Sunday, October 14, 2007

Gretel est kaputt, ja?

I think my title loosely translates to: Gretel is off the needles, y'all.

One hiccup...it's too short. Well, too short for my uber-noggin at least. Thus the reason my adorable niece is the model.


So I actually used DK weight yarn instead of the worsted yarn recommended by the pattern. I thought I was so clever, cause I decided to compensate by casting on 112 stitches instead of the recommended 96. What resulted was a hat that fit around my head, but not enough over my head.

The shortness was my poor judgment. Maybe I didn't pay enough attention to row gauge (I can feel Erin shaking her head in disappointment. She kept me honest on things like gauge when we were roomies.) Also I chose to knit the fitted version of Gretel--there are three options fitted, regular, and large. Maybe if I did the regular version it would have been just fine. But all is not lost. I have a friend whose pixie-ish head might be just perfect for this Gretel lite.

Ok, here are the stats:
Pattern: Gretel by ysolda
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad DK in Boheme
Made for: My pixie friend
Needle Size: US 5 and 7 dpns, US 7 circ (16")
Date Started: October 10, 2007
Date Completed: October 14, 2007

Final verdict? Gretel is a pretty little thing, emphasize little in this case. But that was my own fault. I will definitely revisiting her in the near future to make one that is "Kara size".

PS - Erin has confirmed my suspicions that I'm starting to look a little freakish about a certain show. I apologize. I will try to keep my fan-girl tendencies to a minimum...but remember this is the same girl who had a Gilmore Girls birthday party at 28.

26 comments:

Erin said...

You know what? I was shaking my head thinking, "she didn't account for row gauge!" At least this forces you into being a more charitable knitter. The hat looks fab and Ellie is a perfect model.

Oh, and, love how you set me up as the mean sister who ruins your fun and not the sister who taught you everything you know about obsessive fan behavior. (again, shaking my head)

vera said...

Love the hat. Hmm, even though it is a little small for you. When i start altering things i just end up plain confused, so you did well to get halfway there!
And bring on the freakish behaviour, it makes the rest of us feel like less of a freak. ;0)
Vera- who is currently watching GG season 2 for the Gazillionth time...

Ashley said...

Oooh those little pixie friends. I've got some of those. I give them everything I shrink in the wash :)

Re: obsessive fandom, come ON! Doesn't she know about the handgun cozies? Handgun cozies, Erin!

Karin said...

Pushing Daisies is GREAT! Don't sweat it!

sulafaye said...

Wow, it stinks that the hat is too small (it all sounded logical to me!) but your niece is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing!

artmomma said...

4 days! Holy smokes you are quick.
Too small or not, it is a beautiful hat. And now you've practiced so your next one should be even better.

FunkyKnitWit said...

I don't think it's possible to be a fan-girl after only two episodes. If that's the case, then I'm just as guilty!

aquaknits said...

The hat looks great, too bad it's too small to keep. At least someone else gets to show off your pretty work. :)

Susan said...

Let your freaky fan flag fly! (say that ten times fast)I'm hooked as well. Ellie looks adorable.

a friend to knit with said...

The hat looks fabulous on that sweet little model!
Keep on looking freakish...you are the reason i will be tuning in tonight! :)

Chris said...

Cursed row gauge.

Nonnahs said...

Super cute hat...and I'm sure the Kara-sized one will be just as lovely! As for PD- you're not freakish. That show is great! Last week's episode sealed the deal for me. Not only because of all the knitting, but they let Kristin Chenoweth sing! :)

Stephanie said...

Okay...I totally wasn't going to knit this hat...but it looks so cute and much better than what I was thinking it would (pixieish or not!) I might have to make one for myself. I am SO SICK OF SOCKS right now...I want single-made projects. I just added a slew of hats to my ravelry queue. I'm nuts.

Oh...and about that obsessed fan thingie....rock on girlfriend. I am just trying to convince my hubby that I need some handguns so I have a reason to knit some handgun cozies. That's not crazy is it? Maybe I'll get some squirt guns instead. Nope...not crazy one bit :)

nova said...

Hmm, if you are freakishly obsessed, what am I?

I love Gretel, and it looks great on your neice! Now you need one for you...maybe knit it worsted?

Meg said...

Can you stand it? It's Wednesday! Which means Pushing Daisies is on tonight! Honestly, it's kind of the only thing getting me through this day.

Gretel is adorable. I understand about things like huge heads and row gauge on hats. I have a gigantic head, and one of the first things I blogged about was a tam that I made which was more of a stocking cap than a tam, and that's not because I didn't account for head circumfrence!

Keepin' up with the Jones' said...

kara - i'm so glad you found me. I actually got your blog address from stepher a week or so ago and i have been meaning to comment on yours. I can't believe how talented you are at knitting. I'm very jealous! You are so impressive. I love looking at your blog. I love reading what you have to say in that kara way that always can put a smile on my face. I'll add you to my list if that's ok of blogs i read. You are great. Hope all is well.

paiger

p.s. my dad and brent both thought your dad's talk was the best!! They both came home very impressed with what he had to say!!

Bobbi said...

it looks great cute even if it doesn't fit you!

CassiLou said...

your little model looks amazing. and as for pixie sized head... i have an abnormally pixie sized head. I did the opposite with the last hat I made. I thought it was going to be perfect and I ended up giving it to Matt. Good thing it was a unisex type hat.

tiennie said...

Love this! And love the show too - can't wait to watch it tonight!

The Happy College Knitter said...

That's so unfortunate that it ended up not deep enough. The finished product does look lovely though--hopefully your niece enjoys the heck out of it. I used to love wearing berets when I was her age!

Mom said...

When I left Salt Lake there were just a few rows on a circular needle...and now here it is all finished! WOW! I love the hat! I love the model wearing the hat! AND I love the girl who knit the hat!
Kara, I am so sad that it doesn't fit you...but it certainly looks adorable on Ellie's little head...I hope you knit another one that will be 'Kara sized' because you were meant to wear this! It is beautiful...well done!

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amanda said...

Too bad it's too small!! You are quick. I havent even started mine yet. Do you think you'll make another for yourself??

Denise said...

Your little model looks adorable in that hat. Great job.

a friend to knit with said...

oh...tuned in last wednesday to watch your favorite show.....knitting, tea all set and ready......at 9:00!!! who starts a show at 8:00???? i was sooo bummed...hope to catch it this week.:)

Steph said...

So cute!!!
But you actually wrote that Gretel is broken...;-)