Saturday, December 19, 2009

And The Knitting Continues

On our walk home from Whole Foods the other day (picking up some Cream of Tartar so that we could make snickerdoodles), my little sister asked me if I would make her an "animal hat."  Of course I will!  This is the little sister who was given a hat a year ago and she loves it so much that she declared she would never ever wear another hat again.  She sure knows how to appreciate hand-knits, am I right?

Of course, I knew instantly which hat I wanted to make her, and after showing her the pattern, she agreed.

Oh hi, I'm a fish.

The Fish Hat from Knitty, Winter 2008 has been on my radar for quite a while and I'm glad I finally had a reason to make it.

I was even able to do it using only yarn from my stash.  To be honest, I didn't even know that my stash was capable of something like that.  The only yarn I brought home for my winter break was yarn I thought I would be using over break ...and all of my malabrigo, because you always need malabrigo.

I just laid out the yarn and my sister picked what she wanted.  Then she happened to see the leftover orange yarn from my nephew's scarf and I used it for the lips and fins.

Pattern: Fish Hat from Winter 2008 Knitty
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted in Apple Green, Bobby Blue, and Lettuce
RYC Cashsoft DK in colorway 510 (orange)
Needles: US size 6
Time: Started on December 16, 2009.  Finished December 18, 2009

My sister was also in charge of what she wanted the eyes to look like.  Yes, they are intentionally funny looking.

I used a smaller needle size in order to get a slightly smaller hat.  I'm still considering tacking down the rolled edge "lips" so that they don't unroll, but I doubt I'll ever get back to that.

As we're on the subject of scaly creatures, I would like to introduce you to my beautiful Brittany.  I don't have a cat to showcase on my blog, but I do have a wonderful ball python.

Isn't she pretty?  We had a little photo shoot a week or so ago and although she couldn't sit still (which is why her head was blurry), I managed to get this shot.  I think she's so pretty.  She was a birthday present from my sister four years ago and, in fact, she just herself (Brittany, not my sister) celebrated her fourth birthday last week.

Sometimes she likes to help me knit.

I'm still working on my Brigade pullover too, I only have an inch or two before I'm done with the body.

Hooray for quick knits!


  1. I love that hat. My younger son wants one but he wants to pick out the yarn - I think we'll be able to get to my LYS next week.
    Love snickerdoodles, love Brittany, Brigade and you.
    Continue to enjoy your break.

  2. OMG that hat is super awesome! I can see why she was so excited about it. But (I just typed out "butt" Oops!)...what happened to all her hair?

    I was going to ask you if the snake was still around. She's getting big!

  3. The fish hat is so cool. Wow. The colors are fun. Brittany is neat, too!

  4. Awesome. Your sister has good taste.
    Please don't knit your snake, even if you run out of yarn.
    (But she could stand a tiny green-and-silver HP scarve/snake cozy.)

  5. What a fun hat! I wonder what they'd say at the office if I wore one like that. They already think I'm weird; they just don't know HOW weird. :-)

    Do you take your snake to school with your, or do you have a snake sitter?

  6. What a fun hat! Mini-me approves as well and is now in the begging phase. ;-)

  7. That hat is awesome! I may have to make that for my cousin sometime in the future... Brittany is pretty neat too!

  8. That's a lovely snake. It appears you've done a good job keeping up with her needs in the Arctic north, which is no mean feat. Keep it up so I don't have to fuss.

    Just finished my Expedition last night, and Brigade will be on the list once I knock out a few other projects.

  9. OMG - too totally painfully cute. I love that hat! I can see why your sister wanted one.

  10. What a beautiful python. Does she stay home while you are at school? Also the hat is adorable. I have a god daughter and her sister who would love to get one.

  11. Hat, sister, and snake are all adorable!

    Word Verification: amens :D


  12. The hat is fabulous - what a lucky little sister you have!

    OK, you named your snake Brittany. I'm processing that. At the same time, I'm not sure what I would name a snake, myself. If I had a snake. Which I do not.


  13. Ohh... she's so PRETTY! *dreamy sigh* I'm contractually barred from owning reptiles, or anything that eats rodents, due to my job, but oh how I wish I could have my own snake. I've wanted one, and had been handling them whenever I could, since I was a little girl.

    And your little sister (and her hat) are cute too. :P

  14. my middle guy (the gymnast) is begging for a snake! i'm not sure yet...i suggested maybe a gecko instead.

    cute cute hat!

    i'll be making snickerdoodles today, as per a request from the same middle guy for the class party tomorrow.

  15. Isn't it wonderful when the stash astonishes us? hehe Love the hat!

    ...OMG and now you can explain to R why you made me scream ;op...holycrapsnakesarecreepy. (sorry...)

  16. Oh wow, Brittany is gorgeous, such striking markings. I have been thinking about getting a snake for a long time, I won't be able to for a while, but it is good to see that yours gets along well with your knitting :D

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