts

Row 1-4: Place marker,  Join in the round and work a K1,P1 rib

Switch to CC and work in St st for 4 rows.

Switch to MC and work St st for 4 rows.

Continue working in St st. Alternating colors every 4 rows until piece measure 5 1/2 inches from cast on edge.

Break a long tail of yarn and transfer stitches onto 2 DPNs divided equally (31 on each)

Work Kitchner stitch* to close hat.

Make 2 medium or large pom poms, whichever you prefer using both colors held together and sew to either end of the hat.

*Kitchner Stitch is worked as follows:

Divide an even amount of stitches onto 2 DPN. Hold them parallel to one another. (one in front, one in back)

Thread tapestry needle with yarn tail and PURL the first stitch on the front needle, do not drop it off.  KNIT the first stitch on the back needle, do not drop it off. KNIT the first stitch on the front needle and drop it off the needle, PURL the stitch on the front needle, leave on needle. PURL first stitch on the second needle and drop it off. KNIT the stitch on the back needle. Repeat for entire length of stitches.  P,K,K,P.