Thursday, January 10, 2008

Squarey...and the Amanda Hat UPDATE!

I am in LOVE with this little knitted guy that I made for Ben this week. Ben couldn't wait for me to finish him and asked every, single day if he was "done yet ?". I had lots of fun knitting this toy, too. Tim, trying not to look interested, kept passing by while I was knitting Squarey and then, finally, he couldn't contain himself anymore....he started looking at the pattern book and pointed to "Spherey" and said, "Uh, can you make me that one?" (of course!)

Here is Ben loving his Squarey:


Pattern: "Squarey" from "Unusual Toys for you to Knit and Enjoy" by Jess Hutchinson
Yarn: Lamb's Pride Worsted- 1 skein orange and a few yards of purple and turquoise
Needles: Size 8 32" circular for Magic Loop
Time: 5 days
Fun Level: B+, loved knitting with this yarn, the pattern was very easy to understand, well written and cute as hell...the only thing that took away from super fun is the final sewing up of the body, arms and legs. That was a bit tedious.

I'm looking forward to starting Tim's "Spherey" and I think he'll be even easier...he's knit in the round! I'm getting the yarn on Friday at the store. Woo-hoo!

Now....on to....the "Do the Amanda" UPDATE!

Ravelry: 133 people heart my hat pattern and there are 49 knitted hats finished or in progress at the moment. I am thrilled!!!

Gallery: I have 25 hats in the gallery so far and I have at least 4 more that I need to put in. I've been adding new pics to my other galleries, as well, so make sure to check those if you're interested.

Other News: The yarn store, Nana's Knitting Shop in Illinois has asked my permission to have an "Amanda Hat" class! They'll be taking pics of everyone knitting their hats and pics of the shop, too, to send to me to share. I can't wait to see the diversity of those hats and how nice they'll look wearing them....

Prizes: As of this moment, I am getting together delicious skeins of yarn, stitch markers and other goodies for the winner of the contest. (so much fun!) And, Blogless Amanda has had another idea as well. Giving three prizes...first, second and third prizes. This way, more people have a chance to win...Amanda is the judge!

There will be a prize for:

1. Best Hat using Malabrigo yarn
2. Best Hat using a non-Malabrigo yarn
3. Best and Most Interesting Photo wearing the Amanda Hat

There is still over a month for the contest, so you have plenty of time to knit another hat, if you'd like. There is no limit on the number you can enter. I love opening up my email and seeing all these new and beautiful hats. It's like Christmas!

*A few people have sent me links to their photos or told me where they are so that I can add them in, but...if it's at all possible...I would really appreciate the pics being sent to my email address if you'd like to be added to the gallery. I'm getting a bunch every day and need to edit the pics as well, so I don't always have time to go and find a picture. Thanks so much!*

One more thing....I wanted to give Sonya a HUGE thank you on the blog because she is one who gave me the idea to make this hat. She is the inspiration behind this super comfy and quick to knit hat that we're all enjoying and I wanted to make sure that she knows how grateful I am for her great idea. You rock, Sonya!!

Before I go, I wanted to say a HUGE "HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!" to my hubby, Ian and share a pic of Ian (and Ben) blowing out the candles on his ice cream cake. He turned 35 on the 8th (and I can be younger for another 4 months!!! he he) and we had a small party while his parents were visiting from Texas. Love you, Ian!!

Happy knitting and keep those hats coming!!!!


NH Knitting Mama said...

It is a great hat pattern! Congrats on so much good response!

yarnophiliac said...

Being the big dip that I am, I can't find your galleries! :( I want to seeeeeee! Also, just overdyed some Malabrigo from the stash that I didn't like the color of, so now I'm all set to go!

cayli said...

Happy Birthday to Ian!

I love the hat pattern and had a ton of fun knitting it up. Glad you have had such success with everyone loving it. It really is a great one.

I also LOVE Squarey and I can't wait to see Spherey.

Sonya said...

You are very welcome, I love all of the hats.
I gotta get knitting!

mochirunner said...

I better get busy knitting my Amanda hat so I can enter your contest!

Squarey is super cute! Isn't it funny when teenagers try to act "too cool" and end up asking for the very thing they pretend to be uninterested in?!

Nichole said...

Such a cute pic of Ben & his new toy!
Sonya rocks!!!
I should have my Amanda done by the weekend and will get you a pic :)

KSee said...

What a great shot of Ben. with such a great pattern how could we all not sit up and take notice!

Nikkiana said...

That picture of Ben is just too cute!

Jackie said...

I love the picture of Ben with squarey. He is so cute!

Congratulations on the Amanda class! You must have been so flattered. Of course it is an awesome pattern. Sonya is so innovative.

CraftyGryphon said...

Items for this weekend: 1) get yarn to knit Amanda Hat; 2) Download missed SleepyEyes Podcasts, and 3) start Amanda Hat whilst listening to aforementioned podcasts.

Everyone's just having too much fun with your ideas... I have to catch up!