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Friday, 26 June 2009

Know Thyself

Wandering the internet as I do, I regularly stumble across other peoples' avatars. I've always thought how nice it must be for them to have a little graphic Mini-Me that inhabits their cyber-world. I have coveted those avatars and have spent a fair bit of time working away on various avatar-creator websites in search of an image to call my own.

I have not been successful.

No matter how hard I tried, no matter how many noses and hairstyles I sampled, nothing I created bore the slightest resemblance to Me. Perhaps all those other avatars don't live up to their owners' expectations either. Perhaps they deliberately designed an "alter-ego" - a completely different and separate internet persona. Perhaps they just picked the best of a bad lot.

No, I have not been successful. Until now.

Yes, I have at last found perfection. The cartoon creation that captures my essence, my soul. The pixel portrait that would enable any of my readers to instantly recognise me should they ever pass me in the street.

And where did I discover the real me, you ask?

South Park.
I should have known.

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Monday, 22 June 2009

Crocheted Baby Hat Pattern Links

I'm back with those pattern links I promised you in my previous post.

Top row, left to right:
1) Adjustable Ribbed Preemie Cap
2) Teresa's 10 Minute Preemie Hat
3) Bev's Newborn Roundie Hat
4) Stretchy Crocheted Hat
Bottom row:
1) Pattern on Ravelry - Andrew's Charity Hats group
2) Barb's Seamless Crocheted Baby Hat (flower pattern here)
3) Gotcha Covered #2
4) Pattern on Ravelry - xoxoMargot's Baby Hat

As of Saturday, 20 June Andrew had received 719 hats, and there are more on the way!

Update 23/6/09: 849!

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Monday, 1 June 2009

Spiral Baby Hat

I've been inspired by a ten-year-old named Andrew to make baby hats for Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC (see his project page at DoSomething.Org and more info here at Ravelry). In the process of trying out the various lovely hat patterns I found online (pics and links to follow) I had an idea for this one:

Spiral Baby Hat
(American notation)

Yarn: Light 3 (Double Knit, Light Worsted)
Hook: G/4mm
Finished size:
H 4½”, W 5½ ”

Make a Magic Ring (instructions here) or ch 4 and join to form a ring.
1) In ring work sc, hdc, 10 dc – do not join but continue working around
(12 st)
2) Working in the back loop only (blo) 2 dc in ea st (24 st)
3) In blo (2 dc, 1 dc) around (36 st)
4 – 7) In blo 1 dc in ea st (36 st)
8) In blo dc in nxt 32 st, hdc in nxt 2 st, sc in nxt 2 st, slst into both loops of dc at beg of rnd. Finish off.

At this point my hat was 4½” high and 5” wide and looked a little too narrow. But once I worked the contrasting spiral stitches it stretched out to 5½” wide and looked more in proportion.

Contrasting Spiral:
Join the contrasting colour with a slst in the unused front loop of the first sc of rnd 1, ch 1; continue to (slst, ch1) in ea front loop to the edge of hat; continue pattern around edge working into both loops; end with slst into 1st slst at edge. Finish off. Pull the beginning tail thru the centre hole of the hat and weave in.

© Judy M Kerr, 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Please email me if you spot any goofs or have any problems with this pattern - sofar_sogood at btinternet dot com

Andrew has been making hats himself on a knitting loom. His original goal was 200 hats by June 20, but he's had such a wonderful response from all the knitters, crocheters and loomers out there that he's topped that already. His new goal is now 500 hats! Piece o' cake.

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