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My While in Canada Knitting Project

I’m still in Canada and fly back to the UK later in the week.

Before I came over I offered to make my Mom something as a belated Mother’s Day gift. She opted for a woolly hat and some kind of a neck warmer with buttons.

The hat bit was easy so we headed off to buy wool. I had to look into the neck warmer with buttons and came across this tutorial on Instructables.

Everything started off well, the steps seemed easy enough to follow. I’m a super beginner knitter and felt I’d be able to do it.

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I was quite happy with the wool we chose. Once I find the wrapper I’ll let you know what it’s called. The wool was challenging at times as it has a thin thread running through it as well as little thicker chunks of colour every so often. Over all no trouble with it and would happily use it again.

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Other than the occasional hole and picked up stitch my only issue was the buttonholes. Ok, I had the hardest time getting my head around them, but after a couple of YouTube videos I jumped in and just gave it a go and they turned out pretty much ok.

I chose not to place my buttons right at the end of the neck warmer because my mom didn’t want them there ๐Ÿ™‚ It was 23.5 inches long (I just measured it now) which is basically what the tutorial called for.
There I am modelling the woolly goodies wearing my “Mom, it’s 34c out could we hurry this photo up a bit?” face. The hat looks small on me, but fits my Mom ok. Really I should have had her model it.

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The tutorial was great. I would totally recommend it and make a similar thing again. I’m happy with how the neck warmer turned out.

I hope you’re all having a great summer so far!

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Tiny Hat – Update

Well after I made my tiny hat I had a better look at it and realised it wasn’t as small as I thought. I was being a bit too cautious with it and it turns out it fits me!

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After discovering this I was dying to make some matching mitts. I seem to be obsessed with mitts lately! I wanted to see if I could use one of my new looms and came across this amazing tutorial by mellismishmash. I immediately started working on it and was super happy with the result. Trouble was it was way too wide, so I gave it a go on a flower loom…trouble was the wool kept sliding off the tapered pegs…grrr…I really wanted to complete that tutorial and will in the future.

In case you try it, I did a couple of things to help myself out that may help you too. My loom doesn’t have any marks on it so I tied bits of string around it to mark off places where I had to switch between knit & purl. I also tied some wool around the “first” peg on my flower loom. Since I don’t have a row counter I used a measuring tape to keep track of things.

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So since all of that failed me ๐Ÿ™‚ I am now knitting a pair. I’m not the most skilled knitter so I’m quite enjoying it. The practice is great.

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We move on the 13th and things are getting a little hectic around here! I leave for Canada a week after we move…so um ya…things are a bit nuts! Most of my crafty stuff is packed away. I’ve kept out some wool, knitting needles, & crochet hooks. Hopefully that will keep me going ๐Ÿ™‚

(I doing this post on my ipad…hopefully it works out ok!)

Loom Knitting (or A Tiny Hat)

So the eBay fairy arrived again yesterday, this time bringing Classic Knit Knitting Looms. There were four looms, a loom pick and yarn needle included.
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I decided I would make a hat with a brim. Now the person I was making the hat for has a very small head, so I went for a small loom (too small, but I’ll get to that).
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I wrapped the yarn around each peg. Once I had gone around the loom, I went around it again this time I created a row above the original row.
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Using the loom pick I lifted the bottom loop over the top of the peg and worked my way around the loom. I started on the peg just to the right of the outside peg where you fasten your yarn to begin with. Once I finished this I pushed every loop down and added another top row of loops and did the whole thing again.

I decided I was going to add a brim to my hat. Once I got to a length of about 4inchesย ย pushed my loops down andย I lifted the loops from the bottom of the piece (so the very first row of loops I did) on to their corresponding pegs and knit over them (using them as the 2nd row of loops on the pegs).
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I then carried on until the hat was about 8 inches long. I then wove together the top, and voila I had a hat!
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Now even though I made this for a person with a really small head, I feel this is too small and will make another with a bigger loom. I think I’ll make a wool flower for the new hat as well…and maybe some fingerless mitts! Oh the possibilities! ๐Ÿ™‚

I purchased these with a different plan in mind, but this was quite fun! It reminded me of this little knitting set I had when I was a kid. Good times!