Remember the old cartoon “Fat Albert?” There was a character who wore a hat that covered his whole face, with holes cut out for his eyes.
All I need are the holes!
As you’ve probably guessed, that’s my bucket hat in its pre-felted state. Huge, no?
But lookie here! After only one trip through the washing machine, it was magically transformed into this:
I thought it would take three washes to do it, but it took just one.
I’m here to tell you that Colinette Skye yarn felts beautifully.
I made a large hat, partly because I have a big head (that’s big head, not swelled head) and partly because I wanted a hat that would fit loosely and not smoosh down my curls too much. This one does the trick. The only thing I’d do differently is to not make it as tall from top to bottom. So now I know for the next one.
For all your nice comments yesterday. Lucy does indeed love her kitty bed and I am going to have to make her another one, for the bedroom. She usually sleeps on my bed, but sometimes she drapes herself on top of a dresser, and it would be nice if she had a cosy comfy bed there.
She’s not . . . spoiled . . . do you think?
Anyhow, I encourage all of you who have small fuzzy critters who might like a bed to make one. It’s really really easy, and it can be knitted from any feltable bulky wool, with or without the fur edging. As I mentioned before, I’ve posted the free pattern on my website. It’s available as a link from my knitting page (look under “Knitting Gallery in my sidebar).
At least two of you who have blogs I’ve read have adorable toy/teacup poodles. Those tiny tots deserve felted beds!
I’ve made a Fern page, also linked to from the main knitting page. Don’t bother to go there, because the only photo there is the one I posted yesterday. But if I have time and the weather cooperates, we’ll take some outside photos over the weekend. I’ll let you know.
Yup, I knitted it in 20 days. See? I told you it was entertaining.
And Lolly, if you’re reading this, I’d love to follow Vanessa’s suggestion and have a Fern Day Out at MDS&W sometime. We could be the Bad-Ass Fern Girls!
I started knitting the HeartStrings Soft Cables Mobius Scarf in Peruvian Collection Baby Silk (80% baby alpaca 20% silk) in color “peridot,” held doubled, on size 5 US needles — pattern and yarn bought from Elann. I think calling it a cowl is more accurate.
I started this at 2:00am yesterday morning — I’m an insomniac. This is the first time in years, though, that when I can’t sleep I’ve turned on the light and started knitting. I figured — who am I kidding? I’m not going to sleep again before my alarm goes off at . . . ahem . . . 4:25am, so I might as well do something constructive.
I left it on the couch last night and got up for a minute. Then the phone rang. When I returned to the couch, I saw this:
And I saw this:
She looks just a little too innocent, doesn’t she? I couldn’t get angry with her because it was my own fault for leaving it unattended. And the yarn is quite alluring.
Well, I decided she did me a favor, because I thought I’d like the pattern better knitted in something with a little more body. So I started it again with some Noro Cash Iroha (40% silk, 30% lambswool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon) on a US 7 needle. And I like the results much better.
And I love my macro lens!