Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hat 21

I finished this hat a couple of weeks ago, but I did not post it. Not sure why, just sheer laziness, I guess.
This is the Frosted Pine Hat from Interweave. I did the lace wrong in the beginning. I think I mixed up the Ssk and K2tog, as usual. Have I mentioned I don’t like lace??

Overall, I like the hat. The fact it does not look like the pattern does not really bother me. I will still wear the hat.

The MN State Fair has come and gone and I did not post my award winning hat.

Here it is.

I won 4th place. I received an “Excellent“ score on everything except for the blocking, which received a “Very Good”. I actually think it was really well blocked, so I disagree with the assessment. But what can ya do?

I should be on hat 37 this week. Obviously I am not, I am currently working on Hat 22 and a crocodile. I am beginning to worry about making it now…

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hat 20 – What Have You Done For Me Lately?

This pattern is Knitting Pure & Simple’s Animal Hats and it is done flat. I know why it is done that way, because it is all garter stitch it should be easier to knit flat, but I like doing hats in the round. This hat is for My Girl. She picked out the yarn and requested a Unicorn.  The main yarn is Lamb’s Pride Bulky and the horn is done in Tahki’s Stella.
There is an error in the pattern and the horn directions are incorrect. I just fudged it, but if I had been paying better attention it would have been obvious (there are too many stitches in the 1st decrease row). And it does not use anywhere near the amount of yarn for the horn as the pattern calls for. Just so you know.
It took me one month to knit this hat! Why? You would think that if I am knitting with bulky yarn, garter stitch and big needles I could whip it out in no time… Well there were issues.

1st - I had to rip out most of the hat because the fabric was too tight and therefore too small. I found it difficult to gauge how big it was going to turn out. I actually did measure the gauge on the earflap, but it was still too small… sigh.
2nd - I do not like bulky yarn, or big needles or garter stitch. I know, I know… this is odd, but it is true.
3rd – there were problems at home. I will not go into them, but even though everyone says life is short, there are days when it feels so incredibly long and that will never end.

So my granddaughter wants me to knit her a cat one from this same pattern. I am not going to do it right now because I just can’t!  Maybe she would be willing to use a different pattern… 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Officially Behind

I am officially behind in knitting and in blogging. I did not knit for a couple of weeks at all. No reason, just didn’t feel like it. It happens sometimes. And well, the blogging requires me to sit down and write it up and I just haven’t… so there.
It is week 27 and I am only up to Hat 19. So I am going to update you on what I have been knitting.

Hat 17:
This was an experiment for my hat design. It is knit out of Cascade 220 Superwash. I will give it to charity. 

Sorry for the crummy picture. The yarn is too dark to see the pattern well, which is okay because it is not perfect. 

Hat 18:
This is the hat I designed for my intermediate hat class. It is called Choose Your Own Adventure Hat. It has 3 different panels (cabled, lace and Guernsey) to choose from as well as 3 different decreases. I will be selling in on Ravelry once I get it all figured out. It is knit out of Cascade 220. I love this yarn. You could knit 3 different hats with 2 skeins of it.

Hat 19:
This is a hat for the shop. It is Halley’s Comet by Marnie MacLean and knit out of Berroco Maya.
This pattern is really well written. My only complaint is that it knit from the top down which I normally do not like to do. I just find it fiddly and usually unnecessary. I think I should have figured out how to do Emily Ocker’s cast on for it, which I think would have looked better. Regardless, it was a good thing because I was not sure that I would have enough yarn because I did not have a full ball. I made a small and it fits my tiny head. I am pretty sure that if you have a full ball of Maya, you could make a large.
A little about the yarn: it is 85% cotton, 15% alpaca and a chainette construction. It was really nice to work with. And I think it looks great in this pattern. I am very happy with the hat.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Three Hats in a Fountain

Sorry for the delay in posting. I was having issues with the old computer. And, I will be honest with you; I do not love typing on my iPod. I can do it, but it takes a lot of work and well it is always fraught with spelling errors.  I cannot spell worth a darn.
But I have been knitting away. I have 3 hats done.

Hat # 14
This is a pattern from One Skein Wonders. I love this series of books (I have them all) and I highly recommend them because they are full of stuff you can knit up quick.  Now the pattern itself is not difficult, it is just a ribbed hat, so it was a quick knit. I made this out of Cascade 220 Superwash.  I plan on giving it to charity.

Hat # 15
This is my generic hat pattern. Yes, I have knit so many hats that I can in fact just make it up as I go along. Which is what I did here, I wanted to use up the rest of the ball of Cascade 220 Superwash which I used in hat 14 and I added stripes with a darker color of the same yarn. It will also be going to charity. I plan on giving several hats to charity this year. Most of the charities require that you use machine washable yarn for the donations you make. So if you decide you want to join me in making hats for one of the many charitable organizations out there, please keep that in mind.

Hat # 16

This is a hat pattern which I am working on right now. I teach the beginning hat class at the shop and I have had requests to do an intermediate hat. This has been hard for me to come up with since it has been a long time since I was at the intermediate hat level. Honestly, I might never have been there since I was designing my own hats almost since I started knitting them. Anyway, I came up with an idea and this is phase one of it. There will be 2 more phases or maybe 3, we will see. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hat 13 – Putting on my Top Hat

Yes, Gentle Readers, I have knit a top hat. It is the pattern Marlene from the book Hat Couture. I love this book because the hats are so much fun, with lots of embellishments and such. I will be adding a ribbon and other items after the hat is completely dry. To get the hat to stand up, you must knit at a very tight gauge. I used a size US 10 needle on a super bulky yarn. The yarn is Ella Rae Mega. It is a single spun yarn and it was ideal for this project. I have never knit with yarn before. It is okay to knit with, but it did have some weird strands of something in the yarn, maybe guard hairs or nylon. I am not sure which.  They were easy to pull out so it wasn’t a big deal, just strange. The biggest problem with this hat is the tight gauge. My hands would ache like the dickens after about an hour of knitting. I was a little worried about how it looked before I blocked it, but I love how it turned out. I can’t wait till it is dry and adorned and I can wear it out and about.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Now Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program

Hat 11 is the Helmet hat from Vogue’s Ultimate Hat Book and knit out of Spud & Chloe’s Sweater. It took forever to knit. It was not hard, but very fiddly. There are cables and twisted stitches. It is supposed to have an extra band thingy at the bottom of the hat. The first time I did the band it was too many stitches, so I pulled it out and tried again. This time I ran out of yarn half through the bind off. I looked at what I had and I did not like it anyway so it came out again and stayed out. I also made it smaller than what the pattern called for. I made it to fit my head.
I liked knitting with the yarn; it held up well to the ripping out I did and it was very soft. It has very nice stitch definition.

Hat 12 is the Northwoods Hat I designed for the MN Shop Hop. I could not knit with the yarn we had for chosen for the hop, so I knit it out of Smart. I found the yarn sort of splity, but I still think the hat turned out. It would have been better in green so the lace would look like trees (which was the look I was going for). Overall, I think it is a great design, if I do say so myself.

Hat 11.25 – new invention. So when I was working on the design for the Northwoods Hat, I wanted to see how the lace looked in the round. I knit a little tiny hat to check it out. In order to block it, I had to find something to stretch it upon. Through much searching, I found this.

After it was all blocked and dry I realized that I had invented a new thing: a clown nose cosy! 
I know, I am a genius! No doubt I will become a millionaire with this great invention.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


I have not been knitting for the past couple of weeks. I started hat 11, but I am not very far on it. This happens on occasion, I just don’t feel like knitting. So I am falling behind on my goal.
What have I been doing instead?? Why needlepoint, of course…

Here is my Spiderman topper I have been working on. It is not quite done (I have to finish the webbing on the uniform). My granddaughter saw it and she asked if it was for her. She LOVES Spiderman and Batman and well any super hero. She is awesome! It is for her of course!

I did pick up a couple of old knitting booklets this week. I bought this one solely because I loved this picture on the back cover. 
Isn’t he the coolest dude ever!? I just loved the gritty New York landscape and the bright blue cardigan.
Once I looked over the booklet, it is actually really good. It has directions for various raglan men’s sweaters. The sizes go up to 56” and include different sleeve and neck options. Well worth the $.25 I paid for it. I am very happy.

I need to start knitting hat # 12 because I need to design a hat for the upcoming Shop Hop. Keep your eyes open for that post.