Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!
Friday, 2 August 2013
Playing yarn chicken.....
Every time I saw this wool in my wool bag, it shouted out "Make me into a balaclava hat."
Balaclavas are a bit of a nostalgia trip for me. When I was growing up, all boys wore balaclavas They keep the ears and neck warm and are, in my opinion, the perfect alternative to a hat and scarf.
The pattern I like to use for children's balaclavas is here.
I know from experience that 50g of yarn is enough for the age 3-4 years size. My very inaccurate scales told me this ball of grey wool weighed roughly 50g. I decided to play yarn chicken and cast on for this size. I didn't want to make the smaller size because I feel odd about knitting grey for a baby.
The photo doesn't do justice to the wool. It is grey with little black and white flecks. It seems to be a better quality than my usual acrylics, so there is probably some real wool in it. It was really lovely to knit with. I had a Plan B in case I ran out of wool, but
I kept my fingers crossed that I would have enough to finish the hat. Knitting with crossed fingers is not easy!
I won the game of yarn chicken! Here is the finished balaclava together with quite a bit of wool left over.
I'm always amazed at how little wool it takes to make one of these cosy hats. This one will be going off to a children's charity as soon as I have enough to fill a smallish box.
These balaclavas are quite easy to make and very addictive. I will definitely knit more in future.