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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.

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.