First up, suddenly I can't use the Ctrl key to select more than one photo. Anyone else?
I've been working on small knitting projects for the photographer I met. She showed me some pictures she liked, and asked for a few specific things. I will admit I got a little sidetracked with a photo or two from the "like" pile and got a late start on the "want" list! I also got sucked into ebay, and etsy, and ravelry a few times! I posted about the gorgeous multi-textured stocking cap already. As hoped, she loves it! I hope to get more orders for that style as I really enjoyed putting it all together. I can't wait to try other colour combinations!
One item she wanted was a fairly basic white set. The picture she showed was really basic, and I had actually been working on a hat in that pattern already, but in blue/pink/white. Another picture she showed was from ebay and was a chunky knit hat, with a cable going around, garter stitch top, and the tiniest amount of a brim. The seller is a Chinese company and the hat is available in several colours, and less than $5 with free shipping. I looked extensively through Ravelry's pattern data base, and could not find the pattern. I knew how it was made, but I was hoping for a pattern, mainly just to confirm, or give me the numbers. Oh well. I looked through my stitch dictionaries and found a braid cable and started a strip long enough to go around a baby's head. It turned out to not be the exact cable I wanted, though it still worked. The problem however, is that the repeat is 1 1/2" and that could take a hat from "too snug" to "too big". Now, every baby is a different size, so there's not much I can do about that. The next hat, I will use slightly smaller needles and one more repeat. Hopefully that brings each repeat to 1".
The diaper cover was another issue. The pattern I had been working from was worsted weight. So, a bit of math (luckily I had one here to measure as the pattern gave body measurements, but not finished measurements). I decided to handknit the cover since I needed a project for out and about and it would be quick enough in the chunky yarn anyway. I got it all finished, the crotch grafted, the ends woven in, and smoothed it out on my lap. Something was not right:
Many thanks to Jennifer Bel Photography for the pictures!
The next set was to be a football hat and diaper cover. I will admit I know next to nothing about footballs. What shade of brown? Most seem to be a reddish brown, but that doesn't seem to be in style in the yarn world. And there is a distinct lack of free knitted football hat patterns. There were a couple crochet ones, but I wasn't feeling the crochet love this week. Most hats did have a more rounded top, but I saw one that used four double decreases to create the strong seam lines. I copied this on my knitting machine. The first hat was more elf than football, but the second one did much better.
Yarn In: 18 482gr
Yarn Out: 113gr + 15 252gr = 15 365gr
Balance: 3117 grams more brought IN, than out
Costs: $449.33/330 days = $1.36 per day