Dotted Rays on the Go

Been giving the Dotted Rays a bit of on-the-go, mass transit love!  On the bus…

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At the train station…

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Taking advantage of it’s small size while it lasts, only a couple more rows until it’s really too cumbersome to carry around.
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We’re reaching that point quickly!

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I’m definitely not stopping at small…going as big as possible with this one!

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I’ve still got a long way to go…I’ve done 10 of 15 ‘repeats’…I’d better find a bus to ride, there’s knitting to be done!

Thinking About FO Friday Already

Last week had lots of distractions.  Knitting is always the first thing to suffer in times of tight scheduling.  Despite that, I’ve still got most of my first sleeve done!

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I’m just working stockinette in the round at this point.  The only thing slowing me down is trying it on after every row!  I just can’t resist!   The pattern calls for 3/4 length bell sleeves.  I’m skipping that, going for a no frills straight sleeve, probably a hair longer than a half sleeve.    Done by Friday??  No sweat!  Yes Sweater!!

Friday Cat Chat

After relieving my own fur boy of his hat, I shipped it off to my sister.  She’s kind of a crazy cat lady.  I say that in the most loving and non-judgmental way because it turns out, we’re all crazy cat ladies.  The sheer volume of people who want to talk about cats in hats is staggering!  Don’t worry, I won’t name names, your secret is safe with me!  But seriously…we’re all crazy ladies, my sister included.  I’ve been collecting her texts for a week now…


This is Lily.  She’s the first and only one who’s mastered the art of the selfie.  It’s grainy and crooked, she looks tough!  she pretty much nailed it!    IMG_3455


Then there’s Bear.  He’s the youngest and the dumbest and the most eager to please.  He had fun playing for a bit!

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And then there’s Ginger.  She’s the star of this show!  She likes getting dressed up.

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Ginger really likes her new hat.  I’ve heard she’s taken to carrying it around in her mouth when she’s not wearing it and she takes it to bed with her.  So cute!  She’ll definitely be getting more hats!  A viking hat, a pink mohawk and maybe something with eyes and antennae are the top priorities!  Turns out I only need a very teensy bump to bring out my crazy cat lady!

The Sleeves of Sabine!

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They’re done!  and now with all that hat making behind me, I can get down to business on Sabine!  I bound off the body!  Every time I put it on, it’s better than the last!

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Currently loving everything about Sabine!

Now it’s time for sleeves!  This is the part I’ve been waiting for…no more pesky purling!  Just stockinette in the round!  Whooo-hoo!

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Fourth Verse, Same as the First

Nearly done with my lesson in instant gratification!  I haven’t sworn off hats though…I think the instant gratification balances out the second/third/fourth syndrome!  Yay for that!  Nothing worse than something fun becoming a chore…

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Tomorrow, it’s back to Sabine the cashmere cardi!  While I’ve been waiting for the final hat to dry, I bound off Sabine’s body!  I’m going to start the sleeves momentarily!  All of the swooning I’ve done so far is nothing compared to what this sweater deserves!  I love it more with each stitch!  It’s amazing!  More exclamation points are needed!!!!!!!

Groundhog’s Day!

Every day I wake up and knit a hat, duplicate stitch a hat and block hat.  Groundhog’s Day is the only possible explanation!

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Four is the perfect number of hats to knit.  I’m still making progress, I think five would push me over the edge though.  I would crack.  I’ve been good so far but my fingers are itching for Sabine…I miss my cashmere cardi!  At this rate though, I’ll be back at it tonight!  I’m pretty sure that’s how Groundhog’s Day ended…Bill Murray in a cashmere sweater!

Still Hatting

The hat train rolls on!   Much like a train, I’ve stayed on track!  The only knitting done this weekend was hat knitting!  And it shows!

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One completely finished!  One slightly damp waiting for it’s lightening bolt.  One on the needles!  If all goes according to plan, the duplicate stitch will be finished this afternoon and the blue hat will be ready for it’s bath!

Instead of developing second/third/fourth hat syndrome like I worried, it’s been a super reminder of why I do indeed love hats…instant gratification galore!  I did change up the ribbing by the time I got to the third hat.  The first two are K2, P2 so I went to K1,P1 for the third and I think the fourth will be K1tbl, P1 just to keep the variation going!  And best of all, I can’t wait to get back to Sabine!  It’s nearly sleeve time, which means very soon…I’ll have a handmade cashmere sweater!  Oh yeah!

Terra by The Fibre Company

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So far so good, I’ve stuck to my all hat knitting plan for 24 hours!  The process knitter in me is pretty happy…stockinette in the round!  The heavens open up and sing to me when I hear that phrase!  The product knitter in me is pretty happy too…I’m using a new (to me) yarn…Terra from The Fibre Company.  I’ve not used this yarn yet because it sits on the shelf next to Road to China.  Everything pales in comparison when Road to China is part of the discussion.  It’s not intentional, it just happens.   Alpaca/Silk/Camel/Cashmere wins every time!  That said, I’m really glad I finally gave Terra a chance… Alpaca/Wool/Silk is pretty awesome too!  The colors are beautiful, and in no way represented by my photos.

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My contrast color is called Logwood Purple.  I can’t seem to get the purple to show!  hrumph!  And of course the main color is appropriately named, Beet!  It’s looking a bit cranberry up there.  Oh well!  The good news is…this is not a photography blog!  It’s a hat knitting blog!  At least until next week!  Happy Friday!  I’ll be making hats if you need me…

Dotted (then Striped) Rays

Some days I wish I could be one of those monogamous knitters.  If I had laser focus on one project at a time this one would already be finished!  I would be wearing it right now and loving it!

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This is my Dotted Rays, pattern by Stephen West, yarn by Mom.  I love everything about it!  I especially love short row garter stitch with no wraps?!?  It’s brilliant…I’m planning my next one already!  I did a little stash dive and came up with these treasures…

IMG_3335I’ve got all sorts of little remnants perfect for a stripey Dotted Rays! Yesterday, I talked myself into a second Sabine because duh, obviously I shouldn’t have picked the green or the blue, the decision should have been the green AND the blue!  I also picked up a custom order for 4 Grateful Dead hats, so I’ll be putting all that ‘I love hats’ ‘I love instant gratification knitting’ ‘I want to do more hats’ talk to the test…effective immediately, that’s all I get to knit on.  My Cashmere sweater and dreams of Mom’s hand dyed yarn have been shut down! It’s a good thing Rhinebeck is well off, I’ve still got plenty of time to get that done.  (She said confidently, defying all odds and basic common sense.)

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WIP Wednesday – Still Sabine

Sabine grows a little bit each day, even if it’s only row.  I can’t let a day pass without petting her.  She’s lovely.  She’s soft.  She’s light as a feather.  She melts like cotton candy.  She’s amazing.  I could rave all day!  I really am knitting a cloud!

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That’s the entire sweater…250 stitches, that squish down to virtually nothing!  A pair of bulky socks will take up more space than Sabine when she’s finished!  I am loving everything about her, including the color.  I wasn’t confident I’d made a good decision on the color but now that I’ve tried it on, I’m happy with the color!  It’s like painting your house based on one little chip…it’s hard to know from a tiny little sample!

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It was definitely a cut off my head morning but I couldn’t be more pleased with Sabine at the moment! About 30 rows from binding off the bottom, then it’s on to the sleeves…stockinette in the round!!  (okay, maybe I’ll be even happier when I get to that point!!)  The end is in sight!