Early Christmas

Early Christmas

Sometimes I just can’t wait until Christmas to give a gift, especially a knit one. I managed to knit this Graham hat for Matt completely in secret, but about 10 minutes after I finished it yesterday I wrapped it and gave it to him. graham-2 The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea Sport in Everyday Grey. This yarn is definitely not sport weight. Keep that in mind if you ever order it with a sport weight project in mind. I originally used it for this skirt and had to alter the pattern to make it work. It’s close to a heavy DK or light worsted weight, much like Cascade 220 Superwash. grahamThis time I knit the pattern as written, casting on 96 stitches as prescribed, and knitting for 7.5″ before making decreases. I added about an extra 1.5″ of slouch to the one I made for myself. I like the slouch in mine, but sometimes it just folds in half and looks a bit weird. graham-3Matt has absconded with mine a few times, so I decided he needed his own. He likes it and I’m happy that mine will remain for my use. Maybe I’ll even borrow his a few times…

Working the angles

Working the angles

graham hat-3I had some fun moving my bathroom mirrors around today to get a picture of Graham from different angles. The bathroom is the brightest and whitest room in my house, so it seemed like the perfect place for some slouchy hat selfies. graham hatI’m pretty fond of this hat already. I downsized the brim by 4 stitches for a more snug fit. I knit until the hat was 9 inches before I did decreases, and then I did them as written. graham hat-4The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Highlighter. I love it. graham hat-5This feels like a hat I could keep on my head nonstop. It’s comfortable. It stays in place. It will be easy to locate. graham hat-2Enough said. Go make one.

Just the highlights

Just the highlights

This is an eye popping bright highlighter yellow color in person. I don’t know if my camera can’t quite handle it, or I can’t make my editing software express it, but this picture doesn’t do it justice. grahamImagine the brightest highlighter you’ve used and then you have it. On Friday while home with a sick kiddo I decided I needed to cast on a new hat that very minute and it should be in this Manos Maxima Highlighter (2060) I had in my stash. I love this yarn. It’s not practical for everything since it’s a single ply, but it’s buttery soft. I recommend a blunter needle to accompany it for knitting.

A quick Ravelry search brought me to a hat I’d had in my favorites already, Graham. This is a free pattern, so I don’t mind sharing more specific edits. I cast on 96 sts as the pattern calls for, but that seemed too large, so I ripped and went with 92 sts and increased by 4 when I got to the broken rib texture.

So far it’s been a lovely knit and I will surely be easily spotted in a crowd.

Meow.

Meow.

charlotte kitty-2This post has too many pictures because I just can’t help myself. I made this hat for Zooey, really, but it fits Charlotte too, and she was such a willing model. There are only so many times you can bribe a 3 year old to do stuff to earn her Halloween candy in one week before you begin to feel like a crappy parent, but I digress.

charlotte kitty-9I stuck some kitty ears on my Magic Hat. The threat to hand off unworn items to Charlotte will now be real for Zooey, because this hat is so dang cute on Charlotte. charlotte kitty-12The hat has 8 fewer stitches than in the pattern, and I knit for 7 inches before doing decreases. Someday if I’m feeling super motivated I’ll write up the information for the ears, perhaps. This is not one of those days. charlotte kitty-10When Charlotte actually saw our outside cat and the grumpy ol’ thing meowed at her she immediately started crying. Our cat does have this ancient and curmudgeonly meow sound, so I don’t blame her. charlotte kitty-13She can’t believe she’s 7 months old in 5 more days! Crazy. charlotte kitty-23Smells like fall. charlotte kitty-24No leaves were consumed during this photo session, despite her best efforts to explore everything with her mouth.

Last minute knitting

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog because I’ve been working on a totally secret project that I can probably talk about in a few days, and Matt’s gargantuan brown sweater (which is thankfully at the sleeves). I had to rip out about 10″ of Matt’s sweater when I made him try it on and it was at least 5″ too big in the chest. Uh, whoops. Don’t get cocky about gauge swatches with garments, people. That’s for another post.

Anyway, this is a little project due on Christmas that I cast on last night. It’s a Howlcat I’m whipping up for my brother. He lives in Minnesota, so the double layered wool hat will suit him well. I have a good chunk of knitting time today and tomorrow, so I’m hoping to get it finished quickly. howlcatI’m using a leftover ball of Cascade 220 Superwash in Summer Sky and I have some Knit Picks Essential sock yarn in a brown that will make the other layer. Superwash seems safest for my baby (30 yr old) brother.

Will I finish this and Matt’s Ease before Christmas? We shall see. Perhaps if I can skip blocking…

Quick hat!

I whipped up this little thing last week when I realized Z’s other hats were a bit to small. I held one strand of some leftover Starry in Blue Sage with two strands of green Araucania Ranco.quick_hat_medium2My fingering weight yarn leftovers had the best colors, but I wanted to knit very quickly, thus the three strands. It is sometimes a pain to work with 3 strands, because you have to check and make sure you’re not inadvertently dropping one of the strands here or there.quick_hat-2_medium2I like that this will coordinate with both her peacoat and her future Latte Baby Coat.

I’m not entirely happy with this result. I wanted slouchy, but it looks muffin like at times. Oh well. She’ll outgrow it soon…

A slight knitting detour

Well, those sleeves were boring the heck out of me, so I decided to take a break. I was also being way too altruistic in my knitting, since all four projects I was working on were for other people. I remembered I had this lovely skein from PrettySouthern sitting in my desk drawer (that’s the ready-to-knit-at-a-moment’s-notice stash spot). I pulled it out and decided to cast on a little hat.

handspun hat

I love watching the colors change all the time. This might be the first time I’ve really knit with handspun yarn. Can that be true? Really? It seems absurd, but I’m pretty sure I’m right. It’s wonderfully soft and lofty. Even though the weather is warming up any second now, I thought I should have one more comfortable slouchy hat to get me through the transition.