Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Merry Christmas Dulaan! (Or, How I Spent my Christmas Break)

Remember a while back I said I was going to enlist my family members into knitting hats over our Christmas Break? Yeah, well, that didn't go as planned and I ended up being the only one to knit any Dulaan hats. So, for Christmas 2006 I present six hats in 10 days for Dulaan:

From the top going clockwise:
  1. Blue-green to fit 6 month-ish baby out of leftover Malabrigo. This hat was intended for my nephew William, but his head was bigger than I imagined... (he's a big boy for a seven month old!), so he received the rust and orange (picture to come later) Dulaan hat and we traded this one to the Dulaan pile.
  2. Blue Wool-Ease and Orange Caron Simply Soft to fit a 9 month old. This hat was also my first attempt at colourwork. It was easy enough, but not my cup of tea. The blue was leftover from my Veste Everest earlier in the year and the orange leftover from William's baby blanket.
  3. Rainbow Malabrigo. This was leftover from my friend Asami's son's hat and will probably fit an older child or adult.
  4. Pink Acrylic and Dark Green Wool-Ease to fit a 10 - 14 year old. I am honestly not sure where the pink came from, but there were small balls of it in my stash pile... and the dark green is leftover from my sadly missed Sitcom Chic cardigan that I had to give to my sister since I am too generous in the frontal area.
  5. Brown Encore and Orange Caron Simply Soft (same size as above). The brown is leftover from a poncho I knit for my friend Tara and the orange was more leftovers from William's baby blanket.
  6. This is the only new yarn hat I made over the break. I was in a shop and I was entranced by the colours in this Patons Decor yarn - a dark teal/cream/chocolate brown mix. It's a chunky weight so was a quick knit and the variegation did some neat things.. This hat will also fit an older child or adult.

The sizes here are all over the place since I don't use a pattern for my hats - I just sort of go on how thick the yarn is and what I want to do with it.

We also went to a community Christmas Party a few days ago and Willow and I commandeered the microphone (um, before the majority of the other guests arrived) and belted out a few rounds of "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer." Seriously, folks - those are the only two carols she knows so we sang each of them a few times... until I convinced her it was okay to sing non-Christmas songs and we sang Laurie Berkner's version of "I've Been Working on the Railroad." Also in the picture is my friend Lisa's daughter, Aleksia. I tried to get Aleksia to sing as well but she just wanted to watch.

And what did the munchkin get for Christmas? Well, does this tell picture tell you what the biggest hit of the morning was?

Her own dancing costume, complete with a blue tutu. She would have worn it all day if I had let her! The wand came separately, but she has decided it is a package and has also decided that now she has a costume she needs to take dancing lessons...

Merry Christmas All!