Posts Tagged ‘hat’

I want this to be a post about my latest creation, an absolutely stunning shawl designed by my girlfriend Laura, but I’ve been sick the last few days and haven’t even felt up to photographing it. However, I do have FO’s to share from December.

Greenery Hats

Pattern: Greenery Hat by Lilith Parker

Source: PDF or Ravelry

Yarn: Classic Elite Waterspun; Blue Spruce; Needles: 4.5 mm / US 7

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash; 816 Grey & 819 Brown; Needles: 4.0 mm / US 6

I liked this hat pattern so much, I made 3 of them and kept one for myself. The hat knit up quickly and easily and all the hats seemed to fit quite well. I love the color of the Classic Elite yarn. Although the yarn is discontinued, I really quite liked it. You can’t tell in the photos, but it had a felted quality about it.

Chevalier Mittens

Pattern: Chevalier Mittens by Tikru

Source: MadeByMyself and Ravelry

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash; 816 Grey; Needles: 4.5 mm/ US 7

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash; 819 Brown; Needles: 3.75 mm / US 5

Yarn: Classic Elite Waterspun; Blue Spruce; Needles: 3.75 mm / US 5

Grey Mitten Modifications: I omitted rows 75 – 78 and modified the top decrease section as explained by Storm Moon Knits.

Brown & Blue Mitten Modifications: I omitted rows 29-32 and 75-78 and modified the top decrease section as explained by Storm Moon Knits.

Unfortunately they all ended up being too long even with omitting the rows and going down a needle size. The worst part though was that I lost one of the grey ones on my drive home from Idaho back to California. I swear, somedays it’s a good thing my head is attached.

The brown gloves and hat went to my middle sister for her December birthday. She had originally requested fingerless gloves with mitten tops, but after attempting to knit those twice, I gave up. When I saw the Chevalier Mitten pattern, I hoped the cable design would help her forget her original request. She called me just a few days ago and asked for more gloves and hats. Obviously she likes them.

Sisters in handknits

The blue/green gloves and hat went to my sister 14 months younger than I for her September birthday. I know, I was a teensy bit late. I don’t know if she uses them or not since she hasn’t spoken to me since the fiasco at my mom’s house 6 weeks ago. Had I know she was going to say such hurtful things to me two days after I gave them to her, I would have kept them. I’ve always had a policy to only knit for those that would appreciate the love & care I put into a hand knit item. Unfortunately I don’t think she understands that. What’s that saying, “once bitten, twice shy?”


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Most of the time I seem to share my GP (Guilty Pleasure) of purchasing yarn, but today, it’s something completely different.

Get Organized and Collaborate

Go ahead & click on it, take the tour, and sign up for your free account. I did and believe me, I may sleep better knowing everything is a bit more organized now.

One other Guilty Pleasures will be happening on Saturday. I’m going to see the Yarn Harlot! Obviously I will provide photos and details on that next week.

Finished Objects!

Pattern: Shedir by Jenna Wilson
Source: Knitty.com Fall 2004
Yarn: Rowan Calmer colorway 492 (1 skein)
Needles: Addi Turbo (2) 24″ circular needles size US 2 (2.75 mm)

Comments: I originally attempted knitting this with size US 3 needles, but halfway through I was running out of yarn, so I frogged it and cast on again with my size 2 addi turbo needles instead. I didn’t love working all the cables with the less pointy Addi turbo because frankly I believe the Knit Picks pointy tips are better for this, but what did help with all that cabling was knowing how to cable without a cable needle. I love the finished hat, but I don’t think I’d knit this again since my hands ached with all the cabling and I was stressed most of the time knitting it that I was going to run out of yarn. Speaking of the yarn .. it is FABULOUS! If it were less expensive, my stash would be filled with every colorway.

Pattern: Garterlac Dishcloth by Dave
Source: Criminy Jickets
Yarn: Peaches & Creme Ombre in Raspberry Swirls
Needles: Knit Picks Options size 7 US

Notes: Once I figured out how the triangles and squares fit together, and what order they were worked, this knit up very quickly. This was my first attempt at entrelac, and I liked it so much, I’m knitting more! Thanks for a great pattern Dave. I predict that I’ll be including these in many Christmas packages this year, and I also predict many will end up in my kitchen too!

I found out through Judy’s blog that if you purchase Cat Bordhi’s latest book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters, you might want a set of stitch markers that utilize the letters A through H. Since I DID end up purchasing the book because of Judy’s subtle blog-post coaxing, (although I’m still waiting for Amazon to ship it) I obviously also needed a set of these stitch markers. Of course Judy had the solution by giving the link to J.L. Yarnworks Etsy shop, where she sells the very thing, but upon doing a further search I fell in love with the stitch markers and row counting bracelet at Hide and Sheep’s Etsy store, so I placed a custom order with her.

My order arrived very promptly from Hide & Sheep and not only is their customer service fantastic, but the items I ordered were even better than I expected. Everything arrived in its own tin and not only is the quality of the work outstanding, but no detail was overlooked. I especially love that on the bracelet, there is a small “hook” to hold stitchmarkers. She has quite a large variety of stitchmarkers and bracelets and she even does custom orders, so you should really check her out.
One last very important thing, if you’d like to be entered in a drawing to win some fabulous prizes, please go to Noolie Knits and donate to the Light the Night walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All the details are in this blog post and although last year she raised $1,218, this year she’s only raised $555 thus far and there are only 17 days remaining. Please let us help her exceed last years number!

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Finally Finished Friday

We Call This … Finally Finished!
I’m also thrilled because this counts towards STRANDED, The Colorwork Challenge KAL.

Pattern: We Call Them Pirates
Pattern Source: Hello Yarn
Yarn: KnitPicks Andean Silk (pitch & cream colorways) and Elann Sonata (color 8176)
Needles: (2) Knitpicks Classic Circular size 3 US and (2) Addi Turbo size 1 US
Notes: In the future I will knit a gauge swatch in the pattern stitch since this hat fits a small child & not a mans head as originally intended. I used the two circulars method to knit the entire hat. The yarn is soooo sooo soft and I would most definitely knit with it again, unless I find something just as nice for the price. The pattern was fun, very well written, and fairly easy to follow.

I have a question though for those of you who have knit items with linings in them. Why do you have to knit the lining last? Why couldn’t I have cast-on the lining section & then knit the hat section? Anyone? Anyone? I really am looking for an honest answer here otherwise I’m going to try knitting the lining first and then if it fails miserably .. I’ll know who to blame. (umm.. myself)

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I’m a bit upset with KnitPicks. Of course I tell you last time that I’m happy with their customer service, but then they go and screw up all that goodness. I decided to purchase some circular needles for my little sister so she can knit up some socks. Currently she only has size 2 needles which won’t work for the sock yarn she has in her stash. At 11:00 pm PST I placed the order with KnitPicks. At 11:02 pm PST I realized that I ordered the 16″ cables instead of the 24″ cables. DUH! Of course, they are closed. The next morning at 9am PST (only 10 hours later) I called KnitPicks to have the order corrected.

KP: Sorry, but we can’t change your order.
Me: Why? I just placed it last night. It’s for the same size needles, but just a different cable length and it’s the same exact price.
KP: Because the order is already in the warehouse.
Me: Can’t you send the warehouse a change order?
KP: We don’t do that, but you do have two options. You can wait until you receive the needles & then mail them back to us for the exchange, or you can place another order now for the new needles & then when you receive the incorrect needles you can mail them back to us.
Me: Can I just cancel the original order?
KP: No, because it’s already being processed in our warehouse.

Now people, correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t it normally take KnitPicks FOREVER to process an order? For heaven sakes, I just checked online and I placed the original order on February 15th & the status still shows pending. They couldn’t have cancelled the order? I think it’s just poor warehouse management in my opinion. I’ve worked in the warehouse and distribution industry in the past and at each of the companies I worked for there was an order cancellation and order change policy within the first 24 hours of the order being placed. Am I being unreasonable?

In other actual knitting news, the Forbes Forest scarf and We Call Them Pirates hat are both finally blocking, and my Pomatomus socks are now getting heels! I’m unsure how much further I’ll get on the Pomatomus since I leave for Stitches West on Thursday & I’ve got a lot to do before I leave. Thankfully there will be FO’s to post with details as soon as the scarf & hat dry … assuming they will dry since we’re having rainy weather (which I love since it reminds me of Seattle).

And now completely off subject, my little sister made me cry yesterday morning with this beautiful post she wrote about me. I feel like the luckiest big sister in the world!

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