FO Friday – All The Hats

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As I prepared for this week’s pop up event, I didn’t put all of my knitting aside.  I kept up my on-the-go knitting and it turns out, I get a lot of knitting done when I’m out of the house.   Four new hats, just in time for holiday gift giving and winter chill!

The first two are Wurm derivatives.  It’s a great free pattern.  There’s nearly 16K Wurm hats on Ravelry.  I know I’ve knit probably two dozen of them.  They’re great stash busters, if you go the striped route like I did and they knit up in no time!  Perfect last minute holiday gifts!

Of course, I can’t follow a pattern.  I change my version up at the brim.  The pattern is written with a folded stockinette hem.  I prefer to go the all purl ridge route.  This originates from my early days knitting.  The double roll brim was my favorite way to start a hat.  You can see it here, on my third hat of the week.

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All my early hats have a double roll brim.  I never liked the look of classic ribbing, especially not with a knitted cast on, which was my go-to.  The stockinette curl hides that cast on edge perfectly!  No reason to fret over doing the long tail cast on, if your edge is hidden.

It certainly started out as a lazy decision but honestly, it’s also a super comfortable way to start a hat.  It’s cozy and warm around the ears and it’s never too tight.  I’m not sure why it fell out of favor but I’m officially bringing the double roll brim back.

You heard it here first…2019 is the year of the double roll brim!  Try it out and you’ll see…it’s a lot of fun!  You’ll be screaming it from the roof tops too!  Double roll brims for everyone! It’s gonna be so good!

It’s simply 10 rows of stockinette followed by 4 rows of reverse stockinette.  Easy peasy.  Just remember if you want to go for the two-tone look, you knit 9 rows in color 1 and then knit 1 row of color 2 before purling 4 rows of color.

Now, off to finish some last minute christmas knits.  Packages don’t have to be in the mail until Monday…I can get a lot done in 72 hours!


 

FO Friday – Baby’s First Ugly Christmas Sweater

Crafternoon giveth and crafternoon taketh away.  Just as I was settling in Wednesday, for a highly motivated knitting session, I got the email.  That pop up event that waitlisted me… they were offering me a spot.  It’s in one of the biggest office buildings downtown.  There’s no vendor fees AND they’ll validate parking!  Sign me up…again :)

SO, my knitting excitement has been set aside for another week while I do a quick cross stitch restock!

I did manage to finish my Nephew’s Christmas Sweater first, though!

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Ta-Da!  Baby’s First Fornicating Reindeer sweater!  I can’t wait for the little nugget to wear this.  He’s pretty cute but I have a feeling he’s going to break the cute meter in this sweater!

I rushed through the finishing a bit.  There are a few rough spots but good enough.  It’s gonna be worn for such a short time.  The kid has started growing!  His next sweater is going to be have all the life extending tricks so he can get a lot of wear but this one is just a novelty sweater.  I’m not going to beat myself up over a few rough spots that no one is going to look at, once it’s on an adorable baby.

Killing the acrylic was, indeed, a good idea.  Check out the curl in the before shots.

It instantly vanished with a couple shots from the hottest steam setting on my iron!  Woooo!  Acrylic for the win?  Despite all my usual yarn snobbery, there really is a place for acrylic and this is it.  Perfect for baby uses!

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Pictures from my Nephew’s first Christmas in a humping reindeer sweater…Priceless!

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It’s gonna be good.  My Sister is totally on board with this.  I think this will be a good time for Baby’s blog debut.

In the meantime, I’m off to cross stitch.  There is definitely, absolutely not any super secret Christmas knitting going around here.  None, whatsoever!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!


 

FO Friday – 3 Color Cashmere Cowl-esque

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My 3-Color Cashmere Cowl is done!  Whoo Hoo!  It’s a knock off of Joji’s cowl pattern.  The original is fingering weight and my yarn was dk weight.  I figured if I was adjusting gauge, I might as well adjust a few other things.  I started with a little diagram of the original cowl and used that as my guideline.

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The farther along I got, the more I diverged from the plan.  I think I captured the feel of the original cowl though.

Too bad summer has finally come to San Francisco…it’s nearly 80 degrees out! Oh well, it’ll get cold again soon enough!  I’m thinking chilly thoughts, if nothing else.

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Etsy put out a trend report for the coming holiday season.  After reading it and listening to the Etsy trend expert on a podcast, I’m feeling rather festive.  I worked up a couple Christmas cross stitches.  The trend expert called out ‘Christmas Clutter’, bold fonts and 90’s nostalgia.   I don’t usually go out of my way to be trendy but I’ve been working on the fonts already, so why not add a little Christmas flare, too.

Happy October, eh?


 

FO Friday – Newborn Vertebrae

My little nephew has been on the outside now for two months!  Of course, that is a milestone marked with a new sweater!

I thought I was making a cute and tiny sweater.  I was nervous that he’d outgrow it before I got it sent off.  I’m pleased to report, he received it and he’s got some room to grow!  Yay!  Not as tiny as I thought!

Sorry, no pics to share since he’s not my kid to plaster all over the internet but, my sister did send me a pretty funny picture of him crying while wearing the sweater.  I’m definitely keeping it, so I can remind him, in the future, how much he loved the sweaters his auntie made him.

The sweater is a free pattern, Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekirk.  It’s a pattern where one size is free, the smallest in this case.  The remainder of the sizes, you pay for.  Despite making the smallest size, I was able to get a sweater closer to the six month size!  For once, having a loose gauge paid off!   The yarn is KnitPicks, Felici in color Hawaiian Shirt.  So cute!

It was a simple knit.  Aside from gauge, I didn’t change a thing.  It’s the perfect little baby sweater…frontless, so it doesn’t get spit up on.  Also, facilitates skin-to-skin contact.  That might be my favorite part.  This isn’t just some cute thing that I wanted to do…it’s got an important developmental function!  It’s necessary, even!  Yay Knitting!

Up next, something tweedy for the little man.  Perfect for fall…

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I’m definitely about to binge start 6 projects! It’s gonna be so good!


 

FO Friday – Quickie Blanket

 

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We’ve all been there.  Will you knit me a…?

No.

The answer is always NO.

Furthermore, ‘No.’ is a complete sentence.

 

If you protest, you’re off the list.  I used to drop people to the bottom of the list.  These days, I’m ruthless.  I do what I want.  There is no list.  There’s no possibility I’m going to knit for you.  The answer is just no.  I’ve gotten quite good at it.  There’s no need for me to explain how long it takes or how expensive yarn is.  I just say NO.  After all,

No.

is a complete sentence.

So…don’t ask me how this happened.  It might’ve been an out of body experience.  A fugue state perhaps?  All I know is I, for sure, 100% said no to a request of a blanket…ANOTHER blanket, even.

And yet, here it is.

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Against all odds, I knit a blanket for someone who asked.  Turns out, if you’re knitworthy, you’re knitworthy.

And, at the risk of encouraging copy cat requests, this was super simple.  Everything came together in just the right way.   Leftover yarn, big needles, no purling, fun stripes.  Poof!  Instant blanket.

While it is lovely to look at, it’s real beauty comes from it’s simplicity.  It’s four mitered squares, each worked from the corner in and then grafted together.  I weighed my yarn and divided in it into 4 equal lots, one for each square.

To work each square:  CO 2 sts.  Set up Row: KFB, place marker, KFB.  Row 1: Knit to 1 stitch before marker, KFB, slip marker, knit to last stitch, slip purlwise with yarn in front.  Repeat Row 1 until you run out of yarn.

Rather than bind off and then sew a seam, I kept my stitches live until all 4 squares were finished and grafted them together.

Easy Peasy…unless you hate grafting.  That’s a topic for another day though.  That’s not a Friday conversation!

Happy Weekend!  Hope you get some good knitting time in!


 

When it rains…

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It’s raining FO’s here at the FogKnits headquarters.  After many finish free weeks, I’m suddenly finishing everything I touch.

If you recall, back in May, I started this hat but ripped it out because the ‘apple green’ mohair I was carrying as my second strand was reading yellow and I don’t like yellow.

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Ugh.  Yellow?  I really wanted green so I ripped it out and changed my mohair strand.  Instead I used a lovely purple that became this hat.  These are happy dance colors!

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Purple is soooooo much better.  And, now that I’m looking at this photo again, I can say with a high degree of certainty, I’ve had this color palate on my mind for a while.  LOL.

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Completely unintentional and yet, certainly, not?

Anyhow.  Back to yellow.  Yuck.  Nothing good comes of yellow but I had yarn left over so, begrudgingly, why not knit the second hat. Some people don’t find yellow to be offensive.  Some people even like yellow?  Weirdos, to be sure but they are out there.

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So, as I was running out the door to a music festival, I needed some easy knitting.  This hat fit the bill perfectly for a small project, with easy stitches, no fuss, just do it.  It was the no-brainer I needed and it turned out to be right choice (in spite of all that yellowness).

I cast on early in the day while I watched the Black Sheep Brass Band.  And they had super cute stickers.

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Meant to be, clearly.  And by the end of the evening, I had a finished hat.

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Giving this hat an interesting distinction, it was knit almost entirely standing up.  I’ve knit hats entirely on buses, while riding in cars and even on airplanes.  Always seated.  This is the first FO that was mostly standing.  I did sit for a bit to finish the last six rows, so maybe that was 5-10%.  Still, close enough for me!

And, there’s still an FO (or two) left for tomorrow!  Woo!  When it rains, it pours!  :)


 

Pebble Beach Shawl Finished

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After 48 hours of avoidance, I finally sat down for a game of yarn chicken.  I was certain, I was on the losing end and I didn’t want to deal with a suitable alternative.   Imagine my surprise when I got to the end with yarn to spare!

Wooo!  Disaster averted!

I carried that enthusiasm into immediate blocking.  It’s the only way.  Just do it before the momentum is lost.

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Picot bind off means all the pins come out to play.  UGH!  I was super happy with my new Knit Blockers though!  They saved me a lot of time with the straight edge.

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Blocking is always worth the effort though.  The lacy bits opened up beautifully.

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And so, despite the whining while it’s in progress, this is why we must block our knits.  (I need to remind myself frequently!)

Now a few details.

The Pattern:  Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart

Yarn:  Kona Sport, hand dyed by my Mom.  One 770 yard skein.  Yay for only weaving 2 ends!!

Mods:  I used sport instead of prescribed fingering weight.  I knit the medium size but decided that I had enough yarn to knit a few extra rows in the body.  I added maybe 8-10 additional rows.  I didn’t really count, just winged it, as always.  Despite the yarn chicken scare, I’m glad I went for the expansion.

The finished size does not disappoint, it’s quite large.  Aggressive blocking helped too.  The tips of this shawl stretch well beyond the edge of the fence panel…just how I like it!

It’s a generously sized, gorgeous, lightweight, drapey bit of fabric.  It was fun to knit and I could take pictures of it all day.  Sadly, I don’t see it becoming my new favorite thing.  The color is wrong for me.  I just can’t do it.

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It did inspire a little weekend cross stitch though :)   And a couple of cast ons, that are more in line with my own personal color palate!  Stay tuned for WIP Wednesday to see those and another a couple more finishes later this week too!


 

 

A Friday Finish!

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I finally finished knitting something!  It’s a Hitchhiker.

I could tell you (again) how the Hitchhiker is the best scarf pattern ever.  I could tell you I love the color.  I could tell you about manually striping a solid and variegated yarn to break up the pooling even more.

 

I could tell you how happy I am to have frogged this yarn from a different project to reclaim it for one.  I could sing the praises of neon green.  I could tell you it’s perfect timing because Fogust is arriving in style, it’s super foggy this week.

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I could tell you it took me 15 movies to knit this.  I could even give you reviews of those movies.

Unfortunately, I’m short on time, heading to another movie.  With no knitting?!?  For my next trick, I will be crocheting in the dark!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

FO Friday – Batad

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In a surprise twist, I’ve got an FO Friday this week.  This is my new Batad.  It’s unexpected because I thought I had more yarn.  Turns out, I don’t.  This is what happens when you let gorgeous yarn languish in the deep recesses of the stash.  I completely forgot, I poached the other skein of Deep, the dark blue color, for a Doodler, way back in 2015.   Fortunately, I still love that shawl lots so no knitter’s remorse here.

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Of course, it also helps that the Batad was at a perfect stopping point.  I was able to bind off with no ill effects whatsoever.  I was only going to add one more wedge, so no harm done really.

This is one of my favorite patterns both to knit and to wear.  It’s Stephen West, of course.  I love it’s no fuss nature.  It stays put with no fiddling and no shawl pins.  I tend to wear it on one shoulder but it’s great as a sort of cape, worn to the back as well.

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It doesn’t hurt that the yarn is MadTosh Pashmina…yay for merino-silk-cashmere blends!  The white speckled color is Cosmic Wonder Dust, my favorite color name ever.  I brought this yarn home for this specific project in 2015.  I have no idea why I didn’t get to it sooner because I can tell already, it’s my new favorite.

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I wore it out last night…complete with ends hanging.  LOL.  At least they were on the inside (unlike the Schitt’s Creek sweater!)  I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who noticed.  I was surprised how many people commented on it.  I shouldn’t be though…I was at a drag show.  Those queens know fashion when they see it!

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And so, my Batad collection has grown.  I still want another one though!  I should probably weave the ends on this one before I wear it again.

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FO Friday – Instant Classic

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The second in my pair of Dotted Rays is now finished!  This is my sixth Dotted Rays so obviously, I like this pattern.  My most worn project of 2017 was this Dotted Rays…

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I knit many shawls a year, it’s pretty unusual for one to be my favorite for so long.  That prompted me to start a new ‘favorite’.  You can’t guarantee something will become a favorite but I stacked the deck as much as I could.  I picked a pattern I love wearing and knitting equally and I picked all my favorite colors from the stash.  It turns out, setting yourself up for success really works!

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Judging by the number of pictures alone, this has to be a favorite.  I just couldn’t stop.

I’m sure it helped that Golden Gate Park is dressed in gorgeous spring green this week!

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And now, it’s time for the weekend! After being virtually monogamous with the Dotted Rays, I plan on fraternizing with ALL the knits the weekend!  My old pal crochet might even get involved!

Happy Friday!  Hope you’re looking forward to your weekend as well!