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WIP Wed: Comfort Hat


To be honest, I’ve done a miserably small amount of knitting since  I finished my socks almost a week ago. All I have to show for it is just the very, very beginning of a hat.


You can’t really tell right now, but it’s the beginning of an Aberdeen Ave. hat, a delightfully cabled beanie from Glenna C.’s Urban Collection (oh yeah, the same Urban Collection my Locke St. Cardigan came from. I’m sure this will be a good one!). I’m using Knit Picks City Tweed HW (55% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 20% Rayon), which is much more of an Aran/Heavy Worsted, so I ended up going up a needle size. I had a friend who’s rather late Christmas request was a slouchy hat. She isn’t exactly adventurous in her style, so I’m hoping this extra bit of width and length, coupled with the fiber content of the yarn, will make her happy. We’ll see how it turns out!


Well, I’m off to get some more studying done. I’ve done an embarrassingly small amount of work for my final this afternoon, so I should probably take care of that. For more WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.


WIP Wed: Catie’s Hat


Remember that project that I was talking about the other day? The one that was finished? Well, it isn’t. It’s this beret from the cover of Weekend Hats. Turns out that, after following the pattern exactly, it is nowhere near slouchy enough. I’m going to rip back the decrease rounds, add another lace repeat, and re-knit the crown. Good thing it will only take a couple of hours!

“Reddery” Beret

It is DK weight knit on US 8 needles, so my gauge may be way off. It’s such a small project with such a loose gauge that I’m not even going to measure (gasp!). I’m using Berocco Vintage DK in a great red color. I ordered it from online, and I was so surprised at how deep and variable the color is. You can definitely feel the acrylic content, but I do think I’m going to enjoy the yarn and work with it in the future.

I’m also working on re-knitting a sample of one of my free patterns, the Leafy Tops Hat. The original pattern had Knit One Crochet Too Brae Tweed as the suggested yarn, a really luscious tweedy blend. It’s pretty affordable for the fiber content, but I don’t think that it is completely universally available. I love this pattern, so I thought that I would re-knit it in Knit Picks City Tweed Heavyweight and see if Knit Picks wanted to make it available for free on their web site. The sample is knitting up so quickly that I’m really excited to get it out there!

A Tale of Less than 10% of a Mitten


So yesterday I decided to bite the bullet and start on my Bobsled Mittens, using some Knit Picks City Tweed Heavy Weight that I got in the  mail last week. Now, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little stressed. I have two patterns that are currently being test knit, so I’m obsessively stalking their ravelry forums and my messages. Couple that with the fact that this semester I’m starting education classes in a building that isn’t EXACTLY in walking distance (and there’s no parking near me) and I’m getting my student teaching contact soon…and you get a pretty stressed me. Still, this didn’t stop me from attempting to knit these mittens.

Brownish and tweedy...

Warning sign number one that this is a complicated knit that NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION should have been the fact that the sizing of the mittens is based on guage, not on, you know, stitches. This should have told me that the four pages of instructions were all for one size and, therefore, were fairly extensive.

Warning sign number two should have come when the pattern called for you to cast on almost 200 stitches using Judy’s Magic Cast On. Number three was when it took me three tries to get the correct number. (Well, at least I can to a mean Judy’s Magic Cast On.)

Warning sign number four was when I just gave the long cable (magic looping…insanity) a gentle tug and then suddenly I couldn’t get any more stitches to move.

Still, I ignored ALL of these signs. But, when after well over an hour of knitting all I had to show was this:

It isn't even ordered chaos...it's just chaos.

well, that was the last staw. You see, somewhere in the knitting I had disrupted all of my loops, and the mitten looked nothing like the organized line drawing. In fact, despite the fact that I had the correct number of stitches, all it resembled was a tangled mess. After that hour, all I wanted to do was take a double dose of excedrin and crawl under my covers while I waited for the caffeine to kick in (did you know that excedrin has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee? It does, and it WORKS. Just, you know, don’t take excedrin and drink coffee. That’s where the problem happened). I pulled out my needles, snipped the yarn working as a stitch holder, and just frogged everything. Eventually, when I have the time and energy to really do these mittens, I will. I promise. It’s still a goal, and I swear it will happen.

I know it doesn't look like it, but THAT is order.

In the mean time, I swatched. It’s going to be amazing; I can feel it. I also picked up a bunch of knitting books from the library. Be prepared for a BUNCH of reviews. Now, I’m going to run across the street and take advantage of the $1 coffee at wawa before my 3:30 class. Wish me luck!