Tuesday, June 26, 2007

2 Hats and 2 Cats

Now that I've sent off my package to Dulaan, it's time to start knitting for next year! This first hat is made from Lamb's Pride Lotus Pink and the pattern is called, simply enough, the Lamb's Pride Hat. This is the larger size and it used most of the skein. I think if you were doing the smaller size, you could get two hats from one skein. A very quick knit, however next time I'll do the right twist, or baby cable, every 4th row instead of every other row. In fact I've started another hat doing just that!

The second hat is Elizabeth Zimmer's Snail hat found in her book, The Opinionated Knitter. This was done in Lamb's Pride Bulky, Pine Shadows. This is the smaller size hat and a VERY fast knit. This could be made in an evening. I modified the pattern just a bit, EZ calls for the piece to be cast on, work back and forth for 5 rows, make the increases, then join and work in the round. I started on dpn's and started working in the round immediately, then switched to a circular needle after the increases, placing markers after each repeat so I didn't have to keep counting; made for much quicker knitting.

Also, for anyone wanting to make this pattern, when making the decreases, EZ says to knit 13 stitches after the purls first row and that should be knit 15. Another blogger mentioned it and she was right, so I thought I'd pass that along if you want to make it.

I think there's *almost* enough to make another of the same size. I think I'll make the brim with a contrasting color and keep my fingers crossed. :^) Also, I used a long tail cast on and the first row is too tight, so I'll either try using a double strand to cast on, or maybe try a knitted cast on.

Now, here's something I thought I'd never see... Zack (on the left) and Harley sharing the same space. Her ears are back and there's a low rumble when Zack looks at her, but they actually shared the space for about a half hour! There's hope, yet!


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