Still Knitting!

My hat is still coming along. I had a stroke of genius on how to fix the top. (Just move the decrease over one stitch, duh!) I’m not crazy about the second bird section where they are left facing. Can you see them? Let’s just say they are high up in the trees and flying in the sky so they are harder to see. The rest of the motifs after bird and tree rows are diamonds and crosses that make me think of snow.

I’m getting ready to go out of town for work. I feel like I should bring some knitting but I’m not sure what. Something small and mindless, but I never did start those socks.

What’s your favorite travel knitting project?

Progress

img_2741Words cannot express my joy at finally (mostly) finishing the design for the West Highland Way hat contest and ordering the yarn!

I posted this in black and white because I’m not finished with the color design. I need to see the yarn in person to really know how I am going to use it. But I did finish the top decreasing which I think will work out okay, and I chose colors which remind me of that winter’s day at Blendon Woods and the birds in the snow.

I also ordered 2 extra balls of the color Bruce (black) because I am going to knit myself a textured hat with this. What can I say? I like wearing black and I like knitting hats.

Also, the yarn is my Valentine’s gift from Bob. ❤ Thank you, Bob!

(Checks weekly blog post off to do list.)

Sunny Scandinavian Topper – A Look Back

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Here’s an old hat. I found it in my youngest’s closet. It was my first stranded knitting project. I made it to match some mittens I purchased at a Scandinavian festival, 17 years ago.

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The gauge is obviously not a match, and neither is the pattern, for that matter. I don’t remember what pattern it is, but I do remember substituting colors to match my mittens. The yarn is Peace Fleece. I love how they continue to expand their mission. This hat is a toasty warm sunny topper for a cold winter’s day.

I don’t think my youngest will notice I’ve stolen it back from his closet.

I have been anticipating starting the stranded colorwork on my J&S Swatch.I love knitting two colors with both hands! I remember learning all the techniques I could in the early days. I’m an English knitter (thrower,) but I can also knit Continental (picker,) and even backwards! So stranded colorwork will be fun.

What’s your favorite knitting technique?

Are you a Thrower or a Picker?

What Have I Been Knitting?

I was going through the old images of knitting I have been posting and dating them, and I thought geez these sure are old! I have knit a little bit in the last few years. I decided to share these things, and I would be all caught up and ready to move forward! Because in the words of Ziggy Marley – lesser known than his father Bob, but still no slouch in the wisdom department –  “If you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future.”

Not that there won’t be some flash backs down the road, I’m sure.

 

I finished this gansey for Husband Bob. The pattern is Old Way Gansey by Ann Budd. The yarn is Cascade 220 from stash. When I posted it on Ravelry, Ann Budd stopped by to say hello and added me to her Ravelry group. I was really geeked out.

Le Smoking

I finished Le Smoking from A Fine Fleece, in Fingerlakes Soft Wool 3 ply from stash. This design is pretty but it isn’t super wearable on me, or maybe it’s too small. Or, the shoulders are too shallow? I’m not sure what’s wrong with it exactly, but I’m not wearing it, so there’s that. I’m a little sad because I love this color.

 

I knit a slew of hats, no patterns, just measurements and gauge. The one on the left is a slouchy hat in Berroco Vintage from stash, and the one on the right is a straight beanie in Manos del Uruguay Clara, from Yarn It and Haberdashery.

There were a few other hats in there, mostly beanies knit for kids in straight up stockinette in whatever yarn was laying around. I do get a little bored knitting in stockinette, but it’s so mindful and mindless at the same time. Very meditative.  Plus I can watch a show or a movie and knit and not worry about making mistakes. Mmm… yards and yards of stockinette. So healing.

 

Speaking of stockinette! Right now I’m knitting Plain Grey Sweater for Harald from Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Kohl, also from Yarn It and Haberdashery. It’s my pattern, which is to say it is yards and yards of stockinette: so just measurements and gauge with drop shoulders and ribbed finishing. It is what he asked for, although at one point he thought it might be nice to add some cables. I had already started so I told him no. Maybe next time, after I knit sweaters for his brothers, of course.

Manos del Uruguay yarns are some of my favorite because not only are they natural fibers, they are also single-ply and wearably soft for wool, kettle-dyed for delicious colors, and Fair Trade! I work for a fair trade organization, and ethical sourcing is really important to me. It’s something I hope to get into more on this blog.

Word of the day: Stockinette. Runner up: Slouch.

More Looking Back (and a Free Pattern)

Back in the old Liberty Handknits days – one of my small businesses I tried to get off the ground – the Button Up Cloche was my most popular and best selling handknit. It was the first pattern I wrote out and dared to put out into the world. I submitted it to a knitting publication, though it was not accepted. I did sell a few on Etsy. I thought it might be fun to offer it here for free!

This pattern only includes the pie crust cable pattern for the brim, but you can knit any cabled pattern that can be worked in bulky yarn in a panel of about 4 inches, button the ends together, turn it on its side, and knit a hat on top!

Button Up Cloche Knitting Pattern

I found the pattern in an old email I had sent to myself for some reason, in Microsoft Works format! 😆 Luckily I found a file converter online.

I didn’t have as much luck finding the Geensie pattern.

I really like this hat, though, and will probably try to recreate it, or some variation of it. And it’s hard to believe my eldest son is now a full grown man!