FO: Pirate Fisherman’s Hat

FO: Pirate Fisherman’s Hat

Arrggg… avast me hearties! Here do be the most devilish hat this side of Davy Jones’ Locker.

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Name: scurvy dog do be called Pirate Fisherman’s Hat

Pattern: it do be a fearful marriage of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Maltese Fisherman’s Hat to be found in her Knitter’s Almanac and those sea dogs over at Hello Yarn’s “We Call Them Pirates” hat.

Size(s): To fit my ghastly 22″ head.

Yarn: I do be having used King Cole Magnum Chunky in 206 for the main sail and 10 for the skulls.

Needles: My weapon of choice do be a metal 5 mm 100 cm circular device used in the “Magic Loop” mystical technique, and the addition of another 80 cm lasso for 2 circs for the top.

Knitting style: A right ole mix up of English and Continental, in the flat and in the round.

Recipient: that do be me, me ole mates.

Modifications: there do be a change of gauge from EZ’s original and a change in size.

Notes: this will be keeping me ole noggin’ warm on those cold, lonesome nights on land and on sea. If I do be havin’ the correct 6 mm circulars it do be fittin’ a little looser. All comments welcomed, especially those in ole pirate talk do be ‘specially wanted. Arrggg … 😀

Pirate Fisherman's Hat montage

1. pirate fishermans hat 019, 2. pirate fishermans hat 005, 3. pirate fishermans hat 022, 4. pirate fishermans hat 007, 5. pirate fishermans hat 008, 6. pirate fishermans hat 018, 7. pirate fishermans hat 006, 8. pirate fishermans hat 021

The curse of the mummy’s finger

The curse of the mummy’s finger

mummy finger

This is what I’ve been reduced to doing to stop myself scratching at my “dermatitis”. I think it originally started as a toothbrush-related injury. I normally use a fancy-schmancy ergonomic toothbrush, but was forced to use (shock, horror) an ordinary one, and this created some soreness. I think it was exacerbated by knitting, but I’m not sure. So, at the moment I’m not scratching it. I’ll be fine!

Why is Camo yarn visible?

My mum really needs some gardening gloves. She’s a hands-on kinda gardener and so pretty pink cotton gloves are not going to cut it. She needs indestructible. She needs washable. She needs gloves that look like they’ve already been dragged through compost.

Step up acrylic camouflage (from 2Paw) …

camo yarn swatch

A pattern? As serendipity would have it, Trek blogged about a pair of convertible mittens. I looked. I downloaded. I printed off.

the convertible mitten pattern

I’ll be starting these as soon as I’ve finished the Fair Isle/stranded hat I mentioned in the last post? Wanna sneak-peak of the chart?

skull hat chart

And finally …

If you link to my blog from your blog or blogroll, can you make sure it points to this blog and not the old one? I’m just trying to make sure all the traffic is pointed in the right direction! Thanks.

Mamma’s got a brand new toy!

Mamma’s got a brand new toy!

I’ve been wanted to upgrade my camera for a while now, and Project Spectrum gave me the nudge I needed. My Kodak Easy Share is a great point ‘n’ shoot digital camera especially for its 3.2 mega pixels, but it was time to switch up.

Using my new camera to take a picture of my new camera’s box:

new camera box there of

Canon PowerShot A530 from Amazon UK.

I also got this little book:

knitters almanac

I haven’t read all of it yet, but it’s a real little gem. So far – highly recommended.

I’ve already started taking photos for Project Spectrum and you can subscribe to my photos by going to this page on Flickr and adding it too your personal feed aggregator. If you want. No pressure. They’re really good photos, you know. 🙂

Eye Candy Friday?

Not really official, but they are for the eyes!

my new reading glasses

Snazzy, no?


Well, it’s yarn, so it’s unconstructed knitting really!

fair isle hat yarn

I’m planning some sort of stranded knit hat, but it’s still at the design stage at the moment. I’ll get back to you on that.

And finally …

Thank you for the kind wishes for my mum, in response to the last post. Things do get on top of me sometimes and I have a tendency to vent in public spaces! 🙂

Oh, and after I took the picture of the Leaf Lace Jacket I did a quick stitch count and realised I’d made a complete flamingo up* somewhere. I ripped back to the underarm and found I was four stitches short. I added these at the underarm and I’m now nearly finished with the decreases. Phew!

As you were!

*Like a c0ck-up only bigger! 😀

So much worrying, so little time

So much worrying, so little time

My mum has had a bad time of it recently; it started on Friday night very badly, but she has been getting a little better in the last few days. As a consequence, my knitting time has nose-dived.

I have managed to complete the first sleeve on the Leaf Lace Jacket, and started on the second.

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I’ve also made some progress on the Iris Garden sock, but my heart’s not in it at the moment.

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I have been doing some other “crafting” for the “I Have a Disease Swap” over at Craftster, but obviously I can’t show you that until my partner has received. I can give you a sneek peek though!

mystery swap item

So, instead of actually filling this post with meaningful stuff I did some of those cliched blog-fodder quizzes. Enjoy!

Your Language Arts Grade: 100%



Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know “no” from “know.” Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).

Are You Gooder at Grammar?
Make a Quiz

And a colour quiz, found via Emma.

Dark Purple

To others, you seem a bit dark, mysterious, and moody.
In truth, you are just a very unique person who doesn’t care what others think.And you really enjoy your offbeat interests and friends.

You’ve decided that life is about living for yourself – simple as that.

What Color Purple Are You?

Both are so true it’s scary. I’d love for everyone to do the grammar quiz and then come back here and tell me your percentage. Are we a bunch of pedants? I’d guess “Yes”, but it would be nice to know!

FO: Hollywood “Feather” Boa

FO: Hollywood “Feather” Boa

A.K.A. – a fun fur scarf – the horror! shocked

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Name: “Feather” Boa
Pattern: Scarf by “Knitwise, Pricewise”.
Size(s): Stretched length-ways = (15 cm) x (205 cm), Stretched width-ways = (30 cm) x (120 cm)
Yarn: Unnamed polyester “specialty” yarn from my local yarn shop.
Needles: 10 mm bamboo straights.
Knitting style: English. Flat (in rows).
Recipient: Me
Modifications: I couldn’t find a pair of the 12 mm needles call for, so I substituted a pair of 10 mm.
Notes: A confession – never in a month of Sundays would I have picked this kit for myself. It was a birthday present from my dad (and I know how much he paid for it!). However, I love it. It makes me feel very glam and it does its job as a scarf, too. I’m going to have to re-do the fringe because the yarn is so slippy it’s coming loose.

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