Sunday, July 23, 2006

here be pirates


I'm sworn to keep my latest project a secret, especially from the world of the knit-blog. So I'm photographing yesterday's baking instead (a cherry and Hoegaarden clafoutis). I found the recipe while surfing for variations on cherry pie the other day. It was pretty good, but I'd use less sugar next time. And maybe add a squeeze of lemon to sweeter cherries. But I tend to use less sugar, I like my sweets tart.

But I can still blog about other people's knitting. How cute is this felted kids pirate hat? This is quite an old pattern, but the wonderful blogger who designed it has just put up a pirate argyle chart.

I know many adults who'd love one of these. Including my little brother. He is so straight-laced the guy dropped out of a Music degree, cut his hair and got a job where he has to wear a suit. Very much the wrong way round. But behind the shirt and tie lies a sometimes surreal of humor and rather childish love of toys. Plus he was one of those kids who spent most of his early childhood in fancy dress. Lots of Pirates, Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Teenage Nutant Ninja Turtles, Knights of the Round Table, Spies... but mainly Superman. The child was convinced he could fly.

It's his 21st birthday in October. Maybe I could knit him a cape.

11 comments:

Knitted_Painting said...

that looks delicious! I loved your Exchequered pattern by the way I think I might give it a try^_^

purls said...

knitted cape knitted cape knitted cape!

I love knitted dress-up (that wig on knitty is great)

gleek said...

mmmmmmm, that looks YUMMY!

amy said...

Thanks for those pirate links!

Specs said...

If you do knit a cape, please let us (ok, me) know what kind of yarn you use. I have at least two family members who would get a kick out of receiving one, but I've never made one for fear that it would look and act like a horse blanket.

kelly said...

it would be hard to get a yarn which would knit up to the right drape for a cape - better sewing woven fabric I say.

those pirate links are great

julia fc said...

Allice, you're a clever girl. It would take you two days of knitting (if that) to make one of those hats) If you knit one for a grown-up, add about six stitches per side and about as many rows. Keep the head opening the same (you can trim with scissors after felting to adjust) Knit the back piece first and center the Jolly Roger on the first one by eye. I knit a grown up version and it benefitted greatly from small gusset pieces, no mor ethan eight stitches to start, decreased gradually to one, then sewn in before felting.
Have fun, Matey!

julia fc said...

oops, I mesant, center it on the FROPNT one, not "first" one.

Lara said...

Thanks the tip off about cherry clafotis - I made one for some friend so monday and it was delicious and I was surprised how easy it was to make (although I didn't stone the cherries so that makes me less of a domestic goddess probably!) I have also order 2 balls of matchmaker to start my own rosalind!

Susan said...

Gina and I have been discussing trying to make capes cool this fall. It's a challenge, but I'm up for it. Screw the capelet - go all the way, right?

Your cherries look delicious.

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