Thursday, September 16, 2010
Pattern Review - Wee Wooly Toppers: Buzzbee
In preparation for my 12 hr flight to Korea to I had to consider what project I was going to bring along, because I crafter can't be without a craft for a whole week! I wanted something small enough to complete on the trip but interesting enough that I would actually want to work on it. I figured it would be fun to use that time to make something for Alex.
I did my research on Ravelry.com and decided on the Buzzbee hat pattern, which is part of a set of hats for babies called "Wee Wooly Toppers" by Wooly Wormhead. I loved the simplicity of the pattern and the interesting construction. It just plain looked unique :) I had my older two kids help we pick out yarn at our (new!) LYS, Nomad Yarns. We went with a super soft wool, Ella Rae - Amity, in a beautiful shade of blue (colorway 24)
Now, unfortunately I did not work on the hat AT ALL the entire trip! I was to excited/nervous/anxious to do anything but watch movies on the plane. There was no way my brain could concentrate on anything else! But as soon as I was home and over the jet lag I dove right in. The hat worked up in no time flat, and even with a new baby in the house I was able to finish it in about 3 days (3 nap times, that is). The pattern was very well written, but it is kinda bare bones. She expects that you'll be able to look up some techniques on the internet or in books - this is to cut down on the pattern cost. Less tutorials by her means cost saving for you. Specifically, this pattern required a cable cast on. I had not done that one yet and had to look it up online, but found a great tutorial and didn't have any issue making the pattern work.
You can see the finished product is just so stinkin' cute! I think the model has a bit to do with the cuteness factor though :) While he absolutely hated having it put on, once it was tied and he was distracted he didn't seem to mind. And I bet you we'll all appreciate the extra layer of warmth come winter time!