A friend of a friend got me to make this for her two-year-old.
I thought it would be a quick and easy project, but (duh) it was fussier than I anticipated, what with all the sewings-on of the facial features and the purple thingies. Also, I had no pattern, but had to work off a photograph. And, I had to buy yarn for it. But, it’s over now, and it’s kind of cute in a crazy way. After this, I have one last chemo cap to finish knitting, and that’ll be it for hats for a while. I’m finally going to get around to making a shawl with the three skeins of Noro Kureyon I bought . . jeez . . . last year with a Christmas gift certificate.
More importantly, I can concentrate on jewelry again! Class starts next week, and I have to figure out what I might like to work on and do some prep work if I can. Yay!
So I get a message Thursday from one of my knitting friends with a link to a certain free hat pattern. She asked if I could I make it by Sunday, the day of her Halloween 10K. The pattern is a Crochet Unicorn Hat, complete with horn and rainbow mane. Oh, man. Who could resist THAT?
Payment for this: several instances of mac & cheese at Panera. Yes I’m serious.
As it was a quick pattern, I made it in time to spare. Actually, only the mane was tedious, but I’d just had plenty of practice with fringe. Remember my viking helmet of a month or so ago? I finally got around to making the beard. And so, a rare picture of me being an idiot.
By which I mean the picture is rare, not my idiocy.
There may be one more instance of Halloween insanity on the way, so stay tuned.
Edit/update/shameless plug: If you’d like to see the unicorn hat in action, or just check out a new knitting podcast by my friends Sarah and Kristi, have a look at this video of Episode 3 of In a sKnit. (Prancing at the finish line occurs at the very end of the video.)
On Monday, I made a pendant in class, but I don’t think I’ll be posting a picture on the off chance that the person who I’m giving it to for Christmas might see it. Let’s just say it’s yet another cabochon bezel set onto a flat piece of silver with some stamping on it. Boy, I’m getting tired of that. Learned a good trick for getting the stone in when it turns out the bezel is just too slightly small: put a dowel on the stone and tap it with a mallet. Do this on a wooden surface; the wood is likely to give before the stone breaks, and don’t try this with a soft stone like an opal or something.
The other thing I did in class was to anneal my brass anticlastic cuff (making it even more coppery; a superpickle solution would get it back to yellow) and whang it some more on the plastic shaping doohickey. I whanged it against a ring mandrel, too, to even out a few spots. An interesting trick, but you have to pay attention to where on the mandrel you’re doing it, to keep it consistent. In the end, I got this:
Not bad, but a touch too small for me to actually wear comfortably. I thought a six-inch piece would be too large; perhaps I should have considered how the shape would affect size. Anyway, I hate to keep buying stuff, but if I can get my hands on some 18 gauge brass, I’d love to try this again and make a really good one.
I haven’t worked on much jewelry at home, except for a beaded crochet spiral I started last year but has become repetitive and tiresome. Beautiful, though. I thought I had a picture of it, but I don’t. It’s going to be a lariat-type necklace, with a loose knot in it, and something interesting on the ends, if I can figure out what.
And finally, I’ve made enough progress on my mystery hat that you can see what it’s going to be!
You’ve haven’t seen the piece de resistance yet, though. It’s gonna be great.