First things first - I guest blogged over on Bryony's blog this week, all about my slice of seaside, so take a look if you want to know more about where I'm from. Ah! But not where I live now, because I'm moving tomorrow! I'm gonna schedule a couple of posts for this week so I can concentrate on unpacking, my favourite thing... Anyway, on to my main point.
I completed a nice quick knit this week. Tam asked me ages ago to knit him a Tom Weir bobble hat but I slightly forgot about it until I entered a competition to win a Weir's Way DVD boxset and won! Which was very exciting and prompted Tam to remind me of my promise. So off I went. Luckily I'd just bought some red wool and finding a basic rib pattern was no problem so it knit up really quickly.
I used the St Mungo's Orange Bobble Hat pattern (PDF) with a couple of modifications - as I was using DK wool and knitting on the round I followed those instructions, but because my hat was for an adult man (the pattern claims to fit a child) I went up to 4.5mm needles and made the ribbing and stocking stitch sections longer by about an inch each. It fit perfectly, which makes a change! I did originally start on 4mm needles but after missing a section and having to rip it back, I checked the gauge and decided to go up.
The bobble I made in two minutes with my trusty pompom maker (I used the Clover medium sized green one) and some leftover cream speckled wool - I had to go for cream instead of white to avoid any Santa comparisons! Although Mother already got one in... I'm doing more baby knitting now then some charity knitting - I want to knit more of these hats, plus some Christmas decorations and do some wee hats for the Big Knit this year.
|Tom Weir picture from here|