Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A couple of projects I finished up over the weekend.

Fuzzy Purple Hat

We'll start with the hat, as modeled my wife.  I forget what look she was going for, but there you have it. All she needs is some cats-eye glasses to complete the retro look.

I bought a couple of skeins of Yarn Bee Haute Fur on clearance at Hobby Lobby, thinking to make a monster or two when with a skein of aubergine Red Heart With Love that migrated from my wife's stash to mine.

I was told that I'm not allowed to buy any more yarn until I clear my stash a bit, and the Haute Fur was low-hanging fruit.  Rather than create monsters, I whipped out a hat. Then another.

The hat is heavy, and a bit warm for Nashville's typical winter, but it is fun to wear.  I'm not sure who will wind up with them, but if I have no takers, I can always add straps and a face. 

Voila!  A handbag!

  • Yarn: 
    • Red Heart With Love - Aubergine (  .2 skein ~ 77 yards )
    • Yarn Bee Haute Fur - Grapette ( 1 skein ~ 93 yards, with a wee bit left over )
  • Hook: I/5.5mm
  • Time: 5 hrs
  • Construction:  There is no pattern - it's just a beanie/toque worked in the round, top down, with double crochet. I crocheted with both yarns from the beginning, and increased one row beyond my intended size (on accident), then slowly reduced the rows until I had my desired length. The result is a bit bulbous, but with some finagling, it can be worn several different ways.

Percy the Penguin with Junior

The other project is from a pattern I found on Ravelry and purchased through Etsy.  Percy is larger than I expected, but he'll sit nicely on the shelf above our television.  Junior is absolutely adorable, and I've already had a few requests for both. (That'll teach me to post pics on Facebook!)

  • Yarn: Red Heart Solids - Black ( .5 skein ), Red, Green, White, and Heather
  • Hook: G / 4.0mm
  • Time: 20hrs
  • Extras: Fiberfill ( 3.6 oz), Safety Eyes ( pattern calls for 6 mm, but since I made him larger than the design, I used 9mm ), yarn needle
  • Construction: Since it's a purchased pattern, I can't give many details other than it's worked in the round. Well written pattern, though. You can get your own here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WollMafia

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