This has been another quite productive week. I sort of finished the hat for my mom, although I might rework it again. First of all, I lost the yarn chicken game twice on this one. My mom brought me two skeins of white yarn for it, in the same colour, but different weights. I hoped that one skein of the thinner one would be enough for the hat, and I’d use the other one for the pom-pom. However, I ran out. I then hoped to use just a bit of the second skein to finish the hat, but what’s left is clearly not enough for a proper pom-pom. On the other hand, the texture of the fabric is much stiffer than that of the original hat, so it doesn’t drape as well. The problem here I think is the yarn. I have a feeling that if I use a larger hook with this one, there holes will be too large (I don’t have a hook in the right size, so I can’t try). So the drape is wrong, you can clearly see a wide “border” where I’ve switched to the thicker yarn and there isn’t enough yarn for a pom-pom…. and mom looked quite disappointed when she saw the pictures. At the moment, I haven’t bound off. But I think restarting this one will not solve all three issues – I think I’ll still run out. So I might do some yarn shopping to see if I can get 3 skeins of yarn that looks like it might give the right drape (less twisted?)… I have plenty of red, so that won’t be an issue, and keep this one to myself, as I also need a warm winter hat. The pictures the original hat at the bottom and my attempt at recreating it on top.
I also started on the first of the placemats. I am using self-striping cotton, and my plan is to make placemats and coasters all from this yarn, but in different patterns. This one is a classing feather and fan.
Yesterday, I also made three pokeballs – one is already lost :( Picture was taken by my son and features Snivy pokemon I made him ages ago, and the african flower pillow that just happened to be lying around. I have now been commissioned to do another Pikachu (I made one ages ago, too, but it was lost very quickly) or two (as the little girl now wants everything just like her big brother). I am just so happy she hasn’t asked for a set of cards and the album yet…
I also worked on the scarf, but I don’t think a new picture will show off much progress.