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Mostly FO: Green Scarf and Hat

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close-up of the crazy

So, I’ve finished the knitting part of the green scarf. As you can tell, it still looks like a mess of green yarn. Like it’s sister, the as-yet-unblocked mini-scarf hopefully, the blocking will stretch it out and make it bloom PERFECTLY. I have high, high hopes.

it's probably about 3 1/2 feet long, completely unblocked

Remember when I was babbling about making Christmas hats last time? Well, now I’ve decided to ACTUALLY do it. I have a friend who I’ve never knitted for, but she’s studying abroad next semester and I’m sure she’ll need something to keep her warm. I I’m going to use two little bits of leftover yarn and try a top-down hat. I’ve never really done one before, but I just cast on a few stitches, and then increased in the same way I would decrease on a regular hat, and I think it worked out well. For the top part, I used leftover Valley Yarns Stockbridge (50% wool, 50% alpaca) from my Military Cardigan for the top part. I was trying to stop when I had enough left for about an inch on the bottom, but that didn’t really work out very well. Anyway, the other yarn is Cascade Dolce (55% Alpaca, 23% silk, 22% wool) in a silver color. I don’t remember what happened to the rest of the skein- it must have been some sort of gift, but there was about 10g left for a nice band around the center of the hat. The Dolce is just a little bit heavier than the Valley Yarns, but you can’t tell very much. Anyway, here it is..it’s almost finished!

hat!

The luscious fiber mixture should keep my friend warm during the freezing England winter! I’m probably going to quickly write up the pattern and post it on ravelry, just as a top-down hat recipe. Keep your eyes open for that- I promise it’ll be a free pattern. And speaking of patterns, my Slightly Skewed hat and scarf set has just hit 50 free downloads, so I think I’ll probably change it to pay soon (as in within the week- if you haven’t downloaded it yet, but would like to, you should do it soon!). I like the idea that the first 50 downloads are free. It makes me feel like I’m rewarding my readers…Any thoughts?

After reading all of your comments about how much you pay for patterns, I’ve settled on charging $2.50 for the lot. This charge will (probably) mostly go to my yarn fund, with occasional dips for necessities like…food. Anyway, if you’re desperate to knit this pattern and really can’t afford the charge, please get in contact with me and we’ll work something out.

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Blowout!

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So, I’ve been pretty busy lately, and I don’t really have much to tell you about. Last night, in a fit of Christmas Knitting panic (and peer pressure from reading too many knitting blogs that are also in a panic…) I may have cast on a hat for a friend WHO I DON’T EVEN SEE VERY OFTEN, only to realize that I’ve made her hand-knits before and I never see them on. So that got frogged…although the haze did not fade until I realized I had no where near enough yarn (it was leftovers from an old sweater). There is just north of nothing on the needles right now, and nothing BIG is going on the needles until after finals. I promise. Hold me to it? Please????

And then I awoke this morning to a certain holiday. Today is the Last Day of Classes, or, as we like to call it, Blowout. I don’t know what extents other schools go to, but my normally restrained school gets a little…intense. The real holiday is in the Spring, where we have a carnival on a field, and Seniors try and sneak into the freshman dorms to ‘toast’ their old rooms (they’re locked out because freshman pretty much cannot have alcohol in their rooms). Things are still getting pretty good for fall semester. When I walked into my 10:00 class, the whole room smelled like alcohol. Honestly, I’ve been in bars that smelled less. There were three people next to me passing around a water bottle filled with what looked like Rum and Coke. No joke. And the Professor just took it in stride. It was very impressive.

So, that’s all you’re going to hear from me, today. I will NOT be participating (except through contact hight)– instead, I’m finishing up an essay and starting a take-home midterm in order to be prepped for next week. I’ll see you on the other side!