I made this hat recently for my brother-in-law. He is from Jamaica, and has never experienced the low temperatures that we get here in Atlanta. So I figured a nice warm hat is needed! I used wool and alpaca yarn which I reclaimed from a sweater that I found at a thrift shop. I really liked the pattern, it was super easy, just knit and purl stitches.
I just had to share this video about the process of making the various gowns from the Spring 2013 Chanel Haute Couture show. Its extraordinary to watch all the seamstresses meticulously sew each lil’ flower and gem on, its a beautiful process.
I can’t speak for all knitters, but since starting to knit, I have always wanted to tackle several cornerstones of knitting. Hats, socks, and a sweater. I started my journey first by attempting to knit hats, I didn’t know the proper way of knitting a hat, so I would knit a rectangle and hope for the best. A couple of these so-called ‘hats’ came out either too small or way too big, so those of course became lovely gifts for friends. I never really liked the outcome and uncertainty of wondering if this hat would fit or not. So I bit the bullet, followed a simple pattern and the results were a lovely hat that fit properly!
Now socks always seemed way more difficult to me than a hat. I’ve wondered how in the world do you knit it so that forms a foot, and the heel, how in the world did they knit that!? I knew that in order for me to understand this, I had to do it! So I started by finding an easy and simple sock pattern. But this wasn’t all that easy. A lot of the sock patterns I found were for women’s sizes or were a mens size but wouldn’t have fit. But I came across this pattern and it was exactly what I was looking for. The results are a nifty pair of wool socks! I really like how these came together. They of course have various mistakes, but that’s expected on a project that you use as a learning process. Surprisingly it wasnt the heel that I found to be the most difficult, it was how to sew up the toes. I tried the instructions that were given with the pattern, but those were rather confusing and when i was done, my toes were sticking out of these lil holes. So for the second sock I wanted to make sure I didn’t repeat this mistake. I came across this tutorial and it was so great! Easy to understand, both written and well illustrated instructions! I was very pleased with how this technique turned out! I am sure to rely on it for my next pair of socks.
As you can see, things here look a lil’ different. I have been wanting a simplified and cohesive blog and website for some time now. A major weakness of mine is website design and coding. I have taken a couple classes on website design, but its like this crazy foreign language that I just cannot grasp. Being a graphic designer it is a required prerequisite, it’s not that I am opposed to it, I’d really like to be able to know and understand the various coding languages. But until then I went with the simplest and easiest result for now.