Friday, 30 October 2015

Happy Halloween!

Yesterday was just your average trip so Sainsburys, I bought some chicken, Worcester sauce, 5 Pumpkins! And let me tell you they were a bugger to carry home.Pumpkin carving is always really fun, although I don't understand how anyone can do anything more than the basic two eyes and a jagged mouth, do they have practice pumpkins?
Look at this!

I am going to pretend my efforts were inspired by this one but I am not sure I've captured the likeness quite as well...

Yer a wizard, vampire, pumpkin Harry!

Happy Halloween!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Jayne's Smoothie Hat (Firefly)

A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything.

Some credit for this pattern must go to the author of "Jo's Big Knit". Her Norwegian Hat (which can be found here) provided a lot of inspiration for this pattern but I have changed it quite substantially to suit my needs.

Pretty cunning, doncha think?
You will need:
Red, Orange, and Yellow DK yarn
4mm needles (or thereabouts)
Darning needle
Fork (for the pompom- you might have a different method but I can almost guarantee you it will not be a better method)

Abbreviations:
K=Knit
P=Purl
M=Make

Ear Flaps-Red (Make 2)
Cast on 2 sts
Row 1: K1, M1, K1
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, M1, K1, M1, K1
Row 4: Purl

When you cast on for the second ear flap do it on the same needle as the first so that you end up with the two both on the same needle and facing the same way.

Hat-Orange
On the other needle cast on 5 sts. Knit accross first earflap. Cast on 9sts. Knit across second ear flap. Cast on 4 sts
Beginning with a purl row stocking stitch 5 rows in orange
Change to yellow and continue to SS for 10 rows
K2tog till end (14sts)
P2tog till end (7sts)
Cut thread leaving 25cm left over, thread through stitches on needle and pull tight to form the hat.
Sew down the back of the hat, thread some red yarn through the end of the ear flap and plait it with the yarn already there. Sew in all other loose ends.
Finally make a tiny red pompom to sew on to the top. I recently learnt how to made a pompom with a fork and it has revolutionized my pompom making. I include an instructional video of how to make said pompom, I hope that it is helpful but please bear in mind that I just filmed it on my phone. The most important thing is that you tie the knot nice and tightly.

video
 And if the way I've tied the knot around the pompom on the fork looks really awkward well that's because it was. You try making a knot and holding a fork at the same time with your arms outstretched.

I've just been to see Crimson Peak at the cinema this week,. Not being good with jump scares I was worried my poor heart wouldn't be able to cope with the palpitations caused by the horror combined with Tom Hiddleston in period costume. But I think the most terrifying thing about it was the price. I haven't been to a Cineworld for ages and this reminded me why, £7.60! With a student discount! And if that doesn't shock you then maybe you don't realise that things can be different. In my local independent cinema at home tickets cost £2.50 so paying over three times that was a bit painful for me. I cannot fault the film itself though, it was gripping, surprising and most importantly really creepy but it does, and this may have been intentional, kinda have the same plot as Scooby Doo Zombie Island.

Friday, 16 October 2015

The Big Knit

Being a student one of my key skills is of course procrastination and it is amazing how having a house gives you so much more scope for things to do when you don't want to work. In halls last year I only had one room that I could clean but today I even did the oven.
The worst of course is the things that shouldn't really take priority over say, a ninety page article on the history of gun laws in America but also feel like a good way to spend ones time. This brings me nicely to my knitting project of the week: Innocent Smoothie hats.
It is indeed that time of year again, my goal is to beat my rather pathetic last year total of 5 and I'm already nearly half way there.

For every smoothie hat made Innocent Smoothie donates 25p to Age UK, so thus far that's a grand total of 50p on my part. Which does I admit seem a little pathetic but they are really fun to make, and it feels a lot more productive than cleaning ovens.

I have made a Cat in the Hat Hat and a Mad Hatter's Hat. The pattern I used can be found here. The price on the Mad Hatter's hat was just a tiny bit of paper which I superglued straight onto the wool. Irrevelant but quite interesting fact: The term 'mad as a hatter' comes from the 18th and 19th century when mercury was used to make felt for the hats. The hatters got mercury poisoning which at the time led to people thinking they were insane. Who says history is boring?