Monday Project Report – Claudia, Sea Urchin and Shades of Hogwarts


Project life has been centered around hats lately. This is what happens when you don’t start your holiday/gift list until Thanksgiving. Sweaters were NOT going to get done before the holidays so I started on hat production.

Today I am showing you two of the hats I finished. First is the Claudia Hat by MJ Kim which is a free pattern in Ravelry.

The Claudia Hat

I really really like this hat and I may even make more when I get some free time. The patterning near the brim is simple but interesting. Chip really liked this hat. The yarn is a 75% acrylic, 25% wool blend as it is a gift and it needed to be durable. Plus I liked the color and I had it in my stash and. . . . You know how it goes.

The second hat is the Sea Urchin Hat designed by Susanna IC.

Sea Urchin Hat

I am not in love with this pattern as it did not appear lacy in the original pictures I saw of it and I never saw the purpose of a winter hat with holes. Plus you really need to block it because the pattern has puffs and gathers that are unattractive and you have to block them out. So here it sits on one of Chip’s head forms, waiting to dry out and hopefully hold a better shape.

I am also VERY disappointed in the yarn. It is Noro Kureyon and the quality of the wool was, well, not worth the money they charge for it. It contained lots of vegetable matter (i.e. straw) that I had to keep picking out as I knit, and the fiber must have been a long fiber wool – which is much more abrasive than, oh, a short merino fiber wool. It will be okay in a hat – but it had to go to a nephew with enough hair that the hat will not have direct contact with the skin.

Finally, I never posted this year’s Halloween costumes and wanted to show them to you before next Halloween rolled around. While there was nothing as crazy as our Storm costume of last year, I was happy with our Harry Potter themed costumes. Markus was again Harry, Jesse was Ron . . .

Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

and Vash was a dementor . . . .

The little dementor walking in his Halloween parade at school

. . though I thought his size made him seem like a baby dementor which made him oddly cute.

take that dementor

Kinda mean of Harry and Ron to be pointing those wands at a baby dementor – don’t you think?

Harry, Ron and Dementor Vash

So those were my three boys at Halloween. We made Harry a new cape this year and gave Ron the cape from last year – since we know that Ron wore hand-me-downs from his brothers. The hardest part this year was finding a red-haired wig. This was the best we could do. Vash’s was the easiest – just layering fabrics over a foam hat he is wearing underneath and then sewing them onto the top of the hat. You can’t see the bottom layer in these photos which was of a sparkly material or the sea netting that covered the outside very well. He won first place for his age group at our village costume contest with it though. Go Vash!!

Here’s hoping all your holiday projects are going well.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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5 Responses to Monday Project Report – Claudia, Sea Urchin and Shades of Hogwarts

  1. Danielle says:

    Wow! That first hat is gorgeous! I have to go look for it on Ravelry right this minute! And the sea urchin hat looks too cool! It looks more like one of those creatures that live towards the bottom of the ocean in the dark and they glow and light up and stuff.

    • Shelly R. says:

      Yeah, I really liked the Claudia Hat too. Right now I am knitting a hat using the Star Wars charts for Chris. First one I am winging on the pattern. We will see how it goes.

  2. amanda says:

    Love, love, love the costumes!

    • Shelly R. says:

      So glad you do!! We didn’t get to do the maze this year – though I really tried to get Chip to put it together with me during the summer. It was so busy this year with their fall sports and scouts and school and Chip’s shows that we fell way behind. Chip was still decorating the house on Halloween. We just ran out of time.

      • amanda says:

        I know how that goes… the older they get, the less time we have to do stuff like mazes and baking cookies. But it’s a good thing, in the big picture.
        : D

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