Here is another knit from the past. You know it well – it’s your Christmas ’09 hand-knit, El Nimbo Albaricoque (Apricot Nimbus).
4 skeins of Malabrigo Chunky in a velvety apricot color, knit on US 11's
Even though it's cropped and has short sleeves, it's quite warm because it's so thick
The simple, boxy shape and single button allow the beauty of the Malabrigo to really shine
This was my first adult-sized garment, so I thought I’d ease into the realm of sweater knitting with a chunky yarn and a little cropped cardi. I used the Nimbus pattern by Berroco and was inspired by babyfishknits’ Azul Bolita Nimbus in Malabrigo Chunky. Beautiful brilliant blue! I think the soft peach is great on you, though.
This knit was not without its trials. With just a few rows left to knit on the sleeve, I ran out of yarn. I didn’t panic; I quickly ordered another skein from a different seller. I knew that Malabrigo’s dyes are very unique and the chance of finding the same dye lot for the last skein was near impossible. I hoped that the slight variegation in the yarn would disguise any differences in color. I was wrong. The new skein was much brighter. I ripped out the entire collar and finished the sleeve with the old dye lot. I then re-knit the collar, using the new dye lot for the part that would be inside, against the neck, and the rest of the old dye lot to complete the visible collar. Needless to say, I had enough yarn left over to make the Apricot Cabled Baby Hat, too!
Stay tuned for more glimpses into pre-blog craftiness.
Good morning, Anne,
Okay, so here’s another installment of my fall and winter crafting. I hope to see yours, too.
I have four baby/child-sized hats and an adult hat to share with you today.
1. I used Ari Whitlow’s Infant Earflap Hatpattern, but left off the earflaps and added a pompom. The stripes lend a collegiate look, don’t you think?
Made from yarn scraps, this diminutive toque features the Swedish flag colors and a pompom!
2. For this hat, I used Julie Hentz’s Cabled Baby Hat pattern. This was my foray into cables, which, as you told me many many times, are not that difficult! Love the squish of this hat. Again, I’m loving the pompoms.
Made from Malabrigo Chunky (leftovers from your Christmas cardi - the Nimbo Albaricoque), this is a slightly larger hat, maybe 12-24 months?
3. I used Jared Flood’s (of Brooklyn Tweed fame) Turn A Square [ravelry link] pattern for this toddler hat. I have made 3 Turn A Squares prior to this one, so I was comfortable enough changing it slightly to fit a smaller head. This particular hat briefly graced the grotesque sculpture of a head that Ben made in art school. (I thought it made him look a little more benign, but Ben disapproved.)
Made from Noro Silk Garden & Debbie Bliss Merino Aran from a frogged hat that I made Ben (the ill-fated Halfdome).
Bad, or good? I welcome opinions.
4. This was my nephew’s Christmas present. (I know, it’s a lame present from a toddler’s perspective, but it fit him well and looked cute on.) I used Brenda Zuk’s Seaman’s Cap pattern in bright blue washable Merino (a souvenir from your trip to Italy! I still have lots left).
Morbidone Superwash Merino - perfect for a kid's hat
5. Finally, I made Channah Kopel’s Ribbed Watchman’s Hat. This is a pattern specifically designed for Israeli soldiers. It’s an honor to be able to use a skill I’ve learned to bless a nation that I’ve grown to love through being with Ben. You can find more information at Channah’s blog at Hats for Israeli Soldiers. As of April, 3500 hats have been sent to Channah and distributed to the Israeli soldiers. Wow!
Before we got a nice camera, I took grainy photos with my webcam
Back to piecing my Heather Bailey quilt!
Love you chica,