Wednesday, June 11, 2008

More little stuff.

Here is the little lion in his bright yellow/orange hooded vest. He might be the disadvantaged kid (of all my children) when it comes to knitted presents, because I'm bound to improve as I practice. However I followed the instructions, used the right yarn, and even knitted a swatch, so how the hood could be so big, I don't know. You could chop out a handful on each side of his face there... but he's still cute! I do like the ears Ü

And this... is a baby hat made of bamboo/cotton mix. It was the softest, nicest yarn, and I struggled and knit it on 5 dpn's... but it just didn't work for me. For a start, it's too "cotton" (which I really should have known right away) so it didn't stretch and mesh together like wool does. It looks too aerated to keep a baby head warm. And the errors (like when I'd accidently pull out a needle instead of grabbing the empty one, and then put the stitches back on wrong) are easy to see. And it's harder to hide the ends. On a good note, the 2x2 rib hides the dpn ladders well, and using 5 needles instead of 4 seemed to help. But I was going to make two of these for my friend's twins... and I can't bear to waste the time making another one!

Instead, I started a bright colored one with baby wool. I started it on Sunday, I think, and it will be finished tomorrow, if not tonight (Wednesday). I love it. Forget that bamboo/cotton rubbish. I gave the rest of the white ball to Byron, for his knotty amusement, and it ended up in the bin.
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