Managing Expectations

I said one thing about this weekend, I would definitely have enough time to finish my Hitchhiker.  Naturally, that means I didn’t.  That’s gotta be one of the corollaries to Murphy’s Law, declaring one’s intent is the quickest way to ensure something won’t happen.

I did get lots of other little tidbits done though.  I added a cute little bill to my recent Grateful Dead hat.  I wasn’t sure the colors I had left would work but turns out, it was meant to be!  I love when stashbusting turns out like this!  It’s for a friend who accidentally felted an alpaca hat I gave her years ago.  I’m pretty sure she’ll agree, it was worth the wait!

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I embellished the stupid black hat, as well.  I love it now!

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The idea of a bluegrass festival full of 70’s glam rock fans tickles me pink!  And the pom-pom is the proverbial cherry on top, just in case anyone missed the humor of it before.  I have no idea if this one will be well received, but as usual, I’ll be happy to keep it for myself!

After that, I got the crazy idea to cut up a dress my Mom tie dyed for me years ago.  It’s been my staple lounge wear for a long time, to the point of decay.   It developed a gaping armpit hole but I couldn’t just throw it away.  I dismissed the idea of mending it, instantly.  Clearly THAT was too much work.   Cutting it up into ‘tarn’ struck me as brilliant though.  I couldn’t get the scissors in my hands fast enough.  Three hours later, I’m not even half done.

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I think I’ll have enough for something garment like though!  It’s a floor length, shift dress, so no seams to get in the way!  Just a big flat piece of fabric to be cut up.  I can’t wait to give it a new life!  But first, I’m finishing that Hitchhiker!  Maybe ;)

Eleven

There may never be another FO Friday from me ever again.  I’m thinking of becoming one of those people who only cast on.  Despite having a very strict rule about only having 10 projects on the needles at once, I cast on #11 last night.  oops.

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It’s for my Etsy shop, so that’s all the rationalization I need!  “Work” knitting should definitely not count.  Just like yarn that never actually gets stashed doesn’t count.  Cast on right away and it’s okay!  This is just a little hat, it’s half done already so even if it did count, it would only count little.  Like none at all.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Stop Everything and Knit!

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Just when I think I’ve got my startitis cured and my WIPs under control…a (good) excuse to start a new project pops up!  A custom order for my Etsy shop!  It seems like this is going around…custom orders for handmade goods have been popping up all over!  It’s encouraging to see people interested in handmade!  Sometimes it seems like we’re preaching to the choir with our blogs and especially our Etsy shops, nice to know we aren’t!

(While we’re talking about handmade appreciation…anyone else enjoy the Game of Thrones scene this week where Sansa Stark mentions she sews her own dresses!  Me Made May for EVERYONE!)  Okay…back to the knitting…

This project is one of my favorites…a Giants themed Grateful Dead Steal Your Face hat!  Like previous hats I’ve done…only with extra slouch this time!  And of course, it’s hard to do anything the same twice, so I’ve tinkered with my chart to make it even better! That’s really the best part of this, a chance to improve an old favorite even more!

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Having my stainless stealie friend to help didn’t hurt either!

FO Friday – The Dude Abides

Definitely got my instant gratification fix with this one.  This hat was a breeze from start to finish!  I’m very pleased with the results, except I don’t think the photos do it justice.  It’s a lot cuter in person.

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The original request was a hat with a bill to keep rain out of the eyes.  The secondary request was soft, soft, soft.  I used Cascade’s Highland Duo, at 70% alpaca, I accomplished the soft part.  Not sure how well this yarn will really do in the rain, time will tell.  The bill is on the small side, a function of the alpaca.   I could have used a plastic insert as structure for a larger bill, but I dunno…just wasn’t feeling it.  I did run four strands of 1 mm elastic through the ribbing to help it keep it’s structure.  This is twice the elastic I normally use.  I expect it to get a lot of use so I want it to hold up!

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And So It Begins

Nearly FO Friday

(Almost forgot the most important part…if you aren’t familiar, the motif on the hat is based on The Dude’s Sweater from The Big Lebowski! It really ties the outfit together!)

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Nearly FO Friday.

I have a list, it’s a very short list and it’s not easy to get added to the list.  It’s a list of people who’s knitting requests actually get granted!  This hat is for someone on the list.  He wanted something will a bill for rainy days.  I thought my new Brooklyn Tweed Loft would be perfect for this.  Turns out my friend, doesn’t enjoy rustic wool the way I do.  In fact, he dislikes rustic wool so much, he can’t even wear his Pendleton Dude Sweater…and so, the Dude Hat was born.  Knit from Cascade Highland Duo, a 70/30 baby alpaca/merino blend, there is no way it’s not soft enough.  And the colors are absolutely perfect!

I’ve started the decreases, so the hat is nearly finished.  A bit of tinkering for the bill and this will be finished in not time! It looks great now but once it’s blocked, I probably won’t be able to give it away.   That list gets smaller everyday!

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And So It Begins…

Today is one of those days that’s taken a while to get itself together.  I tried to do some design work with limited success.  I thought about picking up a few of the current WIPs, it was just a fleeting thought though.  I’m at a weird spot where I’ve got mostly long term projects on the needles.  There’s no instant gratification on the horizon, just a lot of slogging along.  I’m not in a slogging mood.  Trying to force myself into it just resulted in chaos.

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And then, completely out of the blue, an email from a friend plants a seed and suddenly there is excitement!  The stash is consulted, the graph paper comes out, a pencil is sharpened and away we go!  So far, I can tell you, it’s going to be a hat, it’s going to be soft!  That’s Cascade Yarns Highland Duo, 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool!  It’s become an old standby for me and hats!  Not only is it super soft but the colors are perfect for this project!  And this is a project where the colors matter…

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After what seemed like an aimless day, I’m now ready for the day to begin.  It’s only 5 pm, I’ve got plenty of time!  And this idea is going to be really super if it works out!  Hopefully I’ll have good progress by tomorrow and maybe even an FO by Friday?!?  (That might be the alpaca fumes getting to me…)