Christmas Gift Round Up 1: The Deathflake Beanie

My little brother is a quintessential 21 year old male.  He skates, he snowboards, he goes to college and works his butt off holding down a job or two on the side.  He likes all things that are “cool” but totally stands out in his own way.  There was no doubt in my mind that this would be the perfect motif for him.DSCN1632

I wanted to make him something that would keep him warm while snowboarding, was unique but not *too* out there.  Something functional but not boring.

Originally I’d wanted to just do two colors, the darker and lighter blues but ran out of the lighter blue two rounds before the colorwork ended.  I had to rip back and with the help of my mister, decided to keep the skull in the light blue while starting the new “flaky” part in a rusted brown/orange color to finish off the beanie.

I used stash yarns, acquired long ago probably in the mix of pounds and pounds and pounds of fiber scored in a thrift store who didn’t know the gem contained with the 5 (five!) garbage bags I left with.  When the hat was complete, I added a crocheted border and braids at the bottoms of the earflaps.  More Ravelry details here.DSCN1639

After the knitting was done all that was left to worry about was whether or not it fit.IMG_7081

It fits!

More gift knitting round ups to come!

Free Pattern Update and a Special Discount!

I just wanted to share with you all the Twisted Beanie pattern – I’ve decided to make it free to the public!

Twisted

You can download it from here on Ravelry and don’t forget to share your project pictures, I want to see your creations too 🙂

Also, blog readers may get a 28% discount on all patterns in my Ravelry shop for today only to celebrate the extra day by using code jumpday at checkout.  I want to thank you all for an amazing start to 2012 and I sincerely canNOT wait to see how it continues to develop!

In Use

I love love LOVE getting pictures of my handknits in use, don’t you?
I just got this one the other day of my nephew and his momma both wearing hat’s I’ve made for them:

 
Jedis have mommies too

In the mean time, I’ve been working really hard getting things ready for my show and I apologize for the lack of posts! Pictures and stories to come, I promise!
what are you working on this season?