I recently finished a knitted gift for our friend’s baby. It arrived in their hands only a day or two before his birth. Whew! I made a brain slug hat. What, you don’t know what a brain slug is??
Anyhow, I felt a geeky hat would be perfect for the baby of our friends. We also sent him things like periodic table blocks and a book called Calculus for Infants. Obviously, a brain slug would fit right in. I found the pattern on Ravelry.
I’m happy with the results, but I could never get the white knitted eye part to have the right shape. The instructions weren’t very clear so I ended up just using white felt and cutting out a shape that worked instead.
Update! A picture of our friend’s baby wearing the brain slug. Apparently the hat should have been a bit wider. But what a cutie!
If you’ve followed me on tumblr, you know that 1. I have lots of friends having babies and 2. I started knitting an owl. Well guess what, he’s finished! Well, at least owl number one is finished. I have two friends that only sort of know each other and they had their first round of children within a few months of one another and now it has also happened for child round number two.
Now that my rambling is complete, here are the details:
Pattern: Lucy’s Owl (Ravelry link)
Yarns used: A combination of Lion’s brand Wool-Ease and Vanna’s Choice
My completed owl (this one is for the baby boy):
A few things I learned while knitting this owl:
- The jogless stripes method doesn’t work that well for skinny little legs. It just makes the joints between colors constantly move. Next time I will just leave the color joints on the side of the leg so they aren’t so noticeable. If you use this method on a hat with thicker stripes, it’s much better.
- I’m really bad at sewing eyes and wings on so that they are level with one another.
- Somehow the owl turned out way too big. In the pattern photos he’s way smaller. I’m subtracting rows from the body and legs of the second owl I’m working on.
- I learned and implemented intarsia knitting.
- How to do a picot crochet edge (for the wings) is a skill I now have.
- Even when they don’t quite turn out like you expect, owls are still super cute.