Short DPN Fix

Fix for short DPN

Fix for short DPN

On our farewell visit to Hawaii last November, the youngest LL decided that the QR hat I made for Mason, his brother, belonged to him.  Solution: make a hat for LL. My daughter said it had to be the same size as Mason’s hat, his little three-year old head loved the ten-year old hat size. Luckily, I blogged about Mason in QR Code on Oct 12, 2012 and had included the pattern on the tutorial. One drawback, they lived on the windward side of Oahu and the only “cheap” source of yarn and needles was at Ben Franklin. Unfortunately, the selection of acrylics was negligible, so I had to settle for Red Heart. A three year old’s hat must be easily cleaned. Since all of my good needles were back home and I certainly did not need more DPNs I bought a set of Boyle. The DPNs were too short for all of the stitches which needed to be on each needle. I found this out after the stitches kept falling off. My solution? I used some of my granddaughter’s hair bands to hold the stitches on the needles. I would knit a side, put the hair band on, take the hair band off of the next side, etc. It took longer this way, but after learning the hard way that the stitches would fall off, this was a perfect solution. Also notice, for those of us with arthritis who have a harder time moving stitch markers I like to use a charm clipped to the start side so I know when I’m back at the beginning. I found a free QR code generator online and after graphing the QR code for LL’s name I began knitting. Very quick knit.

QR Hat

LL and QR Hat

Of course, as a typical 3 year old, LL was not about to put the hat on properly. He liked it sticking up on his head with his ears showing. Loves the hat. It was 80 degrees yesterday at the park, but he did not want to take the hat off after the “photo session”.

Mason's QR code hat

Mason’s QR code hat

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Surprises From Swindon

Grandson in Mouse Hat

Grandson in Mouse Hat

When showing up to watch our precious grandson, Little Man (LM), on Friday, he was so excited to show off the surprise presents which he’d received from his great-grandma Joycie and Mary, her best friend since they were 16. He’s wearing the adorable hat-with-a-mouse-in-the-pocket made by Mary. Some of you long time followers might remember the stunning, hand-knit, table cloth Joycie gave to me.

Close up of Mouse Hat

Close up of Mouse Hat

Sweater (Jumper) by Joycie,  Hat by Mary

Sweater (Jumper) by Joycie, Hat by Mary

Little Man was excited that the hat matched the new sweater (or jumper as Joycie says) so perfectly. The day was a bit too warm to wear the jumper out on our walk. Joyice had mama measure LM and email the results to her, so the sweater has been knit in England to fit LM in California. Hurray! He thinks the tail on the mouse is hysterical! Can you see it?

In addition to the clothes, Mary made some wonderful “chew” toys. LM’s mom, my daughter, adores Elephants so it was wonderful to see two “chew” elephants. Nate was not happy that he couldn’t have the toys before pictures were taken! Elephant noses are the perfect size to chew. Mary makes a much larger, knit soldier, about 36″ tall, which she donates every year to a local charity’s auction.

"Chew" toys by Mary.

“Chew” toys by Mary.

On a different note, I cancelled the domain curlsandq.com, however, I kept curlsandq.wordpress.com. I’m wondering how many people are actually getting my post now since I haven’t been seeing any traffic? Please let me know if this post came through. I just didn’t feel as if I needed to pay the $26/year.

FO Friday: The Ribbit Hat

q~Ah, FO Friday and The Ribbit Hat is off the needles and on my son’s head. The yarn was Knitpick’s Bare fingerling which was dyed to my son’s color specifications. When I saw the finished yarn hanging to dry and while winding it, I HATED the color.  Not wanting a solid color, I twisted the yarn and put into the dye pot dry. When I started knitting with it, I loved the yarn AND the color. Go figure. As it’s knitted, the color looks so rich. The pattern is Perfect Reversible Watch Cap by Nancy Elizabeth Designs. Super simple, just remember it’s k1, p1 around, not k around. Sigh….. I’m not a member of  The House of Manatee and this got a bit boring, but the double decrease made this The House of Monkey member happy since I’d never used this method before. Double Decrease: (slip next 2 stitches together knitwise, knit the third stitch, pass the 2 slipped stitches over). Ta Da, let me present The Ribbit hat!

The Ribbit Hat

The Ribbit Hat

For other wonderful FO visit Tami’s Amis blog. And, Ginny’s Yarn Along.