Ball-and Chain

I saw this chain scarf on Ravelry, but Alison Gates has made this pattern available on the Knitty blog here. There are many variations of this scarf. I thought the ball-and-chain version was especially funny. My husband doesn’t think marriage is a ball-and-chain, but I made the scarf that way anyway. I plan to use it as a Halloween decoration. Maybe I’ll wear it during the winter as well, though I’m not sure how warm it will be!

This was a fun scarf to make. I used size 8 straight needles rather than double pointed needles since I’m faster at straight knitting.

The ball is crocheted since I can increase and decrease better when crocheting!

This makes for a fun decoration though it seems a little long for the lamp.

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Llamas for Two

A friend of mine adores llamas (don’t we all). For her second baby, soon to join the world, I decided to make her one. A nephew also asked for a llama, and I made him one too. I worked on them both at the same time, for some reason, and now I’m ready to work on something other than a llama!

I did a little research and found that llamas have two toes. I’m embarrassed to say that the previous llamas I made had three!

My nephew specifically requested a white llama with a blue hat. I may stitch his name on the hat.

I think the pink hat turned out especially cute. Hopefully the doctor is right that my friend is having a daughter!

The pattern for the llama comes from Paola Navarro of Delicious Crochet. I used Red Heart speckled yarn for the llama, Red Heart variegated yarn for the hats, and a sized E crochet hook for everything. The hat pattern turns out way too big, so I had to modify it to fit.


Pumpkin Knit

I saw this miniature pumpkin on Ravelry and was excited to make it. I know I’m in the middle of 10 other projects, but I thought this would be a great decoration for this fall. I thought I could whip it out as a quick gift for a family member, but it took a little longer to make than expected. I came to realize that I am a slow knitter! This took two nights instead of the one I had hoped.

I found Jan Lewis’s Harvest Pumpkin pattern on Ravelry. I used Red Heart yarn and size 8 double pointed needles. I chose to crochet the vine and leaf since I’m a better crocheter than knitter! This pattern is super easy. I would recommend it to knitters of all ability. The only difference I made was to do a long-tail cast-on rather than provisional. Happy Harvest!


Unicorn in Turquoise

One of my nieces asked for a unicorn for Christmas. I originally did a white and pink unicorn, but when I put this pony together, it begged to be a unicorn as well! My mother was taken with the turquoise in the store. I was a little hesitant, but after consideration, I decided to give it a try. It became one of my favorite ponies so far.

This pony is from Paula Navarro at Delicious Crochet. Completed it sits about a foot high, not including the horn. The horn I added myself. The turquoise and variegated yarns are TLC Essentials and the cream and brown are Red Heart. I crocheted the pony with a size E hook. I differed from the pattern in the eyes. I made it two rows high instead of three.


Abominable Booties

I decided to make a second pair of baby booties for my nephew’s daughter. I originally made these in a neutral color until we found out it was going to be a girl. The pattern was working out to make really large slippers, so I did my own thing. Melissa Mall’s free Abominable Baby Slippers pattern can be found at Ravelry.

I really like how the claws are crocheted. A different pattern for a stuffed animal with claws called for clay. This is more child friendly.

I used a size E hook and cream Simply Soft yarn and pink Lion Brand Baby Soft yarn. The cuff was shorter in the directions. I wanted to fold it down more so I added stitches to that.


Eggplant Head

There are a lot of adorable baby berry hats out there. The ones that look like strawberries are especially cute. I decided to make a plum baby hat and picked out what I thought was the prettiest plum colored Caron Simply Soft Eco yarn I could find. Using Michele Sabatier’s free Berry Baby Hat pattern from Ravelry, I put aside countless other projects to get working on this. Using size 8 DPN’s, I quickly cranked this little hat out. I had some stray green alpaca yarn I picked up in Bolivia and held that double since it was rather thin.

When I finished, my husband informed me that it looked more like an eggplant than a plum. And sure enough, the next time I went to the store and saw an eggplant, this little hat was the spitting image!


Skull Hat Take Two

After doing more searching on Ravelry, I found some other great skull hats. After all, I still owed my husband a skull hat. I decided on Gayle Vicker’s Riley’s Skully Hat. The skull pattern was not exactly what I wanted, so I used Ravelry user Weeta’s instead.

The pattern is great. The changing colors, not so great. For a fourth project, I think it turned out rather well. To give away as gifts, I’m going to need to spend time with some real pros to work some kinks out.

Again I added an I-cord and tassel. This has fits my husband’s head, but only just!

I worked the pattern on size 8 DPN’s using Simply Soft yarn. It’s probably not the warmest hat for winter, but it is soft!

Does he look like a pirate or what!