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Holy smokes Batman!

I’ve finally finished the Danish (No) Earflap Hat. I love it!! And I can not believe that I actually made this hat!!

The crown of the hat is neat looking also!

I’m still in awe…I struggled for so many years to learn how to knit, and now I can actually say, that I am a knitter!!

I have a callus on my finger!!  

I’m not sure if it’s because of the yarn, and the smaller needles…but I got me one heck of a callus on my index finger.

But the hat is coming along beautifully…and I can not wait to see what the finished product looks like.

Danish No Earflap Hat

Still haven’t decided if I’m going to leave the rolled brim, or if I’m going to fold and sew like the pattern says to do.

Oh and this hat is for me. I ain’t givin’ it away!!

The other day I talked about starting a new project; the Danish Earflap Hat from the Hats On! book that I got from Amazon. So anyways, I gotta tell you, I just love working this project. Okay, it was a little boring doing the 2 inches of hem stuff in one color.

B-O-R-I-N-G.

But once I got to the fair isle part, I am loving how the pattern is coming along. So of course I had to take a snap shot and let youse all see how I’m doing with it.

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I just love the colors so far, and I can’t wait to see the greens, blues, and oranges when I get to them on that skein of Noro Silk Garden.

Oh, and I decided to forego the earflaps on the hat. I think it will be gorgeous even without those flaps. Besides, who says ya need flaps anyway!!!

I’m not so fast at this knitting stuff, but I have accomplished a few more items since I completed the Simple Fair Isle Hat…

First is the hat that I made for my niece Maddie…she’s adorable, and she got a new winter coat, so she needed a new hat to go with it…

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For the few seconds that she actually kept it on her head, she looked so dang purdy!! I used bits and pieces of different hat patterns to come up with this hat pattern, and I didn’t write it down…dang. I’m sure that my sister will force the cutie pie to wear her hat this winter…

Then I wanted to try “real” fair isle knitting, but not something really complicated, so I found a pattern for a ski band in Paton’s Big Chill pattern booklet. I’m thinking this should be for me when I go outdoors and snow blow the driveway!!

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A closeup of the stitches…

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I started a new project yesterday. I’m really into making hats because they don’t take like months to finish, and they are useful now that winter is approaching. I bought a book off of Amazon called Hats On! by Charlene Schurch. There are some really beautiful hats in this book! The one I’ve choosen to knit is the Danish Earflap Hat. I bought a skein of Nature Spun in Plumberry and instead of using 2 or three different yarn colors, I bought a skein of Noro Silk Garden 258 to do the fair isle portion of the pattern. I think it’s going to look absolutely fab! I’ve not decided if I’m going to do the earflaps yet, I may not…I have one more inch to knit before I make up my mind on that one…I’ll post pictures of the hat when I complete it!

Oh, and I’ve got to say…I’ve been using Addi Turbo circular needles to knit with…I think they make me a much better knitter, and I can knit so much faster than with other needles…I am so glad that I can afford them…

I finished my hat!!

Once I figured out what I was doing wrong, it went pretty quickly. I like the color combination also. It’s bright and cheery, which will most likely come in handy in the bleak days of winter!

Tonight is the last of the Presidential debates, and if I can stay up long enough, I will most likely knit on my hat while watching the debate.

I started this “simple” hat a couple of weeks ago and I have had to rip it out and start all over again. I’m getting used to reading knitting patterns and even though the title of the pattern has “simple” in it, it’s not been so damn simple for me.

The pattern that I’m using is Simple Fair Isle Hat which I had found over on Knitting Pure & Simple. I have the concept of knit and purl and I can join in the round, and, and, and I even know how to cable cast on (not bad for someone who’s only been knittin’ since July ‘eh?), but I could not get the concept of how the fair isle row should be done. I read that pattern, I followed that pattern, and my fair isle came out really freaking weird looking. And being the perfectionist that I am, I tore the hat apart, picking at the knots so that I didn’t have to cut the yarn, all this to find out that I just wasn’t reading the pattern correctly! Doh!!

So I started all over again, and before I got to the fair isle row, I called in the expert (my Mom) to teach me how to knit fair isle. Another huge DOH! for me. Fair isle is so simple, especially if you only have to do it in one row! Anywho, here’s a look see at my progress so far on the restarted project, which I’m hoping to get some more done on tonight while watching the debate, that is if I can manage to stay awake.

Oh, and I wanted to show you the hat I made for EZ E, my gorgeous little nephew. I put a nice orange stripe in it, so that it looks like his bucket is showing through. Isn’t it cute? Hope he loves it!!

I mean really…him’s Momma makes the poor little fella wear an orange plastic flower pot on his head.

So his great Auntie is makin’ him a new hat. One that takes the little fella back to his roots. And gets him ready to go huntin’ with Grandpa C. or hangin’ in the barn with Grandpa J.

I actually had to go shoppin’ for this yarn, cause I just don’t carry such sophisticated stuff in my stash. Well, I do have the pink kind…but anyways…

And lookie at that cable cast on…I just learned how to do that, compliments of my sister…

I wish I had made one of those snot collector hats like Great Grandma used to make for us when we was kids, but I can’t rip out what I’ve already acomplished!

I’ll have it all done for ya when ya git home E. I promise! And I promise that this hat will be slightly softer than that plastic thing your Momma makes ya wear.

Oh, and get a load of my new knittin’ bag…I love it! I can stuff a bunch of projects into it and drag it where ever I go! I betcha I could stuff EZ E into it and drag hims all over the floor and he’d laugh and laugh and laugh, makin’ hims Auntie one happy old lady!!

Bye EZ E…love ya babe, see ya when ya git home!! Ummmmmmm mwah!!

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