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Archive for January, 2011

Hat Trick Hat #2: Beulah

Posted by Andi on January 27, 2011


Pattern: Beulah (beret version) by Melissa Wehrle
Yarn: Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin in WD Aquarius
Needles: US 2 DPNs
Date started: January 9, 2011
Date completed: January 23, 2011

This was a purely stay-at-home project for two key reasons.

1. I had a horrible time winding this skein of yarn, and the resulting yarn cake was a hot mess. My fear was that if I put it in a bag it would sprout tentacles and subsume items in the bag that would never be found in the mess of yarn. It turns out keeping it at home was a smart move because about midway through the hat the middle part of the yarn cake fell out so I basically had two balls of yarn that kept getting twisted. It was very annoying. Luckily the hat took up only one of the two tangled balls. The remainder of the yarn is nicely wound. There is enough of it to make the matching mitts, which I want to do, but not right now because I have other things to knit first. Maybe in the spring.

Sometimes my ball winder is totally crappy, and I know that it’s cheap and maybe I should spring for a better one. Four out of five skeins – no problem. But that fifth skein is a tragedy. And this time it was some of my Wollmeise. Sad!

2. Instead of using a 16″ circular needle for most of the hat and changing to DPNs during the decreases I used DPNs throughout. I didn’t have a size 2 16″ circular needle, or any length size 2 circular needle for that matter, and I was feeling too cheap to pay for one. I have a trip to Coachella to save up for! At times the yarn took up the full needle, so I didn’t really want to try to collapse the project and secure the ends for fear of a disaster. I was careful to shift the stitches regularly so as not to create ladders. The lines you can kind of see on the hat were from the decreases, not the DPNs.

Overall, it worked out well. I love how interesting the pattern is. Two hats down, one to go. One that is giving me fits right now, and I’m concerned that I won’t get it finished before February 1.

Since my Beulah is made out of sock yarn it also counts as part of the Sock Stash Knitdown 2011. What I didn’t know when it started was that there were going to be prizes each month, and the SSK projects finished that month are eligible for prizes. This month the prizes consist of patterns that you can knit with sock yarn. One is a hat, the other is a pair of socks. Guess what the hat pattern is. That’s right. You can request which pattern you prefer, so obviously I chose the sock pattern.


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FO: Tim’s Christmas Sweater

Posted by Andi on January 15, 2011

Tim's Christmas Sweater

Pattern: Iain by Jennifer Hagan
Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool in 8015, 2.62 skeins
Needles: US 8 and US 7
Date started: December 7, 2010
Date finished: January 9, 2011

It’s only three weeks late! Actually, it finished blocking while I was out of town, and I wanted to patch a little hole, so I didn’t get around to doing that until today. I’m so happy with how it turned out, and I think it looks great on Tim.

Tim's Christmas Sweater

When Tim first tried it on after I finished knitting it I wasn’t too happy with it. The area under his armpits was really bulky whereas the body was really form fitting, so it looked really odd. Looking back it makes sense because the basketweave stitch is similar to ribbing, so it sucks in. Blocking the body of the sweater helped immensely.

Tim's Christmas Sweater

This is the most complicated pattern I have ever made. There was so much going on, with the basketweave stitch and two different cables involved. As I mentioned in a previous post, it was also the first time I made a saddle shoulder. The hood used a similar short row method as was used on the saddle shoulders. I was surprised how long it took to knit the hood, but I shouldn’t have been since for most of it there were almost 100 stitches per row.

I’m disappointed that it wasn’t done for Christmas, but I’m glad it didn’t take too long after that.

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On the 15th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Posted by Andi on January 9, 2011

I finally finished knitting Tim’s Christmas sweater. It’s been soaked and it’s blocking on the bathroom floor because it was the best place I could find to block it. I told him to be careful going into the bathroom, but the first time he went in he messed up the sleeve. I think he’ll be more careful next time. It looks great, though. The cables are no longer puckered and the basketweave stitch has opened up nicely. Too bad it will take several days to dry because between that and my schedule this week I won’t be able to take any pictures of it until Saturday.

After I laid out the sweater to block I cast on my second hat of the hat trick, Beulah. I’m making it out of Wollmeise twin, so it also counts as part of the sock stash knitdown. I didn’t have a size 2 16″ circular needle, so I’m knitting it on DPNs. I hope it works out. I think this will be a home-only project.

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Hat Trick Hat #1: Neck Warmer Hat

Posted by Andi on January 5, 2011

Neck Warmer Hat
Pattern: Neck Warmer Hat by Elissa Sugishita from the book Knitted Gifts by Ann Budd
Yarn: Mirasol Hacho in colorway 301, 2 skeins
Needles: US 5 16″ circular and US 7 16″ circular
Date started: 1/1/11
Date completed: 1/4/11

This can be worn as a hat.

Neck Warmer Hat

It can also be worn as a neck warmer.

Neck Warmer Hat

To be honest, I think I will wear it predominantly as a neck warmer. When I do, it stretches the bottom out and then it feels too big on my head. But that’s okay. It’s cute either way and I love it.

I love, love, love this yarn. I bought it on a whim during a moving sale at an LYS based on its color alone. I bought every skein (five) that they had in this colorway. I have one skein left. What can I make with it?

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Hitting the ground running

Posted by Andi on January 1, 2011

My goal was to cast on for the first hat of the January Hat Trick during the Winter Classic this afternoon. However, do to the weather in Pittsburgh, the game is being pushed back to the evening. Great, I thought. That gives me the morning and afternoon to work on Tim’s sweater. I should have the second sleeve done by then, which would only leave the hood!

Then I decided to watch a foreign film with subtitles, and I didn’t want to waste valuable knitting time. Since the first hat I wanted to make only involves 1×1 rib and stockinette stitch in the round, I figured it would be simple enough to do while reading subtitles.

Neck Warmer Hat

I already have about three inches done. If I wasn’t going to switch over to the sweater I think I could easily finish this in a day.

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