Sunday, December 21, 2008

Last Post Before Christmas

The snow is still falling. Baking's been done. Packing's been started. Tomorrow morning, John and I will be taking the bus out to the coast to visit family for Christmas. Before we leave, though, I wanted to show you what I've been working on this past week.

Now that my mom's shawl is finished, I decided that I still had time to make a little something for each of the grandkids. There are five of them out at the coast, and I found two little hats in a bag of things I'd knit before. No pics of those as I've posted them before, but those two will be for the two little guys (2 and 1 y.o.). For the two little girls (4 and 3 y.o.), I made these...

Ear Cozies, a FiberTrends pattern by Bev Galeskas. They knit up quickly and turned out really well. I just hope they fit right. The yarn is one I've not heard of before. It's Rozetti Two Fold, worsted weight, 75% acrylic, 25% wool. That means it's machine washable and dryable. It certainly steam blocked nicely. The yarn has a nice softness to it, not like sock yarns which can be a little scratchy.

While I was trying to decide what kind of hat to make for my 8 year old grandson, I asked John for some input. When I asked him what colour to make Adrian's hat, he immediately said "black!". Then, I asked if it should be just a basic toque or something different, he thought for a moment and said, "Well, if you can put a skull on it, it would be perfect".

So, that's what I did.

I'm calling this one "Adrian's Skull Cap". It's a very basic toque with decreases a la Jared Flood's "Turn A Square" cap. That is to say, the decreases are like raglan shaping, giving the top a squared shape. The skull design was taken from, from Adrian Bizilia's "We Call Them Pirates" hat.

If you want it, you can grab the pattern (in pdf format) here:

Finally, because we won't be around for the next week, I'd like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, no matter how you celebrate it (or not). Stay warm. Stay safe.
Best wishes from John and myself (yes, that's us).


  1. The same to you, Ev and John. Merry Christmas and my sincere wishes that this year prove ever so much better than last.

    I just love the baby pictures :)

  2. Merry Christmas to you too! Great photos.

  3. A very Merry Christmas to you both. Have a great visit. I love the 'skull cap'.

  4. Hey auntie evelyn, I think adrian will love the hat, it's pretty awesome. Nice baby pictures :)

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Love the Christmas card!!! I ALMOST knew you when!!

  6. Best wishes to you both, with all my heart. Have a wonderful, wonderful holiday my good friend :)

  7. Very nice, the shawl and the hats. I'm sure they will be loved and well worn. Loved this pix of you and John as babes. Adorable!

    Happy Holidays and the best in 2009 :)

  8. Love the hat! Harry wants one. After all, he did pirate all my Seasilk.

    Happy New Year!