Wednesday, June 3, 2015

first snowfall and a knitted hat

 
Knitted hat with ear flaps

Morning snowfall in our front yard

Morning snowfall in our backyard

We woke to a winter wonderland on Monday morning, marking the first day of winter.

I also cast off a knitted hat. My first attempt at knitting in the rounding using 5 double pointed needles and circular needles. Demystified.

I took Caddy Melville Ledbetter's class using her own personal pattern. I made the large hat but it turned out quite small even though I thought my swatch was right. Although...a flashback has reminded me that a little toddler was diving across my lap trying to grab the measuring tape at the time and I even remember thinking 'that'll do' and handed him the tape:) Lesson Learned. Details Ravelled here.

I'm sure my small Ruby knitted hat will find the love at The Thredbo Beanie Festival.

How was your first day of Winter or Summer? Depends where you are in the world! What have you been making?

Joining in with all the crafty folks at Frontier Dreams and Yarn Along at Small Things.



22 comments:

  1. I love the hat, Zena. My oh my, that snow looks lovely but very cold. We have had 1 degree mornings and that is bad enough in this cold house. We are trying not to put the heater on too much and would love a fireplace. Using double pointed needles is such a learning curve, isn't it? I have just started my second sock and will be pleased when I have finished the pair off.

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    1. Thanks Chel. I noticed in Australia we use four double pointed needles and 5 in the US. Either way I can venture in to socks.

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  2. Oh, I want to live at your house! We just had frost and black ice on the roads for the first day of winter here!
    Your hat looks wonderful. What a great job you did. I didn't know Thredbo had a beanie festival; I've only heard of the one in the Top End. Have fun in the snow!

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    1. Thanks Jayne. The new rental house we live in at the moment is tiny with a big fireplace so we are super cozy. It was the opposite in our old home:) It's part of Thredbo festival. Locals make an assortment of beanies and they display them at the Thredbo distillery and the funds go to the Leukemia foundation.

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  3. It looks like you finished that hat just in time! We had so much snow this past winter and are thrilled to be moving into our summer season.

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    1. Oh it was a big snowy winter for you, I'm sure you all welcomed Summer immensely. Over here we just get some ground cover but it is very icy and cold but up the mountain on the ski resorts is where the snow levels are.

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  4. A beautiful hat, finished at the right time. We are going into summer but it still feels cold with lots of wind so not feeling particularly summery.

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    1. Thank you. I hope the sun shines down on you soon:)

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  5. Your hat is just adorable!!!
    I can't quite believe you are having snow while on this side of the world summer finally seems close :-) but isn't it amazing how there is every single season simultaneously happening around the world keeping us all connected?

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    1. Oh thank you! I love the diversity too.

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  6. What a sweet hat! It is so amazing to ponder reverse seasons as we move into summer heat and green. Amazing to see snow happening in another part of the world!

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    1. Thank you Sarah. I know...and seeing different seasonal foods on blogs too. I'm spending hours making slow cooked casseroles whilst across the ocean people are eating summery fruits and salads:)

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  7. I love the hat! and even with the snow that sky is making me homesick :)

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    1. Thank you Zania. It's funny the things that makes us homesick.

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  8. I adore that hat pattern! Lucky child. We are definitely in the opposite season as you--no snow, just hot, hot temperatures for us this coming weekend--about 30 degrees celcious/ 85 fahrenheit. You can't call Seattle gloomy and rainy anymore! Your snow is so pretty and is something I really missed during our past winter. Happy knitting...
    xoxoox

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    1. Thank you Kim. Seattle would be great. The 90's was my youth and I loved a lot of Seattle bands:)

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  9. Gorgeous hat and so unusual - great colour.

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    1. Thank you Lucy. The colour is called Ruby. It's hard to capture true colour on camera on and on screen isn't it? but it's pretty close:)

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  10. Oh wow look at all that snow, so pretty but sooo cold I can imagine. One day I will have to visit the snow. It was very cold here, no snow though but it got down to 0.9 degrees Wednesday morning brr for us in our breezy Queenslander:) Love that red beanie it's a gorgeous red. x

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    1. Oh that would of been like the ice age for you Queenslanders:) I picked that colour to match my skin tone too. I've just ordered some more yarn so hopefully the next beanie will be the perfect fit:)

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  11. Beautiful snow and beautiful hat Zena. I so wish I could knit sometimes....especially when it's cold as it has been. (Although no snow in Sydney damn it!)

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    1. It truly was a winter wonderland, only for the day but magical for the little one. I so wish I could get my sourdough mojo on. I've not been so successful. I'd love to do a sourdough workshop one day and use sourdough in all my baking. Always admire your amazing baking skills.

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