Completed Hats

Completed Hat #13, My First Delivery, and HHH Article

Posted on December 8, 2010. Filed under: Completed Hats |

Taking a hiatus from my hiatus to post a new hat!

Pattern: Turn a Square, designed by Jared Flood

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Charcoal Mix colorway, and Noro Silk Garden, Taupes/Black colorway

Thanks, Nick!

I also did my first hat delivery at Seattle Children’s Hospital today, which was a success! I got to meet Julie, the child life specialist who will be distributing the hats. Apparently there is a great need for hats for teenagers, and it was satisfying to know that my hats will help to fill the void that I assumed existed but never had proof of… if that makes sense. According to Julie there have been a lot of older teenage boys in treatment lately, so expect plenty of boy hats (and thus plenty of modeling from Nick. Unless any other boys want to model for me. Hello out there?)

Katie (another woman who works at the hospital), me, and Julie wearing some hats. Katie is wearing the hat that Sara made. I love it!

Also, for any interested parties, here’s the article that my friend wrote about Hannah’s Hopeful Hats- just scroll down to the bottom of the page to read it.

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Completed Hats, #11 and #12

Posted on November 11, 2010. Filed under: Completed Hats |

Pattern: Bella’s Hat, designed by Holly Eastley

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Cadmium colorway

Pattern: Regular Guy Beanie, designed by Chuck Wright

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Duncan colorway

Thanks to Lauren and Nick, awesome models as always (despite the fact that Nick is currently on day 11 of No-Shave November chin scruff). Can I just mention how much I wish I could wear bright yellow as well as Lauren does? Alas, that color and I are not meant to be.

With my 12th hat I’ve met the goal I set for myself with this project! As I said here, I definitely won’t be stopping, and will continue to knit hats and upload photos. However, I’ve got a few other things to finish up (college essays… ahem) so I may not post for a little while. Keep checking back though!

Oh, I forgot to mention that our family friend Sara made a hat for my project- it’s the same pattern as the first hat that I made, the one with the button. She did hers in dark purple with a gorgeous white shell button, and I love it. Thanks, Sara!

Also, my friend Rachel (the one who modeled the pink hat) is writing an article for the school newspaper about Hannah’s Hopeful Hats! Once it goes up on the Spartan Standard website I’ll be sure to link to it here.

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Completed Hats, #9 and #10

Posted on October 27, 2010. Filed under: Completed Hats |

Pattern: Greenery Hat, designed by Lilith Parker

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Cactus Flower colorway

Pattern: Improvised

Yarn: Cascade 128 Superwash Chunky, Charcoal colorway

Thanks to my models Nick and Rachel. It was very hard to keep them Rachel on-task:

The gray hat that Nick is modeling is the first guys’ hat that I’ve made for Hannah’s Hopeful Hats. The pattern was improvised on my part- I cast on 72 stitches on size 13 needles, worked in a twisted rib, and then did a sort of right-angle twisted decrease of my own invention. I think it worked nicely.

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Completed Hats, #6, #7, and #8

Posted on October 22, 2010. Filed under: Completed Hats |

I had quite a lineup of unphotographed hats, but was able to finally get pictures during my open period today.

Pattern: An Unoriginal Hat, designed by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Yarn: Aslan Trends Del Sur, White colorway

Pattern: Spring Beret by Natalie Larson

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Velvet Grapes colorway

Pattern: Opus Spicatum, designed by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Coco and Stone Blue colorways (I think)

The lovely Lauren, with whom I hang out during my open period, kindly agreed to model for me. Thanks Lauren! You’re frustratingly photogenic. Also, for all interested parties, I had another model today:

My friend Nick. Smoldering, right? I think he’s ready for Gentlemen’s Quarterly. Thanks for the use of your camera, Nick!

On the hats- I loved all three of these. Especially the white one- that one will be hard to let go! I was so lucky to find the Del Sur- I wanted to do this pattern in white from the start, but it was hard for me to find a yarn of the proper weight that still had a decent yardage. Del Sur worked perfectly, even though it contained a bit of prickly vegetable matter. I also loved the Malabrigo in Velvet Grapes, another yarn that was donated to me from Churchmouse. I’m usually not a fan of variegated yarn, but they had a sample hat knit in this exact same pattern and color at Churchmouse and I loved it. Mine still needs a good blocking, but I think it looks pretty good. The colors in Opus Spicatum turned out a bit darker than I was expecting, but I think it still looks nice. Malabrigo again, also from Churchmouse.

Speaking of donations, thanks to everyone who’s sent me yarn! Even if I don’t end up using it in the initial 12 hats I make (because I have fairly specific yarn plans for all of those), I will definitely be using all of the yarn that is donated for Hannah’s Hopeful Hats. None of it will go towards my own projects (although in the interest of full disclosure it is quite tempting). Along those lines, I’m thinking I’ll be taking a bit of a break from HHH after I finish the first 12 hats in order to complete a few projects of my own that have fallen by the wayside (including a sweater for my mom’s birthday… which was in August. Oops), but I’ll certainly keep making hats after that. They just won’t be all that I make.

Successful day!

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Completed Hats, #4 and #5

Posted on October 10, 2010. Filed under: Completed Hats |

Pattern: Selbu Modern, designed by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas 100% Alpaca Sport Weight, Denim and Light Tan colorways

Pattern: Sutro Heights Hat, designed by Kiriko Moth

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Vermilion colorway

Thanks to my lovely model Lina. It’s hard to get a picture of Lina where she’s not laughing- which is one of the reasons why I’m friends with her. I really liked how these two hats turned out, and I have to admit, it will be kind of hard to give them away! I put so much time and energy into knitting that when I’m finished I really like to be able to wear and enjoy what I create, or at least see someone I care about wear and enjoy it. It makes me feel connected to the recipient to know that hours of my work have gone into making them feel warm, comforted, and loved. However, because I don’t know who will be receiving these hats, I don’t get that immediate satisfaction- I just have to have faith that the wearer and I will feel connected all the same.

Wow, that was corny. Over and out.

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Completed Hat #3

Posted on October 7, 2010. Filed under: Completed Hats |

I actually finished this one a while ago, but due to a couple of mix-ups/my thumb drive breaking, I haven’t been able to upload it until now.

Pattern: Gretel, designed by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Olive colorway

Thanks to Shania Rose, who was my model this time around! Shania was one of Hannah’s very best friends, and is also the daughter of one of my teachers. She’s a sweetheart!

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Completed Hats, #1 and #2

Posted on October 2, 2010. Filed under: Completed Hats |

As promised, here are the photos of the two hats I have finished so far!

Pattern: Robin’s Egg Blue Hat, designed by Rachel Iufer

Yarn: Spud & Chloe Sweater, Moonlight colorway

Pattern: Hermione Hearts Ron, designed by Christy Aylesworth

Yarn: Classic Elite Fresco, Port Royale colorway

Thanks to my lovely models Katie and Elise!

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