Monday, December 22, 2008

Squirrels!

Check it out y'all!

squirrel hat

*Note: Please pardon the photo-heavy post. We got a new camera, and it's a stud.

After knitting plain stockings for the past three months, I had a physical need to knit a fair isle hat. The VDB Christmas party was coming up so I figured I'd pull one out.

BTW, No new yarn was harmed in the making of this hat. It's knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (I love me some cheap wool) remnants from the stash whish always delivers on the practical front. It's inexpensive, easy to knit and soft after washing. But I digress.

The squirrel pattern is from Stephieface's Squirrel Chart, and I charted the acorns by my little ol' lonesome.

squirrel hat

Here's the inside for my fellow stranding nerds:

squirrel hat

This hat had to be washed, blocked, dried and wrapped by today, so I was up knitting this mofo 'til 5:30 yesterday morning. Everything looked good until I blocked it, then I realized my fatal mistake:
squirrel hat
The fair isle patterns get smooshed when they are too close to the crown decreases. Oh well, it looks fine in 3-D.

squirrel hat

Happy Holidays, my friends. Keep knitting, keep warm.

squirrel hat

8 comments:

Mel said...

That is freakin' gorgeous. Good job!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

You did those acorns all by yourself? So,so impressive.Love your new camera pics, what did you guys get?

JohnK said...

Well Done.

NUTS!

Virtuous said...

So good to see you right before the holidays! Looks like you are staying warm :o)

Your hat ROCKS!!! Awesome work James!!

KnitXcorE said...

effing fantastic! your fair isle skills make me jealous.

Bittersweet Bakers said...

Love it. Really, so fierce.

Kyle Kunnecke said...

what can I say... you make me want to knit a fair isle hat! :)

Alexis said...

Very cool pattern - not a hat person but really like your squirrels!