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A New Home for the Wig Hat

Here’s a project from the deep past, some early-days knitting that’s been hanging around for, oh, maybe 4 years or so. Aside from an “I just finished it take my picture now!” modelling session, it had not been worn. Even though I looked damn good in it.

Looking at this now, I think the reason I never wore it was that the color was too natural looking. I thought it would be fun to make this out of a color that hair actually comes in, but now I think if it had been neon green or something I probably would have wanted to wear it more. Maybe I’ll make another one in a different color.

Anyway, we had company last weekend and a series of events let to me pulling out the wig hat. It got quite an enthusiastic response, more enthusiasm than I had for it, in fact. So, it was clear that it had found a good home (and it finally got its ends woven in!).

She calls it her Prince Valiant-Shredder hat.

Pattern: Hallowig by Megan Reardon
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in…Rust, maybe?…119 yds
Needles:¬†Who remembers at this point? Probably what was called for in the pattern, since I didn’t know too much about my personal gauge tendencies back then and so would not have fiddled around too much.
Started: A long time ago.
Finished: Not long after that.
Mods: Don’t think so.

So, that whole thing about taking it easy on weekends?

Yeah. It’s not quite 9 a. m. and already I have a load of laundry in the dryer, the dishwasher running, a pot of chicken broth started, and I’ve knit 4 (charted!) rounds (120 stitches each!) on a cabled winter hat. And I feel positively relaxed and blissful, so I guess this is taking a step back for me.

Part of that happy feeling might just be that there is nothing lovelier than the squishy glory that is plain old gray wool:

knottyhat

However. Knowing that Sundays are for selflessness, I have been putting the hat down from time to time to work on the back of one of the baby sweaters. I also need to spend some time later today putting the finishing (I hope!) touches on the Giant-Size Man-Sweater. The knitting is done, it’s blocked & buttoned, and the whole deal, but there are noticeable gaps in the button band seam. Rather than re-seam the whole thing, I’m trying a line of slip-stitch crochet in the seam. I think I might actually need two side-by-side, but we’ll see. So far it looks just like another column of knit stitches, so I think it will hide the gaps nicely. I just can’t crochet for very long without wrecking my wrist, and the only crochet hook I still have that’s big enough to match the gauge on this sweater is my Tunisian hook, so this is going slowly.

Also on the schedule for today: food shopping once Dan’s up, make & freeze some meals for the upcoming week, take out the trash & clean the kitchen. So, basically, I’m going to get almost nothing done today.

Knitting Ninja

For real. I totally pulled off the most bad-ass knitting move of my entire knitting life so far.

So, picture the Giant-Size Man-Sweater as it was yesterday afternoon: body done, sleeves joined, yoke finished, saddles grafted, AND a left button band/shawl collar. Ready to start the buttonhole band, I double-checked on the buttons I wanted to use, making sure Dan and I both really liked them. We both agreed we really liked them, which is good, because having to buy new buttons would likely mean the sweater would not be done in time (it’s due next Wednesday). Then I checked them against the one buttonhole already in the sweater (the button bands are worked along with the hem for the first few inches, then left on holders until the body is done, so the first buttonhole is done way at the very beginning of this sweater) to make sure a 2-stitch buttonhole will work before I take and go and make 4 more of them.

And a 2-stitch buttonhole will NOT work, it turns out. First thought: Not a problem, I’ll just make 3-stitch buttonholes. Good on me for thinking ahead! Second thought: Wait, what? I already have a 2-stitch buttonhole here, so what’s gonna happen, he won’t be able to button the first button? And then, I swear, you guys, do you know what I did? Without even thinking about it, I took the middle 4 stitches off the waste yarn and unraveled 2 inches’ worth of garter stitch that was totally attached to the rest of the sweater and could’ve ruined everything, cast off an extra stitch, then picked back up and re-knit that entire 2 inches of garter stitch.

Like some kind of goddamn superhero.

Sundays Are For Self-Medicating

I have been out of commission all week. No progress was made on the Giant-Size Man-Sweater this past Sunday, as I woke up at 3 with a screaming horror of a migraine. It kept going away, turning around & coming right back until Monday night. It took a total of about 3 Imitrex, 6 or 8 Aleve, & a Zyrtec to finally beat it back far enough that I could sit up for a whole day. Consequently, knitting was slow the first half of the week. A few rows on a garter stitch scarf were about all I managed.

I’ve made up for it a bit since & finished the first of my July socks.

Why so big, Leyburn? Why?

That’s a Leyburn in some DIC Smooshy in Spring Tickle. This is absolutely the softest, squishiest skein of Smooshy I’ve worked with yet, & the colors are perfect – just varied enough to add interest, but not so different from each other that they distract from the pattern. The slipped-stitch pattern is easy to memorize, & I’m completely in love with this sock. There’s just the tiny little problem with it being way too big for me. I think I trust my math to size down, but it’s already halfway through the month, & do I really want to start all over? No, I really don’t. I have a friend they’ll fit, & if they don’t I’m sure I have another friend they will.

Sundays Are For Selflessness

And for seriously kicking this sweater’s ass.

When I got home from yoga Sunday intending to knit, I had 3 more increase rounds to go on the Giant-Size Man-Sweater sleeves, then straight knitting for another few inches before I could join them to the body. The body also needed a bit more work, which I had left undone when I ran out of my first skein 4 rows from finishing the body. Since the working yarn is intended to stay attached to the body but to be broken on both sleeves before attaching all 3, I figure it made more sense to start the new skein with the sleeves, then rejoin to knit the last 4 rows on the body, then continue with the yoke. Which all became my goal for this week’s Sunday session: I would finish the sleeves, finish the body, and join them together. And, wow – it took me all day, but I did it. I started around noon and finished up around 8. That includes time for a nap, some more yoga, and meal preparation, but mostly I thought about nothing but this sweater for that time.

Giant-Size Dan-Sweater

Feeling remarkably good about the sweater, I moved on to my June sock project. I was just past the short-row heel this past weekend, & I flew through the rest of the foot & toe during the first part of the week. I finished last night (with plenty of time left over, so I’ve already started the toe on this month’s socks).

June: Jaywalkers with short-row heel. DIC Smooshy, color Petal Shower.

June: Jaywalkers with short-row heel. DIC Smooshy, color Petal Shower.

Knitterly info:

Jaywalker by Grumperina
Dream In Color Smooshy, color Petal Shower
2mm/US 0 5″ Clover & Hiya Hiya bamboo double-pointed needles
Smallest size (76 st)
Short-row heel

About those needles: I knit almost all my socks on 2mm needles. I’ve been using the 5″ dpns for about a year now & adore them. I find I can switch between dpns & magic loop pretty easily, & I don’t exactly prefer one over the other. I usually work with whatever I have on hand that isn’t already in another project. But these smaller dpns are really wonderful & much less fiddly than either longer dpns or magic loop. Except. Except they bend really easily. I’ve had some larger bamboo dpns that develop a little curve over time, sort of conforming themselves to the shape of my hand, & I actually find them more comfortable to work with at that point. Since I use bamboo because it’s more comfortable on my hands than metal, that’s actually a selling point for me. These small dpns, though? I think I’m just that much stronger than they are, because they bend more easily & they bend much more, to the point that it does interfere with the knitting. I have 3 or 4 sets of them & have used each a few times. Halfway through the first sock I found one of the Hiya Hiya needles was bent too much to keep knitting with, so on the next round I knit a Clover in in its place. Then, a while later, another Hiya Hiya went. And so on, until 3 or 4 of the needles I started the sock with had been replaced. But then the Clovers started to bend too. It’s not so bad I can’t use them yet, but I’m guessing partway through my July pair of socks I’ll have switched most of the Clovers out for my other set of Hiya Hiyas. I don’t know if there’s a solution for this, either. I may just have to buy several sets of these a year.