Panda Hat Delights!

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Okay, so the over-ambitious plan of completing a knitting project every two days is out of the window already BUT check out my panda hat!

My potentially dodgy yarn substitution worked out fine (made the hat slightly larger than it should have been, so have gifted it to the bigger-headed Boy#1). Boy#2 is now the proud owner of the koala hat. Here they are reunited:

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I am a massive fan of Vanessa Mooncie’s book Animal Hats, but not, it appears, as much as this crazy knitter! http://teaandknitting.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/hats-galore.html. Tea & Knitting has managed to knit the penguin, panda, monkey and cat hats. All adult size and all brilliant. Maybe if I were 20 again, I’d be brave enough to wear them out and about. At my age though, I risk looking like a crazy bag lady…or risk “irreconcilable differences”…certainly one of the two.

Drum roll please – an animal hat photo collection:

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The decreases for the koala hat went slightly deranged, but not so for the panda. Basically though, they are very easy to make and turn out really well. Spurred on by the chunky winter wool, I’ve acquired several balls of chunky this week (plus a pair of 12mm needles.

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Not sure what to do with it all yet, but was thinking of trying Paulina Chin’s Speedy Cabled Cowl again, this time with a more appropriate yarn and needle size (the last effort was with yarn so chunky and needles not quite big enough, the results being more of a neck brace than a cowl…).

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Storage Fetish

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Turn away now if you are a normal person, who doesn’t salivate over genius storage solutions…I did warn you.

A bonus of my “light” obsession with storing things in their rightful place, is that when it comes to (finally) moving house, hey presto! most of my belongings are already cunningly stored in a various assortment of plastic boxes with lids.

Mr KnitWit’s reoccurring nightmare of being stored in a piece of Tupperware and left in a convenient, yet clutter-free, place (perhaps under the bed), might not be so outlandish after all.

Imagine my delight then when I found these delightful zip-up colourful gems. Reduced from £7.99 to a teeny £1.99 each at WH Smiths, they are the perfect size (and material – hard wearing fabric) for keeping knitting projects and needles out of boys’ harm’s way.

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I thought 3 was enough – LouBug is probably scoffing right now at the mere thought. Remind us again crazy knitting lady, how many projects have you got on the go at the moment? I’ve counted at least a gazillion in the studio alone…and what of that pile of bags down the back of the sofa???

Fess up!!

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Koala Hat Complete!

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Well, here it is! A couple of days’ work and the lovely koala hat is complete. I’m really pleased with it, and it has come out far better than expected (my knitting expectations are always reasonably low!).

The only thing I changed was the omission of the pom-poms on strings.

I had visions of them getting caught in a door, or worse wrapped around a little neck, so thought they should go. Plus, of course, I’m in no doubt they’d be ripped off by some over enthusiastic 5-year-old in the playground.

Boy#1 – Over enthusiastic in the playground

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The hat was taken from Vanessa Mooncie’s book Animal Hats

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Hat in Progress

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Flush with excitement at the speed and quality of my latest efforts (plus the sad bleatings of Boy#2 left “chilly” without a hat in the August heat), I am already planning my second hat.

Next on the list is the panda hat.

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I have already purchased the black and white chunky wool – so here’s to my two-day knitting challenge once again. Best get moving then…

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When In Rome…

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Or rather, when at LouBug’s house…what is one to do but rifle through all of her things?

It is hard to go into LouBug’s studio (think Channel 4 hoarders programme in the “before” scenes), and not be inspired. And inspired I am…

Buried beneath the bags and bags of projects, draws, cupboards and storage units are some great books and magazines. With this emporium of knowledge just waiting to be Hoovered up, where does one begin?

I have decided to set myself a challenge over the long summer break. I plan on sourcing materials and knitting one project every two days. What better way to start this challenge on a beautiful August day, than to start knitting a chunky woolly hat? I came across this book whilst rummaging through LouBug’s possessions one day – Animal Hats by Vanessa Mooncie.

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It is a great book, quirky but very accessible. The best bit (after grappling with superfine yarn for my lace knit scarf), is that you see progress very quickly. Excellent.

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Weirdly, the photo makes it look like I am knitting a rather strange cream coloured bikini top, but I assure you it is perfect koala grey ready for my perfect koala hat.

Wish me luck!

KnitWit

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