Posts Tagged ‘penguin hat’


So the Penguin Hat 2.75 made it’s way over to Hank last night.

I think he likes it...

Hank said it was even better than the one in the store… and that’s why we are friends.

Heidi's Cowl

A picture of Heidi’s cowl.  She was so excited when I told her how to wear it.  You mean all I do it put it over my head and it’s like a scarf with no work.  awww… she’s about the cutest thing ever.

Heidi and pups

Hank and Heidi gave me Hattitude and Hank’s homemade hot cocoa mix.  I am especially in love with the aloof pattern in the book.  It might have something to do with it being made out of Jade Sapphire cashmere… but really I just like the beret.

And because I am a little in love with it…

What Christmas present??

If Linda doesn’t love it… it can come back and live in Connecticut – but I am sure she will.  My webs order from a few weeks ago arrived yesterday… I now have 950 yards of Madeline Tosh Lace in Thunderstorm… which is much darker than I was expecting.  Mine is almost black.  I am sure it will make something lovely – now that I’ve been bitten by the lace bug again.  And yes Jacie I am aware that the January 1st count down is in progress, but I still have a week.

I also got 4 skeins of Malabrigo Twist in Indiecita… delicious.  Now I just need to keep furball away from the yummy yarn.  He has a strange affinity for the nice fibers and he does not like attention to not be on him.

I have lots of cleaning and packing to do tonight.  I need to be prepared for a 40 degree temperature change.  It is in the mid 70’s at my parent’s house and a high of 30 here.  Fun times.

To be packed for the plane – Finish it item 1… the Malabrigo Silky Clapotis.

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I decided it wasn’t really version 3.0.  I frogged it back to the ribbing and decreased the number of white stitches to 20 from 30.  Mr. Penguin is on a 10 stitch diet now, so he’s not so Fatty McFatster now.  So I made it version 2.5… or maybe 2.75.  The math seemed to work out fine.  I was worried about the decreases.  I added more shaping in 2.0.  I just reversed which color it happened in for 2.75.  It’s amazing what happens when I think about things BEFORE doing them.

Penguin Hat 2.75

And of course… a picture on the Glass head.  Did you know that Pier 1 claims this is one of their best selling items ever? Or at least that’s what the girl in the store told me when I bought mine.   And really who doesn’t want a glass head, I think it’s made of awesome.

YAY Glass Head

The pattern has been sent to a few friends who are going to test knit it/read it for me.  It makes sense in my head, and we all know that can be a scary place.  I also tend to leave letters/numbers off because my brain has already anticipated the information even if it’s not there.  So as soon as they ok it, I’ll convert it to a PDF and post it on Ravelry.

I believe I will be doing Christmas with the Leftwich’s on Monday – so there will be pictures of the penguin hat with it’s new owner next week.

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Penguin Hat Version 2.0

Penguin Hat version 1.0 and yes... I have a glass head filled with yarn scraps

I wrote down version 2.0 of the Penguin hat yesterday and promptly went and picked up yarn to make it with. (I have tons of orange/white cascade 220 incase anyone wants it to make their own penguin hat).

Cascade 220 in White/Black/Orange

Cascade 220 in White/Black/Orange

I think I may have made the white block too wide.  It kinda makes Mr. Penguin too fat.  Maybe I’ll decide tomorrow he’s not too fat after I make Jacie seam him. Yes I could seam it, but Jacie’s so good at it and she enjoys seaming and I would hate to deprive her of any seaming joy.

Fatty McFatster Penguin 2.0 but with even feet.

Maybe after I give him eyes and a beak he won’t look too fat.  Otherwise there may need to be penguin 3.0.

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Well the great design of 2009 was the Penguin Hat.

Hank and Heidi are some of my oldest friends.  I met Heidi sophomore year of college when we sat together in Physics class.  We were in the same sorority in college and had most of the same classes being Biology/Premed majors.  Hank use to bring us Checker’s french fries when we’d study all night.  If you know any premed major… you know that we spend a lot of time together.   Heidi and I then went to the same medical school and ended up both matching at University of Connecticut.  I’ve lived about 10 minutes away from them for the past 8 years.  I have dinner with them about once a week depending on our schedules.  Their guest bed room is “Allison’s room.”  They’re kinda like family, no I take that back. They are family.

The obsession with the penguin hat started when Hank and Heidi were in Boston entertaining their niece Emma. They were there for an unfortunate situation as Maddy her younger sister was in the hospital with a splenic laceration after a tumble-down a flight of stairs. So Hank and Heidi being the awesome Uncle and Aunt that they are took Emma around downtown Boston so she wouldn’t be bored out of her little mind in the PICU at Boston Children’s Hospital. As they walked around downtown, they stumbled upon an adorable hat store across the street from the Boston Commons. Hank fell in love with the Penguin Hat in the window. Almost immediately I received pictures of this hat, because Hank just knew I could make it for him. Well the pictures were kinda blurry and to be honest I am pretty sure it was a crochet hat. First I made sure that everyone was ok, then I offered to walk their dogs, and I told Hank Iwould look for a pattern and make him one for Christmas.

A few months later I was in Boston with Hank and Heidi and we visited the hat store. Heidi ended up buying a really cute purple plaid page boy hat, and regardless of what she says, she’s adorable in just about anything. Hank wanted to show me the penguin hat, so I could make it. Mind you it’s now the middle of summer, so wool hats really aren’t flying off the shelves at the time. But sadly there the Penguin hat was no more. I did get to view a few of the other hats – cows, chickens, cats. I had a general idea of what the penguin hat had at least looked like.

Boy was I disappointed when I searched for penguin hats. There was a baby hat, but it wasn’t quite right. It had a solid orange band. I wanted feet, not just a band of color. There was few color work charts of penguins… but Hank wanted the hat to BE a penguin not have penguins on it.

So I resorted to designed the penguin hat myself.  I am not a designer.  Generally when yarn speaks to me it says things like “I want to be made into socks.” or “I want to made into [insert pattern name].”  With the help of Melissa last year we made a lung pattern.  I knew exactly how I wanted it to be – and made it.  I came to the realizization that I actually could make anything I wanted out of string and sticks, but I might have to do math.  I took 3 years of Calculus in college.  It’s not that I can’t do math, in fact I’m pretty good at it.  But I prefer my hobbies to not really involve much thinking – I leave that part to the day job.  I knew the penguin hat was going to require math.  But Hank is the type of friend that I am willing to do math for.  He’s jumped dead batteries at 11 pm in the snow and scared off giant attacking turkeys.  He’s pretty fantastic and completely deserving of a little math.

Version 1.0 of the penguin hat is complete.  I brought it to my SnB on Thursday to finish it up last week.  People asked where’s the patter? Oh it’s in my head.  Add ear flaps… sure why not.  A couple pom poms here and there.. ok.  Googly eyes vs. duplicate stitch vs embroidry.  Always go for the googly eyes.  It came out almost exactly how I wanted it to, minus the off center feet.  I did math… I just did it wrong.  I had the math right for the ribbing and I had it right for my color blocks, but the two did not match up.  Maybe my penguin is crossing his feet…. yeah that’s it.

So version 2.0 is being written right now with MORE math and in theory centered feet.  Now I just need to go find more black yarn and hope Jacie doesn’t yell at me too much for starting something new. (It’s before New Year and therefore does not count yet, right??)

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Fiber Snob

Yes we all know I am a fiber snob.  I love cashmere, alpaca, and silk.  I have a ability to find the most expensive and most luxurious yarn in a store within 5 minutes.

I jokingly refer to my cat as a fiber snob too.  What can I say he takes after his momma.  He only likes the good stuff.  He’ll snuggle up to handspun, cashmere, and hand painted anything. 

Fiber Snob Kitty

Snuggling The Painted Sheep Chocolate Covered Cherries Roving

If I leave “nice” yarn out – even for a few minutes you can guarantee furball will be sleeping on it, trying to play with it, or worse eat it. (He only chews it – so no worries).  I was recently making a penguin hat for a friend out of acrylic… be shocked.  Yes I knit with a cheap acrylic yarn.  It did kinda make my skin crawl but I suffered.  But at least I have a super cute penguin hat who the intended recipient will absolutely love.  I could leave said hat on the floor without furball even remotely being interested.  As a side note I need to get batteries for the camera because the hat is awesome, and if I am super motivated soon I might even write the pattern down.

Jacie and I gave furball a little test yesterday.  She held up two skeins of yarn, one was berreco comfort (a very nice acrylic and nylon blend – I will admit there are some nice synthetic yarn) and String Theory’s Cashmere sock yarn.  The cat looked at each, looked again, and then rubbed his face all over the cashmere sock yarn.  My cat is in fact a yarn snob. We tried to get this on video tape, but alas the cat’s attention was spent and he curled up in a ball on the unfinished silky malabrigo Clapotis.<a

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