26 September, 2007

happiness runs in a circular motion

i was afraid of circular and double-pointed needles for a long time. it just seemed so complicated, especially the double-pointed needles -- having to use FIVE needles, instead of two?!? ugh, i was quite content with keeping it simple with the good old-fashioned straight needles.
but i am happy to report that i am well over that fear and i've now embraced these knitting supplies. (doctors' needles on the other hand, continue to terrify me.)
inspired to expand my repertoire of knitting skills and try new projects, and by the beautiful green alpaca yarn that i have in my stash, i knit up some baby "harvest hats." fall is coming and the acorns are dropping from the trees. that is where the idea for these came from. i used a pattern from the first "stitch and bitch" book as my template, and then adjusted to make them a little more fun.

here are all of those complicated knitting tools in place: you start off with the circular needles, and then switch over to the double-pointed needles and use stitch markers to help you keep track of where you need to decrease stitches.

and here are the finished products. not so bad...

(if anyone knows where i can get a funky vintage baby mannequin head -- please let me know.. i tried ebay -- nothing good on there... it's difficult to make these hats look as good as they would on an actual baby head.)

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