Tuesday, January 13, 2015


One of my Christmas gifts, Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set Japanese Traditional Solid Water Colours The lid has a place to color in each paint including white, pearl and two golds. All I can say is oooooooooooooo : D.  I'm getting ready to color the card to go with the Christmas hat using the gnome stamp set I was gluing last week.

The Christmas hat is finally completed (blocking, big ass pompom, ends woven in and all).
Garden Gnome Hat pattern can be found on ravelry  here. It knits big. I used 2.50 mm needles
 instead of 2.25 because my friend said she has a big head, from what I read in the pattern comments on the ravelry page, I could have done without the  increase lol. Note to self, read all the comments on ravelry (I found it on Etsy first I think). Without the pompom it measures 14 inches in length, if I had knit per the gauge it should be  11". But it fits in a slouchy way that is warm and comfortable, I'm hoping it suits the taste of the recipient lol.

The  pom pom tutorial is one I found on Pinterest, it's in Japanese(?), but the pictures tell the story, at least enough to get the job done. I trimmed off a lot and it's still 3.5" across. Just another reason I'd hate to see toilet paper rolls disappear, but they seem to be much more flimsy then in the past.

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Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Lucky you. Those water colors look absolutely lush. Santa was VERY good to you.

As for the hat, WOW!!

No number yet, but you know where I live (grin).

Bridget Larsen said...

I can see you will have fun with those colours
Bridget #1

Judys Lace Creations said...

Thiose water colours look "scrummy" LOVE art materials!
Cute hat.Clever you.

Helen said...

what great water colours... well done finishing the hat. Helen #5

Neet said...

That is one gorgeous hat. If it fits or not does not seem to matter to me - it is beautiful, slouchy or not - and slouchy is IN.
What a fab present - enjoy your colours - so envious.
Hugs, Neet 3 xx

Sunshine Girl said...

Loving the paint set - there is something very relaxing about water colouring isn't there! and that hat is fabulous, might have to have a go at one myself! Have a great week - Sunshine Girl #13

Queenie Jeannie said...

That is an amazing hat!!! I could never get the hang of knitting - it was just too frustrating for me, lol! I can crochet though. Love your luscious set of watercolors!!!

Happy Crafting!
Jeannie #17

sandra de said...

Stunning box of watercolours and I am in awe over the gorgeous knitted beanie. Just beautiful.
sandra de @25

Eliza said...

Those water colours look great and what a really cute hat.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda 43

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Big Ass pompom!! I love it, bring it on :-) As a knitter who's done a fair bit of intarsia knitting in her time, I know how complex that pattern must have been to do...kudos to you for keeping your tension so perfectly even. But how you have the patience to use 2.5 need les is completely beyond me!! Lol.
Hugs, LLJ 29 xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

PS..... I lust after that watercolour palette...love the patterns on the colours!

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

A very thoughtful Christmas present - love the colour chart! I've got an ugly pair of slippers from my MIL which I'm now trying to sell on eBay, so I can buy some art supplies instead! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #47

PaperOcotilloStudio said...

Wow that is a great hat! The gnome is adorable. I received some Gelatos..the big case..for Christmas. I have been having fun using those. I bet you will love the watercolors! Happy WOYWW Shel#56

Unknown said...

Would love to dive into those wonderful water colors! Your hat is adorable. Have a great week! Sandy Leigh #60

Scrapthology said...

Have fun playing with your pressie and fantastic work on the hat. 78

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Great Christmas present and love the hat. Happy WOYWW, Angela x 33

Artatag said...

Oh, this watercolour set is absolutely wonderful. Do you have Japanese friends?
The Christmas hat is awesome!
Gabriele 32