This blog post is kind of a mixed bag - definitely a reflection of how life has been lately!
I started on a quick. new knitting project – a hat for my husband. It is based on a childrens’ hat pattern – Ear Cozy Hat by Fiber Trends - I redid the math to make the hat in a large adult size. I’ve made this pattern numerous times in the small sizes. It is really nice because it covers the ears and keeps them warm – however, the ear flaps are much nicer than most ear flap hats because they are made with short rows and don’t hang down strangely and they don’t need ties to keep them in place.
The wool is lovely, Karabella Aurora Melange - it is so soft yet bouncy feeling and is 100% extrafine Merino Wool that is machine washable, always a plus for a hat.
In other knitting news, I finished up the Pet Bed I was knitting with Knit Picks bulky, hand dyed Wool of The Andes in the Island Breeze colorway. It took three skeins. Now, I need to felt it and see how it looks. I’m hoping the fabric gets a lot thicker and the sides will stand up on their own.
This is the second Pet Bed I’ve knitted – the first one never ended up being felted because my dog, Gidget, likes it just the way it is. She spends a lot of time sleeping on it and hates me to pick it up off the floor. There’s a picture of that in this post: She Likes It . For the first Pet Bed, I used a felted bowl pattern and just made it bigger. I wasn’t totally happy with the how the bottom turned out, so, for this bed I came up with my own pattern that has 9 segments to form the circular bottom. It seems to lie nice and flat. After I felt it and see if it turns out well, I’ll write up the pattern and make it available on this blog.
Yesterday, I baked some Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins, they are based on a recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins that Mary Jo baked recently for our knitting night. I altered them a bit to make them more cake-like by adding less oil, one more egg, more flour, more cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg and a bit of milk. They turned out well – not very sweet but very good.
Finally, I wanted to share this picture of our two grandsons having an after school snack and playing Nintendo DS – they bicker so much that it was wonderful to see them cooperating with each other! You can see how much they really do love each other even though they tend to bicker over everything.
You can click on any of the pictures in this post to see a larger view.