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Flip Your Lid

Dan got me Lynn Barr’s Reversible Knitting for Xmas last year. I’d had my eye on Winding Path but until I had the book in hand I hadn’t really explored what else was in it. Winding Path is still on the to-do list (we are having gauge issues; we are also mildly regretting our yarn choice, which was our third choice as the yarn store was out of our first two, and we are waiting to see if we get Xmas checks/can finally sell our sewing machine in the hopes that will bring in enough to snag us some Twinkle Soft Chunky). But I’m not so sad about not having that sweater yet, because, you see, there’s this hat in this book as well. This really really really cute hat. This reversible hat made out of sock yarn. Oh, yes.

Pattern: Flip Your Lid by Eric Robinson
Yarn: KP Bare Superwash Wool, Nylon Fingering Weight (about 171 yards) & Malabrigo Sock in Abril (about 152 yards)
Needles: KP Harmony 2.75 mm 40″ circular
Started: September 24, 2011
Finished: October 2, 2011
Just the needle size. The pattern calls for 3.5 mm needles, but some of the project notes on Ravelry mentioned that the hat came out really big and I couldn’t quite imagine using needles that big with sock yarn when I was aiming for something that would keep my head warm. I took a guess that going with something a few sizes smaller than called for and a few sizes larger than I knit socks with might be just right. I magic looped this so I could try it on as I went and make sure my assumptions were correct.

I had so much fun knitting this hat. The pattern was clearly written and the chart was easy to memorize, so while it looks complicated it was actually a pretty relaxing project that I could work on while watching TV or reading.

Here it is the other way around. I’ve been wearing it this way more often because PURPLE!

This hat got a lot of wear this past weekend, so I’m happy to say it’s been fully tested and gets an A+ on softness, warmth, and staying on while you fall asleep. Normally I wouldn’t grade a hat on that last quality, but our power went out Saturday evening and did not come back until Tuesday afternoon, so there was much wearing of wool while in the house. In fact, it’s entirely possible I spent at least a full (cumulative) 24 hours wearing this hat, this sweater, this scarf, and these gloves, and possibly blinding the cat.

Or maybe she was just mad ’cause we put her in her sweater every time the power goes out.

In other knitting, I’ve returned to the stripey shrug of many months ago. It will put me closer to my goal of clearing out all the unfinished things, but I’ve also had one hell of a cold the last few days (see earlier comments re: power out for three days) and have not wanted to touch anything I’m knitting for anyone other than myself. So, the Thor hat – which only. needs. one. wingy bit! – and some other hats for other people I was planning are on hold until I’m back to full health. The exhaustion that came along with this cold makes the prospect of a sweater or the ever-lengthening rows of my Oceania shawl too daunting to consider, so stripey shrug it is for now. Next week will be the week of hats.

Until then, I will comfort myself with my own new awesome hat.

Even if I do have to go through a bit of a process to put it on.

In the Mood for Finishing

I am at a point with my knitting where I want to clear everything off my plate before starting anything else.  I get to this place once a year or so. It’s partly because there are lots of pretty new things I want to try but I don’t want to double the work-in-progress count. It’s mostly because I’ve looked around recently and seen nothing but the ultrafamiliar. With the exception of the Thor Hat, nothing too exciting is going on right now and my mind has become occupied with all the half-finished items in the house. I’ve decided to finish as many as possible by the end of the month and, as the picture above shows, I’m making OK progress so far.

At the top is Flip Your Lid, which doesn’t really count since I started it precisely to distract myself from this feeling and finished it up in a few nights. It still needs to be washed and blocked, but it’s been worn once and is awfully pretty.

Below the hat are two socks – not a pair, just two of them – one plain top-down-with-heel-flap in Patons Kroy Jacquard and one Lace Panel Sock, also in Kroy as far as I can tell. These socks came to me by way of a coworker some months back and the first sock just needed the toe closed up. The second sock was just past the heel flap, and I’ve gotten that to about halfway down the foot this weekend. These will not fit me and aren’t really my style anyway, so they’ll be held onto until an opportunity for a gift or a trade on Ravelry presents itself.

At the bottom of this pile is a glimpse of the Thor Hat, but the recipient requested no progress pics, so I’m not going to show you any more of that for now. The hat part itself is done, though I need to rework the spiky bit at the top. Now it’s on to the wingy bits. The surprising part about this hat is that the wingy bits on the side were the easiest to figure out. I started swatching for them before I even had the yarn for the hat, and I figured them out pretty quickly (I think; we’ll see what happens when I knit the final wingy bits and get them on the hat itself). It’s the damn gauge messing me up on the hat. I used the gauge on an old hat I made myself out of the same yarn to figure out my cast-on number and either didn’t realize how much my knitting had changed since I knit that hat or my notes on what needle size I used were wrong. In the end it took three tries and two needle sizes to get it right.

As usual, I find knitting for others to be a good character-building exercise for me. When I see a mistake in something that’s not for me, I fix it. I drop stitches down as many rows as it takes and carefully loop them back up neatly with a crochet hook. I rip out and start again if my cast-on row looks sloppy. I’m all sorts of well-behaved with the things I knit for others. I should probably do it more often, but I just can’t always stand being so damned careful with my work.

All of this hat planning and frustration, along with my little trip back to Life-Long Blanket Land, has left the year. of. sweaters. a month or so behind. This must be remedied but I haven’t decided how. I have 3 sweaters in progress – Francis Revisited (it just needs sleeves, and they’re not even full sleeves, so what’s my problem?), Plain and Simple (still a loooooooong way to go on this one), and an EZ seamless set-in sleeve number in KP Telemark. I started the Telemark sweater last month, did a really beautiful corrugated rib hem, and knit happily away for 3 or 4 inches, then figured I should check just to be sure my gauge swatch was accurate. Well, when have they ever been? Maybe it wasn’t the swatch. Maybe my math was just off, or for some reason that day my hips measured 6 inches larger than usual and I just didn’t notice. In any case, I’m going to give what I’ve knit a soak and re-measure my gauge. Then I could start on a sleeve. If I can get the right stitch counts, I think I could easily knit this by the end of the month.

Except I won’t, actually, because there are too many other things to finish by the end of the month. Instead I’m going to clear out all the small projects I can – three second socks, Citron, the kitchen Muriwai, the stripey shrug from back in Spring – then focus on the Oceania shawl. Dan mentioned today how much he would like the paper towel holder back where it belongs (I have to agree; we keep losing the paper towels). And a shawl is sort of like a sweater anyway, so I won’t consider September/October a failure if I can get the shawl done in time.