FO Friday September 6th 2013

Finished Object Friday! The first week of September has been going good. I got several Controversial Hats out, and when updating the queue list I thought for a minute that I had missed some, because there was no possible way I had gotten so many done recently… So I double checked, and even looked at the tracking numbers – nope, I didn’t miss any 🙂

Also this week I’ve finished a Snorlax and a poison mushroom:

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Then I finished the first of the hats my brother, Yuji, and I will be wearing to Ramencon. One of the days I’ll be Applejack while my brother is Big Mac and my daughter is Apple Bloom, so here’s the Applejack hat –

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Applejack’s hat is made using the Applejack pattern from Nerdy Knitter Designs. As for the rest of this hat, I improvised it and I am a bit annoyed at myself… I actually purchased a pony hat pattern, but ended up not liking every single aspect of it, and doing it a different way. By the end, I hadn’t followed the pattern at all. I could have just done that without purchasing the pattern >.< This one was actually finished last week, but it's so cute I had to share it. It's a 3 eyed pony with a radioactive cutie mark.

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As for WIPs, I started a Sockhead Hat. I had to buy some 16″ circular needles to do so, as all I had were 29″ (and crappy 29″ ones at that, I got a cheap set of size 1 – size 15 on ebay, and pretty much nothing below size 6 is actually usable, because they used the same size tube for the cable of the needles). Now, I was a die-hard fan of DPNs for hats, socks, etc. But I was NOT about to try to fit and keep 144 fingering weight stitches on dpns. I’d heard many times about how circular needles were better and faster than dpns. I could not figure out how, since with dpns you just move a needle to the other hand while with circulars you have to pull the stitches around to the needle (I did not realize that when you use the correct legnth, you don’t have to). I hate magic looping, and avoid doing it whenever possible. But for example when I am doing the ribbing on a controversial hat, it is too lose to stay on my dpns, so I was having to magic loop.

The circular needles were on sale, so I figured, what the heck. I got 16″ 2s and 3s for the sock head hat and a size 10 to give controversial hats on there a try.

Well, that is why I got so many hats done that I couldn’t believe it. It’s much faster, much easier, and makes it easy to carry projects around without worrying about them falling off DPNs while in my bag. I’m now a circular needle convert.

So here’s my Sockhead Hat so far

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It’s will probably take me a longass time, especially with everything else I need to do, but it’s the perfect thing for those no-think, get it out and back in quick moments… waiting in line at the store, red lights, etc. I started it the day before yesterday and already have 1″, so maybe it won’t take as long as I expect…

Oh, I didn’t take any pictures of the festival last weekend, did I? 😡 It was kind of dead, because it was raining. But we did discover that Yuji is great at shooting! They had some of those shoot the cup and win a prize games, and Yuji was a natural. Chance (youngest kid) and I combined could not shoot anything, though >.< After that she said she likes shooting, and wants to play Duck Hunt (lol!). I suddenly came to the realization, and had to break it to her that it isn't possible anymore T.T We don't know anyone that has a tv it would work with. Anyway, I'm also working on a this for Yuji for Christmas, but I can’t take pics of that yet. That’ll be the first of the Christmas gift crafting…

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