FO Friday – The Minister’s Kippah


My week took a turn for the hilarious when I got a text asking if I had kippah making skills.  I’d never done it before but it seemed in my wheelhouse.

“It’s for my wedding.”

So no pressure, eh?

“It’s for the minister.”

Huh, what?  Come to learn the ceremony is really more of a variety show.  There’s comedy and music, audience participation and a minister wearing a traditional jewish head covering (only after he pulls a flask out of his hollow bible!)

There was some back and forth discussing the particulars…are kippahs and yarmulkes the same thing?  Yes, yes, in fact, they are.  Good to know!

Here’s what I came up with…


The best man gets one, too!  Turns out, I totally have mad kippah making skillz!

I went top down.  Casting on is small and fidgety top down but it allowed me to skip the whole gauge process and just knit.  I worked a stockinette fabric with increase rows as they seemed appropriate.  I did an i-cord bind off when the size looked about right.  Simple as that.

The yarn is Pima Splash from Mirasol, a chainette cotton.  I picked up one ball to swatch for Hamlin Peak, a simple open front, raglan cardigan from Quince.  It calls for their aran weight linen, so I thought perhaps this cotton would be a nice substitute.  The swatch didn’t work out, but after using this yarn for something else, I wish it had.

I enjoyed using this cotton more than most.  I think the chainette construction gives it a bit of bounce.  It’s quite lovely.  I wish I had more of it!

Something New

Time for casting on.  Sure, I could finish a project that’s been languishing for months like the Southern Skies shawl.


It’s going to be gorgeous when it’s finished and it’s not going to finish itself.  It’s just such a pain, beads and 19 pages of charts…not today, thank you.

I did manage one mitten on the ride to Lake Tahoe.  I could whip up it’s mate but I’m not going to need mittens until next year when we do it again.

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I’m actually thinking of frogging this one and doing something else with the yarn.  There are still hats to be knit, if you can believe that!

Maybe it’s time to swatch for a sweater.  I want a summer sweater, something light and cottony.

pima splash swatch

Meh.  Nice yarn, just not feeling it.  Let’s try a shawl, I always want to knit shawls!  That’s the ticket…

cephalopod gradient kit

This is a Cephalopod Bugga gradient set from 3 Stitches ago and a grey Neighborhood Fiber Company skein from Rhinebeck.  Definitely time for these lovelies to hit the needles!  Not doing anything crazy, I want this yarn to speak for itself.  It’s just a basic top down triangle with two row stripes and an i-cord edge.

It meets all the bus knitting requirements.

bus knitting

Something is still off though.  Apparently this isn’t ‘just’ a basic triangle.  It’s more of an irregular polygon at the moment.  Even that may be a stretch.


This may get a frogging, not because it’s a bad idea, but the initial execution has been pretty sloppy.  A restart may be in order.  Then again, blocking can work that out.

Either way, I need to be on the bus in an hour.  That’s not much time for a logical, well thought out decision.  Oh the pressure, I hope I make it!  ;)