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Hi there!  Yeah, it’s been a while, but I have a *really* good excuse!  Ready?

From Misc Pics

This happened.

 

Yeah, Miss Abby Never-getting-married-never-having-children Jamaca is now Abby Wife-step-mother-of-two-mom-to-be Dryer.  You may take a moment to tell me that you told me so.  I’ll try not to block you out.

 

So, moving on!  After three months of Why-do-they-call-it-morning-sickness-when-it-happens-all-day fun, I’ve finally started to find my motivation to do something other than fall asleep on the couch before 8pm.  Seriously, I didn’t have the energy to eat or drink, let alone knit.  It was quite horrible.  But now, I’m getting back to normal (thank you, modern science and 2nd trimester!)

 

So, I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I have only finished 4 things THIS YEAR.  (Does my yarn know that it’s almost April?  I won’t tell if you won’t!) First, I’ll show you the most adorable thing that has ever been made by human hands (if I do say so myself)  This was mostly knit in 2011, but I finally got around to finishing the flowers and sewing on the buttons sometime in early March.

From 2012 FOs

I am totally in love with this thing, and really hope that the recipient gets a lot of use out of it. (and to the recipient’s grandmother, I’d love a modeled shot for the blog!)

I also tried to make a hat to match the dress, but as the title of this post says, I have a problem with hats.

From 2012 FOs

I think the hat is about as big as the skirt. It fits ME. This kid will be wearing this hat WAY after knitted bonnets aren’t cool anymore. whoops.

Then I finished another hat. This one I made specifically for me, so you’d think that it would fit me, right? Wrong. I refer to it as my silk alpaca bucket, because it looks like a bucket on my head. (although it is warm, so Chicago Winter doesn’t win as many battles against my ears)

From 2012 FOs

 

Now here’s my most embarrassing hat failure so far. A friend of mine recently had a baby, and I tried to design a hat for him (before I knew it was a him). I tried to pick a gender-neutral-but-still-cool yarn, so I pulled out my shibui sock yarn and picked up my favorite knitpicks needles. I looked up a few patterns to see how many to cast on, and added a few, because the last baby hat I made (other than the purple one) looked like this.

From Baby Stuff

Yeah, that poor child had a red ring around his head for a while after that particular outing. I wanted to avoid such head trauma for this child, so I made it a little loose… or so I thought.

From 2012 FOs

Yup, that’s a baby hat. On my head. And it’s loose.  This goes quite a bit beyond  ”loose-fitting baby hat”…

This wouldn’t be too embarrassing, but the truth is, due to my aforementioned ‘condition’, it took THREE MONTHS to make this hat. Seriously. THREE MONTHS to make a hat that HAS NO CHANCE OF FITTING THE RECIPIENT FOR AT LEAST A DECADE.

Yeah, awesome.

I’m working on a pair of socks now for Ed… I constantly check the size on his foot, so I know those will fit. Based on my current 2012 speed, he’ll have socks sometime in 2013. Woo!

Day Five: 1st April. And now for something completely different

This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.


This is my photographic history of socks…  (including a bonus picture of me taking a picture of my socks)

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Anyone who has followed my hat knitting knows that I have issues.  Gauge swatches, maths, and patterns notwithstanding, I have a *really* hard time making a hat that fits a real person.  Most of the time, the hats are too small, or I over-compensate and make a giant hat.  (see Tragic Hats)

So I shouldn’t have a problem making a preemie hat, right?  Just make a hat for a baby, and chances are, it will fit a preemie.

However, I’m having a really hard time conceptualizing a real-live baby with a head this small.  I have no basis for comparison for fitting purposes (grapefruit?  orange?  honeydew?) so I’m kind of winging it.

I am of the opinion that a hat that is too big will be just as bad as a hat that is too small (even though the baby will grow into a hat that is too big) I don’t want to over-emphasize how small the baby is right now.  I really want this hat to fit ‘just right’.  However, I have to make it and ship it to California – there are too many variables, including time.  This kid is going to grow… and I can’t wrap my brain around the sizing of it.

I even went so far as to follow a ‘pattern generator‘ for a very cute newspaper boy hat, but I’m still wary.

Here’s a picture of the hat-in-progress, with a standard-sized post-it note for scale.  (It won’t even fit on my smallest circular needle)

From Baby Stuff

Any suggestions?  Am I way off?

I was trying to make a very cute hat for me to wear this winter – while also making lots of things for Christmas…  I followed the directions to a T – with the exception of gauge swatching – that always gets me!

The first attempt at this hat started out okay – you knit the majority of it flat, then sew it up, pick up stitches all around, then close it up with ever-decreasing stitches.

I wrapped the flat piece around my head, and it fit perfectly.  I sewed the pieces together to make a circle, picked up the pre-determined number of stitches, decreased as directed, then had a hat that fit a 7-year-old.  ARGH!

From Tragic Hats

I didn’t want to lose momentum on my Christmas gifts, so I put the ‘kid hat’ on time out.  I couldn’t even give it to someone else – not the right gender, size, or colors at the same time….

Then, it got cold, and my hatlett thingy wasnt’ cutting it anymore (mostly because I only like the hatlett when my hair is up, and sometimes you gotta have your hair down!)

So this weekend, I ripped out the top of the hat and re-checked to make sure the ‘band’ fit my head.  It did.  Perfectly.  Which was good, because I was starting to doubt my sanity.

I picked up MORE than the pre-determined number of stitches, knit MORE rows than I was directed before I did the decreases *almost* as directed.

From Finished Stuff

And here you have it – a hat that almost fits!  Pictures of it on my head to come in the future….

Remember the Sleevies for my mom?  Remember how she needs TWO of them?  What would have made the most sense is if I had used a single skein per Sleevie. However, that is not an option.

Before I found the pattern for the Sleevies (and ignored it), I made a Blackberry Turned Camera Case for my mom:

From Finished Stuff

Now I need to figure out if I have enough yarn to finish the second Sleevie – or if I need to frog it and actually follow the pattern… I bought new batteries for the kitchen scale to measure the amount of yarn – check it out!

This is the weight of the Sleevie – 139.74 yards of yarn.

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This is what I have left – 82.2 yards of yarn.

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Crap.

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