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Archive for February, 2017

Butterfly Socks

Posted by Andi on February 25, 2017

Butterfly Socks
Pattern: Butterfly Socks by TLCrafts and Design
Yarn: The Wool Dispensary Useful Stimulant in Badass Unicorn, .68 skein (312.8 yards)
Needles: US 1
Date started: January 2, 2017
Date completed: January 27, 2017

This is the first pattern I have test knit. One of my Ravelry friends designed these socks, and when I saw how pretty they were I knew I wanted to knit them. I highly recommend this pattern. The lace has both charted and written instructions, so it should work for everybody. I never fully memorized the pattern, but it became intuitive enough that I would look at the row in the pattern once and remember exactly what I had to do. I really enjoyed knitting it.

Butterfly Socks

As big of a fan as I was of the pattern, I was not a fan of the yarn. The color is gorgeous, but I did not enjoy knitting with this yarn. It was so splitty. I didn’t wash them before wearing them, and my feet were blue when I took the socks off. I know when I finally do wash them that they are going to bleed. I hope that doesn’t affect the color too much, because I do think it’s pretty. This yarn did get me bonus points for color for Winter Camp, which is one of the reasons why I chose it.

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Hat Trick 2017

Posted by Andi on February 12, 2017

Every January the Puck This! group on Ravelry holds its annual hat trick – try to knit three hats in January. I love participating, but I already have too many hats for myself. This year I made three hats for other people.

The first two hats were the same hat for different people using different yarn.

First goal of the January Hat Trick: the first of 2 #pussyhatproject hats I'm making for friends who are marching in Washington #tckwintercamp2017 #knitting
Pattern: Pussyhat Project by Kat Coyle
Yarn: Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted in Hot Pink, .51 skein (128.3 yards)
Needles: US 8
Date started: January 1, 2017
Date completed: January 3, 2017

I finished my second #pussyhatproject hat this week. It's was also the second goal of the Puck This! hat trick #knitting
Pattern: Pussyhat Project by Kat Coyle
Yarn: Baah! Shasta in Falling in Love, .74 skein (148.0 yards)
Needles: US 8
Date started: January 7, 2017
Date completed: January 12, 2017

These hats were made for two friends of mine who traveled from Chicago to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Women’s March. I decided I wanted to make the hats for people I knew. I was lucky in that I decided to do it early because I heard that a lot of local yarn stores across the country ran out of pink yarn.

I didn’t follow the pattern exactly. The pattern as written is knit flat, folded in half, and the sides are seamed together. I decided to knit it in the round instead. I guess that means I didn’t really follow this pattern, because there was another pattern out there that was knit in the round, only I didn’t know about it. I adapted this one. I also made the ribbed part longer so my friends could fold it over to keep their ears warmer. It wasn’t going to be super cold in D.C., but I wanted them to be able to wear the hats on cold winter days in Chicago too.

Hat trick completed! And Tim gets (another) new hat. #knitting
Pattern: Playing with Cables by Patricia Marzan
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Cranberry, .56 skein (95.2 yards)
Needles: US 8
Date started: January 17, 2017
Date completed: January 21, 2017

Not too long ago I made a red scarf for Tim to go with his new winter coat. I had yarn left over, so I offered to make him a hat, and he accepted. Tim is a big fan of cables, so I showed him a bunch of cabled hats, and he picked this one. Looking at the photo, you can see the right part of the hat has two of the same cable, and then on the left is a different cable. What you can’t see is that the cables alternate by two, so next to the cable on the left is another of the same cable. There are a total of 8 cables on the hat.

The hat trick coincided with the start of Winter Camp. During the month of January, campers get bonus points for making something for the head, so I was able to get bonus points for the first hat I finished.

A new wrinkle to the hat trick this year is that it didn’t have to be hats. It could be three of anything, because sometimes people don’t need hats or want to focus on something else. As such, next year I will probably try to make three of something else.

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