Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hello Kitty Hats with Instructions

I made some sweet Hello Kitty Hats for our nieces this year for Christmas.  In figuring out the pattern I made 3 other hats that I didn't like and ripped apart.  I finally decided on a basic idea I found after looking around on flicker.  I never found the pattern just a picture.  I tweaked around with it and made these awesome hats. They are worked flat and are great for beginners and are super fast to knit up and end up looking adorable.

worsted weight yarn
US size 8 needles
yarn needle

Baby=cast on 26 stitches
Toddler= cast on 28 stitches
Young Child=cast on 30 stitches
Adult=cast on 40 stitches

Hat Pattern
Cast on the correct number of stitches for the size of hat you are making.  Knit 4 rows in seed stitch.  Begin working in Stockinette stitch for 12 inches (for adult hat only, others will have to be "eyeballed" since I gave away the originals).  Knit 4 more rows in seed stitch and bind off.  Turn inside out and sew up sides of work with white yarn.

The cat hat is now done, it you are happy with having cat ears then put it on and strut your stuff if you want to pay homage to that dear kitty then a bow in the future. 

Bow Pattern
Cast on 9 stitches in desired color.  Work in stockinette stitch until it desired length.  Bind off leaving enough yarn to make the center of the bow by wrapping it around the middle of the the piece. Tie a knot to secure.  Sew this onto the bottom of the right (as you are looking at it) ear. 

Crazy Busy Break

I find it amazing that life can get so busy when you don't have to go to work.  The first week of Phil's break we cleaned the whole apartment and reorganized the craft/office area and Pete's closet.  Phil also typed a lot of Anson Call's journal so he can get it on Blurb before break is over. Phil is attempting to type up his relatives journals and have them turned into readable and saveable books.  So far he has his Grandma Call's completed and for sale online and Anson's is about done and just needs some finishing touches.  We don't get any of the money for them it just covers the cost of the printing and binding.  Pete had a doctor's appointment and found out he is in the 50% for weight and height while is head is in the 80%.  He also has to go in for an ultrasound sometime in January to check on some things.  Pete and I took a trip up to Fort Wayne to do some last minute shopping and for a good time with Grandma.  I finished up all of the Christmas presents early!  I had about 3/4 days to spare, I was also able to finish watching the entire series of Bones.  So my knitted Christmas presents consisted of 3 Hello Kitty hats, 2 Knit Nativity sets, and 1 Sushi Scarf. I still have 2 more Hello Kitty hats to knit for someone at church, but then I will be done...Until I finally get around to working on my scarf for the year!

Oh and Merry Christmas!

I just realized I never posted this so it is a bit late but still enjoyable!

So Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pete's Christmas Pictures

Here is the link to the Christmas pictures we had taken for Pete the other day.  I also posted it to facebook, but I thought those non-facebook people might enjoy a looksie.
Image Center - Olan Mills Portrait Studios