Monday, February 18, 2008

Blackout

Everyone knows what a blackout is, yes? Some people have medically related blackouts, some have anger blackouts, and then there's me: I have knitting blackouts. What do I mean by this? I mean I sat down to talk with a [close] friend last night and about three hours later I had 3/4 of a children's hat completed.

I don't [consciously] remember choosing to make this hat, finding the yarn, downloading the pattern, checking gauge (okay, realistically I know I didn't check gauge on this one), or any of the other preparation type activities that go into starting a new project. I'm starting to think that this might be the cause of my accumulated WIP collection though....sigh. I give you: Thorpe
Mr. pumpkin is hiding underneath this time...maybe he's camera shy tonight, who knows. Anyway, this hat was made for my fantastic manager's [sited here] daughter, Allie. She will be turning 2 in April, and cozy hats are never too plentiful this time of year in Wisconsin! Here are the stats:

Pattern: Thorpe
Designer: Kirsten Kapur
Needles: US 10 Addi turbo circulars
Yarn: Plymouth yarn Indiecita Baby Alpaca Grande
Start date: sometime (?) early a.m. 2/18 End Date: Afternoon 2/18

So exactly what happened during those hours between midnight and 3am, nobody will ever know. What is known is that a cute and simple toddler hat was born in the process. Modifications? Well, my gauge was obviously smaller so that's how I go the hat to be kiddy sized. Since the pattern size was making the hat longer and I didn't know Allie's actual head size, I opted to leave off the earflap part, despite how cute it would have been. Also, I used magic loop from the top down which was challenging at first, but better than futzing with DPNs in my opinion (also I didn't have any, and in my "haze" I decided I didn't care). The alpaca knit up so smooth and dense, and the double thickness of the colors will really help keep Allie warm!

Also, here is a shot of my pet chicklet helping me show off the other label Lindsey graciously gifted. This one is a little more feminine than the one I sewed into Koolhas, and I love them both equally.

And yes. I know that's not a real chicken, but I don't have cute cats to drape my knitting over...wind up toys will have to do.

16 comments:

Awesome Mom said...

Very cute!!!! I am sure that she will immediately pull the hat off her head and laugh. That is what my two year old does until I can convince him that maybe a hat is a good idea and even then the idea does not stick for too long. If you have enough yarn left over some hat ties might be helpful. I am hoping that some day my kids will appreciate my knitting.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

How cute is that hat. Love the colors. I don't necessarily have knitting blackouts. More like ravelry blackouts. Knitting blogs blackouts...where did my three hours just go! hehehe I'm enjoying reading yours btw.

And I love your pet chick...almost as cute as one of those kitties (or doggies in my case!).

mari said...

Very Cute!

It's amazing what you can do after midnight, huh? :)

Sarah G said...

You've received the "You Make My Day Award!"

PS: Awesome hat!

M Ward said...

I love your stuff.

I want some labels for my stuff. Except I have yet to gift much of it.

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Jenny said...

Interesting about your knitting blackouts...

I like your hat, and your pet chicklet! And the labels are great :)

Jon said...
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sweetp said...

That is one cute hat! Love the wee chick, what an adorable photo. Great blog, I've added you to my reader :)

~*Nick-Nack the Knitter*~ said...

Love the hat! Some kids really enjoy hats and gloves my kids did and do they literlly hat the cold!! So its very easy to keep them happy with hats and gloves!!! LOL Oh and ur pet chiclet is the best! look at the good side of things no pet messes to clean up! Love ur blog!!!

Amber said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog... HEY! You have a cute belly on your blog too! =)

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rachel iufer said...

i could use a few knitting blackouts...maybe i'd get stuff done!

the hat is super adorable! :)

chitknit said...

Wow - love that hat!

Arts and Crafts said...

This hat is so cute, and the pattern is really nice and seems not so difficult!
I´ll try this with orange and green.
Thanks for your work!
Fran

Dorm Bedding said...

Love that hat...the turquoise color is so great. Love the little chick, too :)