Friday, June 14, 2013

June 2013 #1 - Flower Bucket

You may have noticed that this is a repeated hat pattern from June 2012 and wondering why I was counting it as a new pattern? Because it isn't, and even though it is my own silly rule about what I blog about and what I don't I've chosen to feature this hat as my first hat of the month because I've not done a hand sewn felted embellishment like this before. So I'm adding this one as something new on a technicality.

The pattern, A Better Bucket by Amy Swenson, is available as a Ravelry download. I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! in Spunky Print on a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, k2tog, kfb and a provisional cast on. I used the crochet cast on method as described in Knit Speak by Adrea Berman Price. Again, the cast one was a bit slow, but that's just me. As much as I love this hat, I feel that it really needs something. A button, an embellishment of some kind. So even though I've had the hat finished for quite some time, and I knew I wanted to do something with purple, I never got around to actually finishing it. The flower is hand sewn with embroidery floss (because I couldn't find my glue gun). The green leaves and large purple petals are the same size. I added a seam down the middle of the petals to give them some depth. I them added two additional layers of smaller petals adjusting the sizes as I went and topping them off with a purchased pre-formed yellow felt button. The flower is backed on a circle and then a safety pin is sewn on in order to allow for it's removal so that the hat can still be washed if needed.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

May 2013 #2 - Purple's OK

In these past few weeks we have seen some rather wild weather in the Midwest, most notable the devastation in Moore Oklahoma. The images on our TV and computer screens tug at our hearts and we find ourselves asking, "What can we do to help?" Halos of Hope is answering that question by using their organizational outreach in Campaign for Oklahoma. The need may be great since the medical facility that services local cancer patients was one of the many buildings completely destroyed by the tornado. The goal is 150 adult sized summer weight cotton or cotton blend hats.

To help, I gathered up my needles and made Spring Beret available as a Ravelry download. I used Lily Sugar'n Cream Scents in Lavender on a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, yarn over, slip, k2tog, and psso. The pattern is available in both a slouchy and less slouchy version. Mine is the less slouchy version, which is still pretty slouchy. Although the pattern was fairly simple, I had a heck of time keeping the right amount of stitches between markers because I was consistently forgetting one of the steps, leaving me with either too many or not enough stitches . I think I'm just brain challenged when it comes to working with those darn yarn overs.  

Oh and did you notice I've stopped apologizing for late postings.  I think this is just become my life.  Anyway, why not join me in helping make a hat or two (or three) to help Halos of Hope achieve their goal?