31 October 2010

Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, here's a question for you:

What is a ghost's favorite food? 

SPOOK-ETTI!

Which is what we will be having for dinner, because we are nothing if not festive ... plus, the tomato sauce looks like blooood ...

Also - something FO this way comes:


This was one of the projects I mentioned in a previous post, that was a secret, so I couldn't provide more details.  But the secret, which I call Pink Pirates, has been delivered to its recipient, who seems to be more than happy with it, so now I can show it to you.  Here are the details:

Pattern:   We Call Them Pirates, by Adrian Bizilla (a free pattern, btw)

Yarns:  Black yarn is Dale Baby Ull; pink yarn is Classic Elite Fresco

Needles:  US size 1 and US size 3 (and for me, US size 7 for binding off!)

Modifications:  First of all, the recipient is my friend Lisa, who loves pink - therefore, the white skulls were replaced by pink ones.  At the top decreases, the chart and my stitch count were not meshing, so I improvised and as far as I'm concerned, it turned out just fine.  Also, I made it longer on the bottom.  After taking out the provisional cast-on to make the inside flap, I just added about 8 more rows of the alternating pink and black to make the hat longer, as I wanted to be sure it would completely cover a person's ears.  And, I have no clue how to do a provisional cast-on, so I just knit a few rows in a contrasting yarn, and then took them out when I was ready to do the inside flap. 

Verdict:  I really like this hat and the pattern!  It was fun, not terribly hard to follow, and something good for a person who is relatively new to fairisle.  I could have even had it finished in time for her birthday, if not for a serious bout of laziness and depression.  But, as I said when I sent it to her, at least it's still October ...

Anyway, I would recommend this pattern, and can see myself giving it another go.  And who knows what color those skulls could be the next time???

11 comments:

Lorraine said...

Bridget- I think the pink skulls are more girly- very cute.

Carrie#K said...

Spooketti! Fabulous!

The pirate hat came out really gorgeously - your mods look perfect to me. I'll bet Lisa loves it.

mary said...

What a lovely hat! Great work too. I'm impressed, I can't do fairisle very well at all.

Marie said...

Nice hat! And nice color combination.

Channon said...

OOooh, SCARY! Yes, I'm afraid of stranded knitting. That just makes me admire your hat more.

Brigitte said...

I like the pink skulls too. And that mask is pretty funky too!

Lisa said...

Ahem...

le SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! EE!

knitseashore said...

Spooketti -- that's great!

I love the pink skulls -- a very unique hat just for the recipient. Can't have enough pink!!!

Hope you are feeling better. The gray days are a challenge, especially with the temperatures dropping. It's hard to be motivated sometimes.

Kathleen said...

The hat looks great! I so need to work on my stranded colorwork. As for a provisional cast-on, I tie my working yarn to waste yarn and put the knot on the needle, then do a long-tail cast-on with the waste yarn on the left, so it ends up on the bottom of the needle, and the working yarn on the right so it loops around and "traps" the waste yarn. Drop the waste at the end of the cast-on row, and, when you're ready to pick up the live loops, snip out the yarn and pick up the stitches.

Quilting Mama said...

Spoketti - love it and will regret sharing with the kids, but they will love it.

Lisa is a lucky lady - a wonderful, personality perfect item.

AManda Preller said...

AHHHH THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!! LOVE