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Little Green Man December 28, 2007

Filed under: babies,hats,Knitting,mission complida — reichenbachfalls @ 4:36 am
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Little Green Man

Originally uploaded by marcelory

I am damn proud of this hat. Why, you ask? It doesn’t involve super-complicated techniques. It only took four or five hours total to make, including weaving in two little ends. Most of the beauty in the hat is conveyed through my beloved Malabrigo Chunky, which I love almost as much as I love cheese. It’s not even the first version of the pattern, called “Clara” from Hip Knit Hats, that I’ve ever made. (It’s my third!) Admittedly, it does adorn the oversized head of my very favorite toddler, but come on! Why am I playing favorites with this FO?

Answer: I have no idea. Maybe it’s that I love fast, symmetrical projects. Maybe it’s that this project taught me the Middle Eastern cast-on, which makes me sound worldly and keeps me from having to seam anything. Maybe it’s that it uses exactly one skein of my favorite yarn, so I can take $12 and make something that, at least to me, looks like a million bucks. Or, I dunno, maybe it’s that the yarn is almost the same color as my favorite toddler’s eyes.

Who can explain love? Even the sages failed.

As soon as I’m done with my term paper (aiee) I’m going to knit two of these in rapid succession for late holiday gifts to clothe the heads of the Pie’s friends. Then they’ll have their own little Gang of Under Three Feet. Aww!

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Kismet December 24, 2007

Filed under: hooking,Knitting — reichenbachfalls @ 10:51 am

Some yarns need time to find their perfect project. Take my Misti Pima and Silk, for example. After tormenting me for years — it’s one of the first yarns I stashed — I finally made it into matching hats for the Princess and her auntie, the Dowager Princess. The hats have great sheen, although in retrospect a pima and silk hat is silly for an eight-year-old to wear to school. Her version of the hat looks like it hangs out beneath its station a lot.

I have finally found the project for my Malabrigo in Peach Tree. First I tried to make a Vee Pullover, with unsexy results (I still think my mistakes have to do with temporary retardation on my part, but I can’t figure out how for obvious reasons). Then I knit about five hundred swatches, thinking I was going to design a sweater, which I was not going to do. Then I tried to make a Puffed Wheat sweater, but forgot where I was when I got back to it.

GrannyTonight I began a Gynormous Granny Square. The colors look fabulous. My crocheting is rusty but once you get the hang of a granny square it crochets itself. (The) bomb diggity, it is. I will keep grannying until my yarn is gone, which should last me through many nocturnal adventures with Briscoe and the Gang while I am trying not to pick up 256 stitches for my Warm Shawl.

I had forgotten how FAST crochet is. I’ve been knitting my Shawl on size 4s and some glurves on size 1s and they have been taking the years off my life, row by row. I already have almost a 12 inch by 12 inch Gynormous. Are we still allowed to say w00t, or is that over now? w00t anyway.

 

I Heart Hats December 19, 2007

Filed under: hats,Knitting,mission complida — reichenbachfalls @ 2:55 am

Pretty Hat II

Originally uploaded by marcelory

Some people like knitting socks. (Ugh.) I like knitting hats. Perhaps it’s that I hardly ever find commercial hats that actually fit my giant head and puffy hair. Also, it’s exhilarating casting on when it’s pretty obvious what you’re making. I’m planning to make at least two more hats this week.

Yay hats.

Speaking of hats, my younger sister thinks knitting is lame. I am learning to forgive her for this. It is my penance to share the secrets of my life with someone who understands precisely the vagaries of my upbringing, but who also thinks Malabrigo is a tropical disease.

When I suggested knitting her socks for her 25th birthday, she visibly shuddered and suggested I BUY her a gift. Doggedly, I cast on several sweaters and a scarf before deciding to knit her a hat. (I am nothing if not stubborn, and she should know better than to cross me by now.)

I had already knit the Princess her own version of this hat. Since my daughter and sister are twins separated at birth (except for the fact that my daughter treasures my knitting), I decided to knit her Auntie a matching hat from Louisa Harding’s Hats Gloves Scarves.

I love how the hat came out. It’s my favorite hat thus far, in a short knitting lifetime of knitting several hats. I actually found the ribbon at Papersource, which is weird but worked well. Supposedly there is a ribbon store somewhere in the City. I’m planning a field trip there to get inspiration for my next hat.