Published March 24, 2013
Gift , Knit
Tags: bright, hats, pink, stripes, travel, vacation
Here’s I am wearing a quickie hat I knit up for my recent visit to cold Washington DC.
This bright, bulky, super-girly yarn was a gift from my mom and sisters! I loved working with it. Here’s a picture in progress at my local beach playground, before I left the warm weather.
My niece loved the hat, and begged for it unrepentantly every day. So, when I departed, I left it on a chair with a note to say “I love you!” It looked better on her, anyway. Here is the Boogedy and his cousin Miss M on the Metro.
For knitters, the technical specs: Araucania Calafquen, color 1501, needle size 15.
Published February 28, 2012
Gift , Knit , Nature
Tags: animals, baby, birds, hats, owl, russet, rust, silly
My sister-in-law Julianne asked me to make a hat for Baby D, who is 7 months old. It took me a while to design, make, and send it, but here is a picture of him wearing it!
Before I sent it off, I modeled it on two adorable sisters here in town. Baby O was not terribly impressed with it.
Her sister Miss C really liked it.
I like that, when it is laying about by itself, it has that nervous, hyper-aware look that owls always wear.
For knitters: the body and eyes are Nature Spun sport, the ear tufts are Koigu. The beak and pupils are scraps from the same ball of Zauberball. I made this pattern up, but will write it out, if you’re interested.
Published April 12, 2011
Day in the Life , Flora and Fauna , Knit
Tags: baby, Boogedy, chickens, food, games, gecko, hats, public art
For months now I have had an injured foot. On my second visit to a foot doctor, I was given some good taping techniques that are finally helping me to heal. Before that, I was sticking REALLY close to home, except when Zach was available to push me on the tricycle. Here are some of the things keeping us busy.
For Baby Claire, born a few weeks ago, I knit a tiny baby chick hat in the softest wool! I hope to have pics of the baby wearing it soon. Hint, Hint, Sunshine!
Boogedy earned a sticker for learning to make his own bed.
A shot of our house gecko before he gets spooked and runs into his hole. Is it a coincidence that this photo has cheerios for scale, or is that why he is here?
Forgetting that mommy is the Red guy and HE is the yellow guy.
The octopus-and-squid-painted stump in my neighborhood.
Watching the man at the softball diamond drive the tractor in ever-widening circles to smooth the red dirt. This activity (includes climbing up and down the bleachers) is good for 15 minutes of entertainment.
A special treat: seaweed salad from Faustos and some pesto tortellini.
Published September 7, 2010
Art , Crochet , For Hire , Knit
Tags: handmade, hats, reading, silly
A while back, I made a really fun hat for Erica Perl, the author of “Chicken Butt!” New she has published a beautiful new book called “Dotty” about a girl and her imaginary friend. Erica asked me to create a new hat to go with her new book. I’m proud to show it off here!
Erica, please send me a picture of yourself wearing it (though it can’t possibly top this one)!
Published February 10, 2010
Gift , Knit
Tags: chickens, hats, silly, Zach
Zach’s been asking me for a grown-up version of the chicken butt hat I made for the Boogedy. He got it for xmas. ON TIME. I was madly sewing in ends on xmas eve!
Published February 6, 2010
Gift , Knit
Tags: hats, Zach
Zach has one of these pom pom hats that I made 2 years ago from the same kind of yarn, only olive green. He’s been wearing it faithfully. So, when we were in San Francisco over Christmas, I bought more Malabrigo yarn. It knit up really fast on size 17 needles. Of course, I just sewed in the ends this morning, because I am unable to give most gifts on their designated holiday. It’s been mostly finished since new years.
Published October 21, 2009
Tags: cables, disappointing, hats, lace, red
I made this for myself because I tried on the shop sample at Black Sheep Wool Company and it was adorable and I can’t resist Baby Cashmerino yarn, and the sample fit beautifully. Unfortunately, mine turned out too big. It was easy to make, with an easily memorized vine and leaf pattern. It made me want to venture out and try more lace and more cables!
Perhaps some larger-headed friend will get this for xmas, because it’s done now and I can’t bear the thought of stitching elastic into the band.
Published October 13, 2009
Tags: baby, disappointing, hats, homely, rainbow
(I borrowed this photo from the Crystal Palace Website, where you can see all the lovely colorways of Mochi Plus self-striping yarn)
I bought this gorgeous yarn at Black Sheep Wool Co. months ago. I knitted my favorite baby hat design.
It is so hideous that I couldn’t give it to the intended new mommy. I should have used one of their other colors!
I was reminded of this experience when Jane Brocket published this too-true post about the beauty of handpainted yarn…before it gets knitted up!
Please don’t go saying that this hat is beautiful. SOMEHOW, it is just marvelously photogenic, but I know you’d agree that in real life, it’s atrocious.
Published May 8, 2009
Crochet , Knit , Read
Tags: books, chickens, hats, silly
Photo Credit: Jama Rattigan
Here is an adorable photo of Erica Perl, author of the new children’s book “Chicken Butt!” sporting a very cool hat made my yours truly.
Erica contacted me a few months back and asked me to make a hat modeled on the one I made last year for the Boogedy, but before the plucking.
The body and drumsticks are white cotton, “Luna” by Cascade Yarns. The feet are also Luna, and they’re crocheted around a brown pipe cleaner for stability. The “feathers” are a polyester fluff yarn but I don’t remember the name.
This project was fun every step of the way (ok, the feet were a challenge) and elicited lots of laughs from people who watched me make it on the bus!
Congratulations Erica on a fun book, I’m so glad you trusted me to design your reading hat!
Last year I made a crazy chicken butt hat for my sweet Boogedy when he turned 1. I knew it would be hard to top. I tossed designs around in my head all year. Zach came up with this idea and it was up to me to research snake markings and design this gluttonous creature. He may be deadly, but perhaps he bit off more than he could swallow!
What you can’t see in this picture is that the hat tapers to a long, skinny snake body that hangs down off the top of the hat to the Boogedy’s neck. I’ll try to get that shot uploaded soon.
To tell if this is a poisonous Coral Snake or the look-alike King Snake, you can use this handy rhyme: Red next to yellow, you’re a dead fellow. Red next to black, You’re OK, Jack!
Happy 2nd birthday Boogedy!!