Dec 29, 2009

Hey There, NYC! (hat #28)


Because I've gotten a bit behind on my hat knitting, I opted to knit a few simple hats to get back on track. This nod to NYC hat, from Pickles, is one that my husband almost stole - he's picky about his hatwear, so to know he loved it was a great sign!  

Pattern: Hello New York by Anna and Heidi Pickles  
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Dark Grey Marl (held double throughout pattern)
Needles: US size 10 (6.0 mm), 16" circulars and DPN's

Notes:

I followed this pattern (minus the striping) to the tee until the end of the hat, when I ran out of yarn before I could finish the decreases the way they were written. I ended up having to tink back a few (hundred!) rows, and just decreased by k2tog until there were only a few stitches left. The hat can be worn as shown, with the brim folded up for extra ear warmth, or slouchier by unfolding the brim and lettign the back hang off. If I can pry it out of my husband's hands, I'll add it to the finished hats box!

Dec 28, 2009

Such A Square (hat #27)


Now that knitting for Christmas is done and finished, I can get caught back up with both finishing hats and getting them posted! I may have gotten a bit behind on my schedule, but that just means more hats in rapid succession will be posted to the blog!  

Pattern: Turn A Square by Jared Flood (free Ravelry download)  
Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in both brown and natural  
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm), both 16" circulars and DPNs  

Notes:

I knit this hat with a few modifications. First, to make sure the stitches were tight, I used one needle size smaller than recommended. I knit the stripes in a 5 rows/2 rows pattern rather than the 3/2 pattern called for, and I knit for 6" before beginning decreases instead of 5", to ensure it would cover the ears of whomever receives it. It's a great pattern, and one I immediately used to make a hat for my FIL (see this post), so you know I super loved it! Plus, it literally took me a day and a half to knit from start to finish - perfect for last-minute presents and challenges! {by the way - do you see that snow pile behind my husband? that's how deep the snow drifts and shovel piles are after this latest blizzard.}

Dec 25, 2009

A Few Christmas Stories

Oh, the weather outside is ....

Well, it's awful, to be honest. Several feet of snow, thanks to two blizzards back-to-back, and Zach and I are officially snowed into our home. Which is a wonderful way to spend our first married Christmas, if you ask me! But I wanted to pop in and share a few Christmas stories - I'll have several hats to share next week, but these were too good not to share!

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This is my nephew. He's four, and full of all sorts of four-year-old gumption. He saw me knitting a hat for one of my brothers a few weeks ago, and after figuring out it wasn't for him eyed it with lots of jealousy. He's figured out that hand-knits are super fly, apparently, and really wanted a hat of his own.

So on Christmas Eve, he tore into a box containing this hat and shrieked "MY VERY OWN HAT!!!" at the top of his lungs, while trying to frantically put it on his head. I couldn't even get a good picture of it, because he ran off with it on before I could stop him. This was him turning to me briefly and grinning before heading off to enjoy his toys.

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And this is my father-in-law. He too has decided hand-knit hats are where it's at, and spent several weeks dropping none-too-subtle hints - things like "man, it sure would be nice to have a hand-knit hat in all this winter weather. Too bad I don't know anyone who knits!" were said repeatedly. I took the hint, and gave him this simple black number.

He wore it proudly, showing it off around the room, and finally had to take it off because it was so warm it made him sweat!

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The final Christmas story I don't have photos for. One of my husband's cousins sat down next to me and asked "so, what hat number are you on?", and I honestly almost asked her how she knew about the project! I forget that I was in the paper, that my family is proud of me and so follows what I'm doing, and that this is something I WANT people to know about - I've just been caught up in knitting away. So it was a wonderful Christmas surprise to know that family all over the area are checking in here to see which hat I'm on and to keep up with the project.

Merry Christmas!

Dec 21, 2009

New Recipient: Nest Maine

With the closing of Warm Woolies, I've been looking for a new place to donate the hats I've been making. Because of the book that is being made {more on this in the new year!}, I need to hold onto the hats until the project is almost complete, which means my original idea to donate them to a few different places isn't able to happen.

Enter Nest Maine.

This organization seeks to give warm handmades to those in need in northern Maine. Each fall they accept handmade goods that use all-natural materials - perfect for my all-wool hats! I got into contact with Jean, the group's founder, via Ravelry {love that spot}, and asked if she was going to be collecting next fall. She is, and so a partnership has been born!

All hats are going to be held until next fall, when the project is done, and mailed in one big box to Nest Maine. I'm excited to once again have a partnership for the project - while I kept knitting without one, knowing where the hats are going renews my desire to get them done faster than ever! Take a minute and stop over to Nest Maine's webiste and check out what they've been able to do in two short seasons!

With the closing of Warm Woolies, I've been looking for a new place to donate the hats I've been making. Because of the book that is being made {more on this in the new year!}, I need to hold onto the hats until the project is almost complete, which means my original idea to donate them to a few different places isn't able to happen.

Dec 17, 2009

Cables, Baby (hat #26)



Whew! It's been quite the two weeks, has it not?! Between the 25th Hat Celebration posts, my husband has been spending tons of quality time redoing our bathroom - he gutted it down to the bare bones {as we've had to do in pretty much every room in the house} and rebuilt it from scratch. In just two weeks. So I've gotten a bit behind on the hat posting around here. Not behind on the knitting mind you, just on the sharing. This week will continue to be light on the sharing, thanks to all the cleaning we've still got to do, and then the family that will be coming to town, but there will be much sharing soon! For now, though, I couldn't let another day go by without sharing this gorgeous hat:  

Pattern: Cabled Baby Hats, by Julie Hentz  
Yarn: Patons Worsted Wool in a pretty marigold  
Needles: size 8 (5.0 mm) 16" circs and dpns, my favorite bamboo needles.  

Notes:

I didn't make any modifications to this hat {for once!} - I simply followed along, letting the pattern take me where it wanted. I notice I knit the newborn size, but I think it's more of a one-year-old to toddler sized hat in my gauge, which is fine. The hat itself is super soft, and even with the cables and wider ribbing it's pretty stretchy, which means a child could wear it for at least one full winter, but hopefully two.

The pattern worked up fast and easy - although next time I'd make the ten-cable hat instead of the five, because I love cables that much! It's a great hat to knit for a younger kid in your world, and can easily be sized up for any head! The hat itself is super soft, and even with the cables and wider ribbing it's pretty stretchy, which means a child could wear it for at least one full winter, but hopefully two

Dec 9, 2009

Black Diamonds - #25


Oh my goodness! We're in the middle of the 25th Hat Celebration, and I still haven't introduced you to the 25th Hat!

Meet Black Diamonds. This is a pattern I wrote myself, and am now making a few more of to give as holiday presents. My first foray into stranded colorwork coupled with my first time trying to create a chart, I love the result - a simple hat that can be made using a multitude of colors for a multitude of looks.

I made this one simple - traditional black diamonds for the skier amongst us, and a grey background so it'll match anything and everything. It's a bit snug on my head, which means it'll fit a child perfectly. The next hats I make using this pattern will be a bit longer, and I'll knit the colorwork a bit looser.

 I'm pleased enough with the pattern that I'll be writing the pattern up for sale coming in early January. For now I'll be working up a few more as gifts and enjoying the fact that I'm a colorwork knitter!

Dec 7, 2009

L.A. Winters Hat



A fun alternating rib pattern adds interest to this warm wool hat, perfect for winters around the globe!

YARN 

one skein Patons Classic Wool Worsted (100% wool; 201 yards/192 meters per 100 grams)

NEEDLES 

US 6 / 4.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 9 / 5.5 mm 16" circular needle
US 9 / 5.5 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS 

One stitch marker
Darning needle for weaving in ends

GAUGE 

16 sts x 20 rows = 4" in stockinette with larger needles

SIZES 

baby (toddler, child, adult) = 15 (17.5, 20, 22.5) inch circumference, un-stretched.

PURCHASE PATTERN HERE

Dec 2, 2009

Dean Street (#24)



She may not be modeled on my head. She may not even look like she's done. But this is hat #24. I've been battling sickness for a few days now, which is making it hard to get shots of completed hats. This shot was taken before the hat was done, so you'll just have to trust me when I say that it actually is.  

Pattern: Dean Street, by Nina Machlin Dayton  
Yarn: purple malabrigo, sent by Tri'Coterie  
Needles: size 8 circulars.  

Notes:

My cables turned out as regular cables on this hat, not with the fun swirlies like the pattern suggests. User error, I'm assuming. Which is fine with me, actually, because now I know how to make cables without a cable needle. FABULOUS! The hat is super comfy and warm, and I may or may not have been wearing it whilst laying on the couch trying desperately to will myself healthy. Hmmm.