Saturday, December 27, 2008

See What You Think

Hi Knitters,
Isn't she pretty? I can't believe it's been 21 years since my niece was born. That was an exciting time. My mom babysat her for awhile and I was still living at home at that time. I remember never wanting to leave when she was over, we couldn't get enough of her. 

Well, I think she likes both of the hats. I showed her the magazine cover and she seemed to like the style of the hat.
Here she is in the black version. I failed to mention in the emailed version (I added it later to the blog) of my last post that I only used one strand of the Manos to work this cabled tam. I wish you could see this hat better, the black makes it get lost in the photo. It is really pretty up close.
The other niece had to give it a try.
Of course the nephew had to add his two cents. That is so funny, just look at him. What a mushroom.
After the birthday party the kids all went sledding. There's a Utopia hat, a Surefire hat and a Stripey Stocking hat in the mix. I love to see a big group of kids all wearing hats I knitted for them.
The Surefire hat is such a winner (on the left). My sons both wear their hats every single day and the hats just get better with the wear and tear. It is the perfect teenage boy hat, I swear.
My cute niece loves her Stripey Stocking hat straight out of Itty-Bitty Hats. She is almost 15 and the largest size in the book fits her just fine. You cast on 72 stitches to start, size 9 needles and Manos wool. You could even start with 80 stitches to get a 20-inch hat for an adult size head. I lined it with fleece and she says it is her favorite hat because it is the warmest.
This is another niece of mine. She and The Collector are only 2 months apart in age which is fun. It was a white out, quite foggy and misty. The sledding was extra fast.
The rosy-cheeked Collector has been having a wonderful holiday with her cousins.
My sister found these snowball-makers. They are really fun. You just put them right in the snow bank and close up the scooper and out pops the most perfectly round snowball I have ever seen.
I finished these socks this morning. These have been in the making for a looong time. It feels good to get things done. These are a Christmas gift, it's okay that they are a few days late. I will give them anyway.
I know someone will email me and ask so here is the information:
Opal #1702
Simple ribbed sock, k3, p1 pattern with a heel flap, top down
Cast on 64 stitches, size 2 dpns

The hat giving was fun and I think they were a hit. I'd like to make another one of the second version for myself. I'll have to dig around and see what I've got for yarn. One thing I continue to realize is that I am still completely obsessed with knitting hats. I simply love to knit hats and I can never have enough to choose from. It is the perfect project in my eyes.
Have a good weekend, Knitters. Hopefully you will all sneak a chance to relax and knit for a bit.
best, susie


Kim said...

Both hats are really cute on her! You two look so much alike! Definitely a family resemblance!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Great hats!

Looks like you had a great Xmas!

I love your finished socks. I was the one who emailed (or commented) when you originally started them, and had to get my hands on them. Since then, I think I ended up with 2 or 3 balls of them in my stash. Just had to have it! LOL. I think what happened was I ordered some online, but also had emailed someone on Ravelry who was destashing, and forgot that I ordered, and ended up with more than 1 ball. That's ok, I love self striping. Thanks for sharing your socks!


peaknits said...

What a fun family! And the hat looks great on darned near everyone:)

Joanne said...

I love all your cute hats and I love knitting hats also. I've knitted about 12 hats since Thanksgiving. Have you knit Turn A Square by Brooklyn Tweed? Very addicting I've knitted 9 of them since Thanksgiving.

Hilary said...

Your niece looks like you with blonde hair!

I'm going to try making your surefire hat for my (very bald) dad for his birthday coming up. I've been looking and looking for the perfect "beanie" style hat for him since that's what he wears all the time, and I think your pattern is the best I've seen. Wish me luck; dad is picky. :-D

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family you have!

Veronica Tingvall said...

I love both hats and your family looks like so much fun :-)
You have an award on my blog.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, lovely new year.
lots of love/Veronica

Margie said...

Hi Susan, I followed Veronica's award and found you. I am very glad to discover you, the hats are amazing. What a wonderful family you have. Happy New Year and I am adding you to my list of great people on blogs. Margie.

Betz White said...

that Collector has quite the sparkle in her eye! Such a cutie.

Cheryl said...

I liked the photo of the hats so well I went to the local book store, found the magazine and knit two for myself. Thanks