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Friday, September 23, 2011

Leaping on the bandwagon

After reading Lynne's post last week I was suddenly inspired to get a move on and join in with the Innocent Big Knit 2011. After spending the last couple of months working solidly on Deco and the Garter Yoke Cardi it's really nice to be churning out these tiny little finished objects and (which is the main point) I've worked through 150 g of odds and ends in my stash.
No surprises that my favourite so far is this guy:
Sheep hat
I'm very pleased that Mikal badgered persuaded me into knitting him. I also knitted a Lynne-inspired Kermit hat.
Kermit hat
Here's the full roll-call so far. I plan to keep knitting until a) I reach 100* or b) I run out of time before the deadline or c) I get bored - whichever happens first.
Innocent hats
One of the things I really like about this is it's like a yarn-y trip down memory lane. For instance the second hat from the left in the bottom row above is knit from the end of a skein of Socks That Rock in Moonstone which I used to knit a pair of lace socks for Felix; the very bottom right hat is knit in Artisan Threads yarn bought at Woolfest 2009 in the company of Kate, Lara, and Felix. That was such a fabulous trip and it's lovely to have a fibrous reminder of it. The wee sheepy above is (appropriately enough) knit from Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds yarn (cream) and some brown that I used for my eldest niece's Baby Sheep Yoke cardigan. Kermit (also below) is knit from Jo Sharp yarn that I bought in Australia on my honeymoon and which I used to knit a Debbie Bliss cardigan for my baby niece Kate. I could go on for ages here but I'll just do one more - the third hat from the left in the top row below is knit from the hand dyed (by me) yarn which I used to knit the Bonfire night mitts that got devoured by moths (not the same as these hand dyed mitts that got devoured by moths - it's obviously a recurring theme round here).
Innocent hats
* I have a strong competitive instinct and six years worth of leftovers to work through.


Mikal Ann said...

A sheep AND a frog - I love them!

Ozzy Blackbeard said...

100 hats!! You are indeed setting yourself a target, and I bow to your superior hat-knitting skills!

All your hats are fab, I really like the green and pink ones with the pink purl rows. A very good idea which I may copy myself if that's ok!

I know exactly what you mean about some hats being a trip down memory lane. As I was getting my hats together to post, I was looking at them and remembering the things I knit with the yarn. I'm coming to the very end of some Twilleys Freedom Spirit DK that I made a tank top with, it was the first item I made when I started knitting about 6 years ago.

LOVE the sheep and the frog!

Felix said...

It is an amazing challenge and one you will rise to with ease, I feel.

The collection so far is very fine.

I like them all the best. x