hats

Knitting | easy baby alpaca hat

September 29, 2014

I love marled yarn and wanted a quick project, so behold: the super easy baby alpaca hat. This stuff has been in my stash for like two years.

WIP

Materials: one skein of Misti Alpaca Chunky

Instructions: Find some needles. I used US size 9 16″ circulars. Cast-on 64 stitches. K2 P2 until you’re over it. I wanted to do a brim, but would’ve run out of yarn hence the strange ribbing measurement of 3.5″. Knit some more. When the hat measures 8″ then start decreasing. I separated the hat into four sections of 16 stitches with stitch markers. Decrease every row as follows: pm, ssk, knit to two stitches before marker, k2tog. When you have, like, eight stitches left, finish the hat. Weave in ends. Boom.

fin!

boom.

I just cast-on Bough, so that’s coming up next.

Knitting | Dreieicke Hat

August 20, 2014

I can’t wait for fall and winter.

dreicke hat | manos del uruguay  yarn

 

pattern: dreicke hat by shannon cook
yarn: manos del uruguay maxima in spirulina from fancy tiger crafts

 

dreicke hat | manos del uruguay  yarn

I’m not sure if you guys have noticed but I’m really into neons/chartreuse. ::sigh:: Even with fluorescent hair. Nothing can deter me. Anyway, this pattern is great. Super fast and clear instructions. Two thumbs up.

 

Well Hello There!

January 9, 2014

Hiii!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I’ve totally missed my little space here. I’m not going to do a recap or anything, but I do want to say that 2013 was a really great year for me. Possibly the best ever. Not only regarding relationships and business, but 2013 was the year that I found out about the Venture Bros, liquid eyeliner (HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?!?) and Frank Ocean. I also became a redhead. I’m still pumped about that.

bray hat | brooklyn tweed

bray hat | brooklyn tweed

Knitting is one of my favorite hobbies because I can do it on the couch. It makes me feel productive when I’m feeling like a lazy bum. This does not apply to all knitting of course. I started Stonecutter weeks ago, totally screwed up the chart and threw it aside. Then I decided to copy Jen and pre-game with a Bray. My chart-reading skills came back (I’ve made a friggin’ Beatnik and Kaide! I should be able to handle this…) thank goodness and now I have a really cute hat. Stonecutter has since been resumed.

Pattern: Brooklyn Tweed Bray Cap by Jared Flood
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Birdbook | two skeins
Mods: I used a longtail cast-on instead of tubular.

Shelter was interesting to work with. It feels different for some reason – rustic yet springy. It broke a couple of times while I was knitting the ribbing on Stonecutter, but I haven’t had any issues since which is strange considering how tense cables can be.

simple pleasures hat | purl bee

simple pleasures hat | purl bee

I also knit a Purl Bee Simple Pleasures hat. I had the Berroco Ultra Alpaca in my stash then grabbed a matching Shibui Silk Cloud from Fancy Tiger. I’m not usually into purple, but I think this shade is pretty rad. The Silk Cloud is so subtle that I’m not sure it was worth using. I have some in gray that I’ll hold double with Ultra Alpaca fine for a second hat. It’s going to be hard to not knit like ten of these. It’s my favorite style.

Pattern: The Purl Bee Simple Pleasures Hat
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Shibui Silk Cloud | one skein each
Mods: I didn’t knit the ribbing for 6″ like the pattern stated – I only knit 3″ and regret it immensely. See how the reverse stockinette shows?? I really hate that.

snoflinga hat | wiksten

snoflinga hat | wiksten

Snoflinga is one of those patterns that I think is sort of weird, but I’m into it. The bobbles were surprisingly difficult with the yarn that I used. I redid them several times and there were still some gaping issues. I was able to take the excess yarn and loop it around the bobble. BOOM. Problem solved.

Pattern: Snoflinga by Jenny Gordy
Yarn: Austermann Alpaca Silk in white | two skeins
Mods: Used a different yarn than called for.

I have a few more hats in the queue as well. I really do wear one daily because it’s friggin’ cold and I’m outside a lot and – double bonus – I don’t really, technically have to do my hair… Yeah. Sorrs.

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I only have two resolutions this year: wear lipstick more often and read more non-fiction. So far I’m kicking ass at both. My new thing is Revlon Black Cherry (thanks to my SIL for informing me about this little $7 miracle) and I wear it all of the time now. At first I thought I looked like a gothic hooker, but now I think it looks normal. Any other color recommendations? Brands? Tips? ENLIGHTEN ME.

Alrighty. I think that’s it. I’ll see you around soon.

Gearing Up For Winter

November 9, 2012

One of my friends from work also knits and is obsessed with yarn so throughout the day we are constantly talking about projects, patterns and where we are going yarn shopping that weekend. She found the Snowy Day Cowl pattern on Etsy and we both freaked out. It’s the cutest.

Pattern: Snowy Day Cowl
Yarn: 1 skein Cascade Magnum; 1 skein Berroco Ultra Alpaca

I used size 11 needles instead of the recommended 15 because that’s what I had laying around. Next time I’ll use 15’s and cast-on fewer stitches. This thing is a beast. It’s huge.

I actually made the cowl as a gift, but now I’m keeping it. (Not you, mom! You still get one!)

Pattern: Ion
Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Bulky in Heather Brown – this yarn is too big for this project! I would suggest you use something else. After blocking, which I had to do to relax the cables, it grew a bit too much.

I love this hat. The graduated cables and bobbles make the pattern interesting, but it’s still a quick knit.

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What have you guys been working on? Any winter stuff? Summer? I have loads of summery sewing projects to finish up, so hopefully that will happen this weekend. ALSO, I now have access to some industrial sewing machines. Like, a warehouse full of them. I’ve been eyeing the coverstitch for months, so hopefully I learn to use it soon. I’ll keep you posted.

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