More New Hats!

Time marches on, so does my knitting!  One long weekend = two new hats!

First a simple striped beanie with a fun twist…I randomly placed YOs and then embroidered them with a contrast color.   If that’s really embroidery.  Whatever you call it, it was a fun idea and I even like the outcome but I hated doing it.  Many ends to weave and the sewing was a complete pain in the butt.  I have no idea what makes the repetition of knitting pleasant to me but the repetition of other tasks a chore.  This falls easily into the chore category.

So to cleanse my palate, a no brainer.

A square baby hat, with a roll brim, no shaping, just finished off with a three needle bind off and a couple of knotted i-cords.  Easy Peasy!  And now, I’m going to work on one of my languishing WIPs.  Maybe :)

Easy Come, Easy Go

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It was fun while it lasted but the Candy Dot Cowl is no more.  My enthusiasm for rainbows took over for a few days.  I wasn’t thinking about anything else.  The rainbow on rainbow combo of Unicorn Fart yarn and a rainbow of beads really clouded my vision.  That’s the only explanation I can come up with for this…

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The dreaded Stockinette Curl.  UGH!  It’s not going away.  There’s no fix for that.  Blocking will not cure the curl.  Not even for one millisecond.  Damn you superwash!

If Ben Franklin had been a knitter he certainly would have said “…nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and the stockinette curl.”

Total rookie move on my part.  It’s not as though I didn’t know this would happen.  I didn’t expect the results to be any different.  Last night, I had a brief moment of clarity and knew there was only one way this could end.   And so, it’s been frogged.   It’s short life has been extinguished entirely.  Gone.

The good news though, the real reason I love to knit, no harm has been done.  I can start over again!  I’ll get rainbow joy all over again.  And this time, I’ll plan better!  I’ve narrowed it down to two choices, start the cowl over again in Seed Stitch instead of Stockinette.  I love seed stitch so not a bad option.

OR

A beaded rainbow Hitchhiker.  My last Hitchhiker modification was adding a K2tog, Yo eyelet row.  Perhaps my next modification will be adding beads to the K2tog?

Decisions, Decisions!!

Candy Dot Cowl

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I really only meant to swatch.  Honest!  I was feeling good about finishing up some older WIPs.  It was going well, I had my eyes on the prize.  And then, Rainbows.

Rainbows derailed that plan quickly.  The irresistible rainbow-on-rainbow got me though.  I just could not stop!

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It reminds me of Candy Dots.  Such fun!  Who didn’t love tiny bits of sugar with shreds of paper still stuck to the back, as a kid?  Even without the beads, this yarn is amazing…it’s so fun to knit rainbows.  Especially this weekend, it was a classic foggy San Francisco summer Fourth of July!  Just perfect!

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Click on over to Ravelry for the pattern details!

 

 

FO Tuesday – Rainbow Hat

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It’s Tuesday and I’m still not waiting for Friday to give this hat the FO treatment!  I love it too much.  I can’t wait to wear it!   The yarn is Lionbrand Acrylic Bon Bons.  Despite the fact that I’m a total yarn snob, I couldn’t resist the rainbow fun.  Each bon bon pack comes with 8 tiny little balls…28 yards of adorable each!

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The pattern was fun to knit too!  It’s a 1×1 ribbing and slip stitch combo that appears striped on one side and spotted on the other.  A non-matching but equally beautiful reversible stitch that is easy to execute (sorry this eliminates you double knitting!) is so rare!

I’ve decided I like the stripes out with the spots turns up (on the left).  Both the spots & the stripes read better on the left.  The hat on the right is fun but there’s a lot going on–big wonky slipped stitches, loosey goosey purl stitches.  I think a wash & fluff will improve it all!

Give it a try yourself! It’s worked in the round, over a multiple of four.  Two rounds of K1, P1 in color A followed by two rounds of sl1 wyib, P1, K1, P1 in color B.

 

 

FO Friday – Unicorn Farts Hat

Earlier in the week, back when I was laughing in the face of deadlines, I started (and subsequently finished) a new hat!  If only I’d done Sleeve #2 instead of goofed off…that’s a whole other story though…

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Turns out Unicorn Farts are the perfect remedy for the Brown Sweater Blues.  I love how wearable my brown sweater will be but seeing this rainbow swirl develop was a lot more exciting!

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This is some of the yarn my Mom dyed for me!  She followed this very detailed tutorial to dye what is called Unicorn Farts with Kool-Aid!  I decided to make a hat with it because I’ll actually be able to make multiple hats!  This yarn is too fun not to share.

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I love everything about this hat!  I can’t wait to make more, but first it’s a sea of brown and camel for me!

Rainbow Monday!

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tl;dr:  Find the pattern recipe here!

Another Stitches West has come and gone!  As always, this one was a big success!  The stash was enhanced, inspiration abounded and I got the Seal of Approval for my newly finished rainbow welted skirt from Mr. Welt himself!

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WestKnits selfie!  Dude has long arms!  It’s always a pleasure to chat with Stephen, especially when he’s admiring my work!  I was pretty excited!

Actually, everyone admired my work…that was even more exciting!  I go all fangirl over Stephen West, in every situation, that was a given.  The compliments from the Market Place masses are more encouraging though!  I love talking to knitters!  I emptied my wallet of cards, I was so excited about the skirt itself, I didn’t actually occur to me to bring more!  So, welcome to the Knitters of Stitches! I’m glad you’ve found your way here!

As promised there will be a pattern recipe in just a moment!  First some details!

marketfloor IMG_2051 I’m completely in love with this skirt!  The lopi provides a firm fabric to begin with, add in the welts and it’s got great structure, quite like a hoop skirt!  It just begs to be twirled and wiggled and shaken.  It’s just so fun!  And it’s hit the Goldilocks sweet spot, not too hot or too cold!  It’s just right!  and it’s hasn’t been too itchy.  It’s one thing to say you’re okay with rustic wool, but I’ve really put it to the test this time, so far, it’s all good!

The best of everything though…I made my own clothes!  That is pretty cool!  I love to make hats, but at the end of the day, hats are trivial in comparison!  I love my skirt and can’t wait to make more, it’s a great feeling of accomplishment!  (plus I really hate shopping!)

Details:

My Ravelry Page

The Yarn:  Lett Lopi, ~650 yds Main Color, ~50 yds each Contrast Color

Pattern Outline, plug in your own measurements and I walk you through the calculations you have to make to customize your own skirt fully!  I would love to see pictures if you give it a try!  Eventually I’ll get this fully formatted and onto Ravelry.  In the meantime, enjoy it here!

As always, I have no problem generating knitting content…I’ve got lots planned for this week!  Stitches Stash Enhancement and a full Stash Flash, a Planned Pooling WIP, a 24 hour Cast-On-Palooza and another FO already!  Assuming of course, I don’t get lost in the stash pile!

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Newton’s First Law

IMG_2037Knitting needles in motion tend to stay in motion.  Okay, maybe that’s not what Newton meant…but it’s true for me this week!  Nothing is more motivating than seeing a project I’ve designed, come to fruition, even better than expected!

I’ve finished the green welt and the blue stripe is a welt-in-progress!  This leaves me 10 rows of stockinette, a row of welting and a 3-needle bind off! Sew a tad of elastic, weave ends and I’m done!

The yarn fumes must be getting to me…I’m having visions of wearing my skirt tomorrow!  I’m nearing the fine line between motivated and delusional.  Tomorrow may be a double FO Friday!!