Sunday, August 3, 2008

Scarves for Sister-in-laws

I sure do hope my in-laws dont read this blog. If they do, their surprises are ruined. I have 3 lovely sister-in-laws. I have 3 brother-in-laws and one brother. They are all married. You do the math. Anyway, 2 of the lovely ones are the mothers of my 2 newest nephews and neices. [And the other lovely one is married to my brother, to avoid confusion and unnecessary upset]. The new mothers' babies have had plenty knit for them (see below), and it kind of sucks when you become a mother and all the gifts are for the baby and none for you. So, I knit them both scarves. And because nobody loves a bitch-fight I knit them the same one in different colours.

Its this in Debbie Bliss Cathay, the grey/blue left over from my tank top, and bubble gum pink I also got in the JL sale. The pattern is originally meant for laceweight I think, but I like the way it came out in the heavier yarn. The weight makes for nice scarf hanging.
I used 2 skeins for each and they probably could do with being a little longer if you like scarves for flinging around. These are more the neck-warmer type. I may well knit one for myself actually. It was a great handbag/knit-while-you-natter project.

An Even Smaller Hat

This hat is for nephew, who is still tiny and as a boy, probably too macho for a pink berry hat (although I havnt met him yet, so I am guessing). The pattern is by Ulli S. Shibuya and knit in some RYC cashcotton 4ply I snagged in the John Lewis sale for silly money. I was trying to be smart and get coloured garter stitch stripes, but it didnt work out quite as I hoped. I also couldnt find a small enough bowl or large enough dolls head to model it on, just a plastic toy cup, hence its cake-like appearance. I dont think C has a cake-shaped head, so it should look better on him. I hope.

A Smaller Hat

I love this hat. I wonder if I should make an adult version. Would that look ridiculous? ;) Its for niece baby C, who is just over 6 months. I realised as making it that I have no memory of how big a 6 month old baby head is. Smaller than my father-in-law, presumably. Its from this pattern, and knitted in Debbie Bliss cotton angora, which is a dream to knit with, but has lousy reviews on Ravelry regarding wear. But how much grief does a baby hat get? Especially as it might not even fit. It did fit this bowl nicely though, which was great for blocking it a bit, and fantastic for photos :)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Hat for Silly Grampy

My father-in-law is a big guy. With a big head. At least I hope its big, cos this hat is huge!!

Its got a nice bit of low level cabling in which is pretty, but not too girly I hope. I managed to do it without a cable needle, which is good as those suckers are a real pain in the arse.