Divine Hat

I had my interview on thursday morning – I think I did a good job. I seemed to get along really well with them and after they interviewed me they told me I had done well and they introduced me to the team and let me have a go at the job. That is a good sign because apparently they (the interviewers) dont usually do that. However, someone could still have come along and scored a few points more than me. But for me the important thing is that I did a good job and if I dont get this particular position, it wont be a reflection on me. I feel that regardless, I made a positive step forward in my career. And now comes the waiting! 
As you will remember I had a burst in my crojo recently, which was then brought to a halt when I received the last minute interview invite. Now that the interview is done (after a few well deserved beers) I have got straight back to crocheting. Another hat has just flown off of my hooks.

This time it is the Divine Hat, by Sarah Arnold. You can find it here

This pattern is a very simple and very pretty one. I have no idea how the maths of it works to be honest – it starts on a strange number of stitches into a magic circle, and there are only 4 rounds that resemble increase rounds but somehow it makes a very well fitting hat! 
My only mod was to add a final row of Sc when I had finished the brim, just to finish it all off. 
Isnt it pretty. 
Its made of James C Brett Monsoon, which is, surprise surprise, another discontinued yarn. According to Ravelry its been in my stash for nigh on 4 years! Thats really bad, but sadly, is probably not the oldest stalwart in my collection! 

Autumn Leaves

Wow this hat making has me yearning for autumn. I cant wait for the cooler nights, the warm spices, the oranges and brown of nature. Its my favourite time of year. 
Recently I shared with you my Sequoia Ridge slouch. This time I am sharing with you my finished Autumn Leaves Slouch. A pattern by Tamara Kelly, which you can find here.
First of all, I would point out that this hat is definately not for beginners nor for people who want a mindless project. It does require a lot of concentration and also for me it required the learning of a new technique. 
Have you heard of the Chainless Starting Double Crochet? I hadnt but from now on I can see myself using it a lot. It eliminates the gaping you get with the standard method (ch 3). You can find the tutorial video I used here. They have a left handed version which was extra useful – I can learn new things using right handed videos but it is a lot easier if there is a left handed option! 

It did take me longer and tire my eyes out from all the concentration and having to refer back to the pattern every few minutes but I think that is justified by the finished result! 

I really struggled to get a pic of the pattern but it is lovely and lacey. I can just imagine it keeping someone snuggly. 
I did mod the pattern a little. In the interest of conserving yarn I took out 2 rows from the repeat (row 18 and 19)
The brim was huge though. Perhaps my tension was a bit loose or something. To fix it, In row 20 where you should put 2 single stitches into every ch 2 space (of which there are 24), I only put 2 in half of them. The other 12 I only put 1 single stitch into.  
And as an added bonus – I had just enough yarn left over after finishing the Autumn Leaves Slouch that I was able to make the pefect pom pom for the Sequoia Ridge Slouch I shared yesterday. Here it is with its pom pom.

Whats next. Time to go back to the ravelry que. 

Finally I Am Organised!

Thank you thank you thank you! 
I read many of your blogs, and recently you have all been making so many lovely things! And I have been inspired! Firstly thank you to Missy’s Crafty Mess and Puddleside Musings, for sharing some wonderful makes that nudged me to get crafting for christmas and start a gift pile, and to Cloudy Day Creations and again Missy’s Crafty Mess for showing me so many lovely hats and inspiring me to make a couple of hats of my own. 
By other peoples standards I may not be going fast but by my standards, Hats are flying off the hook! I have finished one and am already half way through another in the space of just 2 days! And I have learned 2 new stitches! 
The first complete hat can be seen below. 

The pattern is Sequoia Ridges Slouch by Tasha Margette. You can purchase the pattern here. It is just under $5, which for me was about £3.80, which is a bargain – I can see myself using it again and again. It is a lovely pattern. The only criticism I have is that the very first pineaple stitch explination was a little hard for me to follow, so I had to go and work it out elsewhere. 
As for personal modifications, I did slightly misread the instructions. Where Row 10 and Row 15 should have been Half trebles, I only did half doubles. To fix the length issue caused by this I added an extra row of Half trebles between rows 24 and 25. It seemed to work out ok.
Now it has come up a little small on me but I have a large head for a female. As it is going to the gift pile, and will be destined for someone with a normal sized head, this is fine. Were I to make it for myself I would perhaps just go up a hook size to give it a tiny bit more space, or perhaps do a few less decreases in row 26. 
I may put a pom pom on this hat, but it really rather depends on how much yarn I have left after I make this second hat. I am working on the Fallen Leaves Slouch Hat by Tamara Kelly which is free on moogly. Find it here.

Both of these hats are being made from James C Brett Oyster. It is 100% manmade fibre (50% acrylic & 50% Nylon) but it is so super soft you would never guess! Its so soft and has such a gorgeous lustre! Unfortunately this yarn is now dicontinued so I wont be getting anymore. Which is a shame as I could have made many things with it! 
Anyways, I am just pleased as punch that I have finally started a christmas gift pile. Those who have been following me for a while know just what a last minute panic maker I am, so this is a huge stride for me. And its all thanks to all of you for inspiring me into action! I may yet be an organised person! This year seems to be my year of Doing, so no more sitting around and wishing I could be organised. Its time to actually do it!