#7 (I think)

I’m losing count here but I think this is hat #7. It’s another Ross beanie (see Ravelry link posted yesterday) but this time I used Aran weight yarn and size 9 needles. Keith’s not home for me to try this on his head but I think the blue one would probably fit a small to medium size head and I felt like I should try to make one that is a little larger too for donation. Yarn is Paintbox Simply Aran from LoveCrafts.com it’s an easy care acrylic and I’m liking how it works up … this is hat #3 of 4 that I’m making to donate from yarn I was given to try. I like it so much for these hats that I ordered a bunch of it on sale last week.

One thing I like about this pattern is the decreases are done in 6 sections and creates a nice swirl at the top.

I’m almost ready to start the decreases on the next hat … but it’s a small one so it’s working up quickly!

Yes, another hat

I like this beanie!

  • Pattern found free on Ravelry – Ross beanie
  • yarn – Cascade 220 superwash
  • needles – size 8

And the back

I also got a quilt bound but finished too late to take a photo. Tomorrow I’ll load a top on the longarm and get it quilted but tonight, I’ll start another hat!

Off my needles

Another hat finished … this one I didn’t really follow the pattern … just a 2×2 rib cuff, stockinette body, and then the decreases. I’m still in search of the perfect beanie pattern and started another one tonight.

  • needle size = 7
  • yarn is Caron one pound – it’s an Aran weight yarn and while it’s not the softest, the hat feels fine on my head.

I said I wasn’t going to start another afghan this year but I’m itching to start one! If I finish another 2-3 hats and get my binding done I might start one that last week of the year!

Off my needles

This accordian hat from the book Baby Beanies shows why you need a styrofoam hat head! I was pretty disappointed when it came off the needles…

…but after putting it on hat head … it looks cute! The only problem is that the pattern said the hat would fit a child 2 and older but it’s big so I don’t think it’s going to fit the intended 2 year old. Not a big deal, it won’t go to waste. The color is more true to life in this photo. And see that tiny scrap of yarn? After all the looking and sorting in the yarn closet yesterday, I didn’t even need the second skein!

I love it when my decreases come together nicely! She’s gotten a little beat up through the moves but hat head still does a great job – you can find an inexpensive one at Amazon.

And it just so happens I came across this video this morning … isn’t my little Rae the sweetest?! She couldn’t have been much older than Mo in this video and I have NO idea why the video looks like it’s sideways but it should play in the right orientation.

Finished #22

You know that I’ve been a bit obsessed with afghans this year … mostly crochet but I did knit a couple small ones also. This is most likely my last one for the year as I’m trying to finish up some hats.

  • pattern is Easy Ripple
  • yarn is Caron Big Cakes in the Plum Pudding colorway
  • hook size is H
  • blanket size is 45 x 61 inches using 3 Big Cakes


This top pieced from the leftover Jelly Roll strips from Mom’s Bento box counts for my October’s precut … just a little late but I did help Mom with hers and quilted it so it’s kind of like doing 2 for the month!

I think both of these little ones turned out really cute! The Jelly Roll was on sale at BluPrint when I bought it – add a background fabric and you get two small quilts – not a bad deal!

I’m also making progress on the ripple afghan. These are so easy to do but look so nice in the Caron Big Cake yarn!

I’m going to run over to Michaels later and look for some “guy” hat yarn and I might just check to see if they have any of the Big Cakes on sale … not that I need more yarn but I’m OK with buying on sale as long as it’s being used!