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And Two New Hats for Me

So, remember the Allowable Knitting Basket? It was a great idea I had last year to keep myself motivated to clear out old stuff before starting new stuff.

Also, remember the Drawers with Plans? Another great idea I had to separate any yarn that was attached to a specific, desired, possibly Ravelry-queued and, ideally, from a pattern I already owned project from the leftovers and stuff I didn’t have a clue what to do with.

Both ideas worked pretty well at first. And it’s not that I’ve given up on them or anything. But remember my bookshelf do-over? See how nicely the AKB fits on the second shelf down and how it’s not at all clear that there’s a ton of half-knitted stuff in there?

Also, see those drawers? Those are not the Drawers with Plans, they’re the other ones. And this is the view from my couch.

So, you see, my problem is twofold. One, the unfinished items in the AKB are not right out there for me to see every day anymore. They’re neatly tucked away in out-of-sight-out-of-mind territory. Two, the drawers full of yarn I have projects in mind for are not in my line of sight when I’m on the couch wondering what to knit next. So, lately there’s a lot of knitting things from whatever yarn I happen to grab out of the no-plans drawers is my point. Lots of quick projects that are doing away with some neglected single skeins, which in the end isn’t such a bad thing.

Out of the no-plans drawers has come the scarf I showed you recently. That took care of a skein of Berroco Peruvia Quick, which it turns out would never have worked for the Winding Path I bought it for. The scarf also cleared out most of my first real skein of handspun. Then I figured I didn’t have enough matching sets of winter accessories (by which I mean I have exactly one matching set of winter accessories), so some more of the handspun and a skein of worsted weight KP Bare went into a matching hat.

As the handspun is still hanging in there, I have moved on to mittens.

Hat Pattern: 2*2 rib over 84 sts until I didn’t feel like it anymore, then stockinette until it was a few inches past the crown of my head, then some rapid decreases to give it a bit of flop.
Yarn: KP Bare Peruvian Highland Wool Worsted Weight, about 2/3 of a skein, maybe? And handspun Mad Color Fiber Arts Superwash BFL Top, just a squeensie bit.
Needles: 4 mm/US 6 for the ribbing, 5 mm/US 8 for the stockinette
Started: November 5, 2012
Finished: November 7, 2012
Worked on: In line to vote! It was way busier than I expected and I got at least an inch done.
Scarf Details: Here.

Election day was fairly chilly in my neck of the woods, so it was good that I’d recently finished yet another unplanned-for project.

I had a nice, warm head that morning, thanks to my slouchy pointy-ears hat. And I got a sticker!

Pattern: None. I just sort of cast on and went for it. A few garter ridges, a few increase rounds, knit for as long as I felt like it, and then a 3-needle bind off.
Yarn: Mystery yarn that I got second-hand last year. I think it’s wool, but I haven’t done any experiments to confirm that. Certainly is warm and a bit scratchy.
Needles: I don’t honestly remember now. 5.5 mm?
Started: Late October
Finished: November 4, 2012

This also looks dead sexy with the ears squunched down in the back, FYI, and that is usually how I wear it. I will admit the sticky-uppy  look adds a certain something, though.

So, OK, I’m not working through my yarn-pattern backlog quite like I would wish these days. But winter’s coming, so new hats can’t be a bad thing. And I really do need some matching items in the accessory pile, so all this unplanned knitting will achieve a goal. The pointy-ears hat will coordinate nicely with another scarf I have in progress, I think, and I’m hoping there’s enough left of both yarns for some gloves to complete the set. There’s just some really cool stuff in the Drawers with Plans, though, you guys. One of these days, I need to get my ass into those drawers.

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.

Some Recent Knitting Progress

One blue sock is almost (re)done! I just need to finish the toe tonight, then decide if I cast on the second one of these or the second Kristi.

After finishing Apocalypta I went into Want All the Sweaters mode. I’ve made some good progress on the body of Plain n Simple. I think I’m maybe 2/3 through but it’s tough to measure all squished up on the needles. I’m really hoping to wear this before next spring.

I started a hat in some mystery yarn. I’m aiming for slouchy but I was too lazy to look up a pattern when I started this, so we’ll see how it goes.

Finally, a scarf. My first completed project with my own handspun. I think it needs an applied cord edge but I’m not sure I have a suitable yarn, so we’ll see about that.

Pattern: 1*1 rib over 20 sts
Berroco Peruvia Quick in color 9100/Blanco, all but about a yard of one skein, and handspun Mad Color Fiber Arts Superwash BFL Top, about 60 out of 75 grams. Not sure about the yardage or weight on the handspun. At first it was just about even with the Peruvia but after the first few stripe repeats it thinned out quite a bit. I might block this out a little to play up the difference between the dense white stripes and the lacier-looking teal stripes. But, then, I also might block it out longer and skinnier as right now it only goes around my neck once. Life is a serious of heart-rending decisions.
Needles: 6.5 mm/US 10.5
Started: October 20, 2012
Finished: October 21, 2012

AKB Update #1

One item from the Allowable Knitting Basket has been completed and two others are very close. However, I realized that there were more things buried in the bottom of the basket I forgot to mention last time, so first, an update to the list:

  1. The Unexpected Socks
  2. The only 2 things I’m knitting for Xmas presents
  3. Citron
  4. Francis Revisited
  5. Plain & Simple
  6. The Oceania Shawl
  7. The next Thor hat
  8. The 2nd Stripey Bed Sock
  9. Kristi
  10. The Kitchen Muriwai
  11. Xmas garland for the office
  12. The Fuck This Shrug Slipper Socks
  13. Last July’s attempt at Leyburn, which are destined for a friend if I can remember the mods I made and finish the second one so that it in any way matches the first
  14. A practice hat for the class I’m teaching next month
  15. A child’s sweater that came in this batch of yarns that just needs a collar, a seam, and some ends woven in

Progress has been made on the Unexpected Socks. I just have the ribbing on the second sock and some ends left to do. I’ve also worked a bit on the collar to the sweater. I think I can finish that one up entirely today. I really have no use for this sweater, but it was so close to done I saw no reason not to finish it, and I’m sure it will make a good addition to the potential trades pile. I have worked on one of the two Xmas presents but I’m contemplating a restart on it, so it’s napping until I make a decision.

The one thing I’ve finished this week is the practice hat. For next month’s class, I’m planning to work on knitting a hat flat and then seaming – I think coasters and dishcloths and scarves all make boring first projects, personally, so I thought a hat would have just enough different elements to stay interesting, be just small enough not to be daunting, and be just simple enough that it could be tackled once the basics of cast on, knit, and purl have been grasped. Thing is, I haven’t knit a seamed hat in a few years, so I wanted to do one myself just to make sure my theory checked out.

I wasn’t thinking about gauge and fit with this one, but I’m still pretty pleased I ended up with something that I can wear. It’s a bit big, but I’m growing out my hair and will need something to stretch over the pigtails in the coming months.

I’m especially happy with the deep ribbing. Very impressed with my own patience on that one. I always feel like my brims are too short.

Pattern: Nothing fancy, just 2*2 rib for a while, then stockinette.
Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed, color Sea Ice, exactly one skein (except what I clipped after weaving in ends)
Needles: 6.5 mm
Started: Some time in November 2011
Finished: December 10, 2011

Big Exciting News!

Check this out.

Oh, and check this out too:

Photo courtesy of the Thor hat’s recipient, Nasir at The Once and Future Scribe.

Oh, people. That’s a Thor hat. Probably one of the trickiest and certainly one of the most fun things I’ve made to date.

The hat itself was fairly straightforward – it has a turned hem (as a ribbed edge just didn’t say “helmet of a mighty warrior” to me) and a slower-than-usual rate of decreases to form a “spike” at the top. The wingy bits were the real fun, starting as you would for a circular shawl, then moving on to a jillion little short rows to shape the feathers. Worsted weight wool at a fairly tight gauge – and 3 layers of it over the ears – should make this a warm and helmet-like hat for the coming winter.

Pattern: My own.
Yarn: Cascade 220, color 2415, 128 g
Needles: 3.5 mm for the hat, 3.25 mm for the wings
Started: September 18, 2011
Finished: November 15, 2011

Now that it’s finished and gone to its forever home, I miss it a little. I really enjoyed the design process for this – the most design-y sort of thing I’ve done so far, even though I have done a lot of knitting out of my own head rather than from a pattern – so I think I’m going to have a go at writing up the pattern. That means I get to knit another one, since I didn’t do the best job writing down my gauge and dimensions on this one.

In the meantime, there are a few other, far less complicated hats to finish up, a secret surprise to cast on, a decision to be made about Xmas knitting (will she/won’t she?), and I believe I myself might just be due for a little present involving this…

Lorna's Laces Solemate in The Bean.

…and a little Cookie A action.

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.

Not so difficult after all, really.

One of the very first things I ever knit was a hat for my husband. I was super impressed with myself for learning to knit in the round and for getting the recommended gauge on the ball band. Thing is, I didn’t quite get the concept of negative ease yet, so the hat just fits his head.

There is no stretching. It just sits there. Every time I see it and see just how BIG it looks I think, “Hide that! No one must ever know you made a forgivable mistake when you were just a beginner!” But Dan still wears it, because he’s a wonderful man who overlooks my shortcomings. Also because it’s been 3.5 years and I haven’t gotten off my ass to knit him a better hat yet.

That situation has now been remedied.

Pattern: Cashmere Ribbed Hat from Fig and Plum
Yarn: Berroco Pure Merino DK, 1.7 skeins
Needles: 4 mm plastic circ & bamboo dpn’s
Started: January 2011
Finished: May 7, 2011
Mods: None. This pattern is perfect. It’s the 2nd time I’ve knit it and the 3rd time I’ve used the crown decreases and it’s worked out beautifully every time.

I can finally feel proud of myself as a wife. (Making your husband go out in the sun to model wool hats in May because you apparently can’t finish anything during the season in which it was meant to be worn is what being a wife is about, right?)

Another Quickie

It’s been a hectic few weeks here. There’s been knitting, but no finished objects to show. I read another Lynley novel and started on my non-fiction book project. I think I’ll go in order by subject, starting with religion (currently just a weensy bit into The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man). I intended to spend this Friday evening with the lights down low working through some restorative yoga poses to end my week calmly and feel refreshed for my weekend. Instead I opted for superhero cartoons and a martini.

Here, have a picture of the only way I could think to make 6 inches of black ribbing look interesting:


I love my martini glasses. And olives. I really love olives.

And with that and a promise to be back with a real post soon, I leave you.



So, last October I decided to start working my way through all my unread books shelf by shelf. At the time shelf one was in the following condition:

  1. Flatland by Edwin A Abbott
  2. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams
  3. Watership Down by Richard Adams (read)
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (read)
  5. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  6. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  7. The Complete Novels of Jane Austen (partially read)

Here’s what’s happened since then:

Books Read So Far: 10 – all 5 in Hitchhiker’s Guide…, Wilderness, Early Autumn, Pastime, The Judas Goat (all 4 by Robert B Parker), In The Presence Of The Enemy by Elizabeth George

Books Acquired: 6 or so (Spensers, Lynleys, and some from my wishlist, all obtained through bookmooch)

Progress On Shelf 1: Yes. Well. About that. Flatland was a big no-thank-you. Hitchhiker’s Guide… was pretty great, though (and I might have just been getting bored with the series) it seemed to kind of fall apart at the end of book 5. Like he knew how it would end but got sick of writing it so he just sketched out the important points quickly and called it done. I started Cat’s Eye and it was very good but I hated my childhood and my entire time in school enough that I feel I earned the right to choose not to read about such things if I don’t want to now that I’m an adultandmakemyowndecisionsdamnit. The same way I refuse to watch Freaks and Geeks or Glee, no matter how good I hear they are, simply because they are about high school, but I do eat ice cream for breakfast any time the mood strikes because being 30 is awesome. So, I think that one’s going back in the bookmooch pool. I thought about Alias Grace or some of the unread Austens, but the only fiction I’m feeling lately is detective/murder mystery stuff. I’m into the intellectual challenge right now. I think if I really want to make progress on the book project I’m going to have to skip ahead to non-fiction. More to come.

The knitting is stagnating a bit at present as well.

Yes, that is a pair of mittens that only needs a single thumb in order to be wearable and a definite improvement on my current 2-year-old pair of disintegrating flip-tops. Why do you ask?

I want all of these done but I don’t want to finish them. I want to knit a sweater but, with almost 300 stitches to cast on, I really don’t want to just jump in without a reliable gauge swatch (that little red sliver of fabric in the back). With fingering weight yarn on 2.5 mm needles, though, the gauge swatch is going to take enough time to be considered a project on its own.

And, also, I’ve just been exhausted this week. I declared this weekend to be one for hardcore relaxation, but so far I have not had a spa treatment, aromatherapy, or deep tissue massage. I have had a shoulder rub, a bit of a lie-in, and a couple of beers, though, so that’s a start. Must find some way to relax hardcore tomorrow. Hrm…