To be more precise, it looks like a knitted condom on top of my bottle of astringent. It is actually a hat for a baby but I have no baby or baby-shaped item so that my masterpiece could be modeled in all its glory.
This is what I did this weekend and I am so proud! As proud as anyone could be who knitted a hat that looks like a condom. I recently purchased a loom knitting kit and some yarn so I could amuse myself and learn something new this winter. I tried using knitting needles decades ago but didn’t have the patience for it. That might have had something to do with my mother from whom I received the lack-of-patience gene and the only person who tried to teach me how to knit.
It didn’t turn out well.
A couple of months ago while I was looking for something to do, I happened upon loom knitting and checked it out on YouTube. I found some videos, it looked really easy and I bought a loom set and a book. Look at all the pretty colours.
This blurry picture is the yarn I bought. It’s from the Deborah Norville Collection. I don’t know much about yarn and the reason I bought this is because the package had 3 bunches of yarn and I really liked the red colour. The label calls it “Really Red”. Bonus: it’s anti-pilling! That and it’s from Deborah Norville who I last remember seeing on the Today Show. Deborah Norville is into knitting! Who knew?
Now, it’s time to knit. I’d show you the book I bought but… I never used it. I also never used the instructions that came with the loom set. What I did was go running back to the internet and I used the video by mikeyssmail that convinced me to give this a try.
I found it didn’t take long to get into a rhythm. Reviews and other videos I looked at said it only takes about 45 minutes to an hour to do a small hat. It took me just a little over an hour and that included looking at the video to get me started. My ears have been bothering me all week so it also made me really happy when I tried doing this lying down and found that I could still do a simple project such as this.
Here’s the hat just before I take it off the loom.
This picture shows the loom upside down so you can see how the wool looks as things are progressing. As you knit, the project gets tighter.
By-the-by, that beautiful, white background is my new pillow. It has some kind of material that absorbs heat so that I can feel cool. The shipping weight is 4.2 pounds so it is heavier than regular pillows but it is comfortable, feels cool to sleep on and my head doesn’t feel warm. It’s $39.98 from Amazon.com. Apparently, I’m getting it at 50% off the list price but so far so good. I may get another one, even at that price. Heat, humidity and hot flashes be damned!
Well, this is the finished project. I didn’t follow any pattern or number of rows. I just kept going until I wanted to learn how to cast off and finish the hat. Not bad for a first try.
That sure is one happy, sleeping baby! Well, it’s the closest I can get to a sleeping baby.
And that’s how I taught myself to knit a baby hat that looks like a condom.