This post is really a celebration of my Christmas present to myself. I had rather an unexpected sort of Christmas, so with my new found Christmas cash, treated myself to my first set of circular needles!
I brought some Knit Pro interchangable wood ones after some advice from a friend and some (a lot) of looking around the internet by myself.
I found the cheapest set on good old eBay the seller was artofyarn and I highly recommend them (I should even leave feedback really…).
Anyway, much excitement ensued as I started on my project (pushing my poor socks into my UFO bag). I used a free pattern from Ravelry by Lion Brand Yarn. I had bought the yarn in a sale at my YLS, I had two balls of King Cole ‘Sprinkles’ yarn, 100% polyester (50g/65 yards/60 mtrs) one each in black and white.
Starting the project was exciting as I’d never used circulars before, casting on was easy enough, but! I needed a stitch marker. Erm… Turns out it’s surprising what you can do with a plastic tie from a pack of freezer bags! 😀
The main part of the hat was done in an evening with the associated embellishments being done the next night. Pro tip – do not try to sew them on with this yarn – it was a nightmare and I would never do it again!
I’m quite pleased with the finished result though;
I was really pleased! I’d knitted it for my granddaughter and couldn’t wait to show it to her.
She came for tea that evening and loved it! 😀 What a pity it was actually too small for her, it didn’t even reach her ears… There was a lesson in swatching and measuring.
All is not lost, the hat will go to a good home and I shall knit her another one the next size up (and measure it this time…)
I’m actually on to project number two now, it’s a gift though so a secret until it’s done. I have actually made myself some proper stitch markers now too, so watch this space!
Image of Knit Pro kneedles used with kind permission from Mimi Hill of Eskimimiknits.