Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Photos for 2012 Hat Contest

Here are the photos of my hats. Some were done on the bulky machine, some on brother standard machine and some on the Passap in English rib style.

Blogger was not clear on how to upload photos. It gave me a list of places to upload from (this blog, my if I had that type of if I USED a webcam... Picasa albums...which I could not get my photos uploaded to ) None of which I could get to work. Then there was another button "choose files" but it did not say "from your computer" and I thought the files were to be chosen from the list they provided (see above). Wouldn't that make sense to you? But no, it was not clear to me.

Why can't computer/internet people speak/write clearly for ordinary people to understand?

I love my knitting. My preference is to make a variety of hats to give the recipients a choice of hat style or color.

Now for details of the hat which is pictured alone:
The flower on the hat is adapted from Eileen Montgomery's flower pattern in the latest News & Views magazine.
 The basic earflap hat in needle out of work pattern is called Adult Ski Hat from The Bulky Book available from Rocking Horse Farm at
The idea for the stripes is from the free Bulky Scrap Hat at

I love combining ideas from the various patterns I read or see.

Knitting Hats for Charity

I have been using the hot summer weather as a push to start knitting hats for charity for the upcoming winter. Because it is too hot and humid to go outside comfortably, I stay inside in the air conditioned house and plan and knit hats for Country Knitting of Maine News & Views Hat Contest.

In the past there was a challenge to see who could knit 100 hats. I had taken up the challenge and done this twice in the past. It was a way to practice my knitting skills, use up a bit of my stash, help others, and automatically "win" a prize for such a volume of knitting. There were other prizes offered in various categories of hats such as Best Man's Hat, Best Use of Color, etc.

The magazine is again having a hat contest with a variety of prizes, but I have not seen the challenge of 100 hats with automatic prizes.  That has not stopped me!  I realized I love the personal challenge and goal to work towards!  It is fun to try out different knitting techniques, color combinations, other people's patterns (and my adaptations of them).

Find out more about this year's Hat Contest here:
or in your Sept./Oct. issue of Country Knitting of Maine News & Views.

Here are some of my 62 (so far) hats for this year's contest!

Well, I would put up the pictures....I have put up pictures just back in May, but now I apparently have to download and install Picasa just to post these pictures although I have used Picasa in the past. I wish things would not change before I can learn to use them. Rant, rant, gripe....  Maybe someday I will learn this technology...yeah and maybe someday I'll be 30 again
That was a good griping session...Maybe after 5 or 6 hours I will be able to figure out how to upload pictures to this blog.

Hope to write again later today.