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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 12/11/2011 :  4:38:43 PM  Show Profile Send agnesgooch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I bought a couple of balls of this from Hobby Lobby. I made an earflap hat out of one of the balls and was not impressed. I can't really put my finger on the exact reason why I don't like it. I used all except for a few inches of one ball of yarn. The other ball I returned to Hobby Lobby. I never return yarn. Does anyone else have any opinions on this, too?

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Posted - 12/11/2011 :  4:52:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Holy cow, Agnes! Those hats are aaaaaamazing! What do you do with them all?

As I get older, I prefer to knit. Tracey Ullman UPDATED! WITH PICS!
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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 12/11/2011 :  6:52:06 PM  Show Profile Send dothead a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I know you asked a question, Agnesgooch, but I also have to comment on your hats. They are fabulous.

Vicki, the Constant Lurker(who sometimes stops lurking and actually posts)
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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 12/12/2011 :  09:22:07 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with purl and dot. The hats are amazing.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 12/12/2011 :  6:38:57 PM  Show Profile Send agnesgooch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you all for your kind comments. I give most of the away to co-workers. I work at a zoo, hence the animals theme. I have a rule: if you are an employee I will make you a hat, but if you want a hat for a relative, friend, non-zoo employee, etc. you have to pay. It takes about a full ball's worth of worsted weight yarn (Cascade 220, Paton's Classic Wool) to make a hat. I usually wait until Michael's has a sale on the Paton's and buy about 10 balls. I figure the money made on the sold hats pays for the free hats. I figure that comes to about $5.00 to make a hat and a few hours of my time, which I'm going to spend knitting anyway. People seem to really enjoy the hats (I guess the free part has something to do with that) and I enjoy seeing people wearing my hats, so it's win-win.

We're getting new uniforms in January with new appearance standards and the scuttlebutt was that they wouldn't be able to wear my hats. A bunch a the zookeepers were supposedly up in arms about that. I have heard rumors that they will be allowed to keep on wearing them.
We had our annual Christmas cookout last week and I showed up wearing the new uniform beanie. Someone asked what the hell that was on my head. Surprisingly enough, I do not have an animal-themed hat myself.
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Posted - 12/12/2011 :  6:51:19 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Those are so gorgeous! You have definitely got a loveable bunch of hats for your co-workers. Lol about your not having an animal-themed hat for yourself at the Christimas do..

I love that Mother/Baby Elephant hat, but they are all just so great!



"Life is good if you don't weaken." Calvin Coolidge
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New Pal

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Posted - 12/15/2011 :  12:19:19 PM  Show Profile Send knittenkitten612 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Agnes, I can't comment on Lion Brand Amazing ~ but your hats are absolutely incredible! Your co-workers are lucky indeed!
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Panhandle Jane
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Posted - 12/15/2011 :  6:34:48 PM  Show Profile Send Panhandle Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't know anything about Amazing either, but the hats are wonderful!


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Warming Up

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Posted - 12/21/2011 :  10:06:10 AM  Show Profile Send knitgray a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Your hats are wonderful. I'm envious of your co-workers! I'm sorry to hear that the zoo may be putting dress code in place. I would love it if at my local zoo, the workers could wear such beautiful hats.

Thanks for the heads up on the Amazing yarn. I've had mixed luck with the newer Lion brand yarns. I'lcross this one off my list
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Gabber Extraordinaire

579 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2012 :  04:13:22 AM  Show Profile Send Greyling a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Holy cow, Agnes-batman, is right!

You are another Elizabeth Zimmerman. I hope you record all your patterns and make them available someday soon.

The accountant in me says you should make these available in the souvenir shops in zoos and art museums, and give yourself a big mark-up for your artisanship.

Thanks so much for sharing
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Posted - 09/03/2012 :  5:55:44 PM  Show Profile Send Margie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll have to look into Amazing. I like making hats.

Greyling, what a compliment to be called another WZ!

Margie and Mimi (my hearing dog who doesn't knit -- yet)

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