Everyone Loves a Chunky Blanket

The finished objects continue.

This is what I am calling my baby bee blanket. I made it up as I went along, but based it loosely on the openwork honeycomb and the filet honeycomb sections of the Hotel Of Bees Shawl by A Spoonful of Yarn.
I made it using a 12 mm hook and chunky yarn which I got in Poundland.

More Stash Busting Hats

So yesterday I popped in to share with you some mittens I made, using up my stash by making assorted bits for charity with odds of yarn. Today I am sharing 3 hats I have made in the last week.


The first 2 are following the same pattern, which I completed at the weekend.


This is the Easy Peasy Chunky Slouch hat pattern by Michelle Ferguson. The top one is the remainder of my Sirdar Freya in a toddler size, and the second is in an adult size using Filande Nomade.

And the third, which I finished just this evening, is the Basic Newborn Hat by Hooked on Tilly. I used oddments of Sirdar Pure 4ply and Scheepjes Sunkissed.
I am really thrilled to be cracking through my stash and helping others at the same time. I am almost ready to fill my box to pop in the post to Knit For Peace.

The Jeanie Beanie

Popping in with yet another set of hats (I have really been on a chunky hat making roll this last week! 
This is the Jeanie Hat by Twisted Arrow Designs. You can find it here
I didnt have a 11.5mm hook (I mean seriously – all these half sizes seem pointless once you get to the chunky end of things) so for the first hat I just used a 12 instead. 

Its very soft and warm and very simple – only took me about an hour and a half. This one will be going on the gift pile.
Then I decided I wanted one for myself too, so I made this one. 

This time I used a 10mm and added an extra round of increases. I also shortened the brim section from 6 to stitches so that it would sit where I wanted it on my head. 

Yarn Review – Knitcraft Hug It Out

Stats
Name: Knitcraft Hug It Out
Price: £5 But often in a 3 for 2 offer
Ball Weight: 200g
Yarn Weight: Super Chunky
Yardage: 64 yards
Fibre Blend: 100% Acrylic
You can find my project using this yarn here.

What Are the Yarns Benefits
I love the colours this is available in. A selection of warm, neutral and cool shades. The orange colour I chose was just divine! 
It is very soft and squashy and warm – it makes a lovely squishy scarf. I imagine it would make a super squashy throw or a great wintery jumper.
What Are Its Drawbacks
It was quite splitty. Perhaps this is because I am knew to knitting, but I think it would have been quite splitty had I crocheted with it too. The downside of its squishiness is that there isn’t as much twist so the fibres are easier to split. 
And although being soft and squashy it is quite obvious that it is made from acrylic – it has a bit of squeakiness going over the needles and a little plastic shine. 
Finally whilst the colours they have are gorgeous, there arent nearly enough of them! With only 7 shades to choose from there isn’t a lot of choice. 
My Rating
Versatility (does it have multiple uses?) – 7/10
Wearability (how comfortable is it to wear) – 7/10
Workability (how nice is it to work with?) – 5/10
Final Score – 19/30