Online diary time.
I used an online collage editor, Fotor to be specific, for this collage... not too sharp. I think I'll try several to see which I like. Any suggestions?
The specifics for all of these projects are up on Ravelry. I'll just skim the surface here.
Most of the above knitting is for relatives. I made hats for most of the nieces and nephews, with the exception of the two youngest who got sweaters. Matching sweaters. Just look at this picture of the two of them wearing their sweaters ... the cuteness, it burns!
I loved making the orange hunting hat -- skulls and crossbones and in a color you can see from space? What's not to like. Here it is up close:
That's HiKoo Cariboo crocheted onto the edge of that hat. Super soft and furry. Actually, in the ball, it's kind of tribbley and baby-chick-ish, but in small doses, it's really fun.
The hermit crab hat, a slight variation on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Swirl hat, is a huge hit with the nephew who asked for "a hat with a hermit crab on it". Which doesn't exist, btw... so I applied ear-flap claws and googly i-cord eyes to a Swirl hat knit with two shell colors held together.
Turns out, tragically, that the hermit crab pet in question died a few days before he got the hat on Christmas Eve and the gift could have been a debacle. Instead, he loves the hat and calls it his Hermie hat in remembrance of said pet and Sister/his mom says he barely takes it off. Whew.
Here are the hats in action.
And two nieces. Aren't they beautiful?
As an aside, I couldn't resist trying on the Elf Liberation Front Hat before I sent it off. I'd have kept that one and made another if there had been time.
I didn't use the E.L.F. pattern from the Unofficial Harry Potter knitting book as that one is knit from sock yarn on size 3 needles. I'd call this hat inspired by the E.L.F. hat using typical worsted weight hat numbers and short rows to get the hats to sit cockeyed.