Hats

I really enjoy making hats – they knit or crochet up so quickly!  A friend of mine has a sister who organizes a fun run and one of the things they like to give out are hats to the finishers.  A couple of weeks ago my friend was asking our knitting group is any of us had a hat we would like to donate.  But of course!!!

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Hats for a charity.

These are the hats I donated.  I like all of them (I didn’t give her the ones I thought were duds) and I’m happy that they are going to a good cause.

Hat Sample Finished!

My company, Let’s Go Crafting, teaches fiber arts to kids.  During the school year we focus on knitting and sewing, but during the summer, in addition to knitting and sewing, we teach crochet, weaving, and jewelry making.  I am constantly making samples to show the kids what kinds of things they are capable of making.IMG_3203

This is our newest sample – “Snowday Earflap Hat” from the book Knitting for Children.  This book is a really nice book for kids who would like to learn to knit.  IMG_3204

This hat is super easy to make once you know the knit and the purl stitch.  I would say that most of the students in our knitting class have the ability to make this hat.   I hope they try it!!IMG_3206

Of course my son had to also get into the pictures!

Keppi Hat

Keppi Yarn

Keppi Yarn

This hat started out on a whim. I was at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts looking for a different yarn. The yarn to finish J’s vest to be precise and I saw this Keppi Yarn in a box waiting to be put out. I thought it looked so fun with its different colors and textures that it fairly jumped into my basket. Well…once in the basket, I couldn’t not take it home with me! I started knitting this hat on a family outing to the beach. The kids were all playing in the surf and digging holes in the sand. Everyone was happy and occupied so I sat down for a little “me” time. Boy, such a relaxing way to spend an afternoon!

Love the yarn changes!

Love the yarn changes!

I kept on knitting and knitting, just loving how the yarn kept changing colors. It was so fun everytime I got to the more textured yarn, but I was starting to worry. Even though the band on the ball of yarn said I only needed 1 ball for this hat and I was knitting to gauge, there didn’t seem to be enough yarn left to finish the hat…

Too small.

Too small.

I was right, this hat is way too small for E…

Too small

Too small

And too small for J. Bummer!! I have now ordered more yarn (yes, the store is out of it) and am awaiting it’s arrival.

If you are counting, this is my 4th fail in a row. Everything comes out in the end, but the last 4 projects, I have had to rip out and redo parts of them. Me thinks I should go back to something super simple to get a few more “first knit” successes under my belt again!!