TGIF everyone! Things really couldn't be any better, it's Friday, I'm leaving for Rhinebeck in the morning, and I'm the next stop on Woolly Wormhead's Bambeanies Blog Tour. When Woolly asked me to participate last month I said yes with out a moment's hesitation and knew exactly what I wanted to do... knit a hat from Bambeanies for one of my favorite toddlers who lives in Baltimore! The patterns in her book are just too cute! I have to say, I LOVE Woolly's photography, it is NOT EASY to photograph kids and she has a style that shows her hats, and the kids playful spirits SO WELL.... I am in awe : )!
Bella and I spent quite some time flipping though the designs choosing the perfect one for Carmyn, we considered Damsel, Pixeta and Aurora but finally settled on Queenie.
Then it was time to get down to the business of swatching... the pattern calls for DK weight yarn at a gauge of 5 sts/in over garter stitch... I got 4.25 sts/in with the Cashmerino, and so cast on for one size smaller which ended up working perfectly. The sizing and techniques section in Bambeanies is comprehensive and EXCELLENT and I referred to it more than once as I got ready to cast on!
|My version of Queenie|
What do you think? I have to say I LOVE getting to take a break and just follow another designers pattern. Of course I changed it, because of my yarn choices, but that's just how I roll... Queenie was so quick to knit up, garter stitch in the round with simple slipped stitches to highlight the crown sections: BRILLIANT!
|Side view of Queenie|
And guess what? Queenie looked so cute on my borrowed model that I just had to give it to her.... Luckily there is enough yarn for a second one (and it's perfect Rhinebeck knitting) so Carmyn will still get one too!
So, who wants to win a copy (pdf) of Bambeanies? Leave a comment letting us know which hat you'd like to make out of the book for a chance to win. Comments will be open until Wed Oct 19th at 9 pm. Winner will be chosen at random the next day! (Make sure you remember to leave a way for me to get in touch with you in your comment!)