This was a Christmas present for my husband who loves Firefly. In fact, we both love Firefly. I remember watching it for the first time with him in his flat when I was in first year at Uni and loving it straight away. We can both recite the Hero of Canton by heart all these years later! The hat wasn’t really a surprise because I had to size it to him as I went (he has a pretty big head) but I thoroughly enjoyed it and he loves it still. It was also a good way to channel my stress as I was just reaching my dissertation deadline and suffering a lot of anxiety. I crocheted it rather than knitting it because I couldn’t find decent chunky yarn and I was also a coward and scared of adding earflaps to a knit hat because I didn’t know how to do it. I’m a bit of a scaredy cat still when it comes to unknown knitting techniques!
Stats Started: Dec 7th 2012 Finished: Dec 18th 2012 Yarn: Drops Karisma Hook: 4mm
My gauge changed drastically between one mitt and the other but it’s not a huge deal. In the same way as the previous gloves I used my arm measurements at various points to make a custom fitting pair of gloves to use as repulsors for my Iron Man costume for a Uni event. Again I wish I’d done them in the round than seamed them, but oh well. The blue repulsor circles on the palm make these inconvenient for day to day use but they were fab for the costume.
Stats Started: September 8th 2012 Finished: September 23rd 2012 Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine. Drops Ice for the blue repulsors on the palm Hook: 3mm
I picked up some yarn my friend auctioned and OMG COLOUR. I started them, then put them down for ages. I measured my arm at multiple places, did a gauge swatch and wrote a pattern so they would fit perfectly without stretching or bunching. Looking back I’m actually pretty proud of that! I just wish I’d knit them in the round instead of knitting them flat and seaming them because the seam is AWFUL. I will never wear them because 1: the colours aren’t great for Glasgow and 2: I would never really have an occasion, but it was still a fun exercise. If It’d knit them in less crazy colours I imagine I’d wear them all the time.
Stats Started: Feb 13th 2012 Finished: Aug 9th 2012 Yarn: Unknown cone – I think it’s Bramwell 4ply Needles: 2.75mm
So remember how I said my first attempt at a sock monkey hat was way too big? Well I hated frogging so instead I turned it into a bag. I’ve never really used it but the stuff to make the lining is in it, I just never got round to actually sewing it in. Now it just sits in and FO box somewhere and doesn’t get used. Maybe it will end up as a present someday. Who knows?
Stats Started: April 17th 2012 Finished: July 13th 2012 Yarn: Drops Andes Hook: 8mm
This is the companion to the arigurumi octopus for the younger cousin. It has become a little bit of a running joke because it’s expression is less than intelligent (it’s known as Derp Owl). It was still a fun project though and again the recipient loved it (he refers to it as a penguin). I used leftover yarn from my sock monkey hat. He has a big head and very derpy eyes but I still think he’s cute.
Stats Started: May 1st 2012 Finished: July 13th 2012 Yarn: Drops Andes Hook: 6.5mm
This was just a quick project to see if I could jazz up the karabiner I used for my keys with some spare yarn. It worked for a while but eventually the yarn broke and it unravelled. It was still an interesting experiment though.
Stats Started: May 12th 2012 Finished: May 12th 2012 Yarn: King Cole Wicked Hook: 3mm
Having recently discovered crochet I was, pardon the pun, hooked. I received the yarn from this in an international yarn swap and I was SO SOFT! I knew we were going to be seeing my husband’s cousins in the summer so I decided I wanted to make them some toys. This octopus was for the older of them and is certainly… something. You can tell my crochet skills were still rudimentary! The eyes have lovely anchor buttons. Again I don’t have great pics because it was given away but the recipient really loved it which is nice.
Stats Started: May 1 2012 Finished: May 7 2012 Yarn: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Prints in Red Ochre and After Dark Hook: 8mm
This was my first foray into crochet. I was going to a convention in May and one of the actors there was very well known for wearing a sock monkey hat in one of his photo shoots. I, ever an obsessive fan, decided I needed one. I finished it with plenty of time (even though I actually had to make it a second time as the first on was WAY too big) and I wore it to the convention! While at an autograph signing he told me he liked my hat and when I proudly told him I made it myself he seemed to be impressed but that might be my crazy fangirl self projecting haha. It has a lot of really, really good memories attached to it. I wore it everywhere for months but it doesn’t see the light of day much anymore. I grew up and moved on from that particular fandom.
Stats Started: April 17th 2012 Finished: April 19th 2012 Yarn: Drops Andes Hook: 6.5mm
My first attempt at a hat was Capucine. Not only my first attempt at a hat, but my first attempt at ribbing and knitting in the round. I’m not sure when I actually cast it on, but I did end up ripping it back and starting again because no one told me that when you transition between knitting and purling you need to move the yarn to the front/back. There were a lot of accidental yarn overs and yarn forwards. It was so frustrating! I was at my in-laws place for New Years that year and his Godmum was staying. She showed me how to fix it and also taught me how to cable. Not only that but she caught the fact I was twisting my purls too! She’s a genius knitter and I still refer to her as my Fairy Knitmother. It turns out that my forays into knitting and her helping me out inspired her to break out her needles again which is so lovely.
The hat is knit in yarn I was given as a present by my in-laws for my birthday in the October and it’s so soft and gorgeous. Unfortunately the hat does try and slurp itself off my head as I wear it so it needs to be tied which looks a bit ridiculous. I should probably invest in some hat clips or something, I have a few which could use them.
Stats Started: January 8th 2012 Finished: January 10th 2012 Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky in Noviembre Needles: Unknown
This is actually 4 finished objects: My 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th. They are all the same – kindle covers. I got a kindle for my birthday and Sam got one for Christmas so I knit them for us. Then other people started asking for them so I made 4 all in all. I would knit a square and a simple triangle decreased flap at the top, fold it and sew 2 edges. They were really simple and pretty quick. Again, I don’t have great photos of them. The first 3 are in the same colourway and the fourth is a different one which was specifically asked for. I don’t use mine anymore because I got given a hardback cover. I think Sam’s is around somewhere but he only uses it if he’s traveling with his kindle (he’s very good at smashing screens). I’m not sure if the other two are still used but the recipients were very happy when they got them.
Stats: Started: Nov 27th 2011 Finished: Nov 30th 2011 Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky Macaw Needles: 9mm
Started: Dec 7th 2011 Finished: Dec 10th 2011 Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky Macaw Needles: 9mm
Started: Dec 10th 2011 Finished: Dec 13th 2011 Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky Macaw Needles: 9mm
Started: Jan 21st 2012 Finished: Jan 21st 2012 Yarn: Cygnet Seriously Chunky Nightjar Needles: 9mm