Monday, October 03, 2005

Babies: Valuable Knitting Tools

If you ever want to see something funny, watch someone who has never knitted with straight needles try to learn how to use double-pointed needles. Prior to this weekend, all my small diameter projects were knit on two circulars or with the magic loop method. I avoided DPNs like the plague. But when I received several sets of DPN from Mrs. Stranger and I decided to face the scary porcupine and actually make something with DPNs.

I'm sure all you DPN-experts would have busted a gut laughing at me this weekend. I couldn't figure out how to hold the work with all those needles sticking out. I had to constantly check to make sure no stitches were inadvertently liberated from a needle. And I had a hard time keeping the needles in my hand. You see, when I get to the end of the row using circular needles, I usually drop the needle in my right hand and pass the needle in my left hand over. Well, as I soon discovered, when you drop a DPN--it actually drops! It falls down! It doesn't stay attached to your work like a circular needle does. Imagine that.

Anyway, to tie this comedy of errors in with the title of this entry, look what I made!

I want a REAL cupcake, says Scout

Pattern: Cupcake hat
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease in pale yellow, sparkly white, and red
Needles: US size 8 DPN
Cat: Scout
Recipient: My niece Eva
Lessons learned: DPNs drop when you let go of them. Babies are great guinea pigs for trying new knitting techniques. Babies are small and they don't care if their clothes are a little odd or funny looking.

Speaking of gifts
I gave Rosa to my MIL this weekend. She LOVED it. It fit perfectly. Even the arms were long enough, which is apparently something that is often problematic for her. She thought the colors went well together. She got a kick out of the stripes on the sleeves. So, the sweater was a success even though I didn't like making it.


GretchenX said...

Brutus wants you to make a cupcake hat filled with catnip, just for Scout!!!

(great job, too, BTW!)

Cordelia said...

The hat is *adorable*. I hope your niece's parents love it as much as I do.
And congratulations on the great present! (even though you didn't like making it...)

knit chick said...

The hat is great & such a great tale on the making of it. Glad your MIL liked the sweater!

Stephanie said...

The story of you dropping your dpn's combined with the picture of the cat reminded me of when I got my first puppy. I had only ever had cats in my life. When you are done holding a cat you can pretty much just let go. It lands gently on all fours and then strolls away. Puppies - yeah not so much. Poor puppy! Survived with no injuries thank goodness!

Jennifer said...

What a cute hat! It was well worth the DPN learning curve!

goodkarma said...

It must be a relief to give Rosa away and have it be well received. Whew, that's over! Onward! I love the cupcake hat. So cute! Must make some for future baby gifties.

Alison said...

Cute hat! Good for you for trying DPNs. I love them.

Wool Winder said...

That's one of the cutest hats I've ever seen! I can't wait to try it out for The Preemie Project.

Joanna said...

I can't believe your first dpn attempt involved ribbing and ruffles, it came out so well! And that's great to hear about Rosa, at least your hard (and not enjoyable) work was well worth it. :)

Nicole said...

That is so adorable. Perfect for a baby! :D

Chicken Little said...

I wish I had one to fit my big head!