Hats Off To You

Maybe it’s because in the early mornings when I take Rogue out to potty, the air is crisp, clean and a bit nippy. Or maybe it’s because in the evenings, when you are just trying to take in all the stars and moon, you can see your warm breath dissipate as though it never existed. But something, and I really can’t pinpoint the exact moment, has caused me to take up the needles and knit hats.

Not one. Not two. But, three hats.

The thing about it is, I don’t wear hats. But I do now.

Now it’s {a black pepper} Golden Autumn Hat

Blue Autumn

Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed in Duck Egg, approximately 1 3/4 skeins

Needles: US 3 and 4’s

Mods: The only modification I made on this hat was to do one repeat less than the pattern recommends. I knit four repeats and have plenty of extra room for my hair. And, of course, there is a bit of slouch. Thus, only needing three quarters of that second skein.

I’m thinking I can make a smaller version for Scout. After all, she loves hats. And she wears them. With pride.

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Phoncible

Last week, while perusing yarn stashes on Ravelry, I found two skeins of Noro for a new hat, Phoncible to be exact. I’m not really a hat wearing type of gal. I don’t look too great in hats except maybe a cowboy hat. No, really. I look great wearing cowboy hats. But there was something about the playful colors and striping that snared me. And having a wool hat for the cold weather wasn’t a bad reason to start this either, know what I mean? (Anything to justify casting on something new.)

So without further ado,

Phoncible by Presentsknits

Yarn: Noro Kureyon, 2 skeins (dye lot numbers 152 and 184)

Needles: US 7 (16″ circulars and DPN’s)

Mods: I cast on 112 instead of 100  (to fit a 23″ circumference). I also started decreasing over 110 sts instead of starting at 100. This makes for a roomier hat, especially if you have a big head or lots of hair.

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Personally, I think Scout looks much cuter trying it on.

Phoncible

Then again I think she’s cute no matter what she does. Don’t you?

Hat’s Off To Me

Sleeping in on a Saturday morning – there’s nothing better.

Cloudy skies.

The sound of the water dripping from the rain gutters.

Sore throat.

Hot tea with honey.

Package of Sundara in the mail.

Lazy weekend.

Thick socks.

Finished Thorpe.

thorpe

Made with Woolganic Australian Merino Wool, probably one of the softest wools I’ve ever worked with. Another plus is that it has some of the nicest stitch definition I’ve ever seen.

Changing

I feel like my body is betraying me.

Twenty eight years I’ve lived in this body and it’s constantly changing.

My blood feels toxic.

Riddled with pain. Aches. Lumps.

I don’t look forward to waking up.

Me legs are sore.

The cold penetrates my joints.

And yet, I knit.

I knit to forget.

I knit to heal.

I just knit.

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norwegianbabycap3

norwegianbabycap4Norwegian Baby Cap for Scout

US 2 needles

Ella Rae Lace Merino

Ravelry

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1. Oh, I am so conflicted!

2. My mood changes, big and little.

3. During Scout’s naptime, I tend to get things done.

4. Jem has pink eye! ; are you kidding me???

5. Right now I’d like to be vacationing.

6. My Kitchen Aid Mixer is my favorite gadget.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a quiet evening, tomorrow my plans include whale watching and Sunday, I want to wake up late to breakfast in bed!

Happy Unbirthday

The plan was to make a cute little cupcake hat for Scouts second birthday. I started it lastnight. I felt I might end procrastinating on making this for her because I have so many things to do. As simple as I’d like my life to be I am still busy on a day to day basis. This week is especially insane.

  • Wednesday, (today) – French 1 class, we have a dictation
  • Thursday- Knott’s Scary Farm
  • Friday- Jem’s therapy appointment
  • Saturday-Blythe Doll Show in L.A., dinner at Buca di Beppo and then a 10:30 showing of “Saw V”
  • Sunday- Target shopping, (which can be quite extensive if one isn’t careful), and a day at Boo at the Zoo. (The L.A. zoo has a special weekend when they do Halloween activities and we figured we should take advantage seeing as we are members.)

So, as busy as we are I had to make some time and I cast on for the hat last night. By morning I was knitting the frosting and I just finished up.

Pattern: Cupcake Hat by Susan B. Anderson from Itty Bitty Nusery

Knit on US 8’s with some Red Heart Soft Yarn in cream and chocolate. Cherries were crocheted for me by someone on Etsy since I can’t crochet for squat, though I did do a picot edge around the brim of the frosting.

It’s getting harder and harder to photograph an almost two year old on the run. Sorry for the horrible fuzziness. She loves her new hat and had her big brother try it on. Now he wants one.

As for the Mittens I have to say that I am very disappointed with the pattern. The actual charts were just fine. It’s the sizing. I’ve contemplated quite a bit and asked myself, “Do I know anyone with a size 8″ circumference hand?” I cannot answer that because I simply do not know anyone with a size 8″ circumference hand. My gauge was a bit bigger so I decided on using those needles and continue. The mitts should have been bigger, right? Wrong. Somehow, some way, they are entirely too small. They barely fit Jem’s hands. He wants those too, though. So I will gift them to him and maybe start another pair for myself. Four skeins of Koigu can easily make two pair. Maybe even a baby pair for Scout. She should have something handknit to open on her birthday, right?