Big Needles, Big Knits, Big Bike

Happy New Year!  I hope you are WARM.  It is Igloo where I live apparently:

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So I shall knit more things to keep warm.  Also I have been riding my bike (inside, silly) to keep moving to keep warm.  The two really go hand in needle together.

 

My last minute Christmas Knits were done on size 35 and 17 needles.  I always wait too late to get my knitting gifts done.  It’s also good to have a college kid home who knits like a machine to help you get things done.  That’s right, I had a ringer.  Back to the big needles…I absolutely love to make the Angel Cowl by Theresa from Lucky Hanks on Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuckyHanks?ref=l2-shopheader-name

The pattern is so easy and I’ve been personally wearing my own Angel Cowl every single day lately.  I’ve just finished making three of them for gifts.

I found that I also wanted to make this fun big needle hat called the Pom Bomb:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pom-bomb-hat

I used Knit Collage Wanderlust and then I went to JoAnns and found a giant yarn there to make another.  You can make the hat in an hour if that.

The hat comes out kind of like a helmet.  My kids didn’t want all of the pom poms and opted for just helmet.  My son said his friends would like some.  It’s been tricky to find cheap Big Ol’ yarn to do these in.  I just saw Lion Brand has a new yarn called Wow that would work so I’ve got to scout that out.  Knitting with this big yarn is kind of hard on your hands…working with size 35 double points is an adventure.  But it’s over quickly and people like it.  That’s good news to me.

Now I have switched to a slightly smaller needle (10 1/2).  I had a sweater I was working on that I fell out of love with and decided to rip it back and make hats out of it.

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I really love how this fabric is feeling!  So squishy and soft.  This design is just coming out of my head.  Who knows what it’s going to turn out like.  Crossing fingers.

Right before Christmas I was able to finish a toddler sweater (matches a little hat I had made for this adorable little guy):

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and a little present for a friend’s dog:

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Pretty fun projects that were improvised mostly.  Whew!

Here’s to a great Happy Knit (or Crochet) Year!

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-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment!

Shana