…I decide to write up hat patterns! This is the little hat that I whipped up for Z when her other one went missing. I got to use up two leftover partial skeins of yarn that I loved. The bright yellow is Manos Maxima in Highlighter and the other is Malabrigo Worsted in Water Green. The hat took approximately 90 yards of each color.
If it stays in our possession, this could potentially fit Z for a good long while, because it can also fit me and Matt:
I decided to call it Magic Hat for that reason. It reminds me of the little “magic gloves” I seemed to have many pairs of as a child. They fit me or my mother.
I love this highlighter yellow yarn so much. I was running out of yarn, so I decided to make the pom pom half of each color. I used up all but a couple of yards of green in my partial skeins.This baby is soft too.
The hat goes pretty quickly. It can be finished in less than a day, so it could make a great last minute gift for almost anyone! If you want to read more about it, you can see the Ravelry page here, or
Cold weather is upon us, more than I would like. Though today is in the nice mild 50 degree (Fahrenheit) range, tomorrow through the beginning of next week is predicted to be in the single digits, with a winter storm warning as well. Brrrrrrrrr! I hope we don’t actually get any dangerous icy conditions or power outages, but just in case, I’ll keep knitting as fast as I can.
These are the latest installment of the Operation Toddler Sock Drawer mission I’m on. The blue is leftover Anzula Squisy in Denim. It’s so very very soft. I ran out, so I used up the remainder of some Koigu KPPPM. Now Z has 3 finished pairs. My sense of urgency about her sock needs is somewhat quelled now. She does need a second hat. Her little muffin hat has gone missing. I started a new one last night out of some Manos Maxima in Highlighter. It’s highlighter yellow, so she’ll be easy to spot.
I also realized last night after I finished my fourth ball of yarn on Matt’s sweater that it’s highly likely that I’m going to run out of yarn. Boo! I weighed the back of his sweater and it was 196 grams, almost 2 full balls. I did add about an inch in length, but I thought I would still be fine since the 41.75″ size calls for 1255 yards and I had 1320, and I’m making his sweater a bit narrower than that size. I didn’t get to finish the sleeves before starting the 5th of 6 balls, so I think I will come up short. I ordered another skein last night just in case, and I really hope it’s a close match. I guess I can always stripe two balls if I must.
Cross your fingers for me that we don’t get a bad storm! Hope your day is warm and full of great knitting projects.
I thought I would wait and post about these Hugo sleeves when they were finished, but it seems that they will never end, so I’ll go ahead and tell you about them now. They’re pretty straightforward, with a narrower version of the pattern that’s on the body and increases in the moss stitch. I spaced out the increases a little differently than written in the pattern, somewhat between the increases recommended for the 38″ and 41.75″ size. I worked to the length specified for the 41.75″ size before the shoulder cap shaping. I’m finally there. I’m bet it will seem a little faster now with decreases cutting into the row length.
After these babies are finished, that puts me at about 2/3 done! I love the look of this sweater, but the allover pattern definitely slows me down. At least I’ve memorized the chart, so I don’t have to glance at the pattern anymore. I know I’m going to love this on Matt, and I’ll be so proud when it’s finished, but my mind has definitely been wandering to other present and future knits.
I’m obsessed with Antrorse from the new Journey Collection by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond. Yesterday I bought some Cascade Eco+ in Satine, a gorgeous teal/gray shade. It’s coming in the mail so there’s no chance I can cast it on right this second, keeping some focus on Hugo. I also have a couple of small things to whip up before Christmas, and I’m at the collar on Oshima! I’m about 3.5 inches into the collar, which feels like I could be done very soon. If it seems like there’s time for a pause, I may have to take a day off from Hugo this week and finish up Oshima. Ok, Hugo, let’s get through this!
I just realized that I can participate in Cyber Monday, because I have patterns online for sale. Ha. How about 20% off all of my patterns until 24 hours from the time of this post? Let’s do it. No coupon code necessary.
As for knitting, I’m mostly working on Hugo sleeves. They seem to be taking forever, but I’m finally getting close to the armhole shaping, so that’s something. I should have a picture soon. It’s hard to grab good pictures after work these days! The light is nearly all gone by the time I get off work, and I slacked a bit over the holiday weekend.
Instead, I will show you some new sparkly toddler socks: I went to see Catching Fire yesterday and I was able to finish another pair (picture soon) and start these. I cheated a little bit and got the toes started at home because I thought that might be difficult in the dark. I finished the first pair to the bind off row and left the bind off for home, then picked these up. This is some leftover Dream in Color Starry in Melon Bomb. I love this yarn. This is from when Starry was made with actual little strands of silver and it’s a gorgeous subtle sparkle.
After this pair, Z will officially have 4 pairs of socks. I still plan on some baby Prufrock socks to match the version I’m working on for me. Five pairs should do for this winter. My Operation Toddler Sock Drawer (inspired by The Knitmore Girls‘ Operation Sock Drawer) continues.
Sometimes Instagram is a dangerous app. Sometimes it shows me pretty amazing yarns because I forget that when I follow mostly interesting and talented knitters, dyers, spinners, and crafters I’m going to be visually tempted by gorgeous yarns and patterns all of the time. Sometimes I’m really good at resisting or just making a mental note. Sometimes I have seemingly no control. These yarns are a result of the latter.
The first is Pigeonroof Studios 80/20 Superwash Merino/Nylon Supersock in Honey. The next one is in Orchid:
Really, can you blame me?
In the whirlwind of NaKniSweMo knitting I nearly completely forgot my beautiful Oshima, until I saw this Instagram picture of Cara‘s Oshima, and I remembered my sad little sweater, shoved in a project bag and set aside for almost a whole month. Unlike the misbehaving Hugo, Oshima wasn’t on an intentional time out. There were just so many deadline projects all in a row, and then NaKniSweMo started and it seemed appropriate to begin a new sweater for the challenge, so I pulled her out over the weekend and finished up the front…
You can see the sleeves on this post. I just need to finish the back shaping (not much at this point), then I can put it together and work that glorious cowl neck! I did add about 3.5 inches to the body because it seemed way too short for my long-waisted torso. Look at this gorgeous shaping:
Hugo is still on a deadline, yes, but maybe I can slip in some work on Oshima here and there. It feels like it’s only a day and a half of work at this point!
So many knits, so little time! My brain is working on designs too. Can I just retire from this dissertation work and go full-time with knitting already? Sigh. Back to the needles.
Hugo had a nice month-long time out when I realized it was going to be too small. It’s back on the needles, and we’re back in love. I just went up a size from each of the needles in the pattern. I picked it up again last weekend after Nanook was fully finished. The yarn is Cascade 220 (surprise, surprise, right?) in Mallard, more boon from last April’s anniversary sale at WEBS.
I love the cables in Hugo. I especially love that I can do all of them without a cable needle, just by knitting the stitches out of order. I wasn’t doing this on the first attempt, but then I experimented a little and it works well. Knitting out of order probably works best with small cables (less than 3 stitches involved in the cabling).
I added about 1.5 inches to the body to account for Matt’s height. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I was able hold it up to Matt and see exactly where the armholes should start.
Maybe it’s slightly less fun not being able to wow him with a total surprise of a sweater on December 12th (our anniversary), but I’m much more content knowing this one will fit. I am making a size between the two smaller sizes for him. A 38″ would have negative ease on him, but a 41 3/4″ would have more than he’d like, so I’m making it about 40″. The back is done. I think I’ll start the sleeves next!