Friday, January 23, 2009

What These Hands hath Wrought- An Earlgirl Giveaway!


I realized this morning, that I tend to get a bit obsessive in my interests. I have equipment stored in various places all over my house for all kinds of skills. I love to sew, paint watercolors, draw, knit, blog, take pictures, cook, garden, make jewelry, etc, but I never do anything in moderation. If I knit, I knit for a month straight and then never touch it again for two years. I get on a sewing kick and sew ten skirts, then put the machine away. My husband is still waiting for all the beads he bought me two Christmases ago to be put to use.

I knitted a handful of berets as Christmas gifts this last year, and the day after Christmas, I thought to myself, "Earlgirl, what if you started knitting in January, and you just made a few hats every month. Just think of all the cool gifts you could make! You could save yourself so much stress and pressure come December!" So, for the last couple of weeks, I have been eating, sleeping, breathing knitting. And I've been having a ball! I've taken on cables and jacquard knitting (knitting with multiple colors at the same time). I love the challenge.

I'm definitely no pro, but I'm so proud!

Take a look-


I found this pattern in a knitting book, but the colors were red, white and black. I thought to myself, "Wouldn't that be perfect with a deep red, oatmeal with flecks and chocolate brown?" I knew exactly who it would be perfect for as a Christmas present too. Do you think I could keep it a surprise though? No. I'd only been done a few minutes before she'd seen it. The pattern I had was just a square, so I had to adapt it, see that star on top? That was my creation.

Yay! I love it.


I'll have ended up giving away most of my hats, so I decided to make one for my very own self. I'd done a square of knitting cables that go straight up and down, so I wanted to try making them go diagonal. There was no pattern for this one, I just made it up. See how it makes a swirl on top?

I'm never going to take this one off. Oh, and don't you love my snowflake jammies? I wonder how many times I've been seen on this blog wearing those.
Now, for the grand giveaway. One of you can be the proud owner of this baby:



I didn't know about traditional giveaways when I hit 100 posts. I was sewing skirts when I hit 200 posts. Try giving away one of those! But a hat, a hat can be done. So here you have it- I love brown, pink and yellow together. I like the tropical looking flowers. If this baby is meant to be yours, let me know.

19 comments:

Home of the Muddy Kids said...

It is meant to be mine! There. I let you know! I have been avoiding my 100th post because I want to do a giveaway, but I don't know what to give! I just did #99, so I need to think of it soon!

Melinda said...

wow, you are so creative. I love the pink and brown one too. They are really nice. I wish I could learn to do this. Maybe you have inspired me to learn something new when our mission is over. Thanks

Tia Juana said...

Who loves ya more than me, baby? Nobody!

And if you start to get a lot of crap from the hubby about all the stuff crowding "his" space, just remind him it's cheaper than therapy!

So are you going to pick me because I'm beautiful or are you going for that random.org thing that everybody uses to be fair! I say to bag the fair and go where the sun shines .... Tia Juana!

Lee said...

Hey.. remember me? I miss you. I miss giggling with you. I just miss you. I hope you are doing well. And I love your cute hats. Pick me. Choose me. :) Please.

Michelle said...

You are SO talented. You should open an etsy shop or something. The hats are gorgeous. I'd love to be considered for your give away. I totally understand your crafting in phases. I do the same thing.

Tiffany said...

Talk about talent! I envy people who can knit and crochet. I made a baby blanket once and I haven't touched a needle since(10years). I would love for the hat to be mine. It's calling my name.:D

...................................Kim.......................................... said...

You're awesome. I'm the proud recipient of one such hat. I LOVE IT!!

Carolyn G said...

It's meant for me. I love the brown and pink one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Allison said...

Are you kidding me? Those are gorgeous! It's meant for me, I just know it is! I've been having "earlgirl knitting" withdrawal ever since my baby grew out of the unspeakably adorable sweater you made him. This hat might ease my pain... :) You're awesome! Seriously, the cable-knit, swirly one that you made up????? I'm blown away.

John and Stephanie's blog said...

Wow, those hats are really cool!!

I can understand how it is with hobbies, I am exactly the same, I knitted like crazy before Gabriel was born and now my hubby is still waiting for that scarf I was going to make for him.

But I am not as good as you are at knitting, I can only make scarves. You need to teach me how to make berets.

Sleepless In St. George said...

Wow! I always knew you were talented....but wow. You have left me speechless! I am the same with crafts....sewing, scrapbooking, painting, beading and cross stitching. I even had a basket making time in my life!

Michelle Stott said...

Wow, I didn't even knew that you knit. Those hats are so cute. You are very talented. Keep knitting.

Noelle said...

Adorable! I am very impressed with the one you made up. How lucky am I that I already know one of those sweet babies is going to be mine...right?...I mean that is why you've been showing them to me, so you'll know which one screams my name-right? LOL

But I do feel lucky I get to see the process. You are amazing! :) N

The Bloxham Bunch said...

I have an idea :) How about you make and sell them so we all can have one! Great talent Missy, I am very impressed. I'm not much of a knitter or crocheter so all the patterns amaze me. Makenna has been trying to pick up crocheting this week, maybe I need to send her your way. I'm not much help.

Sonja said...

That is one swell hat! I don't wear hats enough to tell you it was meant for me, but I had to compliment you on your talent.

I'm looking forward to playing phones when I get mine :)

MamaBird said...

I am so impressed. You are a Trend Designer (T.D.)...add that to your list of designations at the end of your name - I'm sure you have a zillion leters there by this point in life! :) They are each adorable in their own right.

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FleetingMoments said...

these are beautiful. i dont even know how to hold a knitting needle. we dont have much hats/berets where i am,as its always summer here.

Kimberly said...

Wow, I knew you were talented with hair... but now you even offer something fantastic for those of us who have chronic bad hair days. You are like a hair goddess...